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U.S. Files Cyberspying Charges Against Chinese Officials

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 6:41am

The Justice Department filed charges Monday against five members of the Chinese military. U.S. officials said the five are accused of hacking six American companies to gain trade secrets.

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In China, Anger At U.S. Hacking Charges — And Claims Of Hypocrisy

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 6:20am

Citing U.S. surveillance and wiretapping operations, China says the U.S. has double standards on cybersecurity. The angry response came a day after the U.S. accused 5 Chinese officials of hacking.

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Unpaid Court Fees Land The Poor In 21st Century Debtors' Prisons

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 5:12am

Debtors' prisons were outlawed in the United States back before the Civil War. But an NPR state-by-state survey found that people still get sent to jail for unpaid court fines and fees.

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The Last Word In Business

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 4:09am

Renee Montagne has the Last Word in business.

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St. Louis Holds Competition To Attract Startups

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 4:09am

The competition, called the Arch Grants, gives $50,000 to 20 young businesses. In exchange for the money, the winners will have to move their businesses to St. Louis.

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Malicious Software Probe Reveals Vast Criminal Network

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 4:09am

Authorities have charged developers and users of RAT, a software program that makes spying on an individual's computer easy. Users can capture passwords and spy on people through laptop cameras.

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Foreclosure Overhaul Comes Too Slowly For Many Homeowners

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 4:09am

The biggest U.S. banks are still foreclosing on homeowners who qualify for new loans, according to a coalition of non-profits. That's despite settlements aimed at preventing unnecessary foreclosures.

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Credit Suisse Pleads Guilty To Helping U.S. Tax Evaders

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 5:59pm

The Swiss bank has agreed to pay $2.5 billion in penalties to U.S. authorities for helping Americans use tax havens to hide from the IRS.

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AT&T And DirecTV Mega-Merger Spells Changes For Media Landscape

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 3:16pm

AT&T's $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV now faces regulatory scrutiny. Meanwhile, a deal merging Comcast and Time Warner Cable is also in the works. Consumer advocates worry about consolidation, but many observers think the deals could hold down costs for the merged companies.

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In Rare Concession, Credit Suisse Admits Criminal Wrongdoing

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 3:16pm

Credit Suisse will plead guilty to criminal charges and pay over $2 billion in fines in connection to allegations of tax evasion. But the CEO and chairman are reportedly expected to keep their jobs.

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In Jill Abramson's Firing, Was The 'Glass Cliff' To Blame?

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 3:16pm

Jill Abramson's firing as editor of The New York Times has prompted conversation about biases that affect women in positions of authority. Two prominent fields of research explore this question.

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With Cartel On The Run, Mexican Lime Farmers Keep More Of The Green

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 3:16pm

Thanks to a big spring crop in Veracruz and police crackdowns on drug cartels, high prices for Mexican limes are falling earthward, just in time for summer cocktails. Mexican farmers are celebrating.

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'Fed Up' Portrays Obese Kids As Victims In A Sugar-Coated World

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 11:08am

A new documentary argues that the food industry and government policies have pushed too much sugar on children and caused the childhood obesity epidemic. But the industry says society is to blame.

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3 Million Young People Missing From Housing Market? It's Everyone's Problem

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 11:02am

Fewer young adults are buying homes today compared with a decade ago. The National Housing Conference's Lisa Sturtevant and NPR's Marilyn Geewax explain worries that it could harm the housing market.

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Fired 'New York Times' Editor: 'Losing A Job You Love Hurts'

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 9:38am

In a commencement speech, Jill Abramson used humor to tackle her controversial firing from The New York Times. Like the college students before her, she said, she doesn't know what's next for her.

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U.S. Files Criminal Charges Against Chinese Officials Over Cyberspying

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 8:42am

The Justice Department accuses five Chinese officials of stealing trade secrets by spying using military and intelligence facilities. These are the first charges of their kind to be made by the U.S.

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AT&T, DirecTV, And Finding A Prom Date: Reactions To Merger

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 8:14am

"It's kind of like trying to find a date before the prom," one analyst says of consolidation in the media industry. Some experts are criticizing the deal's strategy and potential impact on consumers.

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'Buy My Volvo' Ad Goes Viral

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 3:57am

When Christopher Castor wanted to sell his 1993 Volvo 245 GL, he didn't just put up any old ad. The Swedish graphics artist made a video with his friends and posted it on YouTube. It went viral.

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Chinese-American Venture To Create Huge Car Interiors Firm

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 3:57am

Johnson Controls will spin off its automotive interiors business to create a joint-venture with Chinese company Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems to create the world's biggest car interiors company.

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Oil Industry Blamed For Freight Rail Delays

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 3:57am

Many grain bins and silos remain full, long after last fall's harvest because the railroads are behind in shipping. A slowdown in rail service is delaying deliveries of other commodities too.

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