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Gaza Tech Incubator Finds Success In International Crowdfunding

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 8:57am

Billions have been pledged to help rebuild Gaza, but little of that money has arrived yet. But a startup accelerator is drawing interest and crowdfunding from around the region and the world.

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It's Ugly Christmas Sweater Season — Share Your Best (Bad) Attire

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 8:12am

The themed party trend is on us again, and holiday garb bedecked with bells, lights and way too much tinsel is selling fast. Show us your best holiday monstrosity — use the hashtag #NPRuglysweaters.

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Tech Week: Instagram Vs. Twitter And Europe Vs. Google

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 4:18am

Instagram beat Twitter on a key metric, but Twitter's co-founder says he doesn't care. And Google's woes in Europe continued as the tech giant shut down Google News in Spain over a new law there.

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Do Guns On The Premises Leave Workers More Safe Or Less?

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 4:41pm

Private companies used to make their own rules about guns on their property. But a growing number of states have adopted laws allowing workers to keep guns in their cars in the workplace parking lot.

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Low Gas Prices Expected To Continue As Crude Oil Drops To $58 A Barrel

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 3:26pm

The price of oil fell again on Friday morning. The price of West Texas Intermediate, the U..S. benchmark, dipped below $60 a barrel after news the International Energy Agency had cut its demand forecast for 2015.

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Al Sharpton's Two Hats: Cable News Host And Activist

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 3:26pm

As a cable news host, Al Sharpton is covering big stories such as the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner involving his work as an activist. There can be tension in the two roles.

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To Attract Millennials, A Company Changes Its Product And Workplace

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 3:26pm

To modernize his firm, CEO Craig Malloy not only updated the technology he sells, but found ways to bring in younger employees. But those changes make some baby boomers feel left behind.

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Confusion Over Job-Based Insurance Can Shortchange Consumers

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:35pm

Some consumers mistakenly think that having access to skimpy coverage at work means they won't qualify for subsidies if they are interested in a more complete policy on the health care exchanges.

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Fla. Tomato Pickers' Wins Could Extend To Dairy, Berry Workers

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:13pm

In the last four years, 30,000 tomato pickers covered by a "fair food" program got a 50-to-70 percent pay raise. Advocates are now working with retailers and other industries to duplicate the model.

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Wealth Gap Between Races Widened During Recession, Study Says

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 11:45am

According to the Pew Research Center, white, black and Hispanic households all lost wealth during the recession, but non-whites saw the disappearance of a much greater percentage of their net worth.

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Aerial Photos Are New Weapon In Organic Civil War

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:43am

An organic watchdog organization says big organic egg and milk producers are violating organic rules. As evidence, it offers aerial photos — but some photos may not be of organic operations.

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SeaWorld CEO Steps Down, Amid Controversy, Drop In Attendance

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 9:30am

SeaWorld has be under fire for years, over its treatment of Orcas. A critical documentary suggested the treatment led to the death of a trainer in 2010.

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Why The White House Wants To Go After Seafood Pirates

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 4:02pm

Americans eat more seafood than just about anyone, but a big portion of imports are caught illegally. One expert calls this "the single greatest threat to sustainable fisheries in the world today."

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Hacked Sony Emails Pull The Curtain Back On Hollywood

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:38pm

Audie Cornish speaks with Ben Fritz of The Wall Street Journal about the fallout from the leaked emails of Hollywood executives at Sony Pictures and what it reveals about the modern studio system.

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Controversial Budget Bill Would Roll Back Dodd-Frank Provision

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:30pm

The House is expected to vote Thursday on a spending bill designed to avert another government shutdown. Among the controversies: a rollback of the Dodd-Frank financial market regulatory overhaul. Banks have lobbied to get rid of a provision requiring them to "push out" derivatives trading.

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Iceland Experiments With A Jubilee Of Debt Forgiveness

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:30pm

A jubilee is an idea that dates back to Biblical times. The idea was that every 50 years or so there would be this moment where debts would be forgiven. The jubilee has not gotten a lot of traction in the modern world, but right now, Iceland is actually trying it.

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Weekly Innovation: A Smart Power Outlet That Can't Shock You

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:13pm

Kids often hurt themselves when they put their fingers into electrical outlets, but the Brio Smart outlet prevents injury by using sensors to differentiate between human touch and an electric plug.

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Community College Programs Can Lead To Big Payoffs — In The Right Fields

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 7:30am

A study tracking grads from Washington state's schools found those who completed programs longer than a year had more pay and steadier work — especially in health care, technology and skilled labor.

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Solar Storm: Rooftop Panels Spark Fights Between Utilities, Startups

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:55am

Utilities say consumers who put solar panels on their roofs should help pay to maintain the lines that carry the power they sell back into the system. Panel leasing firms say that's anti-competitive.

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Problems With Your Boss? Try A Chat With The Office Chaplain.

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:55am

Chaplains have long been present on college campuses and in the military but increasingly they can also can be found in the workplace, specially trained to help employees offload office frustrations.

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