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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Company's 'patent trolling' will end in Minnesota after attorney general investigation
    The Delaware company, MPHJ Technology Investments LLC, was accused of trying to wring money out of hundreds of Minnesota businesses over alleged violation of patent rights. The company told business owners that their use of office equipment to scan documents to email infringed on its patents.6:50 a.m.
  • For young people, getting into farming can be a challenge
    With young people struggling to get into farming and older farmers struggling to get out of the business, there are several groups trying to bridge the generation gap in farming here in Minnesota. Jan Joannides is executive director of Renewing the Countryside. She talked about the situation with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.7:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • NSA Phone Records Revive Debate Over Supreme Court Case
    The government says phone and email traffic is not protected by the Fourth Amendment, and does not require a court warrant to search. The logic is based on a 1978 case that has been hauled out regularly to justify acquisition of third-party information. But does that logic apply to bulk collection of the sort that's at the heart of the debate over NSA surveillance?
  • Britain Tried To Stop NSA Material From Being Published
    Britain's The Guardian was one of the newspapers that first published classified material from the NSA leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden. The controversy over the leaks took a new turn when the partner of the reporter who helped break the story was detained at London's Heathrow Airport.
  • Crime Novelist Elmore Leonard Dies At 87
    Elmore Leonard was a prolific writer, and was often referred to as the "Dickens of Detroit." The legendary crime writer published 46 novels, including Get Shorty and Out of Sight. Several of his novels were made into popular movie and TV adaptations.
  • Why Millennials Are Ditching Cars And Redefining Ownership
    The Internet and file sharing have transformed how young people think about possessing music, art, books — even cars. As the millennial generation questions ownership of nearly everything, they are opting to spend money on experiences. And car companies are left scratching their heads.
  • Museum Raises Money To Save 'Rosie The Riveter' Plant
    A Michigan aviation museum has until Oct. 1 to save a historic factory from the wrecking ball. The Yankee Air Museum still needs to raise more than $3 million to rebuild part of the huge Willow Run bomber plant, where Rosie the Riveter worked during World War II. (This piece initially aired on Aug, 4. 2013, on All Things Considered)
  • U.S. Discusses What To Do With Aid To Egypt
    President Obama's national security team met Tuesday to talk about policy options on Egypt. The country's military-backed government has been cracking down on Islamist protesters. The U.S. seems to have little influence or leverage over the situation. But it does give Egypt $1.5 billion a year — most of it to the military.
  • Egypt's Political Crisis Is Creating Economic Trouble
    The crisis in Egypt is hitting businesses. Shops usually open late into the night are closing early because of the curfew, and some foreign companies stopped operations for much of last week. Economists say Egypt will be able to avoid a total collapse due to a $12 billion aid package from Gulf countries. But the interim government is unlikely to tackle Egypt's bigger economic problems because it is focused on the security situation.
  • Allegations Of Human Rights Abuses In North Korea Probed
    In Seoul, the U.N. is holding a hearing on human rights abuses in North Korean labor camps. North Koreans who have escaped the prison camps are telling their stories of torture and starvation. For more on the hearing, David Greene talks to Alastair Gale, Korea bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal.
  • Earnings Report On Home Depot And J.C. Penney
    Home Depot says it had "one of the best quarters in recent history." It credited the recovery in the housing market. Retailer J.C. Penney's quarterly revenue tumbled 12 percent.
  • Kodak Reinvents Itself As Judge Approves Bankruptcy Exit
    U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper has approved Kodak's plan to emerge from court oversight. That paves the way for it to be a much smaller company focused on commercial and packaging printing.

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