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Lego Releases Female Scientists Set; May Appease 7-Year-Old Critic

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 11:07am

Months after a girl took the company to task for its female toy figures, Lego has released the Research Institute, a play set created by a "real-life geophysicist, Ellen Kooijman," the company says.

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Crushed Under Credit Card Debt: A Tale Of Survival

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 8:18am

Unexpected expenses and health issues sunk Claire Shrout and her family into frightening levels of debt. What she went through is familiar to a lot of Americans.

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Stock Markets Take A Dive After Months Of Growth

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 4:05pm

On Friday, the stock markets took a dive for the first time in months. NPR's Eric Westervelt asks The Wall Street Journal's Erin McCarthy whether the mounting global conflicts had something to do with it.

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Economic Growth Hits Headlines, But Not Wallets

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 4:05pm

Despite the economy adding more than 200,000 jobs last month, unemployment ticked up and incomes have stayed stagnant. For many people, stretching every dollar is still an economic necessity.

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9 To 5 Not For You? Try T. Rex Puppetry Or Aquatic Mail Delivery

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 3:10pm

The daily grind isn't everyone's style. Around the nation, young people are hard at work at offbeat jobs — like tracking bats in the dark of night or wandering a museum in a 75-pound dinosaur costume.

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Sanctions Target Russian Oil, But Will That Persuade Putin?

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 10:12am

Under new sanctions imposed this week, Russia will no longer be able to buy technology from Western companies to develop its oil fields. Still, the sanctions are limited, and Russia has vast reserves.

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Tech Week: The CIA Apologizes, Twitter Soars, Foursquare Swarm

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 7:02am

In this week's roundup of digital culture headlines, the hardcore Foursquare users have a problem with Swarm. Twitter got a big boost. And why buy shoes when you can print your own?

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GM Stays At The Top As U.S. Car Sales Surge In July

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 6:21pm

An analyst says GM might have benefited from the safety recalls that brought customers back to its dealerships. Many automakers saw strong gains compared to last year.

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Some Public Pension Funds Making Big Bets On Hedge Funds

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:14pm

States and cities have been investing billions of pension money in hedge funds. That's costing a lot of money in fees, and experts say the pensions don't have much to show for it.

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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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