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4:41am

Thu April 17, 2014
Planet Money

To Increase Productivity, UPS Monitors Drivers' Every Move

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 5:33 am

Elise Amendola AP

The American workforce might want to pay attention to all those brown trucks full of cardboard boxes. UPS is using technology in ways that may soon be common throughout the economy.

On the surface, UPS trucks look the same as they did more than 20 years ago, when Bill Earle started driving for the company in rural Pennsylvania.

But underneath the surface, Earle says, the job has changed a lot. The thing you sign your name on when the UPS guy gives you a package used to be a piece of paper. Now it's a computer that tells Earle everything he needs to know.

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3:30am

Thu April 17, 2014
Europe

Salon Uses Image Of North Korea's Leader To Promote Discount

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 4:41 am

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Kelly McEvers. A salon in London recently used an image of North Korea's leader to promote a discount. Bad hair day? - said the sign with a picture of Kim Jong-un - 15 percent off all gent cuts through the month of April.

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3:09am

Thu April 17, 2014
Around the Nation

Lost Sea Lion Pup Found In California Almond Orchard

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 3:43 am

The pup was discovered 100 miles from the ocean. It mostly likely swam up the San Joaquin River, hopped out and couldn't find its way back.

2:31am

Thu April 17, 2014
Race

Probe: Gains Of Integration Eroded, Especially In The South

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 4:41 am

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Kelly McEvers.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning.

This spring will mark 60 years since Brown versus Board of Education. That's the Supreme Court ruling that was intended to end segregation in America's public schools. But a year-long study by the investigative journalism group ProPublica finds that we've never gotten to that goal. In fact, America in recent decades has been moving backward.

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2:07am

Thu April 17, 2014
NPR Story

The Origins Of The Domesticated Chili Pepper

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 4:41 am

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

Researchers believe they've discovered the origin of another pepper: The domesticated chili pepper, now the most widely grown spice crop in the world.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The birthplace of the world's favorite spice is a fertile valley in East Central Mexico, between Oaxaca and Veracruz, not in the northeastern part of the country as previously thought.

MCEVERS: The Sacramento Bee reports the project conducted at the University of California, Davis was pretty complex. They used archaeology, genetics...

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