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Cuba's Budding Entrepreneurs Travel A Rocky Road Toward Success

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 2:39am

In recent years, Cuba's communist government has allowed the creation of small private businesses. An estimate 1 million Cubans have taken the plunge, making progress in fits and starts along the way.

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Tequila Nation: Mexico Reckons With Its Complicated Spirit

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 2:28am

Some of tequila's oldest traditions are fast being erased as international spirit conglomerates take over family businesses. And tequila makers are worried about their impact on the environment.

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As Sea Levels Rise, Norfolk Is Sinking And Planning

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 2:27am

Rising waters are threatening the giant naval base in Norfolk, Va., as well as the local businesses. The community is beginning to grapple with the reality, but many owners say they're staying put.

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The Turbulent Love Story Behind Yves Saint Laurent's Revolutionary Rise

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 2:26am

The designer and his lover, Pierre Berge, had deliberately defined roles — Saint Laurent was the fragile artist and Berge was the ultimate manager. A new film tells their story.

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With Cash And Fat Fryers, Americans Feed Cuba's Growing Free Market

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 2:26am

With more people traveling between Cuba and the U.S., money and goods are moving, too. The influx has allowed Cuban-Americans to become investors in the island's emerging private sector.

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IRS Head Says No Obstruction Of Congress In Probe

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 1:09am

Commissioner John Koskinen brushed aside accusations Monday evening that the agency has obstructed investigations into the targeting of Tea Party and other political groups.

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U.S. Tip-Toes Closer To Unprecedented Fine On French Banking Giant

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 3:07pm

The U.S. government is reportedly nearing a settlement with BNP Paribas, drawing to a potential end allegations that the French bank hid $30 billion in transactions involving countries that violated U.S. sanctions.

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Meanstruation: HelloFlo's Mother-Daughter War Is Funny, And Sad

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 8:27am

The company's popular new ad for "period starter kits" has lightened the mood on a difficult subject, but NPR's Laurel Dalrymple thinks tween angst is hard enough without petty family battles.

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Administration Focuses On Challenges Working Families Face

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 5:21am

Ideas like paid sick, maternity leave and universal preschool will take center stage at the White House Summit on Working Families.

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The Last Word In Business

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 4:07am

Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep have the Last Word in business.

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Amazon Relents: Begins Selling Rowling's 'Silkworm'

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 4:07am

J.K. Rowling's new book, The Silkworm, has been caught up in Amazon's ongoing fight with publisher Hachette Book Group. Amazon has been delaying delivery on more than 5,000 of Hachette's titles

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The WNBA Televises Its Pride With LGBT Campaign

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 2:31am

The WNBA launched its Pride initiative on Sunday, officially embracing the LGBT community. In addition to supporting its gay players and fans, the league stands to make some money off the move.

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As Carmakers Recall Vehicles, Dealers Might Make A Profit

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 2:30am

When a company announces that millions of cars have a defect, there's an upside — for dealerships, at least. Car recalls can lead to more profit, and, counterintuitively, to more brand loyalty.

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Puma's Pink And Blue Cleats Make A Bold Play At The World Cup

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 4:09pm

Soccer players aren't the only ones battling on the pitch: Shoe brands are fighting it out as well. While Adidas and Nike dominate the market, Puma has a sneaky counterattack: mismatched shoes.

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Shape-Up And Checkup: LA Barbers To Start Testing Blood Pressure

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 10:14am

A Los Angeles doctor recently received an $8.5 million grant to train city barbers to measure hypertension, a condition that's common — and deadly — among African-American men.

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In Attempt At Turnaround, Yahoo's Marissa Mayer Hires Outside The Box

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 4:36pm

To recapture its old glow, Yahoo poached Google's highest-ranking woman, Marissa Mayer, in 2012. Carlos Watson, co-founder of, talks with NPR's Arun Rath about how Mayer has shaped the company since she took the job.

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Some Of Us Sacrifice More To Stay In Home Sweet Home

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 12:07pm

Blacks and Latinos are much more likely to say housing prices have forced them to move to places where they felt less safe and had worse schools.

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Tech Week: Yo, The Amazon Fire Phone And Apple's iWatch?

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 8:56am

An app based around a single word, a phone from Amazon that helps you buy stuff from Amazon and details about Apple's expected wrist candy. All that and more in the week's tech news.

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U.S.-Foreign Mergers Raise Calls For Tax Reforms

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 3:57pm

Medical device company Medtronic is merging with another firm and moving its legal headquarters to Ireland. The move is a tax-saving strategy called "inversion," and it's growing more common.

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From Organic Pioneers, Son Inherits Passion, Just Not For Farming

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 3:17pm

Arlo Crawford's parents started the kind of small, organic farm that's now trendy, back before it was trendy. But it was his parents' dream, not his. He's now written a book about the experience.

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