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Drop In Oil Prices Threatens Economy Of Tiny Texas Town

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 3:35pm

The tiny, South Texas town of Cotulla has experienced a hotel boom in the past five years, and all that business came from the surge in oil drilling. But the recent drop in oil prices is threatening to undermine the town's future.

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Congress Signs Off On Trade Bills, Handing Obama A Huge Win

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 12:26pm

A final House vote marked a stunning victory for the president by clearing his path to completing the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal involving the U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim nations.

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Statehouse Fights Over Obamacare To Rage On Despite Supreme Court Decision

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:20am

Bills to advance or cripple the federal health law in statehouses didn't come to a halt in the months that lawmakers awaited the Supreme Court decision. They may well smolder for months or years.

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Supreme Court Rules Obamacare Subsidies Are Legal

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 9:14am

The subsidies are crucial to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's signature achievement.

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Thousands Of Cab Drivers Clog France's Roads To Protest Uber

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 6:03am

Some 2,800 taxi drivers are reportedly taking part in the protest, as taxi drivers form virtual blockades around airports and key train stations.

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3 Economists Answer This Question: What Keeps You Up At Night?

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 4:09am

It's been 7 years since the financial crisis nearly took down the global economy. Our Planet Money team wondered what the next big mess might be, so they asked three economists for their thoughts.

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Business Groups Win After Senate Passes Fast-Tract Trade Bill

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 4:09am

The Senate has passed fast-track trade authority — completing congressional action. The only thing left to vote on is a measure providing federal aid to workers affected by international trade.

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Maps: Here Are The Ways The Supreme Court Could Rule On Obamacare

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 4:03am

Here's how the court's King v. Burwell decision could drastically affect Obamacare subsidies in your state.

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For Online Video Stars, YouTube Is No Longer The Only Stage

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 4:02am

Online video is such a huge and lucrative market that a lot of companies are trying to lure some of the biggest stars away from the current king of medium — YouTube.

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New York Agency Says Whole Foods Overcharged Customers In City

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 6:20pm

The overcharging ranged from 80 cents for package of pecan panko to $14.84 for a package of coconut shrimp, the Department of Consumer Affairs said. Whole Foods called the allegations "overreaching."

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Senate Passes Fast-Track Trade Legislation 60-38

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 3:50pm

The vote is a victory for President Obama, giving him final approval of legislation that enhances his power to negotiate trade deals.

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OSHA Launches Program To Protect Nursing Employees

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 3:40pm

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will begin enforcing safe patient handling practices to prevent hospital workers from suffering debilitating injuries.

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U.S. Slips In World Well-Being Rankings; Panama Is No. 1

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 1:37pm

As a region, the Americas fare quite well in Gallup's new global index of personal well-being — but the U.S. fell from No. 12 to No. 23 worldwide.

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Genetically Modified Salmon: Coming To A River Near You?

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 11:08am

Scientists are trying to predict what might happen if genetically modified salmon escaped growth facilities. It's a scenario often raised by critics who don't want the FDA to approve sale of the fish.

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Survival Of The Greenest Beer? Breweries Adapt To A Changing Climate

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 10:51am

Breweries are grappling with more weather extremes — heat waves, snowy winters, heavy rains and drought. Many are coming up with creative ways to adjust to their changing environments.

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When Does Workplace Wellness Become Coercive?

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 10:19am

A small but growing number of employers tie financial incentives to losing weight and exercising. The cost of nonparticipation can be so high that critics question whether workers have a true choice.

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S.C. Retailers Caught In The Middle Of Renewed Debate Over Confederate Flag

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:09am

Some retailers have pulled Confederate-themed items from their shelves after the South Carolina shooting suspect appeared in photos with the flag. The debate over what the flag symbolizes continues.

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Confederate Flag Merchandise Delicate Topic For Retailers

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:09am

Some businesses are removing Confederate flag imagery following last week's fatal shootings at a S.C. black church. But not every business is handling the Confederate flag issue in the same way.

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Calif. Health Officials Aid People Facing Astronomic Drug Bills

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:09am

Specialty medicines have forced some to choose between treatment and paying rent. California will put a lid on the amount anyone enrolled in most Obamacare plans can be charged for high-end medicine.

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What's Trending On Instagram? A Battle With Twitter

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 5:33pm

Instagram wants to be a source for your news. The photo-sharing app is rolling out an update that features trending tags and a beefed-up search tool that should help it compete with Twitter.

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