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Lower Gas Prices Add Fuel To U.S. Economic Recovery

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 4:02am

The average American is seeing a much bigger boost from falling gas prices than from pay raises. Cheap energy could finally put the U.S. economic recovery over the top.

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More Than 200 Theaters To Show 'The Interview' On Christmas Day

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 4:02am

The controversial buddy flick The Interview will be shown on Christmas Day after all, in a small group of theaters. We explore the film's journey from major Hollywood release to art house film.

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Poker Players Use Science To Effectively Give To Charities

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 4:02am

There's a new movement to get professional poker players to give a share of their winnings to charity — but most charities don't make the cut. Our Planet Money team explains why.

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Lower Oil Prices Drain Value Of Russians' Money

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 4:02am

In Russia, they are not celebrating lower oil prices. The price of oil could mean the difference between prosperity and recession. The ruble has lost about 45 percent of its value this year.

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The Year In Air Travel: Packed Planes And More Perks — For A Price

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 2:20am

Commercial airlines earned nearly $20 billion in profits this year. They're using the cash to buy new planes, update facilities and add amenities — but not all of those new comforts will be free.

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A Backlash Brews Against Low Pay On The Factory Floor

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 5:46pm

U.S. manufacturing jobs have rebounded since the recession, but many of those positions pay less than they used to. Some states are now questioning whether competing for those jobs is worth it.

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Some Theaters To Show 'The Interview' On Christmas Day

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 11:53am

Sony had pulled the controversial comedy that centers on a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after ominous threats were made allegedly by a group that hacked the studio's emails.

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Farm Fresh? Natural? Eggs Not Always What They're Cracked Up To Be

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 9:56am

Egg cartons these days are often plastered with an array of terms that can confuse and even mislead consumers. Here's a glossary of carton jargon for the wannabe informed egg buyer.

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Keurig Recalls 7 Million Coffee Machines Following Reports Of Burns

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 9:11am

The company received about 200 reports of hot liquid escaping from the brewer; there were 90 reports of injuries from burns. Customers should contact the company for a free repair kit.

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U.S. Economy Grew At A 5 Percent Rate; Dow Surpasses 18,000

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 8:14am

Posting the strongest results in more than a decade, the U.S. economy blew past the consensus estimate of 4.3 percent growth put forth by economists surveyed by Bloomberg News.

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A Year Later, Delivery Services Up Their Holiday Game

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 4:05am

As shoppers rely more on the Internet, the holiday rush at the mall is giving way to a bigger crush for the shipping industry. UPS and FedEx are trying to avoid last year's holiday delivery disasters.

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Is Sony Hack Really 'The Worst' In U.S. History, As CEO Claims?

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 4:05am

Sony Pictures is still reeling from the damage caused by the cyberattack. The company's reputation and Americans' free speech were put on the line. But experts dispute how to measure the damage.

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We Go Underground To Tour London's Crossrail Project

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 4:05am

Crossrail touts itself as the biggest infrastructure project in Europe. It's made up of 10 new train stations and 26 miles of tunnels below London. It's due to open in 2018.

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What You Need To Know About Subprime Lending For Smartphones

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:50pm

A new startup focuses on offering loans for the purchase of top-of-the-line smartphones. But what seem like deals come with hefty markups.

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The 5 Business Stories That Made 2014 A Memorable Year

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 7:29am

From hack attacks to the bottom falling out of oil, 2014 has been a year of big swings at the top and stagnation at the bottom.

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Treasury Nomination Sparks Fight Among Democrats

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:05am

When Congress returns in 2015, it will consider the nomination of Antonio Weiss to be undersecretary of Treasury for domestic finance. The nomination is causing a fight within the Democratic Party.

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For Updated 'Annie', The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:05am

The comic strip Little Orphan Annie was launched during the Great Depression. A remake of the 1987 movie arrives when the income gap between rich and poor is the highest it's been since the 1930s.

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What's Hot In Tech Gifts This Year?

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:05am

David Greene finds out from Jacqui Cheng, editor-in-chief of Wirecutter, a tech shopping blog, about which gifts are in demand. She's tracks what gizmos and gadgets are popular with readers.

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Heating New England Homes: The Good And Bad News

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 2:44am

Low heating oil prices mean New Englanders don't have to bundle up at home this year, but they will have to watch their rising electric bills.

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Obama Calls North Korean Hack 'Cybervandalism'

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 8:58am

On CNN's State of the Union, the president expanded on earlier remarks he made criticizing a decision by Sony Pictures to pull distribution of The Interview.

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