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And So We Meet, Again: Why The Workday Is So Filled With Meetings

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:14am

Office workers are spending more and more time in meetings and preparing for meetings. Experts say it's often a waste of time, and managers — as well as a "meeting culture" — are to blame.

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For Long-Haul Drivers, Cheap Gas Means A Sweeter Commute

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:13am

The plunge in gas prices is expected to save the average household about $750 this year. For rural families and others who drive a lot, the savings will likely be even greater.

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Insurance Choices Dwindle In Rural California As Blue Shield Pulls Back

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:12am

When Blue Shield Of California stopped selling individual health policies in many zip codes in 2014, even insurance agents were surprised. Blue Shield says it dropped out to keep premiums low.

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The Next Air Force One Will Be A Boeing 747-8

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 6:43pm

The Air Force says the decision came down to the American-made 747-8 or the Airbus A380, which is manufactured in France. But even with that pick, the 747 program might not last much longer.

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Coffee Horror: Parody Pokes At Environmental Absurdity Of K-Cups

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 5:21pm

The market for single-serving coffee pods is dominated by Keurig's K-Cups. But they aren't recyclable, and critics say that's making a monster of an environmental mess. Meet the K-Cup Godzilla.

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McDonald's CEO Don Thompson Steps Down

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 5:10pm

He is being replaced by company executive Steve Easterbrook. Today's announcement comes just days after the world's largest fast-food chain warned of weak results in the first half of 2015.

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Yes, Your Toilet Paper Squares And Rolls Are Shrinking

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:06pm

Robert Siegel talks to Steven Chercover, a research analyst who studies the paper and forest industries, about the trend of shrinking toilet paper rolls.

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Ad Fumble: GoDaddy Pulls Super Bowl Puppy Commercial Amid Outrage

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:01pm

In the ad, the lost puppy returns home only to find that his owners have sold him using a website made with GoDaddy. Its an apparent parody of the latest Budweiser Super Bowl commercial.

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Deal May Be In Sight For Pacific Coast Longshoremen

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:25pm

After nearly eight months of negotiations, it's still not clear whether a labor deal could end a worsening congestion crisis on the west coast.

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Where Is All That Excess Oil Going?

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 2:48pm

Oil prices are low because there's too much on the market. That extra oil has to be stored somewhere. A lot of it is sitting on ships at sea, with traders hoping the price will go up soon.

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China Continues To Push The (Fake) Envelope

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 12:34pm

A fake bank in Nanjing bilked customers out of nearly $33 million. With trappings of a real bank, like security guards and LED screens, the bank fooled depositors attracted by higher interest rates.

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Yahoo Plans To Spin Off Remaining Stake In Alibaba

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:14am

Yahoo has announced it will spin off its 15 percent stake in the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba. Shareholders had been waiting for that decision.

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Officers Ask Map App To Remove Police-Tracking

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 2:34am

In the aftermath of the shooting death of two NYPD officers, law enforcement officials are asking the popular navigation app Waze to remove a feature that allows users to see officers' locations.

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Tiger Skins And Rhino Horns: Can A Trade Deal Halt The Trafficking?

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 2:23am

A proposed U.S.-Asia trade pact calls for incorporating the issue wildlife trafficking. The goal is to slow the poaching of endangered animals such as elephants, tigers and rhinos.

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Apple Sold 30,000 iPhones An Hour Last Quarter, Scored Record Profits

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:39pm

The tech giant sold 74 million phones in three months.

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Obama Administration Proposes Opening Up Atlantic To Drilling

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 2:51pm

At the same time, a new Interior Department plan designated nearly 10 million acres in Alaska as off-limits to any future oil and gas leasing. Reaction has been mixed to the draft plan.

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Greece Looks To Renegotiate Bailout Terms

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 4:01am

The newly elected leadership in Greece is against budget cuts imposed by the European economic zone in return for bailing it out. Renee Montagne talks to Tom Nuttall of The Economist.

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Facebook, Instagram Suffer Outage

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 1:43am

Facebook suffered a widespread outage lasting roughly 40 minutes on Tuesday affecting users in the United States, Asia, the United Kingdom and Australia.

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Obama's Arctic Refuge Drill Ban Won't Change Much, For Now

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 5:52pm

Oil industry representatives are criticizing the decision, but analysts say the shale revolution will buy the industry time to develop safe technology in the threatened environment.

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Intended For Millennials, Dish's Sling TV Is A Cord Cutter's Dream

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 2:23pm

Dish Network soon debuts its Sling TV streaming service, with a small group of cable channels for $20 a month. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans tried it and says Sling TV is a welcome challenge to cable.

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