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Falling Oil Prices: Good For Drivers, Bad For Banks

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 6:30am

Lending money to energy companies can be pretty profitable. But if oil prices drop enough, the threat of bank defaults becomes real, Portales Partners analyst Charles Peabody tells NPR's Scott Simon.

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Fire Doors And Sprinklers Debut At Garment Factories In Bangladesh

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 6:30am

In April 2013, the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh collapsed, killing over 1,100 workers employed in the garment factories in the building. Now there's an effort to make sure all garment factories are safe.

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Lower Gas Prices, Faster Economy Float Boating Industry

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 4:27am

With hiring up and fuel prices down, a sales rebound is in the boating forecast. For power boaters, gas prices make a big difference: They measure fuel consumption in gallons per hour.

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Concept Cars, Once Outlandish, Now Vital To Auto Industry's Future

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 3:26pm

Those futuristic prototypes that cost millions to produce have re-emerged at the Detroit auto show. It's a sign that the industry has regained confidence amid an accelerating economy, analysts say.

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Food Trucks, Share The Lane. Food Bikes Are Merging Into The Business

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:09pm

A growing number of food vendors are literally pedaling their wares. From baristas to veggie farmers, many say bikes are a cheaper, greener, more convenient way to launch their mobile food businesses.

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Archdiocese Of St. Paul-Minneapolis Files Chapter 11

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:03pm

Facing more than a dozen claims of sexual abuse by priests, the archdiocese says it needs protection to reorganize. Eleven other U.S. dioceses have filed bankruptcy since 2004.

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Latest Judge's Ruling On BP Oil Spill Is Key To Upcoming Trial

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:10am

A federal judge in New Orleans has ruled that BP dumped 3.19 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The company could face a maximum $13.7 billion fine.

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Obama Urges Congress To Make Paid Sick Leave Mandatory

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:10am

President Obama says employers should offer more generous leave policies, including paid sick leave for the 43 million American workers who don't have it. Obama is urging Congress to require that.

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White House Begins Implementing Changes In U.S.-Cuban Relations

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:10am

The moves to be made on Friday, loosen restrictions on travel and trade. The U.S. travel ban to Cuba is still technically in place, but experts say it's become a lot easier to go there anyway.

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How Cars Evolved Over The Last Decade

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:10am

Year after year, little by little, cars are guiding drivers, protecting them from their incompetence and distractions, squeezing out more fuel economy and making everyone on the roads safer.

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Tech Giants Will Pay $415 Million To Settle Employees' Lawsuit

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:42pm

Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe were accused of colluding to keep tech worker salaries low and avoid recruiting one another's employees.

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Public Sales Of Google Glass To End Later This Month

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 4:55pm

In an announcement, the company said Glass is not dead, it's just going through a "transition.

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Limited Insurance Choices Frustrate Patients In California

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 4:20pm

California is seen as an Obamacare success story. But tens of thousands of people in the northern part of the state have only one insurer available on the health plan exchange.

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Largest Unit Of Gambling Giant Caesars Files For Bankruptcy

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 3:46pm

Caesars — the giant gambling company — put its largest unit into bankruptcy on Thursday. The company was acquired by private equity firms Apollo and TPG in 2008 just as the financial crisis was pushing the economy into recession. It never recovered and has more than $20 billion in debt.

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Remaking Vegas In A Tech Billionaire's Image: Will It Last?

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 3:46pm CEO Tony Hsieh pumped $350 million into downtrodden downtown Las Vegas to make it a home for startups and a place young people want to live again. Three years in, is it working?

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Obama Shifts Federal Sick-Leave Rules, Urges Congress To Follow

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 3:21pm

Federal workers can take an advance of up to six weeks of sick leave under a new policy unveiled Thursday. The White House is urging Congress to make paid sick leave mandatory.

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Health Insurance Prices: Highest In Alaska, Lowest In Sun Belt

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 8:09am

A look at the 10 least and 10 most expensive places for health insurance shows a wide gap in prices for the same level of coverage.

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Too Many Glitter Bomb Orders Crash Website

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 6:23am

A startup in Australia is in the revenge business. For $10, it will send a person who offended you an envelope full of glitter, along with a note explaining what the person did to deserve it.

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Federal Watchdog To Let Teamsters Union Off Its Leash

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 4:12am

For decades, the union has had federal oversight because of charges of corruption and racketeering and ties to organized crime. In a court agreement, the stage was set to lift that oversight.

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Tweaks To Cadbury Creme Eggs Not Going Over Easy In The U.K.

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 2:22am

Now is the time when Cadbury's colorfully wrapped chocolate eggs hit stores in Great Britain. But the company has changed the chocolate used in the treats, and that's left many Britons "shellshocked."

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