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Beyond BPA: Court Battle Reveals A Shift In Debate Over Plastic Safety

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 2:42am

In 2007, a plastic called Tritan became a hit, partly because it was free of the chemical BPA. Then a competitor began suggesting that Tritan products contained other chemicals that act like estrogen.

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America Loves Smoothies And The Frozen Foods Industry Knows It

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 4:00pm

Less than a decade ago, American consumers tended to buy frozen fruit as a dessert topping. But the smoothie craze changed how Americans eat frozen fruit — and pushed sales above $1 billion a year.

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With Oil Fields Under Attack, Libya's Economic Future Looks Bleak

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 11:46am

The man who runs Libya's national oil company is struggling to resume production amid conflict and falling prices. A functioning oil industry might define whether Libya is a nation or a failed state.

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Commercial Drone Rules To Limit Their Speed And Altitude

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 10:08am

The long-awaiting Federal Aviation Administration proposal could be a boon to some companies hoping to use unmanned aircraft, but they might complicate the picture for Amazon.

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How Singapore Transformed Itself Into A Food Lover's Destination

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 6:03am

More than 14 million tourists visited the island nation last year. Many came for the food. It's all part of the Singapore government's master plan to make culinary enticements a key lure for tourists.

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Netflix Streams Its Way To Cuba — Slowly

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 3:54pm

Netflix, the video-streaming service, announced it was offering monthly packages to Cuba starting this month. But few people on the island have access to high-speed internet.

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Love On The Job Can Leave A Lot To Be Desired

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 3:24pm

Work is one of the main places people find love. Yet romantic entanglement can also complicate things for workers and employers. Some firms have "love contracts" to enforce rules on office dating.

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West Coast Port Closures Are Hitting Several Industries Hard

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 7:32am

No cargo will go in or out of 29 West Coast ports this weekend because of a labor dispute that has been dragging on for months. And now the economic impacts of the shutdown are starting to be felt.

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'Wall Street Journal': Apple Working On An Electric Car

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 6:57pm

Basing its story on unnamed Apple employees, the paper reported that Apple was gearing up to challenge Telsa in the electric car market.

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For Florists, Roses A Nerve-Racking Business Around Valentines Day

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 3:21pm

Valentines Day is this one day when one product — a red rose — is worth two or three times more than it is at any other time of the year. If a florist catches that window, he's golden. But the process of getting the roses to is fraught with risk, middlemen, crazy expense and bad weather.

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How NAFTA Changed American (And Mexican) Food Forever

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:16am

The trade agreement has helped the U.S., Mexico and Canada sell a lot more food to one another. That's meant more seasonal produce for the U.S., and more processed food and supermarkets for Mexico.

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Obama To Urge Companies To Share Data On Cyber Threats

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 6:13am

The Obama administration promotes a framework for sharing information about data breaches, hoping to prevent or limit attacks like those that recently hit Sony and Anthem Inc.

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Political Necessity Forces GOP Into Middle-Class Income Debate

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 4:09am

As the economy improves, political debates change. President Obama says it's time to focus on stagnant middle-class incomes. Republicans are trying to come up with their agenda for the middle class.

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How Sunk Cost Fallacy Applies To Love

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 4:09am

Megan McArdle spent years in a doomed relationship. The reason, she says: She fell victim to a common economic fallacy. Our Planet Money team has a love story with an economic idea at its heart.

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Fraud Case Casts Spotlight On Medicare Advantage Plans

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 4:03am

An indictment in Florida is likely to draw heightened scrutiny to potential billing fraud in privately run Medicare plans. It also raises questions about the effectiveness of government oversight.

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The Black Market For Stolen Health Care Data

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 3:55am

The U.S. is moving to digitize health care with electronic medical records, web portals and mobile apps. But as medical data goes online, it is becoming a hot commodity for hackers.

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David Carr, 'New York Times' Media Columnist, Dies At 58

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:06pm

The widely read journalist, who covered the media for 25 years, died after collapsing in the newsroom Thursday. Carr was also known for his memoir, investigating his addiction to alcohol and drugs.

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Brian Williams Case Raises Fundamental Questions About An Anchor's Role

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 4:50pm

Two former network news chiefs reflect on the crisis facing NBC over the scandal involving suspended anchor Brian Willliams and question the fundamental role anchors play.

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Obama's Plan To Tax Overseas Earnings Draws Scrutiny

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 4:50pm

American firms have about $2 trillion in overseas accounts — money they could be using to hire workers and pay dividends in the U.S. The president wants to encourage them to bring that money home.

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Like Yelp For Labor Rights: This App Rates How Restaurants Treat Workers

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 3:45pm

Want to know if your favorite restaurant pays its servers a living wage? An app encourages diners to ask before they dig in.

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