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Koch Brothers' Group Tries To Derail Detroit Bankruptcy Deal

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 4:08am

State lawmakers are debating bills that would give Detroit about $200 million as part of a larger aid package. Many Republicans are balking at the deal after threats of political retribution.

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These Days, A Penny Doesn't Buy Very Much

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 4:08am

The penny occupies a strange spot in our economy — it's worth almost nothing. Our Planet Money Team goes on an expedition through the streets of Manhattan to find something they can buy for one cent.

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Why Those Tiny Microbeads In Soap May Pose Problem For Great Lakes

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 2:20am

The plastic beads in some face soaps look a lot like fish food when they end up in the water. Two states are close to banning the beads, which researchers say can spread toxins through the food chain.

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Double Trouble For Coffee: Drought And Disease Send Prices Up

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 2:18am

Coffee prices have spiked this year because of drought in Brazil and a disease that's crippling coffee production in parts of Central America. Coffee traders says prices could rise to $3 a pound.

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Royal Caribbean Offers 5-Week-Long U.S. To China Cruise

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 4:28pm

The one-time voyage is meant to inaugurate the company's new Quantum of the Seas, a 1,142-foot vessel that will hail from Shanghai.

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Big Deals: We Charted Billion-Dollar Tech Buyouts Since 2002

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 4:18pm

Lately, there have been so many big technology acquisitions in the headlines that it's hard to keep them straight. Check out our visualization of the most notable tech takeovers of recent years.

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In Layoff Announcement, NPR Says It Will End 'Tell Me More'

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 3:23pm

National Public Radio has eliminated 28 positions and plans to end the program "Tell Me More." The moves come as the network continues its attempt to eliminate budget deficits.

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North Carolina Union Seeks To Enlist College Athletes

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 1:26pm

The move comes two months after a National Labor Relations Board ruling that athletes at Northwestern University are school employees and therefore are entitled to form a union.

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NPR To End 'Tell Me More,' Eliminate 28 Positions

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 11:28am

The moves come as part of the network's effort to close this year's more than $6 million budget gap. Tell Me More host Michel Martin will remain with NPR.

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Wave This Scanner Over Your Plate, Get A Nutritional Analysis

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 10:42am

Renee Montagne reports on a tiny hand-held device that you wave over your food and find out the chemical components and calories.

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G.M. Recalls 2.42 Million Vehicles Over Four Different Issues

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 10:42am

The American auto company has faced intense criticism over its failure to recall more than 2 million vehicles with ignition switch problems linked to at least a dozen deaths.

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How Far Your Paycheck Goes, In 356 U.S. Cities

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 9:13am

Where middle-class workers feel richest and poorest — and where the cost of living takes the biggest bite.

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Chipotle Tells Its Customers Not To Bring Guns To Its Restaurants

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 8:52am

The request is similar to the one made by Starbucks back in September and comes after a the group Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America launched a national campaign.

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U.S. Files Cyberspying Charges Against Chinese Officials

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 6:41am

The Justice Department filed charges Monday against five members of the Chinese military. U.S. officials said the five are accused of hacking six American companies to gain trade secrets.

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In China, Anger At U.S. Hacking Charges — And Claims Of Hypocrisy

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 6:20am

Citing U.S. surveillance and wiretapping operations, China says the U.S. has double standards on cybersecurity. The angry response came a day after the U.S. accused 5 Chinese officials of hacking.

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Unpaid Court Fees Land The Poor In 21st Century Debtors' Prisons

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 5:12am

Debtors' prisons were outlawed in the United States back before the Civil War. But an NPR state-by-state survey found that people still get sent to jail for unpaid court fines and fees.

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The Last Word In Business

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 4:09am

Renee Montagne has the Last Word in business.

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St. Louis Holds Competition To Attract Startups

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 4:09am

The competition, called the Arch Grants, gives $50,000 to 20 young businesses. In exchange for the money, the winners will have to move their businesses to St. Louis.

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Malicious Software Probe Reveals Vast Criminal Network

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 4:09am

Authorities have charged developers and users of RAT, a software program that makes spying on an individual's computer easy. Users can capture passwords and spy on people through laptop cameras.

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Foreclosure Overhaul Comes Too Slowly For Many Homeowners

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 4:09am

The biggest U.S. banks are still foreclosing on homeowners who qualify for new loans, according to a coalition of non-profits. That's despite settlements aimed at preventing unnecessary foreclosures.

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