Morning Edition for Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Healthsherpa Helps Thousands Get Insurance Quotes

The computer coders who made healthcare.gov may not have had the best of e-commerce in mind. The site looks like something melded together by a dozen government bureaucracies, and is so bad, it's driven away online shoppers. But a group of coders in Silicon Valley says it doesn't have to be this way. They've created healthsherpa.com.
Emery Go Round is a free shuttle, provided by businesses in Emeryville, Calif. Not only did the popular shuttle help solve one of the most annoying problems for transportation planners known as the last mile, it helped the city reinvent itself as a home to headquarters for Pixar, Jamba Juice and Peet's Coffee.

Forget The Car Keys — This Commute Requires A Paddle

Rather than traffic jams, kayak commuter Stephen Linaweaver has to look out for container ships. Every day, he paddles in his blue boat from the Port of Oakland to his job in San Francisco. His route may not be shorter than yours — but yours probably doesn't include harbor seals.

Cricket Star Sachin Tendulkar To Retire At 40

Sachin Tendulkar, arguably the greatest modern cricket star, prepares to play the last match of his career in India on Thursday. Commentator Sandip Roy explains why Tendulkar matters so much to the sport.

Relatives To Face Whitey Bulger At Sentencing Hearing

It's the moment many victims of former Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger have been waiting decades for. In federal court in Boston on Wednesday, relatives of those killed by Bulger will face the former gangster and describe their pain.
Twenty-nine lawmakers are supposed to come up with a long-term budget deal by mid-December. They meet again Wednesday around a conference table, facing huge hurdles and led by two people who couldn't be more different: Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

To Merge, American, U.S. Airways Must Give Up Slots

The Justice Department said the new, combined airline will hand over some slots at key airports to low-cost competitors to assuage antitrust concerns.
Even though it's not a negotiating period, Boeing told the union that members have to vote Wednesday on an eight-year contract extension that includes higher health insurance costs and a pension freeze. Boeing says if they don't pass it, the company may build the next version of its wide-body 777 jet elsewhere.

The Last Word In Business: Soaring Price Of Bacon

The late Irish-born painter Francis Bacon is known for dark and often disturbing imagery. Bacon's work shattered records when his portrait, "Three Studies of Lucian Freud," sold for more than $142 million.

Typhoon Relief Supplies Badly Needed In Tacloban

Relief workers are trying to get more food, water and medicine to survivors of Friday's typhoon in the central Philippines. Two more airports have opened in the region and the U.S. military is installing equipment so that relief flights can land at night. Tacloban was the worst hit city.

Chain Of Low-Cost Schools Open In Kenya

Private entrepreneurs are attempting to offer low-cost, for-profit schools to some of the poorest families in the world. One school in Kenya promises a high quality education for just $5 a month. Some education advocates, however, say private, for-profit schools undermine already struggling public education systems in the developing world.
More and more people have started using the Internet to rent out their underused personal assets — apartments, cars, their spare time — to earn extra cash. The peer-to-peer economy is exploding, made possible by technology.
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The closure of bank branches can leave people in low-income areas vulnerable to predatory lenders and pricey check cashers. On the west side of Dayton, Ohio, residents and businesses are trying to entice banks to come back after a recent closure created a banking desert nearly five miles wide.

Afghan Air Force Races To Prepare For Solo Mission

Afghanistan's rugged terrain and limited roads make military aircraft essential for troop movement, delivering supplies and medevac. The fledgling Afghan air force has a limited number of pilots, planes and spare parts, and NATO says it will take at least three more years to build up the force.
U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan are set to end after next year. So if the fighting stops, does the war on terror end? What does the end of the war mean for the detention center in Cuba and on drone strikes in Afghanistan?

After Decades, Braves To Move To Suburban Atlanta

The Atlanta Braves will abandon downtown for a new stadium in suburban Cobb County. The Braves have played in the city for almost 50 years, and the news came as a big shock to residents.

Why Has Football Become So Brutish?

The owner of the Miami Dolphins says he will meet Wednesday with the player who has accused teammates of harassment. Frank Deford says the allegations represent just the most recent disgrace for football.

Duke Will Be 'Crowned' For Foreseeable Future

Crowning the Duke of Wellington with a traffic cone is a tradition in Glasgow, Scotland. Frustrated officials wanted to raise the 1844 statue to a height that could keep the cones off the duke's head. Removing them costs the city $160 each time. But the effort to elevate the duke was stopped by a petition.
The Singapore man's father is named Suparman. The father named him Batman so that according to local custom he would be called Batman son of Superman — or Batman bin Suparman.
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