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Why Inflation Is Low And Likely To Stay There

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 4:12am

With the Federal Reserve pumping trillions of dollars into the economy the past several years, why is inflation so low? It makes no sense.

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TV Networks Use Elaborate Showcase To Pitch Shows To Advertisers

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 4:12am

Renee Montagne talks to Kim Masters, who's covering the upfronts for The Hollywood Reporter, about some of the new shows, and how the networks are faring in an increasingly competitive environment.

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FCC To Unveil Proposed Rules To Govern Internet Traffic

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 2:29am

The Federal Communications Commission will vote Thursday to unveil its proposed rules and begin the process of debate. There will be 2 months for comment and then another 2 months for revision.

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Regulators Couldn't Close U.S. Mine Despite Poor Safety Record

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 6:04pm

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says it had no authority to shut down the W. Va. mine where two people were killed this week, despite citing it for numerous violations.

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How Food Companies Court Nutrition Educators With Junk Food

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 5:09pm

Corporate sponsorship of professional events for nutritionists has been on the rise. But should the gatekeepers of nutrition information be taking free meals and snacks from McDonald's and Hershey's?

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The Latest Food Truck Theme Is Marijuana For Lunch

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:32pm

The food truck craze and recreational marijuana have now collided. MagicalButter, a Seattle-based company, says its Samich food truck is just one of many pot culinary ventures.

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To Make It Stateside, Gaza Strip Exports Must Pass Israeli Obstacles

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:00pm

Gaza farmers broke new ground in 2013, selling fresh herbs in U.S. supermarkets. But despite cheap labor and excellent soil, the hurdles to creating an export-driven economy are enormous.

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Minimalist Shoes Smacked With Lawsuit, As Health Claims Get The Boot

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:00pm

The running world's recent trend of "minimalist" shoes has earned popularity partly from idea that they're more natural than regular running shoes. Now, not so much — minimalist shoemaker Vibram has just settled a class-action lawsuit for $3.75 million, agreeing to stop making health claims. Brian Metzler, the editor-in-chief of Competitor magazine, comments on the news.

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The Times Announces Surprise Change Of Management

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:00pm

The New York Times has announced that Dean Baquet, the newspaper's managing editor, will replace Jill Abramson as the executive editor. Both Abramson and Baquet were named to their current jobs in 2011. NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik comments on the move.

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Russia's Energy Giant Turns Up The Heat On Ukraine

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 2:49pm

Gazprom, the energy company, has dramatically raised the price it charges Ukraine for natural gas. Despite its weak, ailing economy, Ukraine must now pay far more than any other Gazprom client.

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'New York Times' Replaces Jill Abramson As Executive Editor

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 1:48pm

Dean Baquet, the paper's managing editor, is taking over. He will become The Times' first African-American executive editor. Abramson took the job in 2011. The reason for the switch isn't yet clear.

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Astronaut's Video Taken Down After Copyright Expires

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 4:03am

Astronaut Chris Hadfield covered David Bowie's "Space Oddity" while he was in space. In the copyright agreement, Bowie said the YouTube video could stay up a year. The year ended at midnight.

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Chinese Airline Orders 50 Planes From Boeing

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 4:03am

The order comes as the Chinese government loosens control over low-cost travel to meet demand from its growing middle class.

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Calif. Gov. Brown Urged To Expand Tax Credits For Movie Industry

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 4:03am

The state Assembly passed a bill to offer tax incentives to film and TV production companies. Big city mayors signed a letter in support, but it's not clear Gov. Jerry Brown will sign on.

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The Olympics: A Modern Day World's Fair (And Money Magnet)

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 2:47am

World's Fairs still exist, but just two cities bid to host the 2017 Expo. In contrast, seven U.S. cities are vying for the 2024 Olympics, and the games just signed a $7.75 billion deal with NBC.

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Obamacare Fees Lead Firm To Consider Dropping Its Group Health Plan

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 2:46am

A Cleveland catalog company says jumps in insurance costs may force it to stop offering a group health plan to its 700 workers. But first, the firm is pushing for healthier habits among employees.

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2 Die In W.Va. Mine With Troubled Safety Record

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 4:22pm

A review of federal mine safety data shows that the Brody mine had a rate of violations more than twice the national average for underground coal mines.

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From B-Boys To Billions, A Brief History Of Hip-Hop As Business

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 3:32pm

Apple is expected to buy Beats Electronics for more than three billion dollars, meaning Beats co-founder Dr. Dre would be close to becoming the first hip-hop billionaire.

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Russia Aborts Rocket Engine Sales, GPS Cooperation With U.S.

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 3:12pm

The moves come after Washington banned some high-tech equipment sales to Russia as part of sanctions in response to the annexation of Crimea.

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Companies Face Backlash Over Foreign Mergers To Avoid U.S. Taxes

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 3:09pm

Pfizer, the giant drugmaker, is the latest American company seeking a foreign merger to elude U.S. taxes. Public advocacy groups call such deals unfair and want Congress to crack down.

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