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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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Dollar Tree To Buy Family Dollar In $8.5 Billion Deal

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:26am

The deal will unite two of the United States' biggest discount stores. Dollar Tree will pay $74.50 for each share of Family Dollar and said it would run the company as a separate brand.

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The Ice Cream Sandwich That Wouldn't Melt

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 7:12am

After an ice cream sandwich from Wal-Mart was left outside on an 80-degree day and didn't melt, a Cincinnati-area mom questioned what's in it. Wal-Mart said a lot of cream.

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More Than Half Of Spaniards In Their 20s Are Unemployed

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:57am

Even though Spain's economy is out of recession, youth unemployment has hit 57.7 percent — more than double the continent's average. Economists say it could be years before jobs return. By then, many Spanish 20-somethings — dubbed the "lost generation" — will have missed a decade or more of work.

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Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:57am

Central American coffee farmers are facing off against a deadly fungus that has wiped out thousands of acres of crops. Coffee companies like Starbucks are pooling money to support them in the fight.

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When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:57am

The Supreme Court has been granting more rights to corporations, including some regarded as those solely for individuals. But Nina Totenberg finds the company-to-person shift has a long history.

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Depends Promotes Pants-Dropping For 'Underwearness'

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:57am

The company's ad campaign calls on people to photograph themselves wearing only the disposable undergarments below the waist, to reduce the stigma of incontinence.

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U.K. Launches Licensing For Onshore Oil And Gas Exploration

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:57am

Britain lifted a ban on hydraulic fracturing back in 2012, but protests in opposition to fracking have slowed drilling efforts.

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Locked In U.S. Hedge Fund Battle, Argentina Faces Default

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:57am

Argentina says it cannot pay certain debts and will fall into default by July 31 if it can't come to an agreement with creditors. This would be Argentina's second default in 13 years.

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Labels: Easy To Read, Not Always Easy To Trust

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 7:11am

How meaningful and trustworthy are seals of approval from the likes of Energy Star and Good Housekeeping? NPR's Arun Rath speaks with advertising expert Lucy Atkinson about their validity.

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This Traffic Backup Brought To You By ...

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 1:52pm

With the advent of the "sharing economy" it is now possible for millions to turn a quick buck by renting out underused assets like a spare guest room or a car. So why not your car bumper, too?

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Tech Week: Industry Diversity, Digital Afterlives, Net Neutrality

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 8:22am

The roundup: Twitter released a scorecard showing that its workforce is largely male and white. And what happens to our digital stuff after we log off for the last time?

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NFL Faces Criticism Over Ray Rice Suspension From Ravens

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:34am

It was a controversial week for the National Football League. Bloomberg's Kavitha Davidson brings NPR's Scott Simon up to date.

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Happy Birthday To Amazon, And Its Data Mining

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:34am

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on Amazon.com as it celebrates its 20th birthday this month, examining the ways in which we're courted online to buy just about everything.

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If All The Ice Melts, What Happens To Hockey?

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:34am

A report from the National Hockey League says climate change could threaten the sport's future. NPR's Scott Simon talks to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman about the league's sustainability plan.

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