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Trade Issues Expected To Dominate Obama's Trip To Mexico

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:00am

President Obama travels to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts. The three presidents are talking about the increased trade among their countries 20 years since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Kurds Bypass Iraq Government, Build Oil Pipeline To Turkey

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:00am

In the autonomous northern region of Iraq, the Kurds have decided to take the contentious matter of oil into their own hands. They built a pipeline out of the country bypassing the central government and sparking outrage in Baghdad. Steve Inskeep talks to Ben Lando, of the Iraq Oil Report, which covers daily happenings in and around Iraq.

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Manufacturing Association Wants Progress In Obama's Trade Agenda

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:00am

A leader in the manufacturing sector is calling on Congress and President Obama to put aside their differences and help manufacturing companies grow and prosper. Jay Timmons, head of the National Association of Manufacturers, said in Milwaukee that would like Washington to make progress on the president's trade agenda.

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Insurance Marketplace Prices Vary Regarding Location

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:00am

What you pay for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces varies widely based on where you live. Steve Inskeep talks to Jordan Rau, senior correspondent with Kaiser Health News, about the 10 cheapest health care markets, the 10 most expensive and what may behind the price differences.

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Feds Consider How Colo. Pot Shops Can Get Bank Accounts

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:00am

Now that legal marijuana is on sale in Colorado, most banks are shying away from giving pot shops checking accounts. The drug is still against federal law. The Justice and Treasury Departments have issued guidance in hopes banks will resume business with marijuana sellers. The idea is to alleviate some of the dangers of the state's all-cash marijuana industry.

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AFL-CIO's Trumka: Keep VW Union Vote In Perspective

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:00am

Workers at the Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., last week narrowly rejected joining the United Auto Workers. That was a setback for labor which was looking for an organizing victory in a southern state. The AFL-CIO is holding its winter meetings this week in Houston. The movement says its efforts to organize across the South continue despite the high profile defeat at the VW plant.

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Is Tyson Foods' Chicken Empire A 'Meat Racket'?

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 2:44am

Investigative journalist Chris Leonard argues in a new book that Tyson's system of chicken production treats farmers like "modern-day sharecroppers." The book is a detailed account of the inner workings of Tyson, and the not-so-independent farmers who actually raise the birds.

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Elusive Goal: A Transparent Price List For Health Care

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 2:36am

Price-shopping for coffee makers is easy. Finding the actual cost of a colonoscopy? Nearly impossible. But putting together a useful, comprehensive price-list for patients of the widely varying charges for various health procedures is difficult and expensive, states are learning.

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CBO: Minimum Wage Hike Could Boost Paychecks – And Cut Jobs

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 5:19pm

Both backers and opponents of a higher federal minimum pay rate are latching on to different findings in a new Congressional Budget Office report on the proposal's effects. We list the report's pros and cons.

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Order Up! Food Businesses Find An Appetite For Bitcoin

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 3:12pm

From a Subway sandwich shop to a Peruvian chicken food truck, customers have a growing number of options for satisfying their hunger with bitcoins. For food vendors, accepting the virtual currency offers substantial financial benefits — and risks, too.

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Order Up! Food Businesses Find An Appetite For Bitcoin

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 3:12pm

From a Subway sandwich shop to a Peruvian chicken food truck, customers have a growing number of options for satisfying their hunger with Bitcoin. For food vendors, accepting the virtual currency offers substantial financial benefits – and risks, too.

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Dealt A Recent Defeat, Union Organizers Plot A Future In The South

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 3:00pm

The AFL-CIO executive committee is meeting in Texas this week to discuss the United Auto Workers' defeat in efforts to organize a Tennessee Volkswagen plant. Committee member hope to decipher what it may mean for other union membership drives across the South.

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Obama Wants Tougher Fuel Standards For Big Trucks

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 12:09pm

Better fuel efficiency for such vehicles is a "win, win, win," the president said. It will help reduce dependency on foreign oil, save drivers' money and cut greenhouse gas emissions. Manufacturers, though, say the standards could make the vehicles more expensive and less safe.

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Chinese Firm Gets Approval To Buy Electric Carmaker Fisker

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 10:23am

Wanxiang Group, China's largest auto parts company, won a bankruptcy auction last week for Fisker, which made plug-in, hybrid sports cars. Wanxiang's bid is valued at about $150 million.

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Despite Law, Health Plans Refuse Medical Claims Related To Suicide

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 9:34am

Under the federal health law and 2006 regulations, insurers can't deny medical coverage for an individual's injuries because they resulted from medical condition such as depression, even if it wasn't diagnosed before the injury.

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California Toasts 2013's Record Wine Grape Harvest

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 4:00am

Finally there's some good news out of drought-ravaged California. The state's reporting the largest wine grape harvest on record.

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Candy Crush Saga's Developer Plans To Go Public

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 4:00am

King Digital Entertainment filed for an initial public offering aimed at bringing in a half-billion dollars. The company revealed it has 128 million active daily users, with 93 million playing Candy Crush Saga, the Apple App Store's No. 2 highest-grossing game. King also makes Pet Rescue Saga and Farm Heroes Saga.

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California Toasts 2013's Record Wine Grape Harvest

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 4:00am

Finally some good news out of drought-ravaged California. The state's reporting the largest wine grape harvest on record.

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Black Market Tobacco Sales Hurt New York Businesses

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 4:00am

Drug store giant CVS has announced it will stop selling tobacco products later this year. Industry watchers say other drug store chains may follow CVS's lead. What does that change mean for New York City's bodegas, newsstands and other small shops?

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Tue, 02/18/2014 - 4:00am

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