Sonari Glinton en Bank Of America Agrees To Refunds And Fines In Credit Card Case Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Not so good news for another bank. Bank of America, which is on the hook for nearly $800 million in fines and refunds. That's to settle allegations from credit card holders, of deceptive marketing and unfair billing. Regulators say nearly three million credit card holders were affected. The settlement is a major victory for a young federal agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.<p>NPR's Sonari Glinton reports.<p>SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: Seventy hundred and seventy two million dollars. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:51:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 63758 at Toyota Pulls Over 6 Million Vehicles Worldwide Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Another major auto recall today, this time it's Toyota. The Japanese auto giant is recalling 6.4 million vehicles worldwide for a variety of defects, including problems with seat rails and airbags. No injuries have been reported. NPR's Sonari Glinton reports this particular recall is not happening in a vacuum.<p>SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: Less than a month ago, Toyota was hit with a $1.2 billion fine for the way it handled a recall mess from several years ago. Right now, General Motors has been embroiled in a scandal for how it handled a decade-old problem. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 63723 at Just How New Is The 'New' GM? During her grilling before Congress last week, General Motors CEO Mary Barra insisted the new General Motors is different and better than the old one.<p>So as GM begins to fix nearly 2.6 million vehicles for an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to at least 13 deaths, we decided to put that claim to the test.<p>Exactly how new is the new GM?<p>NBC's <em>Saturday Night Live</em> answered with <a href="">a parody version</a> of Barra's explanation:<p>"I can't speak to how the old GM would handle an issue like this Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:42:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 63580 at Just How New Is The 'New' GM? GM CEO Pressed On Handling Of Ignition Switch Defect Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>There was only one thing the new head of General Motors could really say about its recall of defective vehicles. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:17:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 63211 at The Long Road To GM's Ignition Switch Recall The new head of General Motors, Mary Barra, goes to Capitol Hill Tuesday to begin two days of testimony.<p>It's the first time she'll be questioned about a safety defect that's been linked to at least 13 deaths and has sparked a 2.6 million-vehicle recall.<p>At issue for the Detroit CEO is a classic question: What did GM know about the problems with ignition switch problems in its cars, and when did the company know it?<p>And just as important for GM and government regulators is the follow-up question: Why did no one act sooner?<p>In the recent history of General Motors, there's one car that s Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:55:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 63093 at The Long Road To GM's Ignition Switch Recall As Carmakers Turn Up The Recalls, Consumers Tune Out In the past week, Volkswagen recalled 150,000 Passats because of potential hood problems that could damage the headlights, and Honda recalled 900,000 Odyssey vans because of a potential fire hazard.<p>Those moves follow the recent General Motors recall of 1.6 million vehicles over a faulty ignition switch, which has been linked to 12 deaths. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 62444 at As Carmakers Turn Up The Recalls, Consumers Tune Out Toyota's $1.2B Settlement Puts Criminal Probe To Rest Toyota will pay $1.2 billion to end a federal criminal probe into a vehicle recall. Federal regulators said five people died in accidents related to unintended acceleration prior to the recall. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 62279 at Ignition Switch Recall Straddles Old And New GM General Motors is at the center of several investigations involving last month's recall of 1.6 million vehicles with faulty ignition switches. The recall comes at a pivotal time for the company. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:03:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 61908 at Delayed Safety Recall May Haunt General Motors Both houses of Congress are set to investigate, and the Justice Department is reportedly looking into why it took GM so long to inform the public. GM may have known about the problem for a decade. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:04:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 61723 at Delayed Safety Recall May Haunt GM As It Continues Its Makeover General Motors is coming under mounting criticism for its handling of a serious defect. Last month, the company recalled 1.6 million vehicles because of faulty ignition switches linked to 13 deaths. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:39:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 61701 at Delayed Safety Recall May Haunt GM As It Continues Its Makeover What Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power In Russia The United States has threatened economic sanctions against Moscow, but America is light on financial leverage in Russia: The country represents less than 1 percent of U.S. trade, and few major U.S. companies have significant investments there.<p>But one company with a long history in Russia is Pepsi.<p>So how did the American soft drink giant get its foot in the door to build a major market in Russia?<p>This story of how Pepsi came to be sold widely in Russia could give us some insight into how the two counties do or don't do business with each other. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:50:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 61615 at What Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power In Russia Hometown Hero Triumphs In Women's Figure Skating Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>We turn our attention now to the Iceberg Arena in Sochi, Russia. That's where the women's figure skating competition wrapped up for the Winter Olympic Games. And it was a big night for Russia. 17-year-old Adelina Sotnikova won gold. In a come-from-behind victory, she beat out defending champion Yuna Kim of South Korea, who placed second. Carolina Kostner of Italy won bronze. And NPR's Sonari Glinton was at the finals and joins us from Sochi. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 23:46:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 60413 at Female Figure Skaters Compete For Gold — And The Sport's Future If there is such a thing as a home rink advantage, that makes the competition in the women's figure skating program fierce. Russian fans erupted with glee for Adelina Sotnikova on Wednesday. And then there's Yulia Lipnitskaya, a 15-year-old Russian phenom who has thrilled Russian fans and stunned the figure skating world.<p>Scott Hamilton, a 1984 figure skating gold medalist, has been watching Lipnitskaya closely.<p>"She's beyond her years. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 23:02:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 60333 at Female Figure Skaters Compete For Gold — And The Sport's Future U.S. Struggles To Find Skating Groove In Sochi Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.<p>It was another disappointing finish in speed skating for the U.S. at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. American phenom Shani Davis came in 11th place in the 1500 meter, a race for which he's won two silver medals. The focus is now shifted from the American skaters' performance to their suits.<p>NPR's Sonari Glinton reports from Sochi.<p>UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Ready.<p>SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: The difference between first and second in this 1500-meter race is only three 1,000ths of a second. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 60063 at In Men's Figure Skating, U.S. Pins Hopes On A New Class What's the hardest sport at the Winter Games — biathlon, aerial skiing, snowboarding, or high-flying slopestyle?<p><a href="">Jeremy Abbott</a> thought it was one of those until an Olympic official told him otherwise. "Hands down," he was told, "absolutely, figure skating is the hardest."<p>Abbott may not completely agree, but he says it's the rare affirmation he's gotten as a male figure skater.<p>"Growing up, people were like, 'Oh, figure skating — you guys are sissies. ... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:49:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 59926 at In Men's Figure Skating, U.S. Pins Hopes On A New Class American Speedskaters Leave Ice Disappointed U.S. speedskating took a big hit in Sochi today, coming out of the 1,000-meter competition with no medals. The team's highest rank was eighth, earned by Shani Davis, who has dominated this race in the past. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 59826 at Germany's Hoefl-Riesch Wins Women's Super-Combined Skiing <em>As always, if you're among those who don't want to know who's won what until NBC-TV's primetime show is on the air, stop reading now. For those who do like to know what's happening, here's a quick look at the medals already awarded today and some of what's coming later on:</em><p>Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch won the gold medal in the women's super-combined Alpine skiing event Monday. <a href="" target="_blank">As <em>The New York Times</em> reminds us</a>, it's her third career gold. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:56:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 59632 at Germany's Hoefl-Riesch Wins Women's Super-Combined Skiing U.S. Speedskaters Get A Little Help From Their Friends Speedskating is the U.S.'s most successful winter Olympic Sport. In Sochi this year, great things are expected again.<p>The secret to their success includes talent, skill and hard work, but there's also a network of support that buoys the team.<p>Two-time gold medalist Shani Davis is looking to win a history-making third: He would be the first speedskater to win the same event in three different Olympics.<p>During the eight years since his first gold, Davis has brought so many kids into the sport, he's beginning to compete with them. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 13:52:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 59593 at U.S. Speedskaters Get A Little Help From Their Friends In Team Event, Figure Skating Rivals Cheer For Each Other There's always a lot of drama in figure skating, and not necessarily on the ice. There's the judging and the personalities — think <a href="">Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding</a>.<p>But Thursday in Sochi, a new event debuted at the Winter Olympics: team figure skating. Now skaters compete not only individually and in pairs, but also as teams of skaters from each country. That means nearly twice the figure skating, which is great for ratings. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 08:23:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 59450 at In Team Event, Figure Skating Rivals Cheer For Each Other Can The Auto Industry Win The Future If It Looks Like 1974? So my week at the <a href="">North American International Auto Show</a> is wrapping up. It's my fourth Detroit Auto Show. And boy has it come a long way.<p>There is a vibrancy and spirit this year that's different than other shows. There's also been a lot more money spent. The tenor of the show is very different than when the federal government had an ownership stake in Chrysler and General Motors.<p>With the fate of the auto industry not in imminent danger, that leads a reporter like myself to notice oddities that aren't evident in crisis. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 14:43:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 58574 at Can The Auto Industry Win The Future If It Looks Like 1974? Detroit Touts Clean, Efficient Diesels, But America Isn't Sold At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week, it's not all hybrids and battery-powered cars. Some car companies are making significant investments in a fuel that's not new at all — diesel.<p>The newest diesel engines are far cleaner than their predecessors, and they get many more miles per gallon. The question is, what's holding customers back from switching gas pumps?<p>When you look around the auto show, there's a lot of energy and there's a lot of money being spent again. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:28:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 57894 at Detroit Touts Clean, Efficient Diesels, But America Isn't Sold Ford Unveils F-150 With Aluminum Body Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Ah, the North American International Auto Show begins this week begins this week in Detroit. At least 50 new car models will make their debuts. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:23:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 57738 at Ford's New F-150 May Pave The Way For More Aluminum Cars The North American International Auto show begins this week in Detroit, a preview of the most important car technology on the horizon. One of the stars of the show this year is the Ford F-150, a truck that's been the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for decades. And it's by far Ford's most important model.<p>On Monday, the company unveiled a radically new more fuel-efficient redesign of the F-150 — featuring a lighter-weight aluminum body.<p><strong>Aluminum's Advantages</strong><p>At the Joe Louis Arena in downtown Detroit, a few thousand people are waiting for the unveiling of the F-150. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:31:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 57724 at Ford's New F-150 May Pave The Way For More Aluminum Cars For Target, Holiday Woes Are Worse Than Expected Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>The retail giant Target delivered more bad news today. The company was the victim of a massive security breach before Christmas, and today it announced that that cyber-attack was much worse than originally reported. NPR's Sonari Glinton explains.<p>SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: Starting on Black Friday, hackers were able to break into Target's internal systems. The company didn't find out about it for weeks. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:57:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 57571 at Remembering Eydie Gorme, A Vegas Singer Without The Drama <p></p> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 22:42:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 56805 at Remembering Eydie Gorme, A Vegas Singer Without The Drama Anemic Holiday Sales Growth, But Bump In Online, Mobile Buying Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. Retailers are wrapping up a lackluster holiday season. Overall, sales were tepid, but growth exploded online, on mobile devices and with the sale of gift cards. NPR's Sonari Glinton has that story.<p>SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: As important as the lead up to Christmas is, increasingly it's this time that's become important. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 21:21:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 56739 at Drug Stores Rx For Profits: Offer More Than Prescriptions Earnings are skyrocketing at drug stores — Walgreens alone saw its earnings grow nearly 70 percent in the last quarter. Drug stores no longer handle just prescriptions and selected sundries. Big chains now compete with grocery stores and sandwich shops. Consumers are also shopping there for holiday gifts. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 09:50:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 56619 at What's In Store For Commuting's Future? (Hint: There's Hope) If you want to look into the future of commuting, you need only go to the <a href="" target="_blank">graduate transportation program</a> at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.<p>The program's creator, Geoff Wardle, says he started it because he sees a coming tipping point "where all aspects of transportation, whether it's of people or goods, is going to go through some fundamental changes, and we've seen the early signs of that even with the convolutions the automobile industry has been through recently." Wed, 25 Dec 2013 08:15:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 56570 at What's In Store For Commuting's Future? (Hint: There's Hope) Target's Troubles Mount After Payment Data Breach Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>NPR's business news begins with a legal bullseye on Target.<p>OK. More than a dozen customers have now filed lawsuits against the retail giant. This is after Target's security was breached and information from nearly 40 million credit and debit cards were stolen.<p>NPR's Sonari Glinton reports that the company is in full defense mode.<p>SONARI GLINTON, BYLINE: Target has offered credit monitoring to its consumers. It's taken to every social medium to get out its story. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 56513 at Years Of Tumult In The Rear-View, U.S. Auto Industry Revs Back Up Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. We begin this hour with a number. That number is 50. It's for our new series Number of the Year, where we explore the numbers that tell the story of 2013, numbers about same sex marriage, the minimum wage, Syria, even pandas. Today's number tells the story of a rebound in the U.S. auto industry.<p>After a near-death experience in the depths of the financial crisis, car makers are thriving again, and the evidence is in that number. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 21:20:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 56000 at