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Aetna Announces $37 Billion Merger With Health Insurance Rival Humana

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 10:11am

If the deal passes antitrust scrutiny, it would be the largest such acquisition in the insurance industry. It's the latest sign of consolidation in health insurance in the wake of Obamacare.

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Why The World Might Be Running Out Of Cocoa Farmers

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 8:24am

West African cocoa farmers earn less than $1 a day. Those low wages could jeopardize the future of chocolate labor, as young farmers find better opportunities to earn a living, a new report warns.

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Hours From Greek Referendum, Pro-Bailout Side Holds Slight Edge

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 7:31am

A new poll shows that those favoring the bailout hold a wafer-thin plurality despite Greece's premier labeling the international deal "blackmail."

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Bubble Wrap Fans Were Outraged; Then Calmed Down

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 6:29am

The Internet flipped out when Sealed Air announced a new type of bubble wrap. It'll be cheaper to store and ship — but less satisfying to pop. The company adds it will keep selling the old stuff.

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Greece's Bailout Referendum Boils Down To: Yes Or No

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 4:06am

On Sunday, the people of Greece will vote on their country's future. What happens when voters are asked to choose between two options that could send their country down two very different paths?

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Implementation Of Obamacare Remains A Work In Progress

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 4:06am

With the Supreme Court decision, it appears the Affordable Care Act will stand, but that doesn't mean the law's troubles are over. Renee Montagne talks to Julie Rovner of the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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The Legal Business Of Marijuana Is Growing But The Industry Lacks Diversity

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 4:06am

The business of selling marijuana legally — for medical and recreational purposes — is expanding. But so are concerns that African-Americans are being shut out of this new industry.

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How Personal Should A Personal Assistant Get? Google And Apple Disagree

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 4:03am

When you're buying a smartphone, chances are you don't dig too deeply into the personal assistant. Google aims to change that — and in the process, it's testing our appetite for privacy in a big way.

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Busy Travel Weekend Raises Concerns About Transportation Infrastructure

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 4:32pm

Expect heavy traffic and busy airports if traveling this Independence Day weekend. Travel industry groups say with unemployment down and wages ticking up, more Americans will be on the move.

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New Rules Could Create A New Class Of Overtime Workers

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 4:24pm

The president's proposal would make 5 million more Americans eligible for overtime pay. But the changes don't mean that employers will pay more.

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So Far, So Good For The Economy. But What About The Second Half?

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:45pm

The Labor Department's June report showed decent job growth, with unemployment dipping to 5.3 percent. In fact, 2015's first half was fairly good. But economists see dangers lurking in the back half.

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BP Settlement To Address Ecosystem Damage Caused By Oil Spill

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Bethany Kraft, director of the Gulf Restoration Program at Ocean Conservancy, about the BP spill's impact on the environment to date.

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Man Offers Cheap Housing In Silicon Valley By Renting Out Backyard Tent

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

Due to high costs of housing in Silicon Valley, John Potter rents out a tent on Airbnb for $40 a night.

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Obama Touts New Federal Overtime Pay Rule In Wisconsin

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

President Obama traveled to Wisconsin Friday to tout the administration's new proposed rule that could make 5 million more people eligible for overtime pay.

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Do Organic Farmers Need Special Seeds And Money To Breed Them?

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 2:03pm

Organic farmers say they need crop varieties that were bred specifically for conditions on their farms. Clif Bar & Company decided to back their cause with up to $10 million in grants.

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Why We Shouldn't Be Surprised By Greece's Impasse With Europe

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 11:45am

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was elected on the promise of renegotiating the regimen of austerity imposed on Greece by its creditors. And Europe warned him it expected Greece to repay its debts.

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BP To Pay $18.7 Billion To Settle Gulf Coast Oil Spill Claims

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 9:01am

The agreement with the U.S. government, five Gulf Coast states and more than 400 local governments comes five years after the Deepwater Horizon spill.

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Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.3 Percent, But For The Wrong Reason

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 8:02am

The economy keeps adding jobs at a steady pace, including 223,000 in June, but the Labor Department report for last month shows more people are also leaving the labor force and wages are not rising.

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Justice Department Investigates Airlines For Possible Price Collusion

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 4:08am

The department is investigating whether U.S. airlines worked together to keep ticket prices high. Prosecutors want to know if they held back competition by limiting flights and seating capacity.

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Trump Backlash Shows Latino Consumers' Growing Influence

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 4:08am

Macy's decision to sever ties with Donald Trump after he made derogatory comments about Mexican immigrants is the latest business partnership the real estate mogul has lost in the past several days.

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