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President Obama Slams Congress As He Welcomes Economy's Gains

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:03pm

Citing 6 months of strong job gains, President Obama says America's recovery from a debilitating recession is well underway. But he says the economy "could be doing even better" if Congress helped.

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Restaurant's 'Prayer Discount' Sparks Mix Of Praise, Anger

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 12:22pm

When a patron of Mary's Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, N.C., posted a photo of her tab denoting a 15 percent discount for "praying in public," the post went viral.

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These Ivory Coast Cacao Farmers Had Never Tasted Chocolate

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:46am

Ivory Coast is the world's No. 1 producer of the cacao beans that are the base of our beloved chocolate bars. But as a TV report shows, some cacao farmers have never enjoyed the final product.

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As Labor Market Advances, Millions Stuck In Part-Time Jobs

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:52am

Payrolls have grown by more than 200,000 for six months in a row — the longest stretch since 1997. But 7.5 million people are working less than 40 hours per week even though they want full-time jobs.

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Unemployment Ticks Up To 6.2 Percent; 209,000 Jobs Added

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 7:38am

The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the rate for July was little changed from June's 6.1 percent.

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Everyone Goes To The Store To Get Milk. So Why's It Way In The Back?

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 5:46am

It's one of the most popular items, but often it seems to be as far as humanly possible from the entrance. The Planet Money team looks at two very different theories about why that is.

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Minnesota's Minimum-Wage Workers Get 75-Cent Increase

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 4:48am

Workers and advocacy groups praise the hard-fought change, from $7.25 to $8, but opponents warn it will wreak havoc on business balance sheets.

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Economists Expect Strong July Jobs Report

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 4:00am

The government releases the July unemployment report Friday. The June report was surprisingly strong, and economists will be watching to see if employers kept the hiring spree going.

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Small French Company Challenges Telecom Titans For T-Mobile

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 4:00am

Iliad, a small French telecom company, is offering to pay $15 billion for a majority stake in T-Mobile, the U.S.'s smallest national wireless phone company. But it faces competing offers from much larger rivals.

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Tensions Stir At EPA Hearings On New Emission Rules

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 4:00am

As the EPA develops new carbon emission rules for existing power plants, the agency is holding a series of public hearings around the country, where coal industry advocates made their concerns known.

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Never Mind The Cronut. Now There's An Ice Cream Sundae In A Can

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 4:00am

The creator of the cronut — half croissant, half donut — is out with the new product: a mix of vanilla, chocolate chip and root beer ice cream with toppings in a pop-top tin, for $15.

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When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:45pm

China has been a big and growing market for U.S. corn. But then farmers started planting a kind of genetically engineered corn that's not yet approved in China, and the Chinese government struck back.

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Weekly Innovation: 3-D Printed Fashion For Your Feet

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:36pm

You can use a 3-D printer to craft yourself a cell phone case, a toy car, or a new trachea. This week's innovation introduces 3-D printed high-heels, and the print-and-wear fad as a growing trend.

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Amid Smoking Decline, Look Who's Still Lighting Up

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:20pm

Analysts say the merger of Reynolds American and Lorillard is driven by the changing demographics of smoking. But the lower smoking rate masks a more complex and varied pattern of cigarette usage.

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Dow Dives 317 Points, Erasing A Month Of Gains

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:06pm

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 16,563. It was the worst daily decline since April.

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Red Robin's 'Monster' Burger Wins Xtreme Eating Awards

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:53am

The Center for Science in the Public Interest says, at more than 3,500 calories, it's the "single unhealthiest" meal among 200 chain restaurants.

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On The Eve Of A Possible Lockout, Met Opera Talks Remain Contentious

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:07am

Labor disputes are nothing new to the Met Opera, but never have they been so public. With a deadline looming, both sides signal that negotiations are going nowhere.

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Send Your Dearly Departed Dog Into Space

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:07am

Houston-based Celestis is offering to ship your pet's remains to rest among the stars for as little as $995. The remains are sent up on vehicles already carrying scientific and commercial payloads.

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Senate Antitrust Panel Eyes Contact Lens Pricing Policies

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:07am

Under "UPP," or universal pricing policies, manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson tell retailers they can't sell their contact lens below a certain price. And if they do, their supply will be cut off.

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A Prospective Pro Athletes' Backup Plan? Pit Crewing For NASCAR

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:07am

Some college athletes who dreamed of going into pro sports are instead finding full-time work on NASCAR pit crews. NASCAR is recruiting athletes, not mechanics, and has a special training center.

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