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Super Bowl Ads 2018: The Best, The Weirdest And The Most Complicated

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 8:54am

Advertisers were careful about which messages they showcased this year, and the results felt handcuffed — so cautious that they were just, well, disappointing.

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Samsung's Lee Jae-Yong Walks Free After Court Reduces Bribery Sentence

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 8:03am

The scandal, in which Lee was sentenced to five years in jail only last August, brought down the government of President Park Guen-hye.

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Hasbro Announces 'Monopoly' For Cheaters

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 5:50am

Apparently so many people cheat, Hasbro decided to make a version of the game where you get rewarded for doing bad stuff like moving another player's token or stealing money from the bank.

Lloyds Says It Will Block Bitcoin Purchases On Its Credit Cards

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 5:04am

The largest British bank becomes the first to impose such a ban. Reports suggest that Lloyds fears that it could end up with unpaid debt if the cryptocurrency falls further.

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Fed Hits Wells Fargo With Penalty For 'Widespread Consumer Abuses'

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 4:01am

At issue are abuses committed in a massive consumer banking scandal, when millions of Wells Fargo customers were given checking accounts and credit cards they never asked for.

Interest Rates Are Rising. What Does That Mean For Investors?

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 4:01am

The job market continues to tighten which is helping to push up wages. That in turn, is driving up consumer spending. All of that economic activity is pushing interest rates higher.

Janet Yellen Helped Steer An Economy In Crisis To Stability

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 4:26pm

Yellen ends her term Saturday as the first woman to chair the Federal Reserve. NPR's Michel Martin talks with Financial Times editor Rana Foroohar about her career and what lies ahead.

Advertisers Say The Influential Male Demographic Is Waning

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 4:26pm

Men between the ages of 18 and 34 have been a key demographic for marketers for years. That's starting to change, say some marketing experts, who say the economic fortunes of these men have declined.

Fed Slaps Unusual Penalty On Wells Fargo Following 'Widespread Consumer Abuses'

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 2:45pm

The Fed announced Friday that the bank is forbidden from growing beyond its current size and pushed for the ouster of four board members after the bank admitted to a fake account scandal.

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Stock Market Takes A Plunge

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 7:07am

After a series of record increases, the stock market took a serious tumble this week. The main cause appears to be new worries about inflation.

Stock Market Sees Its Worst Weekly Performance In 2 Years

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 3:29pm

The stock market took a big dive on Friday amid growing worries about inflation. The Dow Jones industrial average fell about 666 points, or 2.54 percent. The market saw its worst weekly performance in two years.

After Hitting Record Low In December, African-American Unemployment Rate Rises

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 3:29pm

U.S. employers added 200,000 jobs to payrolls in January, a big improvement from December. The Labor Department report, released Friday morning, showed unemployment unchanged at 4.1%. But there was one surprise: African-American unemployment shot up after hitting a record low in December.

When A Full-Time Job Isn't Enough To Make It

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 3:29pm

An NPR/Marist poll finds that 30 percent of Americans do something else for pay in addition to their full-time jobs. But those extended workdays can mean giving up an important social support system.

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How Are They Doing Now?

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 3:18pm

We look at three groups that got hammered especially hard during the recession and ask: How are they doing now?

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Dow Plummets More Than 600 Points

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 2:01pm

Major stock indexes dropped sharply Friday, with the Dow Jones industrial average tumbling more than 600 points amid signs that wage growth is finally picking up.

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'LA Times' Business Editor Returns After Internal Leak Inquiry

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 11:05am

The editor made a triumphant return after a brief suspension. Kimi Yoshino told colleagues she had been questioned about a conversation with a New York Times reporter.

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U.S. Economy Added 200,000 Jobs In January; Wages Rose

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 7:34am

The monthly report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows continued growth in jobs, with the unemployment rate holding steady at 4.1 percent. Wages rose at their highest rate since June 2009.

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From Scraps To Snacks: Pulp Left Over From Juice Bars Is Reborn In New Foods

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 7:00am

Juicing is all the rage – and produces lots of leftover fruit and vegetable bits. Once thrown out as compost, that fiber is now sneaking its way into snacks, breakfast foods and even burgers.

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Visitors Slowly Returning To Virgin Islands After Hurricanes' Destruction

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 4:03am

With tourism way down after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Virgin Islands have lost their main economic engine at a time when it's most needed. But recovery is gradually happening.

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Amazon Reports Biggest Quarterly Profit Of $1.9 Billion

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 6:28pm

The retail giant said its sales jumped 38 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017, as people bought more Echo devices and Prime subscriptions during the booming holiday season. The tax bill also helped.

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