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Disney And Universal Bask In The Glow Of Summer Box Office Sales

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 4:06am

Steve Inskeep looks at what was hot and what was not at the summer box office with Kim Masters, editor-at-large for The Hollywood Reporter and host of member station KCRW's The Business.

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NLRB Ruling Could Pave The Way For Fast-Food Unions

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 4:06am

The National Labor Relations Board ruling says companies that use franchises and contractors will be held responsible for working conditions of employees, even if they don't directly supervise them.

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New Tesla Breaks Consumer Reports' Ratings Scale, Bolsters Company's Stock

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 7:37pm

"It kind of broke the system," says Jake Fisher, director of the magazine's auto test division. Tesla's stock rose 8 percent Thursday.

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New Ruling May Have Sweeping Implications For Fast Food, Other Industries

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 3:38pm

The National Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday that many corporations using a franchise model are "joint employers" with the local franchisee, which will impact union organizing and negotiations.

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Boeing Case Is Latest Targeting 401(k) Plans With Excessive Fees

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 3:38pm

The aerospace giant is moving to settle a suit accusing it of mishandling its plan. The case is part of a legal assault by an attorney to stop firms from offering workers high-cost retirement plans.

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Wal-Mart To Stop Selling Some Semi-Automatic Rifles, Including The AR-15

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 3:38pm

The nation's largest retailer will stop selling military-style modern sporting rifles. Citing low demand, not politics, the company says it will focus on other hunting and sportsman firearms.

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FDA Warns Tobacco Companies Advertising 'Natural' Cigarettes

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 1:20pm

Unless a cigarette is safer than others, it can't be labeled "natural" or "additive-free," the Food and Drug Administration told three manufacturers.

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One-Third Of Schools Are Using This App You've Never Heard Of

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 8:03am

Clever, a three-year-old startup, is used by 20 million students and teachers to manage all their other apps.

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Beijing Government Spurred Ordinary Investors To Make Risky Margin Bets

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:11am

China's main stock market looks like any other but there are important differences. Chinese investors have seen dramatic losses this year. Many got in the market because the government encouraged it.

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China's Economic Slowdown Further Hurts Depressed Commodity Prices

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:11am

Turmoil in global stock markets have grabbed headlines, in large part due to China's shaky economy. For months, commodities worldwide have also been plunging, and much of that can be linked to China.

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Despite The Drought, California Farms See Record Sales

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:08am

While the drought has put a strain on California agriculture, its farms actually set an all-time record for total sales — $54 billion — in 2014. How? By pumping more water from their wells.

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Farmworkers See Jobs, Earnings Shrivel In California Drought

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:07am

More than 21,000 are out of work this year from California's drought, a study says. The majority are farmworkers, and those lucky enough to have a job are often working longer hours for less money.

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Philly Preps Blessed Beer And Other Edible Swag To Greet Pope Francis

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:02am

Enterprising businesses will mark the pope's visit to Philadelphia next month with irreverent tchotchkes — including beers brewed with holy water and toasters that etch the pontiff's face on bread.

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Wal-Mart To End Sales Of Some Semi-Automatic Rifles, Citing Low Demand

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 6:30pm

The retail giant says that because of a drop in customer demand, it will focus on other hunting and sportsmen's firearms.

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U.S. Markets End Slump, Posting Large Gains As Dow Rises 619 Points

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 3:41pm

Both the Dow Jones index and the S&P 500 saw gains of nearly 4 percent; the Nasdaq index rose even higher.

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FCC Hopes To Resolve Largest TV Blackout In U.S. History

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 2:24pm

The Federal Communications Commission called a meeting with Dish Network and Sinclair Broadcasting Group. A dispute between the companies has blocked major channels for over five million people.

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In Wake Of Journalist Murders, Media Consider The Graphic Footage

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 2:23pm

Today's deadly shooting of two journalists on live TV has reopened a conversation about how (or even if) sensitive material like the video should be shared.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 Is Now On 75 Million Devices, Company Says

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 11:37am

Microsoft vice president Yusuf Mehdi announced Tuesday that the new operating system is running in 192 countries, and on a wide range of devices, including ones made as early as 2007.

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Why French Winemakers Are Seeing The World Through Rosé-Colored Glasses

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

Many vintners in southern France used to make a few bottles of rosé only for themselves. Now demand for the pale, dry wine has skyrocketed, transforming the lives of the region's winemakers.

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China's Missteps Tarnish A Reputation For Economic Management

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

China's leaders were, until recently, seen as highly competent in managing the economy. But a bungled currency devaluation and a stock market collapse have challenged the conventional wisdom.

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