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Why Europe's Economy Threatens Global Growth

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:06am

Ahead of Europe's central bank meeting, Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution and a contributing correspondent to The Wall Street Journal.

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U.S. Should End Its Export Ban On Crude Oil, Study Says

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:06am

The Center on Global Energy Policy says lifting the ban, which was put in place during the Arab oil embargoes of the 1970s, would help producers, consumers and improve U.S. security.

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Obama To Press For Higher Taxes On Wealthy Taxpayers

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:06am

President Obama is preparing to deliver his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday night. He plans to focus on the middle class. Steve Inskeep talks to White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.

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IRS Budget Cuts May Make For An Unpleasant Tax Filing Season

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:06am

The IRS commissioner warns that congressionally mandated budget cuts are hurting the agency's ability to crack down on tax cheats, process timely refunds and even staff its help lines.

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Working 3 Jobs In A Time Of Recovery

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:03am

If Elkhart County, Ind. was the symbol of the recession, then Ed Neufeldt was the face of the unemployed worker. Elkhart's economy has recovered but Neufeldt is still struggling to bounce back.

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Analysts Watch For Impacts Of European Economic Weakness On U.S.

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 2:18am

German automakers have several plants in the South, and Florida counts on European tourists. Analysts hope efforts to stimulate Europe's economy will keep investments in the U.S. from slipping.

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Despite Lower Oil Prices, IMF Cuts Global Growth Forecasts

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:44am

The International Monetary Fund lowered its growth forecasts over the next two years. It warned on Tuesday that weakness in most major economies will trump gains from lower oil prices.

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Markets May Stumble Or Skyrocket, But This Economist Says Hold On Tight

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 4:59pm

It's been more than four decades since Burton Malkiel published A Random Walk Down Wall Street. Eleven editions later, Malkiel hasn't wavered in his mantra of patience and broad investing.

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U.S. Solar Industry Sees Growth, But Also Some Uncertainty

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 3:09pm

The solar industry employs nearly 174,000 workers in the U.S., up 22 percent from a year ago. But the industry's future is murky, as government subsidies are set to expire within two years.

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Chipotle's Pulled Pork Highlights Debate Over Sow Welfare

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 3:07pm

Wondering why your local Chipotle is no longer serving pork? It's because a big supplier was housing pigs in confined quarters. But there's debate about whether that's really worse for the animals.

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Private Sector Included In Plan To Finance Infrastructure Improvements

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 4:01am

The Obama administration is looking to the private sector to help finance costly improvements to the nation's aging infrastructure.

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White House Rolls Out Tax Proposals Before State Of The Union Address

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 4:01am

The focus of Tuesday's speech will be the middle class. One item to be discussed will be a plan to increase taxes on the wealthy to pay for tax cuts for the middle class and working poor.

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U.S. District Judge To Calculate BP's Fine For Gulf Oil Spill

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 4:01am

Oil giant BP is back in court this week for the third and final phase of a civil trial over the worst offshore oil disaster in U.S. history. BP faces up to $18 billion in fines for the spill.

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New Justice Department Environment Chief Takes Helm Of Gulf Spill Case

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 3:03am

John Cruden returns to the department as litigation over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill intensifies. He'll also defend Obama climate change rules and try to protect wildlife while in the post.

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Delegation Of Congressional Democrats Visits Cuba

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 2:26pm

The group of four senators and two congressional representatives will meet with members of the Cuban government in hopes of enhancing cooperation between the long-time adversaries.

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Tech Program Helps Put Latinos On A Path To Silicon Valley

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 8:23am

A unique group of college students from California's Salinas Valley — many the children of farmworkers and immigrants — is working toward careers in major tech companies.

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Obama's Trouble Articulating The State Of The Economy

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 8:05am

It's easy to give a rousing State of the Union speech when the economy is doing well, but Obama has had a hard time hitting the right note in years when the country was hurting.

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As Cities Push For Their Own Broadband, Cable Firms Say Not So Fast

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 8:43am

Some U.S. cities are bypassing private Internet providers and creating their own, faster networks. But laws in 19 states impede those efforts, and some cities want the FCC to get involved.

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Falling Oil Prices: Good For Drivers, Bad For Banks

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 6:30am

Lending money to energy companies can be pretty profitable. But if oil prices drop enough, the threat of bank defaults becomes real, Portales Partners analyst Charles Peabody tells NPR's Scott Simon.

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Fire Doors And Sprinklers Debut At Garment Factories In Bangladesh

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 6:30am

In April 2013, the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh collapsed, killing over 1,100 workers employed in the garment factories in the building. Now there's an effort to make sure all garment factories are safe.

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