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Playing For A Chance: The Promise And Pain Of The NBA's Minor League

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 2:00pm

Everyone knows about the multimillion-dollar salaries and celebrity status of NBA players. But in the shadows of the NBA, men toil in the relative obscurity of the D-League to keep their dream alive.

Investors See Big Opportunities In Opioid Addiction Treatment

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 1:59pm

Opioid addiction treatment is a growth market, and private equity firms are buying up treatment centers and chains. But it's too soon to say how this might affect access to care and quality.

Scheduled Flights To Cuba Approved For As Early As This Fall

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 12:38pm

The Department of Transportation has authorized six U.S. airlines to schedule round-trip flights from the U.S to some cities in Cuba. The DOT has not yet approved any flights to Havana.

Gawker Files For Bankruptcy As It Faces $140 Million Court Penalty

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 12:27pm

In addition to its eponymous website, Gawker Media operates several other popular sites, including Deadspin, Jezebel and Gizmodo. The company could be sold, according to reports.

House Approves Bipartisan Bill To Address Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 8:11am

The bill, which still needs to be approved by the Senate, would appoint a seven-person board that could restructure the territories debts. Puerto Rico owes more than $70 billion.

Circle June 23. A Vote That Day In The U.K. Could Affect Your Wallet

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 6:59am

Most economists say an upcoming vote to determine the United Kingdom's role in the EU is a big deal. The so-called Brexit vote might upset trade deals, financial markets and currencies, they argue.

Can Web Search Predict Cancer? Promise And Worry Of Big Data And Health

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 6:01am

Microsoft researchers say in their new study, Bing searches held clues to pancreatic cancer diagnoses. But what role should new data streams like web searches and social media play in public health?

Time For A New Leader At Viacom, Former CEO Tom Freston Says

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 4:03am

The fight for control of Viacom is playing out like a soap opera. Ex-Viacom CEO Tom Freston says current CEO Philippe Dauman is running the company aground in an effort to prop up stock value.

Why Are Prime-Age Workers Disappearing From The Job Market?

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 4:03am

Economists want to know why prime-age workers, people 25-54, aren't working. Mary Louise Kelly talks to David Wessel of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution.

With Lending Club Disgraced, An Industry Looks For Lessons

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 3:41am

Lending Club, a leader in the peer-to-peer marketplace, is mired in scandal. The finance technology industry, known as FinTech, is dissecting what it means for online lending.

Silicon Valley Venture Capital Pioneer, Tom Perkins, Dead At 84

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 6:24pm

Long before the boom of the California's tech scene, Perkins in 1972 co-founded a prominent venture capital firm, and used a new approach to investment.

Sourcing The Crowd: California Company Stages Phony Protests

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 3:25pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with This American Life contributor and founder of Found Magazine Davy Rothbart, who went inside the company "Crowds on Demand," a company you call when you need a crowd of people for any reason. This company sends fake paparazzi, pretend campaign protestors and pretend news crews to stoke more protest.

Charity Organizations Throw Strength Behind Risky Big Bets

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 3:25pm

The MacArthur Foundation wants to give away $100 million to a single project. This is part of a growing belief in the philanthropy world that piecemeal solutions aren't as effective as huge bets might be. But bigger bets can be risky.

21 States To Sue Delaware Over Millions Of Dollars In Unclaimed Checks

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 3:18pm

The suit will accuse Delaware of wrongly keeping abandoned MoneyGram checks instead of sending them back to the state where they were purchased. The states say up to $400 million might be at stake.

M-Battled: Swedish Court Bars M&M's Over Trademark Dispute

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 2:43pm

An appeals court in Sweden says M&M's should melt from the market, because they look too similar to another candy.

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