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Workers May Be Missing, Or Maybe Just Retiring

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 10:14am

Is the economy strengthening, or is the jobless rate falling only because so many people are dropping out of the workforce? Big policy decisions — on interest rates and unemployment benefits — hinge on the answer.

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Illinois Case Brings New Union Questions To Supreme Court

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 2:19am

At issue are two questions: whether states may recognize a union to represent health care workers who care for disabled adults in their homes instead of in state institutions; and whether non-union members must pay for negotiating a contract they benefit from.

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2 Nabbed At Texas Border In Credit Card Fraud Case

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 1:03am

A South Texas police chief said the 2 Mexican citizens used account information stolen during the Target security breach to buy tens of thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise. A federal official said later there currently was no connection between the arrests and the retailer's credit card data theft.

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More Cities Bring Buried Streams Back To Life

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 11:00pm

New urban waterways are making a come back. Cincinnati is following the lead of Seattle, Kalamazoo, Mich., and other cities by bringing back a buried stream that has been underground for a century. Uncovering these streams have environmental and economic benefits.

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Cost Overruns Threaten Widening Of Panama Canal

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 11:00pm

Despite threats to stop construction in a dispute over payments, the Spanish company leading the project to widen the Panama Canal says the work will go ahead. The expansion will double shipping capacity.

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Union Angered By Postal Service Deal With Staples

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 11:00pm

The American Postal Workers Union is facing off against the office supply giant Staples. The Postal Service has opened retail centers in Staples stores across the country, staffed with nonunion workers.

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T-Mobile CEO Swears (Like A Sailor) That Industry Will Change

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 3:00pm

T-Mobile CEO John Legere enjoys making waves — or perhaps he feels as if there's no choice, because he helms the smallest of the four major telecom companies. Legere is engaged in a feisty battle for market share. In Las Vegas recently, he crashed AT&T's party at a trade show and was summarily kicked out, and T-Mobile is going hard after its competitors in new commercials. But where this all ends is an open question. Many analysts believe T-Mobile will eventually be gobbled up in a merger.

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D.C. Barbecue Joint Serves Food For Soul And Mind

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 3:00pm

The owner of Inspire BBQ caters to the tastes of discerning barbeque lovers, but he's also on a mission to reclaim troubled young people and teach a profession that will help them sustain themselves and the community.

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Oxfam: World's Richest 1 Percent Control Half Of Global Wealth

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 2:04pm

The relief organization says the wealthiest 85 people own the same proportion as the planet's poorest 3.5 billion people. And Oxfam says it fears that growing income inequality will lead to social unrest.

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How Food Hubs Are Helping New Farmers Break Into Local Food

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 7:01am

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the infrastructure for local food is lacking but growing fast. "Food hubs respond to that call," one official says.

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Book News: Amazon Wants To Ship Products Before You Even Buy Them

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 6:21am

Also: Lewis Wolpert admits lifting material from other authors; E. L. Doctorow on reading; the best books coming out this week.

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Police, Banks Help Undocumented Workers Shake 'Walking ATM' Label

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 2:27am

Attacks on undocumented day workers have frustrated police agencies for years. Workers carry wads of cash and rarely report the crimes. In a controversial move, some banks have been stepping in to help some of the workers open bank accounts to make them less of a target.

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There's An App To Fight A San Francisco Parking Ticket

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 11:00pm

People in the Bay Area are familiar with San Francisco's many complicated parking laws, and the very expensive consequences of disobeying them. Nearly half of all parking tickets are dismissed in court but fighting a ticket takes time and knowledge. David Hegarty started Fixed, an app that fights parking tickets for you.

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Biography Argues Roger Ailes Uses Fox To Divide Nation

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 11:00pm

Roger Ailes is a hero to the political right and a boogeyman to the left for leading the Fox News Channel to become the top-rated force in cable news --- the competition is not even close.

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Sun, 01/19/2014 - 11:00pm

Renee Montagne has business news.

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Miami Children's Hospital Sheds Light On Upfront Costs

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 11:00pm

Every hospital has a price list but it is hard for the average consumer to figure out what a hospital really charges for care. Traditionally, the price on that list is nowhere near what it actually expects you or an insurance company to pay.

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Ford's Master Of Disguise Keeps Latest Models Undercover

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 4:00pm

Hiding the redesigned, 50th anniversary Ford Mustang before its official unveiling was no easy task — the photo-hungry car paparazzi were eager for a glimpse. But, like other car companies, Ford has its own "camouflage coordinator" to create a disguise for the vehicle during test drives and trial runs.

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Swiss Company Compresses Cremation Ashes Into Diamonds

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 4:17am

Ten years ago, Rinaldo Willy came up with a diamond-in-the-rough business idea. Since then, it has crystallized. Each year, his company takes the cremation ashes of about 800 to 900 people and compresses them into diamonds. Rinaldo Willy speaks with host Rachel Martin about how the business works.

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The NFL: Big Business With Big Tax Breaks

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 4:00pm

The administrative branch of the National Football League is tax-exempt, and many wealthy team owners can get generous subsidies from local governments for stadiums. Critics argue the public money could be better spent elsewhere. But can you put a price on the love of the game?

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Donors Pitch In To Protect Detroit's Art And Pensions

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 8:26am

Under a deal mediated by a federal bankruptcy judge, a group of local and national foundations this week pledged more than $330 million to help Detroit's pension fund and protect the city's valuable art collection. Bio-chemical entrepreneur Paul Schaap is one of the donors; he speaks with NPR's Lynn Neary about the effort.

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