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As 'Hollywood Jobs' Turns 10, We Follow Up With The Folks In The Credits

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 2:29am

NPR's Susan Stamberg has talked to everyone from focus pullers to foley artists. She finds that in the last 10 years, technology and out-of-state tax incentives have been Hollywood game-changers.

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As Oil Prices Tank, Firms Large And Small Feel The Pain

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 5:06pm

Oil companies are laying off thousands of workers, and firms that provide services to support the industry — from drilling to seismic surveys — have been told they must slash costs to keep working.

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'Lady Brigade' An Answer To Limited Patriotic Clothing For Women

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 3:05pm

Lady Brigade, a business started by former soldier Nadine Noky solves a problem for female veterans who have limited patriotic clothing options: T-shirts designed specifically for the woman warrior.

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Under Competitive Pressure, Wal-Mart To Rollout Raises

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 3:05pm

Around 500,000 Wal-Mart employees will soon be getting a raise. The company said on Thursday it would spend $1 billion to make sure all employees earn at least $9 an hour starting in April. Wal-Mart's minimum wage would go to $10 an hour in early 2016.

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NASCAR Enters New Season After Shifting Gears To Bump Viewership

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 3:05pm

Though admissions lagged behind pre-recession levels and stadium seats are being torn out, 2014's new playoff model and speedway brawls made for one of the most thrilling seasons in the past decade.

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A Wet And Wild Look Inside The 'Mushroom Houses' Of A Fungi Farm

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:55pm

Foraging for wild, edible fungi may be a growing trend. But most of the mushrooms we eat come from farms – and a behind-the-scenes look at one of them turns out to be pretty exciting on its own.

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Humana Discloses Widening Justice Dept. Probe Of Medicare Advantage Plans

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:37pm

Privately run Medicare Advantage plans offer seniors an alternative to standard Medicare. The plans are paid monthly fees based on complex risk formulas that are drawing federal scrutiny.

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Walmart Gives 500,000 Employees A Pay Raise

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 9:36am

The retailer says starting in April, thousands of full and part time employees will make $9.00 an hour.

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Greece Seeks To Extend Eurozone Loans, As Deadline Looms

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 6:06am

With the bailout package that has kept Greece's economy afloat set to expire in just over a week, the country has formally asked Eurozone members for a six-month extension.

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Ecuador's Answer To The Global Cocoa Shortage

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 4:00am

The world is running out of chocolate. A scientist in Ecuador has come up with a solution. But if you love chocolate, you might not like it.

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Chocolate Makeover: Nestle Dumps Artificial Colorings

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 2:26am

The food giant says it's removing artificial flavors and colorings from all of its chocolate candies. The move is part of a broader push by food firms to meet growing demand for natural ingredients.

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Will A Tipped Wage Hike Kill Gratuities For New York's Waiters?

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 3:59pm

New York's wage board is proposing a boost in the minimum wage for people who work for tips. Some restaurateurs say this could raise labor costs and force them to drop tipping and raise menu prices.

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Some Gas Stations Find New Business As Food Destinations

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 3:54pm

There are taquerias, barbecue joints and gastropubs. To any food-loving road traveler, these places were always around, especially if you happened to chat up the locals and find one of these hidden gems. But increasingly the eateries are popping up at gas stations and convenience stores, where the food was, let's just say, less than stellar. Now, they're a destination in and of themselves.

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From Jobs To Car Parts, Port Dispute Rippling Through The Economy

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 3:49pm

A labor dispute between shipping lines and dock workers has created big cargo backups at many West Coast ports. The slowdown is touching nearly every part of the nation's consumer economy.

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Heaps Of Oranges Could Rot As West Coast Dock Dispute Drags On

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 2:47pm

Millions of pounds of citrus fruit are stranded and at risk of spoiling in warehouses and boats at major ports in California. It's the result of a dockworker labor dispute that's jammed operations.

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2014 Midterm Election Was The Most Expensive One Yet

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:46pm

The $3.77 billion appeared to come from a smaller cadre of donors than in the 2010 midterms, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

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David Remnick Looks Back On Tough Decisions As 'The New Yorker' Turns 90

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:45pm

Remnick, who became editor in 1998, talks about his early days at the magazine and his biggest regret: He says he'd "dearly love to have another crack" at covering the weapons of mass destruction.

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Blind Boy's Quest Prompts Australia To Plan Tactile Cash

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 9:55am

Blind since birth, Connor McLeod couldn't tell how much money he'd been given for Christmas. So he started a petition seeking banknotes that can be differentiated by feel.

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Prosecutors Raid HSBC's Geneva Office Over Suspected Money Laundering

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 7:03am

The raid comes a week after leaked HSBC documents showed that the bank's Swiss unit had helped its international clients launder profits and shelter their holdings from their home countries.

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'You Are Invited': Isolated Iran Seeks Foreign Tourists

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 4:12am

Iran often seems conflicted about its future. Last week, a big rally included the usual anti-American rhetoric, while the following day marked the opening of an international tourism exhibit.

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