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Court Orders Seizure Of $100 Million Oil Shipment

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 1:32pm

A tanker carrying 1 million barrels of oil from Kurdistan was cleared by the U.S. Coast Guard to unload, but a judge has agreed with Iraq's central government that the oil belongs to them.

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Widely-Used Insecticides Are Leaching Into Midwest Rivers

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 1:23pm

Researchers found that a class of chemicals similar to nicotine used on corn and soy farms have run off into streams and rivers in the Midwest. There they may be harming aquatic life, like insects.

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Chances Are Pretty Good That's A Bill Collector Calling

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 1:11pm

About 77 million adults in the U.S. have at least one debt in the collection process, according to a study released by the Urban Institute.

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White House Threatens More Russia Sanctions, As Kerry Decries Rebels In Ukraine

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:02pm

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Russia to use its "considerable influence" to give investigators access to the debris field of the downed Malaysia Airlines plane.

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Solving The Scourge That Is Slow Hotel Wi-Fi

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:54am

Hotels are happy to charge you $300 a night for a stay, but their Wi-Fi speeds are often too slow to stream a movie. Now, two competing sites are trying to solve the problem.

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Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut, Sometimes You Just Drive One

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 8:39am

After graduation, a group of college students landed a nutty job — quite literally. For the next year, they will don the monocle of Mr. Peanut and drive the Planters Peanut Nutmobile.

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White House Says Delayed Action On Climate Change Could Cost Billions

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 7:48am

The White House says the cost of inaction outweighs the cost of implementing more-stringent regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.

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Sit Down, Plug In And Travel The World Through Sound

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:55am

You can travel the world without opening your wallet — or your eyes. Sound Transit, a collaborative website, allows users to immerse themselves in the everyday sounds of faraway places.

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Brothers Exploit Loopholes In Airbnb, Kickstarter

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:55am

Two brothers rented a condo in Palm Springs and began claiming tenants' rights after 30 days, then threatened to sue the owner for negligence, claiming the tap water damaged their espresso machine.

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Zillow To Buy Rival Real Estate Site Trulia

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:55am

Zillow has agreed to buy Trulia for $3.5 billion in stock. The two websites represent more than 60 percent of the total Internet traffic for real estate listings.

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Uber, Airbnb Under Attack In Spain As Old And New Economies Clash

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:55am

The taxi and hotel industries are pressuring Spain to crack down on popular "share economy" apps and websites. Airbnb was recently fined $40,000 for failing to list rentals with a local tourism board.

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IBM And Apple Team Up To Become Tech's New Odd Couple

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 6:29pm

In a deal that would have been unimaginable 20 years ago, Apple has announced a partnership with IBM. The two companies will work together on a new class of applications for iPads and iPhones.

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It's Boom Times For Pop-Up Shops As Mobile Shopping Clicks

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:56pm

One-click online shopping is changing how we shop. Stores with leases as short as a day are proliferating — meaning a storefront can be a designer clothing store one day and a test kitchen the next.

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House Votes To End Full-Fare Rule For Airline Tickets

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:16pm

The airline industry and its unions support the bill, which would allow them to list ticket prices without taxes and fees. Consumer groups say that will lead to deceptive marketing.

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International Court Rules Against Russia In $50 Billion Decision

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:13pm

Russia says it will appeal an unfavorable decision by a court in The Hague. The Permanent Court of Arbitration awarded $50 billion to shareholders of the defunct Yukos oil company.

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'Like' Something? Social Networks Would Like You To Buy It Too, Please

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:09pm

Social networks like Facebook and Twitter are increasingly finding ways to move into e-commerce, adding buttons and acquiring startups that encourage users to buy products on their sites. Hannah Kuchler of the Financial Times discusses the moves with Audie Cornish.

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A Deal Between 'Dollar' Stores Raises The Stakes Against Wal-Mart

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:09pm

The slice of retail aimed at America's most budget-conscious consumers is consolidating. Dollar Tree is buying Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, a deal encouraged by activist investors Carl Icahn and Nelson Peltz. The new company will have 13,000 stores, making it a more formidable competitor — in size, at least — to Wal-Mart.

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FAA Seeks $12 Million Fine Against Southwest Airlines

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 1:18pm

A contractor for the airline failed to perform repairs properly and Southwest put some jets back into service despite their not being in compliance with federal regulations, the agency alleges.

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It May Be Summer, But For Economists, This Week Feels Like Christmas

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:37pm

Each day this week will bring new decisions and reports that could have a big impact on the nation's economy.

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In Times Of Transition, Get Practical About Your Finances

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:15am

Life transitions, from expanding families to job losses and promotions, can be financially stressful. Host Michel Martin speaks with money coaches about what to do when you are facing big changes.

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