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LA City Council Votes To Raise Minimum Wage To $15 By 2020

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 3:42pm

The increase — from $9 per hour — could cover as many as 800,000 people. LA is the biggest U.S city to raise its minimum wage to $15.

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Takata Expands Airbag Recall To Nearly 34 Million Vehicles

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 3:28pm

Takata, the Japanese airbag manufacturer, has agreed to expand the number of vehicles with defective airbags to nearly 34 million, according to U.S. federal regulators.

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Takata Agrees To Declare Air Bags Defective In Nearly 34M Vehicles

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 1:39pm

The problem lies with Takata air bags that can potentially explode, sending metal shards flying into the compartment. The recall is believed to be the largest in NHTSA's history.

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Saving The Sweetest Watermelon The South Has Ever Known

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:03pm

The Bradford boasted sweet flesh so coveted, 19th-century growers turned to guns and poison to thwart thieves. The melon all but vanished by the 1920s. Now a descendant of its creator is reviving it.

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How Medicare Advantage Investors Profited From Loose Government Lips

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 9:54am

When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent a memo to insurers saying government audit policies could be relaxed, investors privy to the news pounced, sending shares upward.

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Why Turkish Motorists Can't Get A Break On Gas Prices

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:05am

Inflation is coming down and the foreign trade deficit is shrinking but Turks aren't seeing any relief at the pumps. Lower fuel costs have been undermined by the country's declining currency.

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Amtrak Train Derailment Highlights Delays Installing Safety Controls

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:05am

The delay in installing the automated control system that may have prevented last week's Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia is being blamed on not enough funding and complex design issues.

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Highway Trust Fund Is 'Broke,' Ex-Transportation Secretary LaHood Says

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:05am

Lawmakers face a deadline to fund federal highway and mass transit repair. One option is to increase a gas tax. Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood talks to Steve Inskeep about his ideas.

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FAO Schwarz Closing Flagship Store In Midtown Manhattan

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:05am

The toy retailer has maintained a presence at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street for decades. In July, it will close its doors. Company officials are looking for a less expensive location in Manhattan.

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Air Travel Demand Heats Up With Summer; Fares Are Flat

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 5:33pm

Travelers are taking advantage of better employment and the strong dollar.

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Michigan Lawmakers, Industry Executives Debate Film Incentive Program

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:24pm

In 2008, Michigan passed the most generous film tax rebate program in the country. The goal was to create a booming film industry, but some studies showed the program costed the taxpayers too much.

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How Machines Destroy (And Create!) Jobs, In 4 Graphs

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 2:36pm

For hundreds of years, people have been talking about machines taking jobs. Less often discussed: machines creating new jobs.

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Attention White-Collar Workers: The Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 1:05pm

The machines have long been used in manufacturing, but Martin Ford, author of Rise of the Robots, says they're now poised to replace humans as teachers, lawyers and even journalists.

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Labor Groups Blast Working Conditions In Qatar Ahead Of World Cup

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 1:03pm

Their call comes on the same day the BBC said a reporting crew spent two nights in a Qatari jail for trying to film migrant workers who are building the infrastructure for the sporting event.

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Supreme Court Calls Maryland Income Tax Law 'A Tariff'

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:35am

The court says Maryland unconstitutionally raised the cost of doing business in more than one state, by letting local governments tax money that was earned — and taxed — in other states.

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How TV Show Finales Affect The Stock Market

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

An economist in the United Kingdom looked at how 150 TV series finales affected the U.S. stock market. He observed a decrease in stock returns on the following trading day.

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How China's Censors Influence Hollywood

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

Huge box office numbers underscore how essential the Chinese market has become to Hollywood's bottom line. Money is power — meaning the Communist Party has increasing influence over big U.S. movies.

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How China's Government And Audiences Influence Hollywood

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

Huge box office numbers underscore how essential the Chinese market has become to Hollywood's bottom line. Money is power — meaning the Communist Party has increasing influence over Hollywood movies.

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Hundreds Of 'Kayaktivists' In Seattle Protest Shell's Arctic Drilling

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

Seattle will be home port to a large Shell Oil Arctic drilling platform when it's not up in the Arctic Ocean. But the city and many residents aren't happy about it. The crowd chanted, "Shell No."

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Often Employees, Rarely CEOs: Challenges Asian-Americans Face In Tech

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 5:51pm

A new study shows that Asians and Asian-Americans are underrepresented at executive levels in five large tech companies. Four tech professionals weigh in with their experiences and perspectives.

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