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How Private Colleges Are Like Cheap Sushi

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 4:37am

Fifty percent off? That doesn't sound like such a good deal for sushi or a college degree. We ask some economists: Why not?

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Tech Week: Google's World Cup Play, Amazon Sued And Kids Tracked

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 4:36am

Also in this week's roundup, a tech company that may not exist, using sensors to keep your plants alive and what the debate over sandwich taxonomy teaches us about innovation.

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Spread Of Palm Oil Production Into Africa Threatens Great Apes

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 4:03pm

Palm oil growers are setting their sights on Africa as they amp up production. More than half of the land that's been set aside for plantations in Africa overlaps with ape habitats, researchers say.

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Newspaper Editor, Activist John Seigenthaler Dies At 86

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 3:38pm

He worked for The Tennessean and took leave to assist Robert F. Kennedy in the White House and during the senator's 1968 presidential campaign. He later helped shape USA Today.

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Declining Domestic Sales Speed Talks For Tobacco Mega-Merger

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 3:10pm

Tobacco companies Reynolds American and Lorillard have confirmed they're in talks about a merger. For Reynolds, the move would mean doubling down on the future of e-cigarettes.

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With Brazil Out Of The World Cup, Was The Price Tag Worth It?

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:18am

Host Michel Martin learns more about what's happening at the World Cup, both on and off the field, in the days leading up to the final match on Sunday.

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Economists Say Inflation Is Tame; Consumers Aren't Buying It

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 6:02am

On paper, inflation has been low this year. But consumers buying food or fuel may disagree. Prices for beef, eggs, fresh fruit and many other foods are much higher than overall inflation.

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The Last Word In Business

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 4:00am

Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne have the Last Word in business.

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World Cup Broadcasting Rights Pay Off For ESPN, Univision

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 4:00am

Renee Montagne talks to John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal about the business of watching the World Cup. It's been a boon for ESPN and Univision even with limited advertising during the games.

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FTC Sues Amazon Over In-App Purchases Made By Kids

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 4:00am

Amazon is facing charges by the Federal Trade Commission that it willingly allowed children to make millions of dollars in purchases inside apps without parental consent.

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Economy Hurts Young Adults Looking For Their First Job

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 4:00am

Youth unemployment is double the national rate. Renee Montagne talks to Roberto Angulo of AfterCollege Inc. and Courtney Hawkins of the Federation Employment & Guidance Service Bronx Youth Center.

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When Ikea Raises Its Minimum Wage, Where Does The Money Come From?

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 2:31am

Ikea plans to raise its minimum hourly wage to $10.76. Where will the money come from to pay for the raise?

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Picketing Truckers Raise Tensions At LA Port Amid Dockworker Talks

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 3:59pm

Some drivers are on strike at the ports of LA and Long Beach, and shipping companies are in negotiations with dockworkers over a new contract. Analysts say a full-blown strike would hurt the economy.

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A New Device Lets You Track Your Preschooler ... And Listen In

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 3:08pm

LG's KizON wristband lets you keep tabs on your child. But some experts say such devices send the wrong message about the world we live in. And the gadgets raise questions about kids' privacy rights.

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Eileen Ford, Creator Of The Supermodel, Dies At 92

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 2:14pm

As co-founder of the Ford Modeling agency, she was instrumental in promoting such superstars as Lauren Hutton and Christine Brinkley.

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Samsung Faces Allegation That A Chinese Supplier Used Child Labor

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:10pm

But the South Korean electronics company's own recent report on conditions at about 100 Chinese suppliers' factories found no child labor, though it did find other violations.

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China's Booming Real Estate Market Finally Begins To Slide

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 4:27am

After years stunning growth, China's go-go real estate market is in retreat. It has been one of the engines driving the world's second-largest economy, which is why economists are watching it closely.

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The Last Word In Business

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 4:01am

Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep have the Last Word in business.

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Flood Plan Leaves Clarksville, Mo., Residents On Their Own

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 4:01am

The city council voted not to pay to build flood walls this year. With the Mississippi River expected to crest on Thursday, residents are hoping the walls they've built themselves will hold.

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Owed Billions By Venezuela, Airlines Cut Back On Flights

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 4:01am

American Airlines is one of the latest carriers to cut back on service. Due its dwindling dollar reserves, Venezuela is balking at paying airlines the hard currency they're owed for ticket sales.

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