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Uber Car Service Company Is Now Valued At $17 Billion

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 12:50pm

Uber, the company whose app pairs drivers with passengers, hit it big in a new financing round, bringing in investments of $1.2 billion and sending its valuation skyward.

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World Cup Makes Brazilians Crazy, But Soccer's Not To Blame

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 11:55am

While workers scramble to prepare stadiums and airports for visiting fans, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro says many Brazilians are angry and frustrated.

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Illinois Declares Truce In Cupcake War

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 11:16am

When a girl's business got shut down for lack of a license, lawmakers decided the rules went too far. With states regulating so many professions, even consumer groups wonder if they should cut back.

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The U.S. Finally Gets Past Pre-Recession Jobs Total

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 7:15am

With today's monthly jobs report meeting predictions, the U.S. has surpassed the number of jobs before 2008. But the recovery has been slow and long, economists say.

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Book News: Hachette Announces Layoffs Amid Amazon Dispute

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 6:40am

Also: Ruth Graham says adults should be "embarrassed" to read YA novels; a judge ends Harper Lee's lawsuit against hometown museum.

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Outside Groups To Spend Even More Ahead Of Miss. GOP Senate Runoff

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 4:08am

Well-heeled outside groups easily outspent Sen. Thad Cochran and challenger Chris McDaniel before the GOP Senate primary in Mississippi. They're going all in on the runoff election later this month.

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OTB Parlors Criticize Hike In Horse Racing Simulcast Rates

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 4:08am

Saturday is the Belmont Stakes, the last race in the vaunted Triple Crown series of horse races. But as excitement builds, so does a bitter feud in the business of horse racing.

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Farm Workers' Low Wages Hinder San Joaquin Valley's Economy

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 4:08am

If you look at the jobs picture across the U.S., one place stands out for high levels of unemployment: Central California's San Joaquin Valley. It's been called the Appalachia of the West.

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May Employment Data May Reflect Record Job Growth

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 4:08am

The Labor Department releases its monthly employment report on Friday. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones expect an increase in payrolls of 210,000.

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SEC To Focus Oversight On High-Speed Trading

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 4:08am

Head of the Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White has unveiled a set of initiatives aimed at better oversight of Wall Street. The SEC is looking to step up regulation of high-speed trading.

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Beastie Boys Win Copyright Fight

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 4:08am

The Beastie Boys have won a $1.7 million verdict against the makers of Monster Energy drink in a copyright infringement dispute over the company's use of the band's songs in a 2012 promotional video.

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The 'Cool War' With China Is Unseen, But Comes With Consequences

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 2:47am

Dueling charges of cyberspying between China and the U.S. are escalating in this new conflict, which could have huge stakes for American industry and trade secrets.

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From Coffee Futures To Bulk Buying: A Year Of Adventurous Investing

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 2:46am

Last year NPR's Uri Berliner took money from a savings account that was losing value to inflation and bought a range of assets that included a painting and a haul from Costco. So how'd his money do?

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Is Pushing Interest Rates To Less Than Zero A Crazy Idea?

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 5:34pm

If a bank wants to deposit cash with the European Central Bank, it won't earn interest. In fact, the bank will actually have to pay the ECB for parking cash. It's designed to boost Europe's economy.

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Why A Pack Of Peanut Butter M&M'S Weighs A Tiny Bit Less Than A Regular Pack

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 5:08pm

One hungry reporter goes on a quest to find out why his package of Peanut Butter M&M'S weighs .06 ounces less than a package of Milk Chocolate M&M'S.

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'New York Times' Editor: Losing Snowden Scoop 'Really Painful'

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 4:22pm

Edward Snowden didn't trust The New York Times with his revelations about the NSA because the paper initially spiked an earlier story about the warrantless wiretapping of Americans.

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Internal Probe Decries GM's 'Incompetence And Neglect'

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 3:16pm

An internal probe of how General Motors handled an ignition switch defect has found "a pattern of incompetence and neglect" at GM. On Thursday, CEO Mary Barra announced the dismissal of 15 employees, many of whom were executives and senior managers.

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A Privacy Capitalist Wins Big After Snowden

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 3:16pm

The NSA scandal has hurt some companies but there are also some tech winners, including an American who has been cashing in on the political hype. Mike Janke's firm sells privacy devices and apps.

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Sprint Might Finally Get Its Way With Possible T-Mobile Deal

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 3:16pm

Reports say that a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile is at hand. Sprint has made no secret of its designs on its smaller rival; why are the companies considering a deal now?

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Sprint Is Reportedly Close To Deal To Buy T-Mobile For $32 Billion

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 1:17pm

If the sale goes through, T-Mobile would join Sprint as the second U.S. wireless company acquired by Japan's Softbank. It would unite America's third- and fourth-ranked carriers.

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