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Human Smuggler: Central Americans Are Worth Their Weight In Gold

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 4:09am

It has gotten harder for undocumented migrants to sneak into the U.S. from Latin America. That has led to a rise in the price charged by human smugglers.

Guest Workers, Legal Yet Not Quite Free, Pick Florida's Oranges

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 3:59am

Most of the workers who are picking oranges in Florida are temporary "guest" workers from Mexico. They have signed contracts to work for growers who arranged their visas and provide their housing.

How Do You Measure Passion? Figuring The Value Of Social Media Followers

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 3:38am

Having millions of followers on Twitter or Instagram isn't necessarily a great achievement if they don't engage with you. Putting a value on social media followers is a burgeoning business.

Episode 679: You Asked For It

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 6:26pm

We ponder the origins of money, the economics of Santa, and the business of cemeteries. Why? Because you asked.

'Back To The Future' Cars For Sale? (Flux Capacitor Not Included)

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 6:15pm

Starting in 2017, the DeLorean Motor Company plans to build several hundred new replicas of the stainless steel, gull-winged car made famous for it's role in the sci-fi movie trilogy.

With Growing Investments, China's Influence In Autos Is Expanding

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 5:53pm

For the first time on a mass scale, a car built in China will be on sale in the U.S., joining countless other Chinese-made products. It comes as Chinese firms invest billions in the auto industry.

Gun-Toting Women Give Rise To Firearms Fashion Accessories

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 4:27pm

Texas' open-carry law is now in effect, but many women prefer to keep their weapons concealed. A growing industry is meeting a range of gun fashion needs, from bra holsters to luxury handbags.

For-Profit DeVry University Is Sued Over Employment Figure Claims

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 3:57pm

The school maintains that 90 percent of its graduates who are looking for work find employment in their field. The Federal Trade Commission calls that statement deceptive.

Nigerian Billionaire Banks On Young Entrepreneurs To Combat Poverty's Threat

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 3:13pm

Nigerian billionaire banker Tony Elumelu is promoting what he calls "Africapitalism." To combat terrorism and social ills, he's funding young entrepreneurs, from car mechanics to caterers.

Streaming Services Shake-Up Market At Sundance Film Festival

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 3:13pm

Video streaming services like Amazon and Netflix are adding a new dimension to the Sundance Film Festival. NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Tatiana Siegel, senior film writer for the Hollywood Reporter, about the competition with traditional movie studios for distribution rights to some of the festival's most anticipated films.

Fed Keeps Rates Steady But Expresses Caution About The Global Economy

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 2:57pm

Federal Reserve policymakers said they believe the U.S. economy is growing at a moderate pace, and that any increases this year will be "gradual."

FCC Chairman Issues Proposal Seeking To 'Unlock' Cable Box Market

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 2:46pm

Almost all cable subscribers pay to rent a set-top box netting the industry billions a year. Chairman Tom Wheeler says ending that practice would lead to more innovation in the way we consume TV.

Why The Southeast Could Become The Napa Valley Of Oysters

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 12:53pm

Oysters from the Pacific Northwest have long been the most coveted for their sweet, mild flavor. But they now have more competition from Southeast oysters cultivated from Virginia down to Florida.

Air Regulators Sue Calif. Utility Over Massive Gas Leak, Alleging Negligence

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 11:53am

A local regulatory body has filed a civil suit against the Southern California Gas Company over the ongoing natural gas leak near Porter Ranch in Los Angeles.

Do-It-Yourselfers Face Penalties Over Their Cut-Rate Health Insurance

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 10:47am

People sometimes put together policies, such as short-term and critical illness plans, instead of buying more expensive health coverage. But they likely will be penalized under the federal health law.

Meet 'The Tenth,' A Slick New Magazine For Queer Black Men

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 9:01am

Now on its third issue, The Tenth wants the fashion industry to stop seeing queer blacks folks as "the flavor of the month."

The Price Of Almonds May Have Met A Slippery Slope

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 6:00am

High almond prices led many California growers to put in new plantings in recent years. Too many, it seems: Oversupply has helped push prices down by about 20 percent.

7 Months Without A Budget, Ill. Gov. Rauner To Deliver State Address

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 4:12am

The stalemate between the Republican governor and the Democratic legislature has left Illinois without a budget. In that atmosphere, Gov. Bruce Rauner is to present his State of the State address.

During European Trip, Iran's President Stops In France

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 4:12am

Some European countries were big trading partners with Iran in the past, but while their companies are eager to rebuild that trade, they're also wary of Iran's hardliners and American prosecutors.

As Sanctions On Iran Are Lifted, Many U.S. Business Restrictions Remain

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:12pm

The U.S. and other countries have agreed to lift sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program, but Washington still has other sanctions in place against Tehran.

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