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Apple Takes A Swipe At The Credit Card

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 1:43pm

Apple wants to change the way you pay for things. Credit card companies are embracing its new mobile payment system as a boost to security, but analysts say Apple could disrupt the payments industry.

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Health Costs Inch Up As Obamacare Kicks In

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:44am

While there were increases in the second quarter of this year, they don't appear to be pushing the growth in health spending toward the painful levels of a decade ago.

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Food Is Cheap, At Least Compared To Four Years Ago

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 8:07am

Global food prices are at a four-year low because of good harvests in the U.S., Europe and China. But food still costs more than it did in the 1990s, even accounting for inflation.

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Is A-Rod Using LinkedIn To Find Work?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 4:11am

The profile is for Alex Rodriguez, the founder, CEO and president of A-Rod Corp. No confirmation yet that it is for the N.Y. Yankees star suspended over alleged use of performance enhancing drugs.

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Survey: Companies Hold Back On Hiring Full-Time Workers

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 4:11am

Steve Inskeep talks to Harvard Business School professor Jan Rivkin about his survey on U.S. competitiveness. He found many businesses prefer to use part-time workers rather than hire them full time.

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Additional EU Sanctions Target Russia's Actions In Ukraine

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 4:11am

The latest penalties target Russia's financial, oil and high tech sectors, and slap travel bans and asset freezes on more officials.

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A Dozen Puffins Will Get You 800 Mackerel: Inside The Weird Economy Of Zoos

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 2:29am

Zoos and aquariums almost never buy or sell animals. But trade is thriving.

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U.S. Threatened To Fine Yahoo $250K A Day If It Didn't Release User Data

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 7:24pm

The company says it fought the order in a secret court and lost. Today, that same court finally unsealed documents of a pivotal decision that allowed the U.S. to spy on Internet users.

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SeaWorld Hopes New Orca Habitats Will Stem A Tide Of Criticism

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 5:27pm

The theme park says a 2013 documentary critical of its captive orca attraction has hurt its bottom line. Now, it's pushing back with a social media campaign and plans for new habitats for its whales.

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The Last Word In Business

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:55am

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

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Business News

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:55am

Steve Inskeep has business news.

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La. Shrimpers Complain Low Prices Aren't Worth Their Effort

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:55am

Hundreds of Louisiana shrimping boats are docked this week, their nets dry. Shrimpers want more money for their catch. Current prices barely allow them to cover their fuel bills.

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Employer-Sponsored Health Costs Rose Modestly In 2014

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:55am

Health insurance premiums went up only a little more than inflation this year, according to a new survey. The average family plan cost about $16,800. That's a 3 percent increase over last year.

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Is Amazon's Failed Phone A Cautionary Tale?

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:24am

While Apple unveils a futuristic new smartwatch, Amazon slashes prices on its smartphone-for-shoppers. Both companies are searching for the innovation sweet spot in mobile.

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The Alibaba Effect: How China's eBay Transformed Village Economics

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:21am

At first, Sun Han made a staggering 100-percent profit margin on his furniture. Soon everyone in his village was opening a furniture factory — and didn't need to raise pigs anymore.

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Airline Social Media 'Command Centers' Direct Complaint Traffic

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 3:28pm

Southwest Airlines has joined a growing number of airlines that are hiring social media "first responders" to help with customer relations.

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Freight Delays Causing Great Pain Across Plains

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 3:28pm

Grain elevators, auto manufacturers and Amtrak passengers are still facing lengthy delays on rails, as freight train congestion continues to be a drag on the economy all across the country. The problem is particularly bad in the upper Midwest and Great Plains states, where some grain elevators have been waiting to ship their product to market since April. Many blame the delays on the huge increase in Bakken crude oil shipped by rail from North Dakota to refineries in the south, Midwest and on both coasts. The railroads deny they're favoring oil shipments over other products. On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce committee held a hearing on the matter while considering legislation to beef up the enforcement power of the Surface Transportation Board.

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'Ask The White Guy' About The Hawks

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 1:46pm

Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson's email about the diversity of the team's fans could end his run in the NBA. But were his comments really out of bounds?

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Weekly Innovation: A Hair Blowout That Comes To You

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 1:01pm

Yes, you're busy. Now you can get a salon style, without the salon. Following a trend of on-demand everything, there's an app and service for updos and blowouts that come to you.

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Government To Drop Background Check Firm USIS

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 8:24am

The Falls Church, Va.-based private contractor that conducts most of the government's background checks, was the target of a cyberattack last month that breached thousands of personnel files.

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