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SeaWorld Hopes New Orca Habitats Will Stem A Tide Of Criticism

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 5:27pm

The theme park says a 2013 documentary critical of its captive orca attraction has hurt its bottom line. Now, it's pushing back with a social media campaign and plans for new habitats for its whales.

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The Last Word In Business

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:55am

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

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Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:55am

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La. Shrimpers Complain Low Prices Aren't Worth Their Effort

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:55am

Hundreds of Louisiana shrimping boats are docked this week, their nets dry. Shrimpers want more money for their catch. Current prices barely allow them to cover their fuel bills.

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Employer-Sponsored Health Costs Rose Modestly In 2014

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:55am

Health insurance premiums went up only a little more than inflation this year, according to a new survey. The average family plan cost about $16,800. That's a 3 percent increase over last year.

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Is Amazon's Failed Phone A Cautionary Tale?

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:24am

While Apple unveils a futuristic new smartwatch, Amazon slashes prices on its smartphone-for-shoppers. Both companies are searching for the innovation sweet spot in mobile.

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The Alibaba Effect: How China's eBay Transformed Village Economics

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:21am

At first, Sun Han made a staggering 100-percent profit margin on his furniture. Soon everyone in his village was opening a furniture factory — and didn't need to raise pigs anymore.

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Airline Social Media 'Command Centers' Direct Complaint Traffic

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 3:28pm

Southwest Airlines has joined a growing number of airlines that are hiring social media "first responders" to help with customer relations.

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Freight Delays Causing Great Pain Across Plains

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 3:28pm

Grain elevators, auto manufacturers and Amtrak passengers are still facing lengthy delays on rails, as freight train congestion continues to be a drag on the economy all across the country. The problem is particularly bad in the upper Midwest and Great Plains states, where some grain elevators have been waiting to ship their product to market since April. Many blame the delays on the huge increase in Bakken crude oil shipped by rail from North Dakota to refineries in the south, Midwest and on both coasts. The railroads deny they're favoring oil shipments over other products. On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce committee held a hearing on the matter while considering legislation to beef up the enforcement power of the Surface Transportation Board.

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'Ask The White Guy' About The Hawks

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 1:46pm

Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson's email about the diversity of the team's fans could end his run in the NBA. But were his comments really out of bounds?

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Weekly Innovation: A Hair Blowout That Comes To You

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 1:01pm

Yes, you're busy. Now you can get a salon style, without the salon. Following a trend of on-demand everything, there's an app and service for updos and blowouts that come to you.

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Government To Drop Background Check Firm USIS

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 8:24am

The Falls Church, Va.-based private contractor that conducts most of the government's background checks, was the target of a cyberattack last month that breached thousands of personnel files.

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Your Favorite Sites Will 'Slow Down' Today, For A Cause

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 6:03am

Websites including Foursquare, Netflix and WordPress are taking part in Internet Slowdown Day to make a case for unfettered access to the Internet. The slowdown will only be symbolic, not real.

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NYC Condo Sells Parking Spots For $1 Million

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:03am

The underground spaces in lower Manhattan cost more per square foot than the apartments being sold above them, according to The New York Times.

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Big Money On The Line In Dollar Stores' Merger Attempts

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:03am

Dollar General has been courting competitor Family Dollar, but it isn't interested and instead agreed to sell to Dollar Tree. Dollar General reportedly is planning a hostile bid to disrupt that deal.

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Google Sets Out To Repair Its Image In Europe

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:03am

Google is the latest in a string of American technology companies that has run into roadblocks in Europe. Steve Inskeep learns more from Danny Hakim of The New York Times.

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Apple Pay Wants To Be Your Mobile Wallet

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:03am

At a product event on Tuesday, Apple announced a mobile payment system called Apple Pay. CEO Tim Cook says that Apple Pay will provide a secure way to make transactions using one of Apple's devices.

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Detroit Agrees To Lease Water System To Neighboring Counties

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:03am

As Detroit struggles to emerge from bankruptcy, the city reaches a historic deal. After years of acrimony, the city and its suburbs have a tentative deal to share control of Detroit's water system.

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Here's What's Becoming Of America's Dead Shopping Malls

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 2:22am

What happens when a shopping mall dies? Often they're turning into medical centers, churches, schools and universities and new suburban downtowns.

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New York Says It's Time To Flip The Switch On Its Power Grid

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 2:21am

Officials want to overhaul the state's energy grid. Experts say the plan would help utilities withstand severe weather events, but it would also require a massive re-engineering of the power system.

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