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In GM's Payout Plan, End Of The Road Is A Long Way Off

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 3:17pm

Kenneth Feinberg, who also oversaw the Sept. 11 victims fund, is administering the compensation plan for victims of General Motors' ignition switch defect. There is no cap on the total amount GM will spend, and even drivers who were drunk or distracted are eligible for compensation if the defect had any impact on their accident.

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Supreme Court Ruling Affirms Hobby Lobby Victory

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 12:31pm

The court ruled Monday in a case asking whether family-owned businesses that offer employees health insurance must include contraception in their plans if they object to some forms of it.

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Details Of GM Recall Compensation Plan Released

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 11:36am

GM's compensation program for claims related to defective ignition switches won't limit claim amounts and will include people who have already settled a case with the carmaker.

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Supreme Court Rules Against Union Fees For Some Home Care Workers

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:21am

In a 5-4 ruling, the court recognized a category of "partial public employees" who cannot be required to contribute union bargaining fees.

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Some Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:19am

The case, Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby, is perhaps the most important decision of the term. It centers on the Affordable Care Act's guarantee of no-cost prescription contraception.

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Delta, Alaska Airlines Fight For Market Share In Seattle

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 3:59am

Delta Air Lines is building up its Seattle operation into a gateway to Asia. That's good for Western travelers but not so good for the bottom line of Delta's partner, Seattle-based Alaska Airlines.

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British Pop Star Donates Alamo Artifacts

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 3:59am

Phil Collins got hooked on the 1835 battle as a kid in the 1950's watching Davy Crockett on TV. Crockett was among the 200 Americans who defended the Alamo against 1,500 Mexican troops.

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GM To Announce Compensation Plan For Faulty Ignition Switches

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 3:59am

General Motors says that the switches were responsible for at least 13 deaths and 54 crashes. CEO Mary Barra has said that there will be no cap on payments.

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Supreme Court To Rule On Hobby Lobby Contraception Case

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 3:59am

The U.S. Supreme Court wraps up its term Monday. It will decide whether health insurance that for-profit employers offer workers must include birth control over the employer's religious objections.

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In Shetland, Oil Shapes Debate Over Scottish Independence

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 2:43am

Offshore oil and gas money is central to the debate over whether Scotland should break off from the U.K. — especially in the remote Shetland Islands, where North Sea oil has transformed the economy.

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Online Psychotherapy Gains Fans And Raises Privacy Concerns

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 2:25am

Video chatting with a therapist is convenient, people who have tried it say. Research suggests online therapy can be effective, but issues with the quality of the service and privacy remain unsolved.

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Drought Has Drillers Running After Shrinking California Water Supply

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 2:23am

Farmers and ranchers, increasingly reliant on pumping groundwater, are desperate to have more and more wells installed. This frenzy could deplete California's aquifers, experts say.

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GM Crash Victim Payment Plan Won't Have A Limit

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 1:13am

Kenneth Feinberg, the country's most well-known compensation expert, is scheduled to reveal the terms Monday, and GM CEO Mary Barra has said there will be no cap on payments.

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For Tipped Workers, A Different Minimum Wage Battle

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 5:45pm

The debate over the federal minimum wage, which raised to $7.25 in 2009, is playing out across the country. Meanwhile, the minimum wage for tipped workers hasn't gone up for 23 years.

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Employees' Pay Cut By Denied Overtime, Deductions For Equipment

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 4:03pm

Thousands of Americans each year lose portions of their wages to wage theft. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Tia Koonse, of the UCLA Labor Center, about efforts to curtail the problem.

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Housing Market Fake-Outs Stump Economists

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 11:31am

More than six years after the housing crash, the housing market may be better-than-dismal, but the slog back to normal is still disappointingly long and slow.

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Advertisers Come Out Of The Closet, Openly Courting Gay Consumers

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 9:37am

Decades ago, commercials left homosexual relationships implied, in a sort of secret code. These days, gay-friendly advertisements don't feel the need to be covert.

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Australia Joins Flood Of Global Investment In Silicon Valley

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 3:59pm

Silicon Valley's dynamic economy is attracting investors from all over the world — and Australia's getting in on the game. co-founder Carlos Watson explains why Australia is investing now.

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Harley Hopes An Electric Hog Will Appeal To Young, Urban Riders

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 3:59pm

Harley-Davidson has rolled out a prototype of its first battery-powered motorcycle. It's sporty and speedy, but quieter than your average Harley — and you'll need to charge it about every 50 miles.

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Facebook Scientists Alter News Feeds, Find Emotions Are Affected By It

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 3:41pm

A News Feed filled with negative comments led to users expressing more negativity. The opposite was also true, proving "emotional contagion" can happen even online.

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