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Car Title Loan Borrowers Should Be Wary Of Requirements

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 7:00am

Car title loans may sound like a good way to get some cash, using the title of your car as collateral, but they can include conditions that get borrowers into financial trouble.

End Of Medicare Bonuses Will Cut Pay To Primary Care Doctors

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 6:03am

A 10 percent bump in pay under the Affordable Care Act will expire at year-end. The bonus was supposed to help balance the reimbursement discrepancies between primary care providers and specialists.

Fantasy Sports As Day Job: Meet One Of The Industry's Top Winners

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 3:31pm

Is daily fantasy sports a game of skill or one of chance? Just ask one of the industry's top winners, a Bostonian who treats daily fantasy sports as his day job.

Saying No To The Sales, Some Skip Shopping On Black Friday

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 3:31pm

This Black Friday, some people are choosing not to shop. NPR talks to a state park manager in Minnesota and people on a walking tour in Los Angeles about why they're opting out.

How Long Can Florida's Citrus Industry Survive?

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 3:31pm

The USDA recently stunned growers when it projected the smallest orange harvest for Florida in more than 50 years. The culprit: A tiny insect that's killing off the state's trees — and industry.

Smartphones Take Frenzy — And Some Profit — Out Of Black Friday

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 3:31pm

In malls around the country, the holiday shopping season has officially begun. But increasingly, Black Friday is less about lines at stores, and more about online stores.

Live Long And Prosper: Reviving An Idea For Income In Old Age

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 3:31pm

Some financial experts want to bring back tontines, a retirement planning tool. People pool their cash to buy a bond that makes regular payments. The catch: You have to be alive to collect the payout.

Love It Or Hate It, Black Friday Is Here

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 4:19am

As Black Friday 2015 gets underway across the United States, Morning Edition heads to a big box store in Los Angeles. Are shoppers finding bargains, and are they spending money?

Holiday Toys Offer Clues To New 'Star Wars' Movie

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 4:19am

We discover some of this season's hottest toys: light sabers, drones and Millennium Falcons — all for sale in anticipation of next month's release of the new Star Wars film: The Force Awakens.

Food Banks' Pickle: Getting Food To The Right Place At The Right Time

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 4:19am

On any day, a food bank could end up with heaps of pasta sauce, but no pasta. To solve the problem, a network of food banks created a currency of fake money and embraced trade.

Holiday Shoppers Get A Head Start On Thanksgiving

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 12:34am

After opening earlier and earlier on the holiday, most of the more than dozen major retailers like Macy's, Target and Kohl's opened around the same time they did last year — about 5 p.m. or 6 p.m.

California Puts Dungeness Crab Season On Hold Indefinitely

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 4:08am

The West Coast delicacy of fresh Dungeness crab won't be on holiday tables this year. A massive toxic algae bloom in the Pacific Ocean has delayed the commercial crabbing season.

As Britain's Coal Industry Loses Its Glow, Miners Feel Betrayed

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 4:08am

The last deep pit coal mine in northern England closes next month, marking the death of an industry that has fueled area towns for decades. Miners are angry the government didn't do more to help them.

Retail Shoppers Want Theatrical Experiences That Delight And Excite

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 4:08am

Linda Wertheimer talks to analyst Liz Dunn of Talmage Associates about retail trends. She says consumers aren't necessarily buying stuff, they want to buy experiences: travel, restaurants or shows.

Bubble Bursts On Alpaca Market. Sales Slowed, Hay Costs Doubled

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 4:08am

The llama-like animals were the next hot thing coming to backyard farmers. Investors sank tens of thousands of dollars into top-of-the-line breeds. Some breeders were left with near-worthless herds.

Critics Wonder Whether Pennies Make Sense Anymore

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 3:42am

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says the government is reviewing a proposal to stop making the penny. It actually costs nearly 2 cents to make a penny, so the government loses money.

Many Health Co-Ops Fold, Others Survive Startup Struggles

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 3:41am

Establishing a member-owned, nonprofit health co-op from scratch is tough; 12 of 23 that tried under Obamacare have closed after just one year. Sick patients poured in, and promised subsidies didn't.

Fine Brine From Appalachia: The Fancy Mountain Salt That Chefs Prize

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 4:24pm

An artisanal salt producer is processing brine from ancient ocean deposits below West Virgina's mountains. The company, J.Q. Dickinson Salt Works, ships to top chefs who value the salt's minerality.

Plunging Oil Prices Force Producers To Lay Off Skilled Workers

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 3:15pm

Gasoline prices have been plunging this fall, which is great for consumers. But it has been very hard on oil producers, who have been laying off legions of skilled workers. To hang on to their key employees, some companies are offering unpaid sabbaticals or trimming pay across the board to reduce labor costs without layoffs. But for many employers, times are so hard that they have no choice but to keep cutting employee ranks.

Once Prone To Danger On The High Seas, New System Protects Alaska Fishermen

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 3:15pm

When regulations were imposed to protect Alaska's fisheries it led to a dangerous race to catch fish as fast as possible. A new system to manage sustainable fishing is making the job safer.




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