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Nokia's Famously Indestructible Phone Rumored To Be Returning To Shelves

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 2:11pm

Launched in 2000, the Nokia 3310 was a rugged little brick that won Internet fame for its durability. There are rumors, which HMD Global won't confirm, that the company is bringing the phone back.

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India's Largest Dairy Brand Prepares To Market An Acquired Taste: Camel Milk

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 6:00am

A nomadic community of camel herders in India has long relied on camel milk as their source of dairy. Now, a big Indian company is getting ready to mass market camel milk as a health food.

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The Perplexing Psychology Of Saving For Health Care

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 4:00am

Even many people eligible for a Health Savings Account who have extra cash to contribute to one don't do it. Therapists say that's partly because nobody wants to admit they will get old or sick.

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Unions And Their Complicated Relationship With President Trump

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 3:59am

Union leaders may not like President Trump's pick for labor secretary, but they do like the way he has gone after companies for sending jobs overseas and his criticism on NAFTA and other trade deals.

Indian IT Outsourcers Anxious Over Potential Changes To H1-B Visas

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 9:19pm

President Trump vows to "protect jobs at home." Indian firms say that if there were qualified Americans, Indian nationals wouldn't be needed — that it's a trade dispute, not an immigration issue.

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Conway Should Be Investigated For Plugging Ivanka Trump Products, Ethics Agency Says

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 4:27pm

The president's senior adviser appeared on TV last week and urged shoppers to buy the president's daughter's line of clothes, jewelry and shoes, after Nordstrom decided to drop it.

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Iowa Moves To Restrict Collective Bargaining For Public Sector Workers

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 4:09pm

About 180,000 state and local government workers would be prohibited from negotiating over issues such as health insurance and extra pay. The bill is high on the state GOP's legislative agenda.

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In America's Heartland, A Power Company Leads Charge For Electric Cars

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 3:42pm

Kansas City Power & Light is building an ambitious, $20 million network of 1,000 charging stations. It's turning its service area into one of the fastest-growing electric vehicle markets in the U.S.

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Trump's Presidency Takes Toll On His Daughter's Brand

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 3:41pm

Trump-branded products may continue to see lower sales as growing consumer boycotts prompt U.S. retailers to back away from the items. The Wall Street Journal reports sales of Ivanka Trump's fashion line tumbled at Nordstrom, according to internal documents. Now Nordstrom has dropped the products. Ethics experts worry that plunging U.S. retail sales may feed Trump's need to expand overseas, creating new conflicts of interest.

Duchenne Drug Delayed After Outrage Over Price

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 1:15pm

Many Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients in the U.S. have imported a medicine called deflazacort for about $1,200 a year. A brand-name version just approved for sale in America costs $89,000.

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Disney Company Drops YouTube Star PewDiePie Over Anti-Semitic Jokes

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 12:59pm

More than 50 million people are subscribed to videos by gamer and comedian Felix Kjellberg. Now he's lost a lucrative contract with a Disney-owned firm, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Aetna And Humana Call Off Merger After Court Decision

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 10:41am

The two healthcare giants said they were no longer pursuing the deal. A federal judge blocked the merger in January, citing its likely adverse effect on competition in the health insurance market.

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Is Donald Trump Helping Or Hurting Twitter?

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 9:29am

The tweeter-in-chief has brought a new level of notoriety to the social media company, but it hasn't helped Twitter's bottom line. Analysts say Trump-related harassment continues to hurt the platform.

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Playboy Snaps Out Of Its Never-Nude Phase

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 8:14am

"Naked is normal," the magazine announces on the cover of its new issue, one year after removing full-frontal nudity from its pages.

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How Chocolate Became A Sweet (But Not So Innocent) Consort To Valentine's Day

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 5:26am

From the time of the Aztecs, chocolate has been seen as an aphrodisiac. (Casanova certainly thought so.) But it took many centuries for it to become the taste of the love holiday.

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Leaving Urban Areas For The Political Homogeneity Of Rural Towns

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 3:33am

In the last election, it became easier to see the political divide between urban and rural areas. Now, people from California are moving to northern Idaho to find people similar to them.

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Episode 754: I'm So Happy For You!

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 7:28pm

Here at Planet Money, our favorite stories are the ones we wish we'd done ourselves. On the show, we call out rivals and colleagues who did what we try to do better than we could have done it.

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Steven Mnuchin Confirmed As Treasury Secretary

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 6:55pm

Mnuchin will be key to President Trump's tax-overhaul policy. His former ties to Wall Street have Democrats accusing the president of breaking a promise to hold big banks accountable for abuses.

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Using H-1B Visas To Help Outsource IT Work Draws Criticism, Scrutiny

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 4:26pm

A number of companies and universities are cutting IT jobs and shipping them off to India. The practice has drawn scrutiny amid the debate over how H1-B visas for high-skilled workers are used.

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Rollout Of Chevy Bolt May Mark Turning Point For Electric Car Market

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 4:25pm

The Chevy Bolt can go 238 miles on a single charge and costs about $30,000, after a federal tax credit. But the clean-car industry needs government support to thrive, and that's far from certain.

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