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Facebook Will Buy WhatsApp Message Service For $19 Billion

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 5:36pm

WhatsApp makes a text messaging app that works on all major smartphone operating systems. Founded in Silicon Valley less than five years ago, the company has 55 employees.

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Americans Want Antibiotic-Free Chicken, And The Industry Is Listening

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 3:13pm

Chick-fil-A's plan to ditch antibiotics in its birds is part of a growing industry trend. Driving the growth is concern about the risks associated with routine use of antibiotics in farm animals.

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Spirit Airlines Taps A Nation Of Hate Fliers

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 3:00pm

Spirit Airlines is one of America's fastest growing airlines. It is also among the least popular airlines in America. How can one airline be both things at once?

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The Allure Of Anonymous Confessional Apps 'Secret' And 'Whisper'

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 2:30pm

Apps like Secret and Whisper are designed to maximize sharing and minimize risk because the messages are anonymous. Could they end up helping whistleblowers and shaking up the workplace?

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Computer Love: Beats Music Wants To Be Your Everything

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 11:10am

Ann Powers says that for the music lover searching for an immersive streaming service, newcomer Beats Music comes close to offering the complete package.

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U.S. Government Will Back Loans For Nuclear Power

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 10:08am

The $6.5 billion in federal loan guarantees will help build the first new U.S. nuclear power plants in more than three decades. The announcement brought quick criticism from some environmentalists.

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Petitioners Want To Ban Cheap Pizza

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:00am

The $1 slice of pizza has been a tradition in New York City for many years. A petition on Change.org wants to ban $1 pizza on New York's Lower East Side. It is labeled as an effort to promote "food diversity."

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Consumer Debt Rises After Lending Restrictions Are Eased

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:00am

A report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York says household borrowing gained 2.1 percent last quarter – the biggest gain since the fall of 2007. The increase is attributed to easier lending conditions and a decline in home foreclosures.

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Trade Issues Expected To Dominate Obama's Trip To Mexico

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:00am

President Obama travels to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts. The three presidents are talking about the increased trade among their countries 20 years since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Kurds Bypass Iraq Government, Build Oil Pipeline To Turkey

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:00am

In the autonomous northern region of Iraq, the Kurds have decided to take the contentious matter of oil into their own hands. They built a pipeline out of the country bypassing the central government and sparking outrage in Baghdad. Steve Inskeep talks to Ben Lando, of the Iraq Oil Report, which covers daily happenings in and around Iraq.

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Manufacturing Association Wants Progress In Obama's Trade Agenda

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:00am

A leader in the manufacturing sector is calling on Congress and President Obama to put aside their differences and help manufacturing companies grow and prosper. Jay Timmons, head of the National Association of Manufacturers, said in Milwaukee that would like Washington to make progress on the president's trade agenda.

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Insurance Marketplace Prices Vary Regarding Location

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:00am

What you pay for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces varies widely based on where you live. Steve Inskeep talks to Jordan Rau, senior correspondent with Kaiser Health News, about the 10 cheapest health care markets, the 10 most expensive and what may behind the price differences.

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Feds Consider How Colo. Pot Shops Can Get Bank Accounts

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:00am

Now that legal marijuana is on sale in Colorado, most banks are shying away from giving pot shops checking accounts. The drug is still against federal law. The Justice and Treasury Departments have issued guidance in hopes banks will resume business with marijuana sellers. The idea is to alleviate some of the dangers of the state's all-cash marijuana industry.

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AFL-CIO's Trumka: Keep VW Union Vote In Perspective

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 4:00am

Workers at the Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., last week narrowly rejected joining the United Auto Workers. That was a setback for labor which was looking for an organizing victory in a southern state. The AFL-CIO is holding its winter meetings this week in Houston. The movement says its efforts to organize across the South continue despite the high profile defeat at the VW plant.

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Is Tyson Foods' Chicken Empire A 'Meat Racket'?

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 2:44am

Investigative journalist Chris Leonard argues in a new book that Tyson's system of chicken production treats farmers like "modern-day sharecroppers." The book is a detailed account of the inner workings of Tyson, and the not-so-independent farmers who actually raise the birds.

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Elusive Goal: A Transparent Price List For Health Care

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 2:36am

Price-shopping for coffee makers is easy. Finding the actual cost of a colonoscopy? Nearly impossible. But putting together a useful, comprehensive price-list for patients of the widely varying charges for various health procedures is difficult and expensive, states are learning.

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CBO: Minimum Wage Hike Could Boost Paychecks – And Cut Jobs

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 5:19pm

Both backers and opponents of a higher federal minimum pay rate are latching on to different findings in a new Congressional Budget Office report on the proposal's effects. We list the report's pros and cons.

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Order Up! Food Businesses Find An Appetite For Bitcoin

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 3:12pm

From a Subway sandwich shop to a Peruvian chicken food truck, customers have a growing number of options for satisfying their hunger with bitcoins. For food vendors, accepting the virtual currency offers substantial financial benefits — and risks, too.

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Order Up! Food Businesses Find An Appetite For Bitcoin

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 3:12pm

From a Subway sandwich shop to a Peruvian chicken food truck, customers have a growing number of options for satisfying their hunger with Bitcoin. For food vendors, accepting the virtual currency offers substantial financial benefits – and risks, too.

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Dealt A Recent Defeat, Union Organizers Plot A Future In The South

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 3:00pm

The AFL-CIO executive committee is meeting in Texas this week to discuss the United Auto Workers' defeat in efforts to organize a Tennessee Volkswagen plant. Committee member hope to decipher what it may mean for other union membership drives across the South.

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