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U.S. Economic Growth Slowed Considerably In 3rd Quarter

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 10:04am

Growth came in at a 1.5 percent annual rate, a sharp slowdown from the 3.9 percent gain in the previous quarter. Companies cut back on the amount of goods on shelves, but consumers continued to spend.

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NPR Acknowledges Plagiarism In 10 Music Stories

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 10:03am

Stories that appeared on NPR's music website were found to include portions of others' work, according to a joint statement by NPR and member station WQXR, where the stories' writer was based.

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5 Headlines: Media Consensus Is That CNBC Was GOP Debate's 'Biggest Loser'

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 9:13am

On multiple occasions during the third GOP debate, the moderators were booed. Sen. Ted Cruz even used one of his questions to rail against CNBC and the mainstream media.

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Export-Import Bank Debate: 'Retreat From Sanity' Or End of Corporate Welfare?

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 8:14am

Many business leaders say U.S. exporters already are hurting because they lack financing from the Export-Import Bank. Congress is working on legislation to renew the bank charter that expired June 30.

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Shell Reports $7.4 Billion Loss, Blaming Low Oil And Gas Prices

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 6:01am

In addition to lower oil prices, Royal Dutch Shell says it incurred billions in costs when it shut down large-scale projects in Alaska and Canada.

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Yes, You Can Put A Price On A T-Rex

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 4:02am

There's always been a fringe market for dinosaur bones among paleontologists and collectors. Now suddenly that market is booming.

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Uber Surge Price? Research Says Walk A Few Blocks, Wait A Few Minutes

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 11:03pm

Northeastern University researchers wanted to figure out how Uber comes up with surge prices by studying Manhattan and San Francisco. They say the surges work, but maybe not the way they are intended.

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Episode 518: Your Organs, Please

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 6:22pm

How do you get someone to sign up as an organ donor? Today on the show: The story of one woman who found a way by partnering with one of the more hated American institutions.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Provision On Trade Disputes Draws Criticism

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 3:17pm

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement the Obama administration is trying to sell to Congress includes a seemingly obscure and controversial provision. It's called the Investor-State Dispute Settlement, or ISDS among wonks. NPR explains why that provision is drawing criticism.

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Is A Walgreens-Rite Aid Merger Good Medicine For Consumers?

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 2:53pm

The deal would unite two of the three largest drugstore chains in the U.S., creating a single company with nearly 13,000 retail outlets. but it will face intense antitrust scrutiny.

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Fed Leaves Record-Low Interest Rates Unchanged

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 1:59pm

The Federal Reserve again decided against raising interest rates from their current level near zero, citing concerns about inflation and job growth.

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Do I Need More Snow Shovels? IBM, The Weather Company Aim To Help Businesses Decide

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 1:24pm

IBM is buying The Weather Company's digital assets, including and Weather Underground. The deal is a bet on big data and cloud computing in forecasting and analyzing weather.

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That Salmon On The Menu Might Be A Fraud — Especially In Winter

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 10:42am

Diners were likely to get duped 67 percent of the time when ordering salmon in restaurants out of season, a survey says. Much of the deception involved farmed salmon passed off as more expensive wild.

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VW Reports First Quarterly Loss In This Century, At $1.8 Billion

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 6:16am

That $1.8 billion figure represents the after-taxes loss claimed by Volkswagen in its new quarterly statement. The carmaker's loss before taxes was far higher, at $3.8 billion.

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Walgreens To Buy Drugstore Competitor Rite Aid for $9.4 Billion

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 9:15pm

The move would create an 18,000 drug store chain, and is subject to approval by federal regulators.

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In 'Soda Politics,' Big Soda At Crossroads Of Profit And Public Health

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 5:14pm

Marion Nestle's new book is Soda Politics: Taking On Big Soda (And Winning.) It reveals the industry's political and marketing tactics for protecting sales — and tips for advocates to fight them.

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Senate Approves Cybersecurity Bill: What You Need To Know

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 5:06pm

The Senate approved a measure that's meant to stop hackers, but opponents cite privacy concerns. The bill would create a pipeline for firms to share information on attacks with the government.

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What's In The Budget Deal: More Spending, Some Savings, A Few Gimmicks

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 3:30pm

The budget deal might be a political win, but is it good policy? Check out what's in it.

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First Mention: The Impact Of CDs On The Music Industry

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 3:28pm

We found what seems to be NPR's first reference to the CD in a story by Ira Flatow from March 18, 1983 entitled, "Digital Compact Audio Disc System."

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Chipotle vs. McDonald's: The Rise Of Fast Casual Food In 'The New Yorker'

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 3:28pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to New Yorker writer Michael Specter about his article, "Freedom from Fries," on the rise of fast casual food and the impact on the fast food industry.

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