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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.

China's Stocks Dive To Lowest Close Since 2014

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 5:58am

The Shanghai Composite was down more than 6 percent – hitting the lowest level in about 14 months. Slumping oil prices and currency worries added to investors' worries.

Transmitting Wind Power To Customers Is A Quixotic Challenge

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:14am

Some wind resources are hundreds of miles from potential customers. Projects to build high voltage lines to carry that power to where it's needed are regularly stymied by the regulatory environment.

Billionaire Koch Aims For 'Better' When Giving To Political Causes

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:14am

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Charles Koch, the fourth-wealthiest man in America according to Forbes, and a conservative political financier.

San Diego Mulls Whether To Let City, Not Utility, Buy Alternative Energy

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:10am

It's the largest city in the U.S. to commit to using only renewable energy. And even though stakeholders are on board, trouble could be brewing over how to implement the plan.

Outlook For Wages Brightens, But Not So For Wall Street

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 4:37pm

The nation's business economists see higher wages coming for workers, but that good news did not cheer Wall Street investors on Monday. They continued to worry about supercheap oil prices.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Announces High Level Departures

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 3:13pm

There's been a shakeup in the executive ranks at Twitter. CEO Jack Dorsey is overhauling key parts of the company as he seeks to address financial problems that have left investors in a sour mood.

McDonald's Unveils Unexpectedly Strong Earnings Report

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 3:13pm

McDonald's unveiled a stronger than expected earnings report Monday morning that has analysts wondering if the fast food giant has finally pulled off a turnaround.

Oops. Tablet Outage In AFC Title Game Coincides With Microsoft Ad

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 2:30pm

After the Patriots' Microsoft Surface tablets briefly stopped working during the AFC Championship, the tech company is getting the wrong kind of publicity.

Homeowners Who Played The Odds On Oil Heating Costs Lose Out

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 4:11am

Many homes in the Northeast use oil heat, and many homeowners lock into a set price to avoid nasty surprises. But this year, that prudent step has backfired as oil prices plunge.

Fight To Lower Drug Prices Forces Some To Switch Medication

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 4:10am

Health insurers are trying to spark a price war by refusing to pay for some brand-name medications unless they get a big discount. This forces some people to change their prescriptions.

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