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Export-Import Bank Renewal Is Included In House-Approved Transportation Bill

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 2:35pm

The legislation provides billions in funding for roads and transit. A similar bill has already been approved by the Senate, including a provision that renews the Export-Import Bank's charter.

Text Of Landmark Trade Deal Is Released, And The Real Debate Begins

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:24am

The Trans-Pacific Partnership would form a 12-nation, free-trade zone. Advocates say it would level the playing field, but critics say it would lower wages and worker safety standards.

CDC Investigating As E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Chipotle Sickens 39

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:09am

Thirty-nine people have been sickened with the same strain of E. coli in Washington and Oregon. Fourteen have been hospitalized. Most reported eating at several Chipotle locations before falling ill.

Pentagon Paid Sports Teams Millions For 'Paid Patriotism' Events

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 5:57am

A joint report by Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake found that many of those military displays you see before professional games are essentially advertisements paid for by the military.

How A Folding Electric Vehicle Went From Car Of The Future To 'Obsolete'

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 4:07am

Engineers at MIT developed an electric, shareable car that would fold to conserve parking spaces. A prototype was made for production in Europe. But why did this promising auto never hit the road?

Slow Going For Small Businesses And Health Exchanges

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 4:03am

Specialized health insurance marketplaces that cater to businesses with fewer than 50 employees haven't gotten much traction. Cheaper alternatives are one reason why.

Episode 661: The Less Deadly Catch

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 6:24pm

Today on the show, how an economic fix took the deadliest job in America and made it safer. And why a lot of people are mad about it.

Could Your Social Media Footprint Step On Your Credit History?

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 3:38pm

The head of a credit scoring firm says Facebook posts can offer an insight into creditworthiness. If your online presence becomes a financial health gauge, there are legal protections to know about.

States To Face Challenges Enforcing Volkswagen Recall

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 3:19pm

There are nearly 500,000 diesel engine Volkswagen vehicles that will require a fix to bring them into compliance with U.S. air quality standards. It could be a challenge for states to entice reluctant owners to get their cars fixed.

'Boston Globe' Owner Launches 'Stat News' Site Covering Life Sciences

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 2:51pm

The billionaire owner of the Boston Globe, John Henry, launched Stat Wednesday, a separate digital newsroom devoted to covering life sciences.

Fed Chief Says A Rate Hike In December Is Still A 'Live Possibility'

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 1:37pm

The timing of an interest rate increase has been in question because of a slowing U.S. job market and troubles overseas.

In The 'Cradle Of Cacao,' Chocolate Brigades Fight For A Bigger Harvest

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 12:47pm

Ecuador's chocolate is famous, and a sweet spot in an otherwise souring economy. The government is paying a small army of pruners to trim back 120,000 acres of Amazonian cacao farms to boost yields.

Here's An Easier Way To Start Moving From Broke To Comfortable As You Age

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 12:17pm

The Treasury Department has launched a new type of retirement account that allows people to save without taking risks or paying fees. The myRA program is designed to encourage workers to start saving.

Study: On AirBnB, Asian American Hosts Earn Less Than White Ones

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 8:57am

According to a new study, Asian American hosts earn about 20 percent less than their white counterparts on AirBnB.

Users Complain After Twitter Changes Its 'Favorite' Icon To A Heart

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 4:09am

Twitter changed its "favorite" feature to a "like" on Tuesday, replacing the star icon with a heart. Not everyone loved the change.

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In Quest To End Homelessness, Some Developers Are Going High-End

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 3:35am

Combating homelessness isn't just about shelter. Lately, some affordable housing projects are getting decidedly upscale — to help residents heal, adjust and build bonds with their new neighbors.

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Trader Found Guilty Of Commodity Fraud And 'Spoofing'

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 8:02pm

In the U.S.'s first prosecution of the manipulative practice, trader Michael Coscia was accused of placing large futures market orders but not executing them to create demand for his smaller trades.

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Auto Parts Supplier Takata Fined $70 Million For Defective Airbags

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 4:52pm

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a "remedy program" for cars with defective airbags from Takata Corporation and fined the company $70 million.

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Nebraskan Farmer Voices Opposition To Keystone XL Pipeline

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 4:52pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Jenni Harrington, a fifth generation Nebraskan farmer, about the suspension of the permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run through her town.

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Wellness Programs Add Financial Advice To Improve Employee Health

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 4:00pm

Using counseling about personal finances to reduce the stress and strain workers feel can shave a company's health costs and cut absenteeism, research suggests.

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