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Harvard Receives Largest-Ever Donation

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 12:27am

The $350 million gift pledged to Harvard University's School of Public Health will help bolster research in several key areas including global pandemics, officials said.

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Will Apple Sell A Smart Wallet For Your Smartphone?

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 6:52am

Rumors are swirling about the unveiling of the newest iPhone this Tuesday. But will it be enough to keep Apple at the top of the pack? NPR's Lynn Neary talks with Farhad Manjoo of the New York Times.

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China's Alibaba Could See $155 Billion Valuation In U.S. IPO

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 4:00pm

Preparing for its initial public offering, e-commerce company Alibaba estimates its stock will sell for $60 to $66 a share. The retailing giant will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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The Kid Who Crowdfunded His College Education — In 1987

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 2:42pm

Long before Kickstarter and GoFundMe, an enterprising young student found a way to get strangers to underwrite his tuition bills. The secret to his success? He only asked for a very, very small favor.

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Blue Jeans Losing Their Grip On American Hips

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 1:44pm

Denim sales fell 6 percent over the past year. Blue jeans haven't hit the skids this hard since Marlon Brando and James Dean made them famous in the 1950s.

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In Cities Across Texas, Activists Battle Billboard Companies

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 11:59am

Nearly 50 years ago, a fight between billboards and natural beauty played out on the national stage. Now the struggle has moved to the states — like Texas, where activists face off with corporations.

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Tech Week That Was: So Many Hacks, So Little Time

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 4:54am

There's a consistent thread in the tech news dominating all our attention this week — stolen data. We tried to add a little context to the coverage.

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A Disappointing Jobs Report May Mask Economy's Strength

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 3:19pm

The latest labor report indicates a slowdown in job growth, but many economists aren't buying it. They say other data paint a stronger picture, but the jobs numbers may delay higher interest rates.

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A Coming-Out Party For The Humble Pawpaw, Native Fruit Darling

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 2:59pm

Ever seen a pawpaw in the supermarket? Didn't think so. Chris Chmiel wants to change that by growing and promoting the mangolike fruit. He also helped organize the upcoming Ohio Pawpaw Festival.

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How Close Is The Economy To Full Employment?

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 4:02am

Analysts will watch Friday's jobless rate closely to see whether hiring held up in August. The question is whether there are signals deeper in the report that predict a change in the economic picture.

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Pinterest Email Blast Misses Intended Audience

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 4:02am

The emails were to go to future brides. Pinterest hoped to help them plan their special day. But many email recipients weren't tying the knot — they just showed interest in wedding related content.

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Nebraska's Supreme Court To Hear Keystone XL Pipeline Case

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 4:02am

The White House delayed a decision on the pipeline until a Nebraska route is approved. The state's high court hears arguments on Friday over whether the governor had authority to approve the route.

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Federal Judge Rules BP Primary Culprit In Gulf Oil Spill

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 4:02am

BP says it will appeal the ruling that the company's reckless conduct and gross negligence caused the largest U.S. offshore oil spill. The ruling exposes BP to potentially billions more in penalties.

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In Market Basket's Win, Did Workers Change The Game?

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 2:28am

Thousands of workers for the supermarket chain forced the company to back down and restore their CEO. One expert says the labor movement needs to be as creative as those workers to win the next fight.

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Across The Country, Fast-Food Workers Rally For $15-An-Hour Pay

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 9:42pm

Union organizers say workers need a liveable wage and that their campaign to win them is gaining momentum, but the industry says higher wages would increase the cost of fast food.

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The Unemployment Rate In Every State, Before And After The Great Recession

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 4:33pm

Yes, unemployment has gone up. But not everywhere.

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'Fight For 15' Struggles To Organize Fast-Food Workers

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 3:49pm

The Service Employees International Union ssays that workers will strike in 150 cities to call for the fast food industry to adopt a minimum wage of $15 an hour.

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In E-Book Price War, Amazon's Long-Term Strategy Requires Short-Term Risks

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 3:34pm

Amazon's position is that "instead of selling 100,000 copies at $14.95, you would sell 200,000 copies, let's say, at $8.99 or $9.99," says industry analyst Tim Bajarin.

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The Big Picture Of The Fast-Food Wage Dispute

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 3:14pm

The 150-city protest for a minimum wage hike comes at a time when other changes are putting more pressure on businesses to pay their workers more. Home health care workers joining the fight also raises the issue of overtime rules, which are expected out from the Labor Department in November.

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Chill Out, Pie-Makers. There's No Butter Shortage Looming

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 2:47pm

Butter prices are at their highest levels in years, and supplies are low. But it's not because Americans suddenly discovered that fat isn't evil. It's because other countries love our butter, too.

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