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New Jobs Numbers: Has Economic Recovery Reached A Tipping Point?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:15am

The economy added 288,000 jobs in June and the unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent. NPR's Marilyn Geewax and The Wall Street Journal's Sudeep Reddy discuss the latest jobs report.

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Germany Votes For First-Ever Minimum Wage, Around $11.50

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 9:25am

By comparison, the U.S. is debating a raise to its minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. The new German law includes several exceptions.

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The Future Internet Is Not So Free Or Open, In Pew's New Survey

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 8:58am

Pew surveyed more than 1,400 tech industry leaders and academics to find a troubling consensus: By 2025, the Internet will be more balkanized, more surveilled and less open.

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U.S. Monthly Jobs Report For June Set To Come Out

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 7:16am

Last month, the U.S. job market hit a milestone, finally surpassing pre-recession levels.

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How Every U.S. State Has Fared Since The Recession, In 1 Graph

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 5:33am

There are more U.S. jobs now than there were before the recession. But the jobs are different — and they're in different places.

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Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling Yields Polarized Debate

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 4:18am

Debate involving religion and contraception was ignited by the ruling. Steve Inskeep discusses the court's case with Thomas Berg, a professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

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Before The Holiday Weekend, Latest Jobless Report Is Issued

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 4:18am

The report comes out a day earlier than normal because of the July 4 holiday. The job market has been racking up healthy gains this year, and the latest report is expected to show continued growth.

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China Announces Another Easing Of Its Currency Controls

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 4:18am

Beijing said banks that handle foreign currency will be able to set their own exchange rates for the yuan. Critics have urged China to let the currency trade more freely.

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An Uncertain Future Of The U.S. Terrorism Insurance Program

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:09am

The federal program, which would pay for catastrophic damage if a U.S. city was attacked again, is up for renewal this year and some have begun to worry that it may be in trouble.

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Big Bucks From Strawberry Genes Lead To Conflict At UC Davis

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 4:37pm

The strawberry breeding program at the University of California, Davis, is a big money-earner. It's created a unique hybrid of the public and private breeding sector, and that's led to conflict.

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Florida County Goes To Court Over 'Acid Fracking' Near Everglades

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 4:31pm

Acid has long been used in oil drilling in Florida, but Collier County officials say the state has been lax in its oversight of a new process that involves injecting acid underground under pressure.

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It's The Year Of The Recall, And It Finds GM Busy

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 3:06pm

The auto industry is enduring a year of recalls. General Motors alone has recalled more than 25 million vehicles in the U.S. so far in 2014, and other automakers are also picking up the pace of their vehicle recalls.

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The Company Where Everyone Knows Everyone Else's Salary

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 3:06pm

When salaries are transparent, it changes the dynamic between workers and the boss — and among workers themselves.

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Facebook's Sandberg Apologizes For Newsfeed Experiment

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 3:04pm

Facebook scientists were criticized for a study that manipulated what some Facebook users saw on their feeds. COO Sheryl Sandberg said they didn't mean to upset users.

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This Week's Innovation: Slippers That Fit Like A Second Skin

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 1:48pm

A concept of perfectly fitting footwear inspired by cheese fondue, these slippers would be made by you, for you.

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Unions Fear High Court's Ruling Opens Door To More Trouble

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:05pm

In a major labor law decision, the Supreme Court stopped short of preventing public employee unions from collecting compulsory dues. But some justices might be willing to take that step soon.

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'Frobot' Creator: Taking Frozen Yogurt Where It's Never Been Before

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 9:26am

Is frozen yogurt a weak link in our quest for sustenance and gastronomic pleasure? A Washington, D.C., start-up thinks so, and has just launched a frozen yogurt vending machine to make fro-yo easier.

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Book News: Amazon Defends Negotiating Tactics In Hachette Fight

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 6:39am

Also: The bench in Amsterdam where the main characters sit in the film adaptation of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars is missing; a new poem by Joel Brouwer.

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Number Of U.S. Breweries Is On The Rise

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 4:04am

Between 2007 and 2012, Census Bureau data show the number of breweries in the U.S. more than doubled to 869. And shipments from those breweries went up almost 34 percent.

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Despite Recalls, GM Sales Jump By 1 Percent

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 4:04am

According to the AP, June was a good month overall for automakers — with over 1 million cars sold. Analysts told the AP that the recalls themselves could have been what caused the surge in sales.

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