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Not Every Great Philanthropist Is A Household Name

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 3:00pm

The Chronicle of Philanthropy this week released its list of the 50 most generous donors of 2013. Alongside names like Mark Zuckerberg and George Soros is a relative unknown named Millicent Atkins, who left some $37 million to three institutions. Melissa talks with Jane Godfrey, Director of Trusts and Estates at the University of Minnesota Foundation, the recipient of a surprise bequest from Atkins. We also talk with Stacy Palmer, editor of the Chronicle, about other low-profile philanthropists who year after year surprise institutions with their generosity.

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How The Big Cable Deal Could Actually Boost Open-Internet Rules

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 2:24pm

Comcast's proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner might strengthen provisions intended to make sure Internet providers are treating all online traffic equally by extending so-called net neutrality to millions more users. But public-interest advocates worry the deal will hurt competition.

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It's Great To Be A Woman In California, Unless You're Hispanic

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 1:48pm

Hispanic women in California are earning the lowest amount of any race, anywhere, in the United States.

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Businesses Scramble To Deliver Valentine's Treats In Snow

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 1:27pm

If you don't get those roses from your special someone, first consider that your gift might be held up by the weather. Small-business owners across the East Coast are working overtime and trekking through snow to get orders to their customers.

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Apple Steps Up The Pressure On 'Conflict Minerals'

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 12:01pm

The maker of the iPhone has announced that its suppliers are no longer using the mineral tantalum sourced from conflict regions. Apple says it is listing all of its smelters and refiners and the status of the minerals they use.

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Paula Deen Cooks Up $75 Million Deal With Investor

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 10:14am

The celebrity cook and restaurant owner lost her Food Network gig and many endorsements last year when her past use of a racial slur was revealed. She has apologized many times. Now, a private equity company has come forward with millions of dollars to restart her business empire.

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Weekly Jobless Claims Rise, As Do Hopes That Spring Will Bring Better News

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 8:09am

The 339,000 claims for benefits filed last week marked an increase of 8,000 from the week before. Economists are hoping that once winter ends, hiring will pick up.

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Comcast Confirms Deal To Buy Time Warner For $45 Billion

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 5:45am

The nation's No. 1 and No. 2 cable companies would come together if Comcast's plan to buy Time Warner for $45 billion goes through. Before that can happen, though, Justice Department lawyers are expected to consider the effect of such a combination on consumers.

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Big Changes To Employer-Based Health Care Won't Come Easy

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 4:00am

Most Americans still get health insurance through their employer, but those numbers have been declining for years. As more people turn to the new insurance exchanges created under Obamacare, we examine the future of health coverage in the workplace.

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Pilot Shortage Forces Republic Airways To Cut Service

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 4:00am

Indianapolis based Republic Airways has a problem: It can't find enough pilots to fly its planes. And so it plans to take more than two dozen of its jets out of service. Six months ago, the FAA boosted the number of hours it takes to qualify as a commercial pilot, and that has made it difficult for small, regional carriers to get the pilots they need.

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Fed Chief Yellen Testifies Without Market-Moving Mistake

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 4:00am

The new head of the Federal Reserve made her debut this week in a marathon hearing at the House Financial Services Committee. Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution about Janet Yellin's first days as chair of the Fed, and what message she sent to Congress in six hours of testimony.

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Comcast To Buy Time Warner, According To Reports

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 4:00am

Comcast is expected to announce on Thursday that it is buying Time Warner, according to media reports. The merger would combine the country's two largest cable companies and likely draw scrutiny from regulators.

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Businesses Hope Weather Doesn't Interfere With Valentine's Day

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 4:00am

The snowstorm is also interfering with Valentine's Day. Mary Beth Reagan, owner of The Flower Pot in Knoxville, Tennessee, says that day is very important to business and even a couple of inches of snow could be trouble.

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'Citizens United' Critics Fight Money With Money

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 2:02am

Four years after the controversial Supreme Court ruling, the meaning of campaign finance reform depends on who you ask. But those advocating for stronger laws are organizing a long campaign of their own to reduce the political influence of big money.

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Collecting Money For Songwriters, A 100-Year Tug-Of-War

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 1:00am

ASCAP — the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers — was founded on Feb. 13, 1914, to protect its members' copyrights by monitoring public performances of their music. It hasn't been an easy century; in fact, just about every victory has come as the result of litigation.

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Reports: Comcast To Buy Time Warner

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:06pm

Media report Comcast will announce its acquisition Thursday morning. The merger would combine the country's two largest cable companies and likely draw scrutiny from regulators.

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The High Cost Of Treating People Hospitalized With West Nile Virus

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 9:25am

Most people who are infected with West Nile virus never get sick. But some of those who do can wind up in the hospital, or suffer permanent disability. A Texas outbreak in 2012 may have made West Nile one of the more costly diseases in the state that year.

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The High Cost Of Treating People Hospitalized With West Nile Virus

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 9:25am

Most people who are infected with West Nile virus never get sick. But some of those who do can wind up in the hospital, or suffer permanent disability. A Texas outbreak in 2012 may have made West Nile one of the more costly diseases in the state that year.

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Cornell Pair Introduce American-Chinese Food To Shanghai

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 5:32am

Two Americans open Fortune Cookie, a restaurant that serves Chinese-American food in Shanghai. The owners believe there is a market among expats nostalgic for their hometown takeout. A Chinese customer says Westernized Chinese food lacks the subtly of the original cuisine.

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Shanghai Restaurant Makes American Versions Of Chinese Food

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 5:32am

Last summer two Americans opened Fortune Cookie, a restaurant that serves Chinese-American food in Shanghai.

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