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Renewed U.S.-Cuba Ties Could Mean Big Things For Cigar Market

2 hours 25 min ago

As the U.S. opens up to Cuban exports, David Savona of Cigar Aficionado magazine tells NPR's Arun Rath how it will affect the market for Cuban cigars.

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While U.S. Focuses On Sony Hack, Rest Of The World Is In The Dark

2 hours 25 min ago

The controversy around the film "The Interview" is a top story in the U.S., but those living inside North Korea have no knowledge of the film. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Washington Post Tokyo bureau chief Anna Fifield.

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Many States Now Have $2 Gasoline, Analyst Says

3 hours 10 min ago

An analyst from says 24 states have at least one station with the price per gallon at $1.99 or less.

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CEO Says Sony Pictures 'Did Not Capitulate,' Is Exploring Options

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 5:03pm

Melissa Block talks to Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton about the cyber attack against his company and the cancellation of the Christmas Day release of The Interview.

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Government Sells Last Major Stake In A Bank Post-Financial Crisis

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:43pm

The government has sold its stake in Ally Financial, the last major bank that was involved in the TARP bailout program.

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New Cuba Relationship Could Be A Boon For American Farmers

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:32pm

Two-thirds of the food Cubans eat is imported — but the reestablishment of ties with the U.S. could open opportunities for American farmers.

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Apple Responds To BBC On Conditions At Asian iPhone Suppliers

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 2:23pm

Jeff Williams, the tech giant's vice president for operations, told British-based employees that Apple has done more than any other company to ensure fair and safe working conditions.

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Instagram Is Now Valued At $35 Billion By Citigroup Analysts

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:22pm

Less than three years ago, Facebook purchased Instagram for $1 billion. The photo-sharing service is said to have more than 300 million users.

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Obama Says Sony Should Not Have Pulled Film Over Threats

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 10:53am

"That's not what America's about," the president said in a news conference, calling the cancellation of The Interview's release a "mistake." The FBI has accused North Korea of being behind the attack.

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3 Business Best-Sellers Show Inequality Is Now The Hot Topic

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:03am

Many business books try to help you get rich quick. But three of 2014's biggest sellers focused on unfairness and inequality. Economists say expect more: Books on inequality are riding a huge wave.

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When A Hospital Bill Becomes A Decade-Long Pay Cut

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 4:02am

Nonprofit hospitals provide assistance to poor patients in exchange for tax breaks. But some still seize wages of poor patients with unpaid bills — even those who qualify for free or reduced care.

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Tourism Industry Gears Up For Cuban Travel Ban To Be Lifted

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 4:02am

Obama says normalizing ties with Cuba will eventually mean relaxing rules on travel to Cuba. It may take some time for the new rules to take effect but travel agents are already getting phone calls.

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U.S. Authorities Investigate, Sony Reels From Computer Hack

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 4:02am

The White House has stopped short of naming North Korea as the aggressor in the cyberattack against Sony Pictures. That hack resulted in the cancellation of the film The Interview.

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For An Island Trapped In The '50s, An Instant Digital Revolution

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:03am

Cuba is one of the least connected countries on Earth, with 5 percent of residents online. But it could become the Caribbean's largest market if the Castros open the nation up to the Internet.

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When Working In Mixed Groups, Staying P.C. Boosts Productivity

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:17pm

Research shows that setting clear guidelines for how women and men interact remove uncertainty and make it easier to exchange ideas. It's unnecessary clutter in single-gender groups, however.

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Opportunity, Caution Seen For U.S. Banks As Cuba Rules Ease

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 5:08pm

President Obama eased restrictions on Cuba this week, including a relaxation of rules barring U.S. banks from doing business there. But banks are awaiting details and are likely to proceed cautiously.

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Risky Comedies Could Be In Jeopardy After 'Interview' Is Pulled

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:49pm

Audie Cornish talks with John Horn of KPCC's The Frame, about what Sony's decision to cancel The Interview means for Hollywood, freedom of speech and future artistic expression.

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No Fracking In New York? That's OK With Pennsylvania

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:43pm

Environmental groups cheered New York's decision to ban the practice, and some in the industry say when it comes to good-paying jobs, New York's loss is Pennsylvania's gain.

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What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:06pm

The decision to normalize relations is driving all kinds of speculation about American food companies opening up shop in Cuba. But analysts say: Don't expect to see McDonald's there anytime soon.

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New Popularity Of L.L. Bean Boots Sparks Scramble To Fill Orders

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 3:50pm

L.L. Bean's iconic rubber and leather boots have swung back into fashion with young people and are more popular than ever. The backlog stands at nearly 100,000 pairs; it will take months to catch up.

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