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Making Moonshine At Home Is On The Rise. But It's Still Illegal

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 11:46am

Let's be clear: Making spirits at home with plans to drink it remains against federal law, folks. Even so, more and more people appear to be taking up home distilling as a hobby. For some, it's the first step toward a professional, legit operation.

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CEO Of A Bitcoin Exchange Charged With Money Laundering

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 11:34am

The charge: That he conspired to sell more than $1 million in bitcoins to individuals who used the virtual money to buy drugs on the Silk Road website.

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FAA Orders Safety Checks On Boeing 767 Jets

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 11:15am

The agency is concerned about problems that could result in the loss of control of the aircraft. The order affects more than 400 jets.

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As Overseas Costs Rise, More U.S. Companies Are 'Reshoring'

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 8:52am

For decades, American companies have sent their manufacturing work overseas. Extremely low wages in Asia and elsewhere reduced costs. But as costs overseas go up, a growing number of American companies are rethinking that business model.

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Not Shaving Hurts Razor Sales

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 4:00am

Proctor & Gamble says the trend of letting facial hair grow is hurting sales in its razor division.

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Rate Of First-Class Stamp Increases

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 4:00am

A first-class stamp costs 49 cents as of Monday. That's a three-cent increase. It's the largest increase in consumer postage prices in more than a decade.

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IRS Wants To Tighten Its Rule On Social Welfare Groups

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 4:00am

The IRS is asking Americans to comment on how it should regulate social welfare groups. Under the tax code, they are known as 501(c)(4) groups. They are the new players in politics — heavily financed but done so anonymously.

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Former Wonkblog Team To Create New Site For Vox Media

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 4:00am

Ezra Klein and the team behind the Wonkblog at The Washington Post have found a new home. They are joining Vox Media, a digital outfit with sites serving sports fans, foodies and gamers — but little in the way of news about politics. The creation of the new site, tentatively called Project X, demonstrates the pull of digital media for entrepreneurial journalists.

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Federal Reserve Officials To Evaluate Stimulus Easing

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 4:00am

Federal Reserve officials are meeting this week to decide whether to continue easing up on economic stimulus measures. The pullback by the Fed so far is being felt around the world, especially in some emerging markets.

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As PC Sales Drop, Intel Delays A Plant Opening And Cuts Jobs

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 2:35am

Intel planned to open a massive chip plant in Arizona, and President Obama even visited it and called it "an example of an America that's within our reach." But demand for PCs has slowed, and it's left the company rethinking its next moves.

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Bernanke's Fed Legacy: A Tenure Full Of Tough Decisions

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 2:32am

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will preside over his last Fed policy-making meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday. During his two terms as chairman, he faced a global financial crisis that threatened to become financial Armageddon, followed by a deep recession.

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The Tonight Show And The Business Of Late Night

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 4:00pm

After hosting The Tonight Show for two decades, Jay Leno will pass the torch to Jimmy Fallon in February. NPR's Kelly McEvers tals with Matt Belloni, executive editor for The Hollywood Reporter, about the business of late-night talk shows.

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Taking Stock Of The Northern Plains Oil Boom

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 4:00pm

Beginning next week, NPR News will be taking an in-depth look at the unprecedented oil drilling boom happening on the Northern Plains, where the state of North Dakota has fast become one of the nation's most productive drilling regions. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with NPR reporter Kirk Siegler, back from a recent reporting trip in North Dakota for the series.

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Billionaire Compares Outrage Over Rich In S.F. To Kristallnacht

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 3:10pm

As class tensions intensify in the Bay Area, a venture capitalist is comparing the treatment of the tech-affluent to that of the Jews during a deadly raid in the Holocaust.

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Can The Auto Industry Win The Future If It Looks Like 1974?

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 8:44am

The North American International Auto Show wraps up Sunday in Detroit. The cash is rolling for the auto industry again, but innovative ideas seem absent. Sonari Glinton wonders whether the lack of diversity on the auto show floor might not be a factor in the event's retro feel.

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Paramount Cuts Film, Giving The Starring Role To Digital

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 7:00am

The Los Angeles Times reported last week that Paramount Pictures will stop distributing its movies in film, moving to a completely digital format. It isn't just cinephiles who are reeling; archivists rely on film as a medium that will stand the test of time. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Jan-Christopher Horak, director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive, about the implications of Paramount's move.

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Pig Virus Continues To Spread, Raising Fears Of Pricier Bacon

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 4:06am

Porcine epidemic diarrhea, or PED, virus has killed about 1 million baby pigs in the U.S. since April. Its effect on the pork industry is small so far, but analysts say it could send pork prices rising if it isn't controlled.

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The Business Of Hip-Hop; Luring Millennials To Life Insurance

Sat, 01/25/2014 - 3:00pm

Ozy.com co-founder Carlos Watson talks about a rising star who has made writing about hip-hop serious business, and the advertising tactics that life insurance companies are using to attract young people.

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String Of Oil Train Crashes Prompts Push For Safety Rules

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 5:20pm

The National Transportation Safety Board is calling for the swift enactment of tough new standards on trains carrying crude oil. With the huge increase in oil shipped by rail across North America, safety officials warn another major disaster could be looming.

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Holder Favors Pot Banking, And Legal Dealers Shrug

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 4:09pm

The attorney general's view could make it easier for marijuana businesses to have bank accounts. But shop owners say they never doubted that banks want a cut of a billion-dollar industry.

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