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How Your State Rates In Terms Of Long-Term Care

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 11:04pm

AARP ranked each state and Washington, D.C. according to the cost and quality of long-term care and support services. An online scorecard helps consumers compare services in each region.

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Amazon Raises The Curtain On A Fire Of Its Own

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 4:26pm

At an unveiling in Seattle, online retail giant Amazon announced its entry into the smartphone market with a new device called "Fire."

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GM Chief Makes A Return Trip To The Hill, Where A Grilling Awaits

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 3:22pm

General Motors CEO Mary Barra faced another grueling hearing on Capitol Hill, two weeks after a critical internal report blasted the company's handling of defective ignition switches as incompetent. GM has recalled 20 million vehicles already this year and has set aside $700 million to cover repairs related to the recall.

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Redskins' Cancelled Tradmarks Spell A Symbolic Victory For Critics

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 3:22pm

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has cancelled trademark registrations by the Washington Redskins football team, ruling that the team's name is "disparaging" to Native Americans.

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Sluggish Housing Market A Product Of Millions Of 'Missing Households'

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 3:22pm

Economists say there are more than 2 million "missing households" in the U.S. — young people who bunk with family or friends rather than buying their own home. New data suggest this trend continues.

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Fed Slows Pace Of Bond Buying, Keeps Rates Steady — For Now

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 2:03pm

The Federal Reserve said that it was curtailing its bond purchases to $15 billion per month. It gave no hint when interest rates would rise.

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Amazon Unleashes Fire Phone To Compete With Apple, Samsung

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 1:34pm

The new entry into the smartphone arena offers unlimited cloud storage for photos and a 3-D camera with image stabilization.

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House Panel Grills GM CEO And Investigator Over Switch Recall

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 11:23am

Questions about a potential cover-up dominate a congressional hearing about General Motors' handling of a deadly safety flaw. "How could they not know?" one congressman asked.

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Goats In The City? Making A Case For Detroit's Munching Mowers

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 10:54am

Goats aren't allowed in Detroit, but billionaire Mark Spitznagel thinks they could help revitalize blighted neighborhoods. Goat raisers in other cities say the animals can be eco-friendly landscapers.

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U.S. Patent Office Cancels Washington Redskins' Trademark

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 9:43am

The agency ruled in a case brought by five Native Americans. While the decision could have wide repercussions, it does not require the football team to change its name.

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U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Area Would Nearly Double Under New Plan

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 8:18am

The U.S. Department of the Interior says the new Massachusetts Wind Energy Area would be auctioned off in four leases. It includes more than 1,000 square miles of ocean.

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Dunkin Donuts To Open 5 Stores In California

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 4:08am

The company says it expects to eventually open 1,000 shops in California. There were about a dozen Dunkin Donuts there in the 1990s, but they closed more than a decade ago.

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CHEP Builds A Better Pallet And It's Blue To Boot

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 4:08am

Simple wooden pallets make transporting items, loading and unloading easier. Our Planet Money team dives deep into the pallet world to see how this ubiquitous item is changing.

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Whitewater Rafting Companies Benefit From Abundant Snowfall

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 4:08am

Near-record snowpack in the central Rockies means rivers in Colorado are running high this year. The turbulent waters have resulted in a number of deaths.

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As Exasperation Mounts, French Rail Strike Turns Violent

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 3:34am

As the French rail strike enters it second week, train workers clashed with riot police in Paris. The he latest poll shows the striking train drivers are are loosing public support.

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Benefit Corporations Look Beyond The Profit Motive

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 2:24am

A corporation has one core obligation: to make money. But some companies, known as benefit corporations, also promise to create a tangible benefit to communities and the environment.

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SunTrust To Pay Nearly $1 Billion For Mortgage Practices

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 5:51pm

The bank's mortgage-lending subsidiary agreed to pay $968 million and acknowledged that it failed to comply with federal requirements for processing FHA loans.

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How Yahoo's Diversity Numbers Compare With Google's

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 5:41pm

Yahoo has released its diversity figures as the tech industry grapples with a gender gap and low numbers of blacks and Latinos in its ranks.

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A View Of The Ride-Share Debate From The Backseat Of Both Sides

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 3:06pm

Odette Yousef of WBEZ reports on the debate in Illinois, trying to determine the answer to one important question: What makes ride-share services different from taxis?

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After Flickr, Startup Guru Smells The Sweet Success Of Failure

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:32pm

Stewart Butterfield, co-founder of the photo-sharing site, has a knack for prevailing in ways he didn't predict.

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