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The Greek Banks Are Open Again, But The Sales Tax Just Went Up

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 4:06am

The good news for Greeks is that banks are open again. The bad news is a sales tax hike that's made most things more expensive. It's an attempt to raise more tax revenue and balance the budget.

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Facing Tough Competition, A&P Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 4:06am

The grocery store chain A&P has filed for bankruptcy. Stiff competition in the food retail industry is forcing the storied company to sell off or close almost 300 stores around the Northeast.

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Expanding, Not Shrinking, Saves A Small Rural Hospital

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 4:01am

As least 55 hospitals across the rural U.S. have closed since 2010. But northern Missouri's Putnam County Memorial finds that adding high-quality specialty services lures patients and revenue.

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Zappos: A Workplace Where No One And Everyone Is The Boss

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 2:33am

Earlier this year, the online retailer eliminated managers and embraced 'holacracy' — a system of self-governance. It's one of a handful of firms that's trying to make middle management obsolete.

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With Ad Blocking Use On The Rise, What Happens To Online Publishers?

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 5:14pm

A new Apple update could challenge the current online business model. Some say less ad revenue means more sites will charge for access to content. There's also a move to block the ad blockers.

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Casinos Offer New Ways To Win With Games Based On Skill

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 3:59pm

Some casinos are switching out slot machines for games of skill. This story originally aired on April 29, 2015, on All Things Considered.

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Greek Banks Reopen With Limits Still In Place

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 2:05pm

Also today, Greeks were greeted by higher prices on basic goods because of a eurozone-imposed sales tax of between 13 and 23 percent.

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More Choices Of Health Plans At Work. What's The Catch?

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 1:44pm

An Obamacare tax that starts in 2018 may increase the number of employers establishing private health insurance exchanges. They'll give their workers cash to choose from a bigger variety of plans.

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Gawker's Top Editors Quit Over Deleted Post

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 12:43pm

The gossip website last week published a story about the personal life of a media executive. Following a backlash, Gawker's managing partnership voted to take the post down.

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Scott Walker's 'Kohl's Curve,' Explained

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 10:01am

The Wisconsin governor loves Kohl's, and he loves low tax rates, so he's mixing the two together into a new concept: the Kohl's curve. But what does it really mean?

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Affair-Enabling Website Ashley Madison Is Compromised By Hackers

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 9:18am

Threats to release some 37 million users' photographs and data come at a time when Ashley Madison's leaders have been discussing a potential $200 million stock offering.

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Commerce Department: Tighter Controls Needed For Cyberweapons

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 5:41am

If software can be used to attack a computer network, then companies need permission before sending that software overseas, the government says. But the cybersecurity industry is up in arms.

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Mitsubishi Apologizes To U.S. World War II Veterans For Forced Labor

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 4:16am

The Japanese automaker Mitsubishi has apologized to U.S. POWs who were used as forced labor during World War II. James Murphy, 94, was the only serviceman able to make the ceremony in Los Angeles.

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Once Immune To Cord-Cutting, 'King Of Live Sports' Finds Throne Shaken

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 4:36pm

Even as other channels tried to adapt to a new TV landscape, ESPN seemed to be impervious for one reason: People want to watch sports live. But ESPN has shed 3.2 million subscribers since May 2014.

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Examining Hollywood's Pay Disparities

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 4:09pm

Hollywood's female stars have increasingly been speaking out about being paid less than their male costars. Hollywood Reporter's Matthew Belloni discusses the film industry's pay disparities with NPR's Arun Rath.

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Japan's Mitsubishi To Apologize For Using U.S. POWs As Forced Labor In WWII

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 2:02pm

A senior executive will personally say sorry to James Murphy, 94, who was forced to work in one of the company's copper mines, something he described as "slavery in every way."

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Zip-Up Nikes Deliver 'Amazing' Freedom For The Disabled

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 6:43am

Matthew Walzer wrote to Nike with a request: please make shoes people with disabilities can put on unassisted. He and Nike's Tobie Hatfield tell NPR's Rachel Martin about its new shoe, the FlyEase.

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Big News: Tiny Parks Coming Soon To A Parking Spot Near You

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 4:15am

The District of Columbia opened its first semipermanent tiny park. The parklet's creators hope the new space will encourage pedestrians to hang out, while others worry about losing parking spaces.

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What Does Your Uber Driver Think Of You?

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 3:46pm

Uber passengers are accustomed to rating drivers. But with Uber feedback, judgment goes both ways. A couple of simple steps can show you your Uber passenger rating — if you really want to find out.

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Greece's Ex-Finance Minister: Bailout Reforms Will 'Fail'

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 9:20am

Yanis Varoufakis, who was forced to resign as a condition for concluding a financial rescue deal, says the latest austerity program will "go down in history" as a disaster.

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