2:35am

Wed August 15, 2012
Business

British Bank Settles Money Laundering Charges

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A British bank has agreed to settle charges that it illegally laundered Iranian money. The settlement with Standard Chartered was announced by New York banking regulators, who'd brought the charges just a week ago. The bank still is under investigation by the federal government. NPR's Jim Zarroli has more.

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2:14am

Wed August 15, 2012
Around the Nation

San Fernando's Financial Crisis Burdened By Scandal

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 4:07 am

The small Southern California city of San Fernando is facing a seven-figure fiscal crisis. But the town has been unable to address its money issues because the romantic entanglements of the city leaders are dominating the agenda.

2:14am

Wed August 15, 2012
Around the Nation

Rep. Ryan's Hometown Seen Through Filmmaker's Lense

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 3:51 am

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2:14am

Wed August 15, 2012
Business

Home Depot Reports Earnings Are Up 12 Percent

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 3:27 am

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Home Depot says, from its vantage point, there seems to be a turnaround in the housing market. The nation's largest home-improvement chain reported a 12 percent increase in second-quarter earnings.

Joshua Stewart from Georgia Public Broadcasting has the details.

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2:14am

Wed August 15, 2012
Business

Business News

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 4:32 am

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NPR's business news starts with the top man at The Times.

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MONTAGNE: The New York Times has named its new president and CEO. The man who got the job is Mark Thompson, a former BBC executive. Thompson will face a different business model from the non-profit British broadcaster. The paper is run by a board that's largely elected by a family trust.

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2:14am

Wed August 15, 2012
Movies

'Odd Life Of Timothy Green' Pushes Too Hard

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 6:12 am

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A new movie in theaters today is titled "The Odd Life of Timothy Green." And film critic, Kenneth Turan, found the movie, itself, odd.

KENNETH TURAN: "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" is a when you wish upon a star fable in the old school Disney style. It's just the kind of inspirational family-friendly comfort food it feels churlish to rebuff. But though the film's heart is pure, its execution is so cloying and contrived it brings on tears of frustration.

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2:08am

Wed August 15, 2012
NPR Story

In Colorado With Rep. Ryan

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 4:03 am

Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan continues to introduce himself to voters. Over the weekend, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced Ryan would be his running mate. So far, Ryan has campaigned exclusively in battleground states that were carried by Democrats in 2008.

2:08am

Wed August 15, 2012
NPR Story

Obama Backs Wind Energy, Romney Favors Coal

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 2:22 am

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You could say that the presidential campaign got a jolt of energy this week. President Obama was in Iowa yesterday, touting the electric potential of wind power. Republican rival Mitt Romney was in Ohio, talking up that old standby, coal. Each man accused the other of standing in the way of a rival energy source.

NPR's Scott Horsley has more.

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2:08am

Wed August 15, 2012
NPR Story

On The Road With Biden

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 4:00 am

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Well, it is VP against VP-hopeful. Vice President Joe Biden is touring Virginia, a key presidential swing state. And yesterday, Biden seized on Mitt Romney's choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as a running mate, saying it shows what the Republican ticket really stands for. In a moment, Ryan's day on the campaign trail.

First to NPR's Larry Abramson, who's traveling with Vice President Biden.

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12:40am

Wed August 15, 2012
All Tech Considered

Twitter Lets Customers Skip Recordings, And Make Choices

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 5:48 am

For customer Laura Hargrove, the choice between moving-truck companies Budget and Penske came down to how they use Twitter.
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Once used mostly for one-time promos and marketing, Twitter is now something businesses are relying on to provide customer service. For instance, Southwest Airlines tweets to alert folks about delays. And Best Buy responds to questions and complaints via Twitter. And they're not alone.

Let's say you're thinking of ordering a pair of shoes online and you want to know the store's exchange policy. You could pick up the phone — but then you'll hear the old recording: "To ensure quality service, your call may be monitored or recorded."

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