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A Closer Look At Obama's Plan To Protect Consumer Data

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 4:19pm

This week, President Obama is talking about cybersecurity. One proposal sounds pretty straightforward: Alert users if their data has been hacked within 30 days. But critics say it misses the mark.

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Woody Allen Is The Latest Hollywood Star Director To Try TV

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 3:29pm

Allen says he's not sure how he got into this or what he'll do. His half-hour series is set for Amazon's streaming video service.

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Woody Allen Is The Latest Hollywood Star Director To Try TV

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 3:29pm

Allen says he's not sure how he got into this or what he'll do. His half-hour series is set for Amazon's streaming video service.

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For A Successful Future, Ford Looks To Court Teens, Car-Sharers

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 3:16pm

Melissa Block talks to Sheryl Connelly, manager of global trends and "futuring" for the Ford Motor Company, from the Detroit Auto Show about the outlook for the auto industry and what consumers can expect in the coming years.

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OPEC Members Feeling The Pain Of Falling Oil Prices

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 1:36pm

Venezuela's leader was in Qatar this week seeking billions to shore up his flagging economy. Oil prices have fallen by nearly 50 percent since last year and are now near a six-year low.

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U.S. Funding of Health Research Stalls As Other Nations Rev Up

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 12:00pm

It's not just government-sponsored medical research that's dwindled in the last few years in the U.S. Drug firms have curbed their investment, too, especially in early-stage hunts for new drugs.

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Tax Time Gets New Ritual: Proof Of Health Insurance

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 8:20am

The health law requires people to report their coverage status at tax time. Those without insurance or those who received subsidies will have to fill out new forms.

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In Louisiana, Cheaper Gas Can Pump People Full Of Anxiety

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 4:04am

When oil prices dropped in the 1980s, Louisiana was hit hard. The impacts of this latest drop have yet to be fully felt, but the City of New Orleans is more resilient this time.

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Auto Industry Challenged By Falling Gas Prices

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 4:04am

The over reliance on sales of pickups and SUVs helped push U.S. automakers into bankruptcy several years ago. Will Detroit be better prepared for when energy prices start climbing again?

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'Kings When It's Good:' Oklahoma Braces For Possible Crude Crash

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 2:34am

Big-energy states are hoping the cheap oil is just a blip. In Oklahoma, the head of a catering firm delivering food to oil field workers worries that "$40-a-barrel oil? It's going to shut everything."

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Consumer Agency Launches Tool To Help You Find A Cheaper Mortgage

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 2:30am

For many Americans, buying a house is the biggest financial transaction of their lives, but a new federal report says half of buyers don't shop around for a better interest rate on their mortgage.

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Ford's New Aluminum F-150, VW Golf Take Top Detroit Auto Show Honors

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 10:44am

Also notable was the unveiling of General Motors' all-electric Chevrolet Bolt concept car, which seems a clear rival to the Tesla.

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Stealing Oil Is Easy, Selling It On The International Market Isn't

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 3:59am

To steal oil, lots of people need to be in on it: small time crooks and criminal bosses, the owners of oil tankers, corrupt officials and even traders in the United States looking the other way.

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Regulators Take Action Against Delinquent Mines

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 3:59am

In reaction to an NPR/MSHN investigation, federal regulators, a member of Congress and others are considering ways to crack down on mining companies that fail to pay delinquent mine safety penalties.

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Supreme Court Sees The Signs — But Can They Stay?

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 2:26am

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in a case that looks at how municipal governments may regulate where and when signs are posted.

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States And Businesses Continue Playing The Keystone XL Waiting Game

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 4:10pm

What would happen if the Keystone XL pipeline does not go ahead? NPR's Arun Rath talks with Peter Schwiering of Rose Rock Midstream, a crude oil storage company in Cushing, Okla.

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If A Smart Stove Could Suggest Recipes, Would You Buy It?

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 1:48pm

Tech companies are lining up to sell us "smart" things that learn what we might want and give it to us before we ask. But so far consumers seem wary, in part because of privacy concerns.

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New Streaming Services Are Changing TV — And Viewers, Too

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 4:36am

DISH Networks will soon debut Sling TV, a new streaming service for some cable channels with no cable subscription. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says such services are changing how we watch TV.

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New Streaming Services Are Changing TV — And Viewers, Too

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 4:36am

Streaming services like Netflix and the DISH Network's new Sling TV are helping consumers break free of cable subscriptions. That means TV shows must find new ways to connect with their viewers.

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Employment Is Up. Paychecks, Not So Much

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 9:32am

Hopes that wages may finally be solidly on the rise were dashed in Friday's jobs report. While employers added 252,000 new jobs, average hourly earnings actually dipped.

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