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Fed Officials May Be Closer To Raising Interest Rates

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04am

The Federal Reserve is expected to drop the phrase that says it will keep interest rates low for "a considerable time." Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution

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Hacking Of Sony's Computers Creates Much Drama

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04am

Following a hack of computers, Sony canceled some press for The Interview, a film the hackers claim motivated them to commit their crimes. The fallout includes a class action lawsuit.

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Ruble's Drop Has Implications For Global Economy

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04am

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been conspicuously silent since the ruble's plunge. Renee Montagne talks to Russian business journalist Kirill Belyaninov about why the ruble is in freefall.

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Is Russia's Currency On Its Way To Collapse?

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04am

The Russian ruble hit new lows on Tuesday despite efforts by the country's central bank to stop the selling. The currency lost 11 percent of its value.

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For Crop Duster Pilots, Wind Towers Present Danger

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 2:45am

Short, unlit towers are used to prospect for new wind farms. But the structures pose a threat to crop duster pilots. Transportation officials are urging better markings and other safety improvements.

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Senate OKs Judicial Nominees, Tax Extensions Before Republican Takeover

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:45am

Lawmakers in the Senate approved an extension of tax breaks and confirmed 12 more judicial nominees, but a terrorism insurance bill didn't survive the night.

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On Nebraska's Farmland, Keystone XL Pipeline Debate Is Personal

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:35pm

The pipeline's fate looms large in Washington. But for people living in Keystone XL's proposed path, the project will alter livelihoods and legacies — for better or worse, depending on whom you ask.

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Amid Threats By Hackers, Actors Pause Promotion Of Sony Movie

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:05pm

Sony is withdrawing James Franco and Seth Rogen from upcoming media appearances to promote The Interview. The move follows threats against theaters by a group that allegedly hacked Sony's documents.

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Shopping On Shore Leave: How Seafarers Head To The Mall

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:02pm

Most of us pack a lot of trips to the mall into the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. But what if you could only go shopping for just a few hours once a month?

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Ruble's Troubles Tied To Falling Oil Prices, International Sanctions

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 3:18pm

The world benchmark for oil fell below $60 on Tuesday. Russia's Central Bank hiked interest rates in a bid to support the plummeting ruble, but had little success.

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Apple Wins $1B iPod Antitrust Lawsuit

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:40pm

A California jury has found that Apple's iTunes 7.0 did not violate antitrust laws when it restricted files bought on other music services.

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Economists: Congress Gets A Hat Tip (Barely) For Its Efforts

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:23pm

Congress passed no laws addressing the minimum wage, tax reform, trade or immigration this year. But judged by the low recent standards, lawmakers got light applause from economists.

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Has Vladimir Putin Just Overplayed His Hand?

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:15am

The Russia leader was riding high at home this year with the successful Winter Olympics and his annexation of Crimea. Now he's staring at a recession and has alienated Western nations that could help.

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Successful Tech Requires An Old-Fashioned Skill: Organizing People

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 9:30am

Learning how to code may be the hot thing to do right now, but it's not enough, argues contributor Catherine Bracy. What successful tech companies do best is organize people toward similar goals.

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Few Employers Cover Egg Freezing For Women With Cancer

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:22am

Although egg freezing is the perk of the moment at some high-profile companies, the option isn't often available, even for women with serious illnesses that could affect their fertility.

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Is Courting Controversy An Urban Outfitters Strategy?

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 6:03am

Questionable sincerity aside, the recent pileup of apparent missteps by the retailer raises another question: Is the company doing it on purpose?

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Top Chefs Discover Denver's Fast-Growing Restaurant Scene

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:10am

Thanks in part to the nearby oil and gas boom, Denver is seeing a flood of affluent professionals with a hunger for good food. In one month this summer, for example, 40 restaurants opened.

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Sony On The Defensive After Hackers Attack Its Computer Network

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:10am

Unidentified hackers have been releasing internal documents from Sony Pictures Entertainment. Renee Montagne talks to Kim Zetter, a senior staff reporter at Wired magazine, about the attack.

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Top Chefs Discover Denver's Fast Growing Restaurant Scene

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:10am

Thanks in part to the nearby oil and gas boom, Denver is seeing a flood of affluent professionals with a hunger for good food. The city's population has ballooned in the last couple of years.

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'Reshoring' Trend Has Little Impact On U.S. Economy, Study Finds

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:36am

"Reshoring," or bringing U.S. jobs back from overseas, is not as prevalent as has been reported, a consulting firm's research finds. The study found a total of 300 cases from 2013.

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