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For Crop Duster Pilots, Wind Towers Present Danger

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 2:45am

Short, unlit towers are used to prospect for new wind farms. But the structures pose a threat to crop duster pilots. Transportation officials are urging better markings and other safety improvements.

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Senate OKs Judicial Nominees, Tax Extensions Before Republican Takeover

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:45am

Lawmakers in the Senate approved an extension of tax breaks and confirmed 12 more judicial nominees, but a terrorism insurance bill didn't survive the night.

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On Nebraska's Farmland, Keystone XL Pipeline Debate Is Personal

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:35pm

The pipeline's fate looms large in Washington. But for people living in Keystone XL's proposed path, the project will alter livelihoods and legacies — for better or worse, depending on whom you ask.

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Amid Threats By Hackers, Actors Pause Promotion Of Sony Movie

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:05pm

Sony is withdrawing James Franco and Seth Rogen from upcoming media appearances to promote The Interview. The move follows threats against theaters by a group that allegedly hacked Sony's documents.

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Shopping On Shore Leave: How Seafarers Head To The Mall

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:02pm

Most of us pack a lot of trips to the mall into the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. But what if you could only go shopping for just a few hours once a month?

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Ruble's Troubles Tied To Falling Oil Prices, International Sanctions

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 3:18pm

The world benchmark for oil fell below $60 on Tuesday. Russia's Central Bank hiked interest rates in a bid to support the plummeting ruble, but had little success.

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Apple Wins $1B iPod Antitrust Lawsuit

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:40pm

A California jury has found that Apple's iTunes 7.0 did not violate antitrust laws when it restricted files bought on other music services.

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Economists: Congress Gets A Hat Tip (Barely) For Its Efforts

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:23pm

Congress passed no laws addressing the minimum wage, tax reform, trade or immigration this year. But judged by the low recent standards, lawmakers got light applause from economists.

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Has Vladimir Putin Just Overplayed His Hand?

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:15am

The Russia leader was riding high at home this year with the successful Winter Olympics and his annexation of Crimea. Now he's staring at a recession and has alienated Western nations that could help.

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Successful Tech Requires An Old-Fashioned Skill: Organizing People

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 9:30am

Learning how to code may be the hot thing to do right now, but it's not enough, argues contributor Catherine Bracy. What successful tech companies do best is organize people toward similar goals.

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Few Employers Cover Egg Freezing For Women With Cancer

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:22am

Although egg freezing is the perk of the moment at some high-profile companies, the option isn't often available, even for women with serious illnesses that could affect their fertility.

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Is Courting Controversy An Urban Outfitters Strategy?

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 6:03am

Questionable sincerity aside, the recent pileup of apparent missteps by the retailer raises another question: Is the company doing it on purpose?

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Top Chefs Discover Denver's Fast-Growing Restaurant Scene

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:10am

Thanks in part to the nearby oil and gas boom, Denver is seeing a flood of affluent professionals with a hunger for good food. In one month this summer, for example, 40 restaurants opened.

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Sony On The Defensive After Hackers Attack Its Computer Network

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:10am

Unidentified hackers have been releasing internal documents from Sony Pictures Entertainment. Renee Montagne talks to Kim Zetter, a senior staff reporter at Wired magazine, about the attack.

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Top Chefs Discover Denver's Fast Growing Restaurant Scene

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:10am

Thanks in part to the nearby oil and gas boom, Denver is seeing a flood of affluent professionals with a hunger for good food. The city's population has ballooned in the last couple of years.

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'Reshoring' Trend Has Little Impact On U.S. Economy, Study Finds

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:36am

"Reshoring," or bringing U.S. jobs back from overseas, is not as prevalent as has been reported, a consulting firm's research finds. The study found a total of 300 cases from 2013.

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Argentina's Approach To Inflation: Ditch The Peso, Hoard U.S. Dollars

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:24am

The country's inflation rate is running around 40 percent this year, according to private economists. As a hedge, Argentines are always looking for ways to get their hands on U.S. dollars.

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Hustle Behind The Wheel: What It's Like To Be An Uber Driver

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 6:26pm

The ride hailing service says it is creating 20,000 driver jobs every month. While this makes the service better for customers, drivers worry it will drive prices — and their earnings — down.

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Russia Boosts Interest Rates To 17 Percent Amid Currency's Slide

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:50pm

The move to raise rates from 10.5 percent is aimed at limiting the ruble's slide and curbing inflation. Sanctions and low oil prices have made it the world's worst-performing major currency this year.

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Lawyers Say Sony Can't Keep Media From Reporting Hacked Details

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:34pm

NPR's David Folkenflik talks with Melissa Block about the discussion within media circles about the legality and propriety of publishing information stolen in the hack attack against Sony Pictures.

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