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Chemical Company In West Virginia Water Crisis Files For Bankruptcy

Freedom Industries has been blamed for a chemical spill that left around 300,000 people without water for days. Last week, a chemical the company uses in cleaning coal leaked into the Elk River and into the public water system.
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In The Long Wait For Aid From Washington, Job Hunters Despair

After failing to agree upon an extension for federal jobless benefits to the long-term unemployed, Congress is vowing to keep trying. The help can't come soon enough for many of the 1.4 million unemployed who saw their checks suddenly cut off last month.
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Week That Was: Smart Fridge Hack, Net Neutrality And The NSA

Your weekly roundup of tech headlines from NPR and publications around the country, including more credit card security breaches and the latest developments with the "Internet of Things." We asked what was in the hacked fridge, but — spoiler alert (pun intended) — we didn't find out.
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Analysts: Credit Card Hacking Goes Much Further Than Target

Retail analysts say more data breaches like the hits on Target and Neiman Marcus are coming. A new report details how hackers "with ties to the former Soviet Union" stay ahead with "innovation and a high degree of skill."
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Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank To End Payday Loan Program

The banks say they will stop offering "deposit advances," a kind of payday loan that had come under fire by federal regulators last year.
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Behind D.C.'s Movie Theater Boom

Over the next few years, the number of movie screens in the District will double. We explore the theater resurgence and find out how the new venues will change moviegoing in the District's neighborhoods.

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How Do We Cultivate Women Leaders?

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg gets to the bottom line for women who want to lead.
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Obama Expected To Say NSA Should Not Hold 'Metadata'

One change that privacy advocates have been pushing for is that the NSA no longer store the records from millions of phone calls — including those of Americans. Officials are telling Reuters and NPR that the president will endorse the idea of having a third party, not the NSA, hold that data.
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DirecTV: Customers Balked At Weather Channel's Reality Shows

The Weather Channel and DirecTV are in a contract dispute. At midnight on Monday, DirecTV dropped the Weather Channel and replaced it with a smaller producer of weather programming. The move raises the question: How much weather information do TV viewers need when they can get it from other sources?

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Colombia Aims To Improve Its Embattled Mining Industry

Alabama-based Drummond Co. has been fined $3.6 million in Colombia for polluting beaches and dumping coal into the ocean. Drummond reflects the wider dilemma facing the Colombian government when it comes to mining. It is promoting foreign investment but environmental controls are lax, leading to contaminated rivers, mercury poisoning and deforestation.

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