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5:37 am
Thu January 17, 2013

How Is The Housing Industry's Recovery Faring?

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 11:11 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The Federal Reserve, yesterday, released its latest snapshot of the state of the U.S. economy. Retail and auto sales were up slightly over the year before, as was activity in the all important housing sector. Real estate sales were seen as steady or improved across much of the country.

For more on housing prices and economic recovery, we turn this morning, as we often do, to David Wessel. He's economics editor of The Wall Street Journal. Good morning.

DAVID WESSEL: Good morning, Renee.

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Business
5:37 am
Thu January 17, 2013

New Rules Issued For Mortgage Servicing Companies

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 11:11 am

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The Consumer Protection Financial Bureau is unveiling today the second half of its new mortgage rules. It will outline how the mortgage industry must manage loans that are delinquent or in the process of being foreclosed.

NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports that these rules, among other things, aim to make it easier for borrowers to communicate with the people handling their mortgages.

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Business
5:37 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Gun Makers Worry Revamped Laws Will Hurt Bottom Line

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 3:15 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

You heard the president acknowledge that in some parts of the country - and more specifically, some congressional districts - gun ownership is stronger than in other parts of the country. He would need allies in those places to overcome or persuade the gun industry and its lobbying groups. Industry officials are ready to fight.

As NPR's Jim Zarroli reports, some of the proposals, especially a ban on assault weapons, could take a bite out of gun-makers' revenue.

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Business
5:37 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Business News

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 11:11 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with another ominous sign from Europe.

We've told you, in recent days, how car sales in the United States have really surged as people finally had some money to spend or finally made a long delayed purchase.

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Business
5:37 am
Thu January 17, 2013

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 11:11 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business is: outsourcing.

When an American-based company noticed that somebody had been logging onto their computer system from China, day after day, they worried it was hackers so they called in some telecom risk experts from Verizon.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And what they discovered was surprising. The activity from China was all being done with the logon of one of the firms' top software developers. Turns out the unnamed employee was outsourcing his job to several Chinese consulting companies.

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Around the Nation
5:37 am
Thu January 17, 2013

FBI Arrests Dozens In Garbage Pickup Case

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 11:11 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Some other news. Thirty-two people from New York and New Jersey are charged with using threats of violence to control garbage pickup routes.

Authorities say many have ties to the mob, as NPR's Joel Rose reports.

JOEL ROSE, BYLINE: Organized crime has a long history of infiltrating the trash collection business in New York and New Jersey. It's also the official family business of America's most famous TV gangster, Tony Soprano.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE SOPRANOS")

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Author Interviews
5:37 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Part 2: 'Conscious Capitalism'

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 11:11 am

Steve Inskeep continues his conversation with Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, who in 2009 denounced President Obama's proposed health care law. Mackey's new book is Conscious Capitalism.

Africa
5:37 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Mali Update

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 11:11 am

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In West Africa, the push to prevent militant Islamists from expanding beyond their base in northern Mali is shifting into a ground war. French and Malian troops are now directly engaging al-Qaida linked rebels in combat. They've surrounded a desert village that jihadists overran when they began pushing south toward Mali's capital. This escalates the battle that began last week, when France sent in fighter jets to attack the rebels.

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Africa
5:37 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Algeria Update

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 2:05 pm

In southern Algeria, Islamist militants are holding scores of Western hostages who were kidnapped from an oil refinery. The militants say the kidnappings are in retaliation for French intervention in the Mali crisis.

Shots - Health News
3:48 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Bad Flu Season Overshadows Other Winter Miseries

People line up at a Duane Reade pharmacy in New York behind a sign announcing the recent flu outbreak.
Andrew Kelly Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 11:11 am

Dr. Beth Zeeman says she can spot a case of influenza from 20 paces. It's not like a common cold.

"People think they've had the flu when they've had colds," Zeeman, an emergency room specialist at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, Mass., tells Shots. "People use the word 'flu' for everything. But having influenza is really a different thing. It hits you like a ton of bricks."

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