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Whatever happened to the 40-hour workweek? A Gallup poll finds that the average American works 47 hours a week. We hear from a sampling of average workers and Gallup’s editor-in-chief. Plus: Jay-Z’s Made in America music festival hits DTLA this weekend, but not without some controversy; also, intelligence officials believe at least 140 Americans have gone to fight for the group in Syria and Iraq so far, and that number seems to be growing. And JP Morgan and four other banks have been hit by hackers, which could have ties to Russia.

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What Happened to the 40 Hour Work Week? 9 MIN, 27 SEC

Forget about that deeply ingrained American idea of the 40-hour work week. According to a new Gallup survey, the average work week is 47 hours. We hear from a sampling of employees who tell us how much they work these days. And we hear from the CEO of Gallup.

Frank Newport, Gallup Poll (@gallup)

LA’s “Made in America” Festival 7 MIN, 5 SEC

Jay Z’s Made in America hits DTLA’s Grand Park Saturday and Sunday of this Labor Day weekend. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the concert in April with Jay Z. The mayor called it his attempt to bring a “great music festival” to the city. We look at the deal the organizers struck with the city and county.

Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times (@LorraineAli)

American ISIS 8 MIN, 45 SEC

The FBI is looking into reports that two more Americans have been killed while fighting for the group known as the Islamic State. This news comes days after San Diego resident Douglas McArthur McCain was killed in Syria while fighting for the group. Intelligence officials believe at least 140 Americans have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq so far, and that number seems to be growing exponentially.

Dina Temple-Raston, NPR News (@NPRDina)

U.S. Officials Try To Gauge Threat From American Fighters In Syria
Brooklyn Man Fights In Syria. Is He A Threat To The U.S.?

Pierce Brosnan, Found Footage, and Retelling Exodus 14 MIN, 13 SEC

In our weekly rundown of film and industry news: November Man is a spy thriller that sports a lot of shots of Pierce Brosnan walking slowly away from exploding cars. Horror/suspense movie As Above, So Below is a “found footage” flick that takes place in the Parisian catacombs. Also out this weekend, Starred Up takes place in a British prison. And we can all look forward to a new Ridley Scott epic that re-tells the Biblical book of Exodus.

Alicia Malone, host of Turner Classic Movies and FilmStruck (@aliciamalone)
Devin Faraci, Badass Digest (@devincf)

Malone's Movie Minute

Hackers Hit U.S. Banks 7 MIN, 31 SEC

Sophisticated hackers recently broke into the computer systems of JP Morgan Chase and four other U.S. banks. Once inside, the hackers siphoned off huge amounts of customer data. The hack went on for months before the banks even realized they had been attacked. The FBI is investigating the possibility that Russian state-sponsored hackers are responsible.

Michael Riley, Bloomberg News (@rileybloomberg)

Russian Hackers Said to Loot Gigabytes of Big Bank Data

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