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California Public Pension Fund Shifts To Clean Energy

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 3:59pm

The California State Teachers' Retirement System is the second-largest public pension fund in the U.S., managing nearly $200 billion. Melissa Block talks to the fund's CEO, Jack Ehnes.

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Big Sponsors May Find It Hard To Break Up With The NFL

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 3:59pm

Companies like Anheuser-Busch pay hundreds of millions to be identified with the NFL's aura. The last thing they want is to be associated with scandal, but it might be financially tough to walk away.

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Nobelist Muhammad Yunus: Be A Go-Getter, Not A Job Getter

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 3:35pm

The founding father of "microcredit" is helping to judge a contest with maxidollars: the Clinton Global Initiative's Hult Prize, granting $1 million to a new business idea that'll help the poor.

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At 'World Routes,' Airports Court Airlines To Bring In More Flights

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 3:24pm

Some describe World Routes as speed dating for the aviation industry, as airports try to court airlines and convince them to offer international flights in and out of their destinations.

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Move To Curb U.S. Corporate Tax Dodges Could Delay Reform

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 3:22pm

Business and consumer groups say Congress needs to reform taxes, but few expect change soon. In fact, Treasury's tweaks to tax law may diminish the political will to address broader tax reform.

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Stoutaccino? Starbucks Tests Coffee With Beer Flavors

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:28am

Reports that Starbucks is testing a new coffee drink for autumn that incorporates "toasty stout flavors" has set off a debate over how such a concoction might taste, and whether it's a good idea.

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Seattle Plan To Ease Public Housing Waitlist Is Met With Criticism

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 4:04am

The city's pubic housing agency wants to hike rents for current residents who are able to work and are not disabled. But that announcement has led to an outcry from those in public housing.

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Treasury Announces Steps To Reduce Corporate Tax Dodges

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 4:04am

They're meant to discourage tax inversions by U.S. corporations. Inversions take place when a company merges with a foreign partner and re-incorporates overseas as a way to avoid U.S. taxes.

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Ebola's Toll: Farmers Aren't Farming, Traders Aren't Trading

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 4:03am

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone were just starting to see economic progress after years of conflict. The blow of Ebola, says the World Bank, could be "catastrophic."

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Germany's New Economy Minister Takes Aim At Arms Exports

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 2:29am

The nation is the world's third-largest arms exporter, and many weapons go to countries with questionable human rights records. Sigmar Gabriel wants to change that — but not all Germans are on board.

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Treasury Announces New Steps To Reduce Corporate Tax Dodges

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 5:28pm

The Treasury said corporations were increasingly moving their parent companies overseas to dodge U.S. taxes. The Treasury said the practice erodes the tax base.

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Giving Chickens Bacteria ... To Keep Them Antibiotic Free

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 4:11pm

What does it take to get chickens off antibiotics? According to Perdue Farms, an added dose of the "good bacteria" known as probiotics can help crowd out the harmful microbes that make a chicken sick.

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It's 10:10. Do You Know What Time That Is?

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 3:24pm

Ever wonder why watch ads always display the same time, 10:10, and why Apple's new watch is a minute early? NPR's All Tech Considered ponders the tradition of watch times in advertising.

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Some Tech Firms Capitalize On Privacy

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 3:24pm

Steve Henn of NPR's Planet Money team profiles some entrepreneurs who are working on a novel business model to start up a new tech company. It's pay for service. What a concept.

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Why Raising Money To Fight Ebola Is Hard

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 3:24pm

Donors like being a part of a recovery story. It's hard to tell that kind of story about Ebola.

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Congress Uses Recent Issues To Attack NFL's Tax Exempt Status

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 3:33am

Domestic violence and child abuse allegations against NFL stars have put the country's most-watched sports league in the congressional spotlight.

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Rockefeller Brothers Fund Forsakes Its Legacy

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 3:32am

On Monday, at the U.N. climate change conference in New York, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and several dozen other groups will announce their divestment from fossil fuels.

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Why Jewelry Stores Hide The Price Tags

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 2:28am

In most stores, you can see how much everything costs. Why do jewelry stores hide the price tags?

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Marvel's New Hero Wants To Save The World — And The Citrus Industry

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 4:38am

Captain Citrus was sponsored by Florida's orange growers, whose profits are being hurt by disease and declining consumer demand for orange juice. They hope the comic character will boost sales.

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Drivers, Passengers Say Uber App Doesn't Always Yield Best Routes

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 4:30am

People love Uber, but they often complain the Uber app's built-in navigation doesn't give its drivers the best directions. The company says the app helps drivers and passengers travel efficiently.

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