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For Florists, Roses A Nerve-Racking Business Around Valentines Day

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 3:21pm

Valentines Day is this one day when one product — a red rose — is worth two or three times more than it is at any other time of the year. If a florist catches that window, he's golden. But the process of getting the roses to is fraught with risk, middlemen, crazy expense and bad weather.

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How NAFTA Changed American (And Mexican) Food Forever

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:16am

The trade agreement has helped the U.S., Mexico and Canada sell a lot more food to one another. That's meant more seasonal produce for the U.S., and more processed food and supermarkets for Mexico.

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Obama To Urge Companies To Share Data On Cyber Threats

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 6:13am

The Obama administration promotes a framework for sharing information about data breaches, hoping to prevent or limit attacks like those that recently hit Sony and Anthem Inc.

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Political Necessity Forces GOP Into Middle-Class Income Debate

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 4:09am

As the economy improves, political debates change. President Obama says it's time to focus on stagnant middle-class incomes. Republicans are trying to come up with their agenda for the middle class.

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How Sunk Cost Fallacy Applies To Love

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 4:09am

Megan McArdle spent years in a doomed relationship. The reason, she says: She fell victim to a common economic fallacy. Our Planet Money team has a love story with an economic idea at its heart.

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Fraud Case Casts Spotlight On Medicare Advantage Plans

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 4:03am

An indictment in Florida is likely to draw heightened scrutiny to potential billing fraud in privately run Medicare plans. It also raises questions about the effectiveness of government oversight.

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The Black Market For Stolen Health Care Data

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 3:55am

The U.S. is moving to digitize health care with electronic medical records, web portals and mobile apps. But as medical data goes online, it is becoming a hot commodity for hackers.

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David Carr, 'New York Times' Media Columnist, Dies At 58

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:06pm

The widely read journalist, who covered the media for 25 years, died after collapsing in the newsroom Thursday. Carr was also known for his memoir, investigating his addiction to alcohol and drugs.

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Brian Williams Case Raises Fundamental Questions About An Anchor's Role

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 4:50pm

Two former network news chiefs reflect on the crisis facing NBC over the scandal involving suspended anchor Brian Willliams and question the fundamental role anchors play.

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Obama's Plan To Tax Overseas Earnings Draws Scrutiny

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 4:50pm

American firms have about $2 trillion in overseas accounts — money they could be using to hire workers and pay dividends in the U.S. The president wants to encourage them to bring that money home.

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Like Yelp For Labor Rights: This App Rates How Restaurants Treat Workers

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 3:45pm

Want to know if your favorite restaurant pays its servers a living wage? An app encourages diners to ask before they dig in.

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Low Oil Prices Great For Consumers, Less So For Investors

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 3:19pm

Much of the oil industry is gathered in Houston this week for an annual conference that serves as a deal-making forum for producers large and small. Deals may be harder to reach this year because there is so much uncertainty about the price of oil.

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Tussle Over Electric Bill Plunges New York Mall Into The Dark

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 2:34pm

The lights suddenly flickered off today at Rotterdam Square Mall near Schenectady after what the owners say was "a total misunderstanding" with the power utility.

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From Facebook To A Virtual You: Planning Your Digital Afterlife

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 1:00pm

Whether you appoint a postmortem account manager or opt for "virtual immortality," new online tools help us navigate how we will preserve our digital footprint after death.

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As Commodity Prices Plunge, Groceries May Be Next

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:10am

Oil prices aren't the only thing that's dropped. The prices of everything from corn to sugar have fallen, too. So some economists predict lower prices at the grocery store later this year.

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Bob Simon, Veteran Of CBS News And '60 Minutes,' Dies In Car Crash

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 6:54am

Decorated journalist Bob Simon, a correspondent for 60 Minutes known for his insightful reporting from far-flung spots around the world, has died in a car crash in New York City. He was 73.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Would Transport 'Dirty Energy'

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 4:09am

Despite veto threats, the House sent the Keystone XL pipeline bill to President Obama. David Greene talks to Susan Casey-Lefkowitz of the Natural Resources Defense Council about environmental issues.

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South Korea Sentences 'Nut Rage' Executive To 1 Year In Prison

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 2:36am

Cho Hyun-ah was found guilty of forcing a flight to change its route. She was angered she had been offered macadamia nuts in a bag instead of on a dish and had a confrontation with the cabin crew.

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House Sends Keystone XL Pipeline Measure To Obama Despite Veto Threat

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:18pm

Republicans do not appear to have enough votes to override a presidential veto. It's unlikely to be the last standoff between the GOP and the president on energy issues.

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Brian Williams's Suspension Brings Attention To Tom Brokaw

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 3:57pm

We look at the fraught relationship between NBC's Brian Williams (who has been suspended without pay for six months) and his predecessor, Tom Brokaw.

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