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Amazon Reports $126 Million Quarterly Loss

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

Its growing list of investments, including its first smartphone, which launched last month, are being blamed for the loss, along with its foray into digital content production.

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Unknown Authors Make A Living Self-Publishing

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

Printing your own book used to be seen as a mark of failure. But now, there are many well-known independent authors who have made a fortune self-publishing online.

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The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:26pm

So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.

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Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 3:21pm

If no contract deal is reached by July 31, Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb has warned union workers to plan for a work stoppage the next day.

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Four Theories About Why Wal-Mart Changed Its U.S. Chief

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:33pm

Wal-Mart, the nation's biggest company, affects the lives of millions of workers and shoppers. So its U.S. leadership change is attracting lots of interest. Here are some theories about what happened.

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Book News: Amazon Exec Says Hachette Is Using Authors 'As Human Shields'

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 7:18am

Also: President Obama will give the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 21 artists, writers, academics and journalists; Katie Crouch on Sylvia Plath.

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How High Debt From The Housing Collapse Still Stifles Our Economy

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:01am

Seven years after the subprime mortgage crisis, the U.S. economy has not yet fully recovered. Now two economists have come up with new evidence about what's holding the economy back.

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Rural Startups, Often Overlooked, Are The Focus Of New Investment Programs

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:01am

Small-town startups often struggle to attract serious investors. But efforts are under way to help entrepreneurs outside the urban beltway find financing.

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New Rules Proposed For Oil-Carrying Trains In Wake Of Fiery Crashes

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:01am

The Obama administration is proposing new safety rules for railroad oil tank cars, after a series of fiery derailments. The rules would phase out thousands of older cars in two years.

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GM Recalls Nearly 718,000 Vehicles For 'Varying Safety Issues'

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 2:13pm

GM says no deaths and only two crashes have been linked to the recalls. While many of the vehicles have relatively minor issues, thousands of others have potential problems with their steering.

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After Two Disasters, Can Malaysia Airlines Still Attract Passengers?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:12pm

Even before the double calamity of its two downed flights, Malaysia Airlines was trying to adapt to momentous shifts in Asia's aviation industry. Now, it faces either bankruptcy or privatization.

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FAA Extends Ban On Flights To Tel Aviv For Another 24 Hours

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:40am

The Federal Aviation Administration banned flights to the region on Tuesday after a rocket landed about a mile from Ben Gurion International Airport.

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Part-Time Work, Unpredictable Schedules: What's The Fix?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:24am

Many part-time workers have to manage unpredictable hours and schedules, which can take a toll on employees. Host Michel Martin learns about how some government officials are addressing the concern.

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A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We're Gone

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 8:34am

In the digital age, our online accounts don't die with us. A proposed law might determine what does happen to them. But the tech industry warns the measure could threaten the privacy of the deceased.

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Don't Make Me Come Back There: Toyota's New Parent-Friendly Options

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:24am

The new Sienna minivan has an optional pull-down mirror to allow better surveillance of the backseat, and a "Driver Easy Speak" feature that lets you speak to the kids without shouting.

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Airlines Cancel Service To Israel Amid Heightened Aviation Safety Concerns

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:45am

A number of major airlines have suspended service to and from Tel Aviv as the fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza intensifies. That's leaving passengers to find other arrangements.

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Taking Stock Of 2 Tech Giants: What's Next For Apple And Microsoft

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:45am

Microsoft's new CEO is getting a lot of love from Wall Street, but the company is struggling to stay relevant. And Apple has found its footing again, mostly through a massive stock buyback program.

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Happy 30th Birthday, PG-13!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:45am

Up until 1984, the Motion Picture Association of America rated films G, PG, R or X. But that same year some gory scenes in PG-rated movies — including Indiana Jones and Gremlins — raised concerns.

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Congress And Biden Aim For Job Training That Actually Leads To Jobs

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:45am

The vice president has been traveling the country to learn about the best ways to train workers. He announced the results Tuesday as the president signed a workforce training bill into law.

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PG-13 Movie Rating Turns 30

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:45am

Until 1984, the Motion Picture Association of America rated films as G, PG, R or X. But that year a couple of gory scenes in PG-rated movies — including Indiana Jones and Gremlins — raised concerns.

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