4:06am

Sat August 6, 2011
Digital Life

Phone-Only Music Service Takes Tunes On The Go

Cricket Communications is targeting its new Muve Music service to customers whose phones are their primary access to the Internet.
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Americans spend more money on music at Apple's iTunes store than any other music retailer, yet some people are being left out of the party.

For the large group of consumers without a home computer, an iTunes account is out of reach. Those are the people wireless provider Cricket Communications is targeting with Muve Music, a phone-only music service.

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4:06am

Sat August 6, 2011
Middle East

After The Revolution, Arab Women Seek More Rights

Tunisian blogger Lina Ben Mhenni says that rather than being heralded as part of the solution, women are now being vilified as the source of corruption in the now-overthrown regimes.
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At the Muslim Brotherhood's headquarters in Egypt's port city of Alexandria, 23-year-old May Kamel found herself arguing with one of the group's senior members.

Kamel, a journalist, had traveled to the Muslim Brotherhood's office to ask about their upcoming political campaign. But she found herself arguing as a woman concerned for her rights.

"You need to explain to the people what you are doing. You need to explain to women what your party wants from them," she told Sobhi Saleh, a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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9:21pm

Fri August 5, 2011
Planet Money

Why S&P's Downgrade Of The U.S. Credit Rating May Not Be As Bad As It Sounds

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 2:26 pm

Standard & Poor's just downgraded America's credit rating. This sounds ominous and world-historical, but the impact of the downgrade could be relatively minor.

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8:30pm

Fri August 5, 2011
NPR Story

S&P Downgrades U.S. Credit Rating

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MELISSA BLOCK, host: This is live special coverage from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block on an evening when Standard and Poor's has moved to downgrade the US credit rating. The ratings agency lowered the U.S. long-term rating from AAA to AA-plus. By way of explanation, S&P said, among other things, that it is pessimistic about the ability of Congress and the administration to stabilize the U.S. debt. It said the recent political brinksmanship over the debt shows America's policy-making to be less stable and predictable than thought.

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6:57pm

Fri August 5, 2011
The Two-Way

S&P Lowers United States' Long-Term Credit Rating

Originally published on Fri August 5, 2011 6:53 pm

Standard & Poor's announced that it had lowered the United States' long-term credit rating to double-A plus. The ratings agency cited political risks and a rising debt burden for their decision.

"The downgrade reflects our opinion that the fiscal consolidation plan that Congress and the Administration recently agreed to falls short of what, in our view, would be necessary to stabilize the government's medium-term debt dynamics," the agency said in a press release.

This is the first time in history that United States has had its credit rating lowered.

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6:44pm

Fri August 5, 2011
Economy

S&P Downgrades U.S. Credit Rating From AAA

Originally published on Fri August 5, 2011 6:40 pm

Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's says it has downgraded the United States' credit rating for the first time in the history of the ratings.

The credit rating agency says that it is cutting the country's top AAA rating by one notch to AA-plus. The credit agency said late Friday that it is making the move because the deficit reduction plan passed by Congress on Tuesday did not go far enough to stabilize the country's debt situation.

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5:13pm

Fri August 5, 2011
The Two-Way

DuPont Pulls Herbicide Blamed For Tree Deaths From Market

Damage done to these Norway spruce trees has been blamed on contact with Imprelis. DuPont is pulling the herbicide.
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DuPont Co. is pulling a new herbicide from the market, after it was blamed for damaging or killing thousands of trees. Since the EPA approved the weedkiller Imprelis for sale last October, it has become the target of several lawsuits.

As reported by the Lawn and Landscape website, DuPont has posted a letter announcing the suspension of sales, and instituting a return-for-refund policy. The company also expressed regret for any "tree injuries."

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5:00pm

Fri August 5, 2011
The Record

Free Concerts: In Washington D.C., They Happen 365 Days A Year

The Washington Performing Arts Society's Children of the Gospel Choir performing at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage July 31, 2011.
Courtesy of the Kennedy Center.

Over the next few weeks Weekend Edition Saturday will be producing stories about the business of putting on free concerts, how they work and what they bring to their communities.

In Washington, D.C., at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, audiences can hear opera, jazz, folk and hip-hop seven days a week, 365 days a year, at 6 p.m. sharp — and never pay a dime.

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4:03pm

Fri August 5, 2011
The Two-Way

Volatile Market Week Brings Promise Of Cheaper Gas

U.S. stock markets finished Friday with a mix of gains and losses, ending a volatile week of steep declines on Wall Street. The release of better-than-expected July job numbers helped early in the day, but the data only seemed to pause, not end, the blood-letting.

But for drivers, there's an upside to the market's losses: The price of gasoline is going to fall, as well, dragged down by the same fears that prompted the flight from stocks.

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4:01pm

Fri August 5, 2011
Economy

Will The Budget 'Supercommittee' Accomplish Anything?

This Aug. 16, 12 lawmakers — six Democrats and six Republicans from both houses of Congress — will become among the most influential figures in Washington.

The lawmakers will be part of a bipartisan joint committee formed under the recent debt-ceiling deal, the result of nearly three months of unending gridlock on Capitol Hill.

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