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Wal-Mart Had A Tough Year, But Workers And Shoppers Got A Boost

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 1:05pm

Wal-Mart's sales and profits took hits last year as the company closed stores, raised wages, cut prices and sweated out a warm December. But those same factors helped workers and shoppers.

'World's Cheapest Smartphone' Goes On Sale For $4 In India

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 11:22am

Reviewers who've looked at the phone say it doesn't offer anything special – except for a price that's far below anything else on the market. It's also the subject of much speculation.

Should Porn Stars Use Condoms? California Grapples With Regulation

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 10:03am

"We're talking about gloves, full body cover and goggles," says a porn industry executive of the California proposal to require condom use on the set. Proponents say it's about workplace safety.

Nike Ends Manny Pacquiao's Contract Over Remarks About Gays

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 7:13am

The boxer has apologized "for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals," but he also reiterated that he was merely going by "what the Bible says."

Fashion Week Wraps Up In New York

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 4:15am

Renee Montagne talks to Robin Givhan, the fashion critic for The Washington Post, who gives us her take on New York's fashion week.

Slippery Slope? Court Orders Apple To Unlock Shooter's iPhone

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 4:15am

Apple says it would fight a federal court order to help the FBI break into a dead terrorist's iPhone. The feds say they're being kept out by one of the phone's security features.

FCC Wants To Force Cable Companies, And Their Set-Top Boxes, To Adapt

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 4:10am

A proposal launched today could result in boxes that subscribes could buy, not just rent, and that could provide streaming online content alongside traditional cable channels.

He Led The Financial Bailout But Says Banks Are Still Too Big To Fail

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 4:04am

Despite changes after the 2008 financial crisis, Neel Kashkari, one of the leading figures in the federal bailout, says major banks are still at risk. "I don't think we've gone far enough," he says.

LA Hospital Pays Hackers Nearly $17,000 To Restore Computer Network

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 8:08pm

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center paid the ransom of 40 bitcoins — currently worth $16,664 dollars — after the system was infiltrated by hackers.

Iran To Countries Capping Oil Output: Good For You! But Not For Us

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 4:42pm

Iran applauded the effort led by Saudi Arabia and Russia to freeze oil production at January levels. But it would not commit itself to participating in plans to cap oil output to drive up prices.

Apple, The FBI And iPhone Encryption: A Look At What's At Stake

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 3:18pm

The Justice Department wants Apple to help investigators get around iPhone security features so that the FBI can access data belonging to one of the San Bernardino killers. Apple is firmly opposed.

Top Wonks Take Aim At Sanders Economic Estimates

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 2:05pm

Ex-chairs of the Council of Economic Advisers are blasting an analysis from UMass-Amherst professor Gerald Friedman that Bernie Sanders' camp has praised recently. Do their opinions matter to voters?

Bailed Out In 2012, Spanish Bank Says It Will Repay Investors, With Interest

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 10:16am

Bankia says small investors "will quickly and easily recoup 100 percent of their investments plus compensatory interest" — hopefully within 15 days.

Taxpayers Confused By Late Health Law Forms

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 9:55am

Employers, insurers, Medicare and Medicaid are required to send taxpayers a form showing whether they had health care coverage, but the government has pushed back the deadline for the forms.

A Privacy Advocate's View Of Ordering Apple To Help Unlock Shooter's iPhone

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 8:43am

Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Center says the implication, if Apple did unlock the San Bernardino gunman's phone, is that future phones would have to have a built-in back door.

Apple Resists Judge's Unprecedented Order To Unlock Shooter's iPhone

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 8:43am

Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Center says the implication, if Apple did unlock the San Bernardino gunman's phone, is that future phones would have to have a built-in back door.

Apple Opposes Judge's Order To Help FBI Unlock San Bernardino Shooter's Phone

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 5:11am

Apple has said it can't access data on its phones running iOS 8 or higher — and doesn't intend to try.

Anti-Trump Voices Grow Louder In Scotland After Development Rift

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 4:15am

Donald Trump promised to bring thousands of jobs and tourism to Aberdeen. A decade later, he has angered the neighbors of his luxury golf course. "He promises the earth, delivers nothing," says one.

U.S.-Cuba Air Travel Deal Will Help Caribbean Service, JetBlue Says

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 4:15am

Commercial flights between the U.S. and Cuba are set to resume for the first time in more than 50 years. David Greene talks to Scott Laurence, senior vice president for JetBlue.

Crude Oil Thefts Rise In Texas As Low Prices Force Job Cuts

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 4:15am

Oil prices continue to hover near lows not seen in years. It might be surprising then to learn that the theft of oil is up. Oil companies in Texas are lobbying for higher penalties against thieves.

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