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To Keep Planes From Disappearing, NTSB Urges Constant Tracking

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 9:42pm

The agency wants every-minute updates on the locations of planes that fly over water, as well as longer-lasting batteries for black-box beacons, following the disappearance of a Malaysian jet.

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Investment Fund Pours Cash Into Cleaner, Greener Fish Farming

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 5:43pm

Aqua-Spark is the world's first investment fund for sustainable aquaculture. So far it has bet on an alternative fish feed that could take pressure off the oceans and a tilapia farm in Mozambique.

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Family Dollar Shareholders Approve Takeover By Dollar Tree

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 5:03pm

Two of the biggest dollar stores are merging. Family Dollar shareholders agreed to an $8.7 billion takeover Thursday, choosing not to accept a bigger offer from Dollar General due to antitrust fears.

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Google Could Provide Relief To Sprint, T-Mobile With Wireless Deal

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:23pm

Google plans to enter the wireless phone business, according to published reports. By purchasing capacity on the T-Mobile and Sprint networks, Google could sell mobile service directly to customers, a move that would shake up the wireless industry.

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Obama's Big Bid To Change Sick-Leave Laws May Hinge On Small Business

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:16pm

The president's call for mandatory paid sick days starred in his State of the Union address. But forget the big speech: It may be small businesses — and state lawmakers — that decide this debate.

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Debate: Is Amazon The Reader's Friend?

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:01pm

Two teams of editors and writers, including best-selling author Scott Turow, face off over Amazon's influence over the publishing industry, in the latest debate from Intelligence Squared U.S.

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How Much More (Or Less) Would You Make If We Rolled Back Inequality?

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 1:39pm

What would incomes look like for U.S. families today if the income distribution were the same as it was in 1979?

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European Central Bank Launches Stimulus Plan

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:06am

The ECB will begin buying up eurozone member government bonds in a bid to stimulate Europe's flagging economy. America's Federal Reserve had a similar program that aided recovery from its 2008 crisis.

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ECB Unveils Massive Bond-Buying Stimulus Program For Eurozone

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 8:44am

The European Central Bank chief said the bank will buy 60 billion euros' worth of bonds each month until either September 2016 or inflation reaches about 2 percent.

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Communities Around Fort Campbell Brace For Word On Budget Cuts

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:59am

This week, the Army held a town hall meeting at Fort Campbell. The sprawling Army post straddles Kentucky and Tennessee and is a major economic driver for the region.

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Conservatives Disagree With Obama's Social Spending Proposals

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:59am

Steve Inskeep talks with David Frum, senior editor at The Atlantic, about what, if anything, Republicans can work with in President Obama's State of the Union address.

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Obama Defends His Aggressive Agenda In Boise, Idaho

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:59am

In his State of the Union address, President Obama talked about middle-class tax cuts, free community college and paid sick leave. The next day, he headed to Boise to drum up support for his ideas.

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At The Monterey Presidio, City And Army Partner To Reduce Costs

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:55am

Along California's central coast, the city of Monterey and the Army's Defense Language Institute have formed a partnership, saving about $2 million a year by sharing costs.

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Senator 'Astounded' That Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Poorest Patients

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 2:34am

NPR and ProPublica have been reporting about nonprofit hospitals that seize the wages of lower income patients. Sen. Chuck Grassley says hospitals doing that could be breaking the Affordable Care Act.

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Google Is Said To Be Preparing Its Own Mobile Wireless Service

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 8:22pm

Google plans to launch a new mobile phone service that it will sell directly to U.S. consumers, according to technology site The Information and other news outlets.

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The Battle Over Open-Internet Rules Shifts To Congress

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:06pm

President Obama is urging the Federal Communications Commission to protect the principle of net neutrality. But Republicans presented their own set of rules at a subcommittee hearing Wednesday.

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At Davos, U.S. Economic Recovery Widely Lauded

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:40pm

Audie Cornish talks with Kenneth Rogoff, professor of economics at Harvard University, and former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund.

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Middle Class Economics Dominate Obama's State Of The Union

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:25pm

President Obama wants to expand an existing tax credit for child care and create a new one for families with two working spouses. He also wants to make two years of community college free and expand access to retirement savings programs.

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Tired Of Paying For Checked Baggage? You're Actually Getting A Good Deal

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:25pm

Everyone hates to pay extra for checked baggage on an airline. But you probably aren't paying enough — in fact, your baggage is bumping far more lucrative cargo.

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Standard & Poor's Settles In SEC Ratings Fraud Case

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:25pm

Standard & Poor's has agreed to pay fines of nearly $80 million to settle charges that it changed the way it was rating securities in a bid to win business, but didn't bother to tell investors. The firm also agreed to a one year ban on rating certain kinds of securities. A separate Justice Department investigation is still underway.

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