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Las Vegas Sands Websites Restored 1 Week After Hacking

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 12:45am

Casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. pulled down its sites Feb. 13 after hackers defaced them with images condemning comments CEO Sheldon Adelson had made about using nuclear weapons on Iran.

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Demographic Shifts Contribute To The Changing Face Of Retail

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 3:00pm

With jobs and populations growing in the cities, it's no surprise that retailers, including Wal-Mart and Target, are trying to adapt their models to suit urban areas. Competition from online stores is also contributing to a changing retail landscape.

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Hurting For Cash, Online Porn Tries New Tricks

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 3:00pm

Online pornography was the cutting edge of e-commerce during the Internet's early days, but its heyday is over. To recoup some of those costs, one porn empire in San Francisco is using data analytics, lifestyle events and new products to keep customers loyal.

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Founder Of Hair And Skin-Care Line Aveda Dies

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 4:00am

Horst Rechelbacher died over the weekend at age 72 at his farm in Wisconsin. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer three years ago. Aveda was among the first to use organic ingredients for hair and skin.

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So Far, 2014 Is A Good Year For Precious Metals

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 4:00am

Gold has reached a price of more than $1,300 an ounce — the highest since early November. Gold is up 10 percent this year after a 28 percent drop in 2013. Silver has posted even greater gains – it's up 12 percent.

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Compounding Pharmacies Called On To Make Execution Drugs

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 4:00am

Pharmaceutical companies in Europe are blocking the sale of drugs used for lethal injection in the U.S. That has states that use the drugs turning to compounding pharmacies to create them. David Miller, the CEO of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists, talks to Steve Inskeep about why that's problematic.

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Finessing Health Coverage: When To Buy Insurance For A New Baby

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 2:39am

It's getting easier to cancel a health insurance policy if you get a new job or have other life changes. And new parents can buy coverage for the baby after he or she is born. But there are exceptions to many rules in the Affordable Care Act, so it's worth checking out how they affect you.

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Candy Flavors Put E-Cigarettes On Kids' Menu

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 2:37am

Electronic cigarettes are often billed as safe and helpful for adult smokers trying to kick their habit. But the CDC says 1 in 5 young teens who try an e-cigarette have never smoked tobacco. And between 2011 and 2012, the devices doubled in popularity among middle-school and high-school students.

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The Green Rush Begins: Investors Get In On Pot's Ground Floor

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 8:09am

With medical marijuana legal in 20 different states, a "green rush" has started among venture capitalists looking to invest in the pot-related industry.

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Super-Secure, Temporary Texts Draw Interest Of Business Crowd

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 3:00pm

Snapchat has become a very popular way to text photos that disappear after a number of seconds. Recent hacks have raised questions about the security of the service. Carlos Watson, co-founder of Ozy.com, talks about a service that offers more secure alternative.

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Tenn. Workers Vote To Reject Union At VW Plant

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 10:12am

Workers at the VW plant in Chattanooga have dealt a blow to organized labor in the South. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to reporter Blake Farmer about the close vote.

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Tenn. VW Workers Reject Move To Join Union

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 9:48pm

The issue of union representation at a plant that produces Passat sedans has drawn comments from a senator and President Obama. The UAW sees the plant as a chance to gain needed momentum in building up its membership.

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With New Rules, Pot Business Gets A Little Less Hazy For Banks

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 3:00pm

Ever since Colorado and Washington legalized pot, banks have been in an awkward position. Would a bank risk being targeted by federal prosecutors for doing business with people whose primary business is selling marijuana? On Friday, the Treasury Department eased the confusion by releasing new guidelines for the banking industry.

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Feds Clear Banks To Do Business With Budding Pot Industry

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 2:56pm

The departments of Treasury and Justice signal that banks can work with the legal marijuana industry without fearing prosecution for such crimes as money laundering.

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Tech Week: Love In Digital Times, Big Cable, Facebook Genders

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 11:35am

In this week's recap of tech headlines: How we're dating and mating in the digital age, Comcast and Time Warner's big merger and other tech-related curiosities.

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Shiny And New: World's Largest Solar Plant Opens In Nevada

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 9:56am

The $2.2 billion, 400-megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System will provide electricity to 140,000 homes.

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Jos. A. Bank To Buy Eddie Bauer

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 6:48am

Clothing chain Jos. A. Bank announced on Friday it has agreed to buy casual sportswear maker Eddie Bauer for $825 million in a cash and stock deal. This acquisition comes in the midst of ongoing, hostile efforts by Jos. A. Banks and its main competitor Men's Wearhouse to buy each other.

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Businesses Face Challenges This Valentine's Day

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 4:00am

Because of bad weather, the sheriff in Oconee County, Georgia, officially postponed Cupid's holiday. In Detroit, a flower shop owner used a drone to deliver a bouquet. He got a call from the FAA.

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Tesla Stock Hits Record High

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 4:00am

Shares of Tesla Motors crossed the $200 barrier on Thursday before falling back down to nearly $197 — a record high for the upstart electric car maker. In the last month, Tesla stock has soared more than 43 percent.

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Romantic Economist Applies Economic Terms To Relationships

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 4:00am

On this Valentine's Day, Renee Montagne talks to a young economist about how he tried to apply the rules of the market to his love life. William Nicolson chronicles his journey to find a girlfriend in the memoir, The Romantic Economist.

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