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Environmentalists Say Shell's Arctic Drilling Plan Presents Safety Risks

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:31pm

The Interior Department on Monday gave Shell conditional approval to drill for oil in the Arctic, a big defeat for environmental activists. But there's still another hurdle: a permit that approves Shell's plan to clean up if there's a spill. Opponents say the Arctic is too tough a place for effective cleanup, but the industry says otherwise.

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How Do You Get Your Colleagues To Trust You?

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 7:18am

How do you create trust? Management theorist Simon Sinek says it starts with a leader who makes people feel safe.

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How Can Trusting Strangers Fuel An Economy?

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 7:18am

The new currency of this economy is trust, says Rachel Botsman. Companies that rely on sharing invest in what Botsman calls "reputation capital."

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House Republicans Vote To Cut Amtrak's Funding

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 4:04am

The economic outlook for Amtrak was troubled even before this week's train derailment in Philadelphia. On Capitol Hill, lawmakers are deeply divided over funding for the passenger rail service.

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'Planet Money' Does The Math On 'The Six Billion Dollar Man'

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 4:04am

The Six Million Dollar Man TV show is being rebooted. Mark Wahlberg will star in the movie remake: The Six Billion Dollar Man. We Examine why the inflated number, and what the number should really be.

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SEC Investigates Bogus Bid For Avon

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 4:04am

The Securities and Exchange Commission received notice from a company calling itself PTG Capital that it intended to buy the cosmetics retailer. The only problem: no such company exists.

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What It Takes To Lift Families Out Of Poverty

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:51am

New charities pop up all the time. But how do you know which ones work? Economists have come up with a strategy to figure it out. They've used it to tackle one of the biggest problems in the world.

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What's Driving The Motor City Forward Now?

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:50am

Six months after Detroit emerged from bankruptcy, Michel Martin heads there to hear from the artists, thinkers and entrepreneurs who are shaping the city's future.

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From Scornin' It To Lovin' It: McDonald's Tests Out Kale On Its Menu

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:53pm

The green health halo hovering over kale glows brightly, and the company is putting it in breakfast bowls in nine southern California locations. Will it help brighten up the Golden Arches?

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Why Some Detroit Residents Claim To Live Someplace Else

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 3:56pm

The city has some of the highest auto insurance rates in the U.S. Many residents there drop coverage — or claim they live outside the city limits. The mayor has a plan to cut the cost of insurance.

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She's Almost Real: The New Humanoid On Customer Service Duty In Tokyo

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 3:52pm

In Tokyo, a stylish new department store receptionist isn't a human at all. It's a lifelike silicone robot with movements so real, it's fooling some customers.

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Fast-Track Trade Measure Clears Key Senate Hurdle

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 2:32pm

The 65-33 vote comes two days after senators rejected a measure to take up the bill giving President Obama fast-track trade authority.

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Why A Philadelphia Grocery Chain Is Thriving In Food Deserts

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 1:04pm

Brown's Super Stores operates seven profitable supermarkets in low-income neighborhoods in Philadelphia. The founder says it's because he figured out what communities needed in a neighborhood store.

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A Trade Deal Read In Secret By Only A Few (Or Maybe None)

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 7:16am

To study the draft Trans-Pacific Partnership text, senators have to go to the basement of the Capitol and enter a secured, sound-proof room and surrender their cellphones.

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TV Networks Count On Reborn Old Shows To Bring In Ad Dollars

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:10am

Network officials are gathered in New York this week to present their new fall lineups to advertisers. Renee Montagne talks to Kim Masters, of The Hollywood Reporter and host of KCRW's The Business.

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Feds Probe Failure To Collect Mine Safety Penalties After NPR Report

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:10am

The Labor Department's investigation follows an NPR/Mine Safety and Health News series about the failure of federal regulators to collect millions in safety penalties at the nation's mines.

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Calif. Bottled Water Plants Are Scrutinized During Severe Drought

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:10am

Companies like Nestle are being eyed for how and where they're drawing the water. Steve Inskeep talks to Ian James, a reporter with The Desert Sun Newspaper in Palm Springs, Calif.

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Santa Monica Cracks Down On Airbnb, Bans 'Vacation Rentals' Under A Month

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 8:38pm

Santa Monica says renting out a house or apartment for less than 30 days without the permanent tenant present is illegal.

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Facebook Courts News Giants Into A Deal To Share Viewers, And Profits

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:56pm

Nine media organizations, including The New York Times and National Geographic, have signed a deal to distribute their content through a new Facebook feature called "Instant Articles."

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Train Derailment Highlights Amtrak's Infrastructure Needs

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:15pm

Amtrak was created in the 1970s to allow several private railroads to get out of the passenger business. Experts say that while its safety record is generally good, it needs upgrading.

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