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Texas Landowners Keep Watchful Eye On Keystone KL Pipeline

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 4:00am

Oil is now running through the southern part of the keystone XL pipeline. Supporters and opponents will be watching carefully to see what that could mean for the northern section of the project, that still awaits approval from the Obama administration.

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Spain Exits Bailout In A Sign Of Progress, Not Full Recovery

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 2:47am

Spain's banking system is officially marking the end of its reliance on bailout loans from Europe — only the second eurozone country to do so. Although the banking system may be on surer footing, the overall economy — with youth unemployment pushing 60 percent — still has a long way to go.

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Spain Exits Bailout In A Sign Of Progress, Not Full Recovery

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 2:47am

Spain's banking system is officially marking the end of its reliance on bailout loans from Europe — only the second eurozone country to do so. Although the banking system may be on surer footing, the overall economy — with youth unemployment pushing 60 percent — still has a long way to go.

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Hudson High Jinks: 2 States, 1 Port Authority, Lots Of Politics

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 2:43am

The government agency at the heart of the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal may be little-known outside of the Northeast. But the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey controls a pot of money bigger than the budget of some states.

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Target Hack A Tipping Point In Moving Away From Magnetic Stripes

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 2:42am

After the Target and Neiman Marcus data breach compromised credit card data of at least 70 million American consumers, the banking and retail industries are coming to a consensus to move away from the swipe and signature system to the much more secure chip and PIN process available around the world.

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Small Batch Distilleries Ride The Craft Liquor Wave

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 4:24pm

Bacardi, Jack Daniels and Johnnie Walker have some new competition these days. There's been a surge in the number of craft distilleries in the U.S. over the past few years, as more mom-and-pop entrepreneurs are making liquor for local customers.

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Should Farmers Give John Deere And Monsanto Their Data?

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:45pm

Farmers can now deliver data from their fields, minute by minute, to big agribusiness companies like Monsanto or John Deere. Those companies promise to use the data to help farmers make money. But some farmers worry that it could threaten their privacy and give the big companies too much power.

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Putting The Brake On Who Can See Your Car's Data Trail

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:29pm

Many cars can now track where we are, how fast we go and lots of other nuggets of information that can be accessed and mined. Some lawmakers and at least one car company say it's time to set some rules on driver privacy.

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Debate: Is The Affordable Care Act Beyond Repair?

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 2:07pm

Two teams of medical doctors and political columnists face off over the hot-button health care law in the latest Intelligence Squared debate. Is Obamacare fundamentally flawed or poised to transform the health care system for the better?

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Warren Buffett's $1 Billion Basketball Bet Is A Very Long Shot

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 1:37pm

Quicken Loans and Buffett have teamed up to offer $1 billion to anyone who correctly picks the winners of all 63 games in this year's NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament. But the odds of winning are sky-high.

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Long John Silver's Throws Trans Fats Overboard

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:31am

Last year, the fast food chain earned the dubious distinction from a health watchdog group of serving "America's worst restaurant meal." Now, Long John Silver's is winning praise for removing all trans fats from its menu.

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Millions Of People Are Quitting Their Jobs Every Month. That's Good News.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 10:34am

People often quit when they think they can find a better option. Here's where people are quitting now.

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Almost No Poor Nations By 2035? That's What Bill Gates Says

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 7:30am

In his annual letter about the work of his foundation, the Microsoft co-founder says once-impoverished nations have already made tremendous progress and more will follow their lead.

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Long A Dirty Word, Gentrification May Be Losing Its Stigma

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 2:44am

The transformation of low-income communities into trendy urban destinations has made some yuppies and hipsters feel guilty for years. But new studies show that gentrification can be good for both new and longtime residents — and that the latter may be displaced less often than people think.

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Leadership Changes At Pimco, Dow Jones

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 1:42am

In an unexpected shakeup, News Corp said Tuesday that it is replacing Lex Fenwick, CEO of its Dow Jones subsidiary. And, CEO Mohamed El-Erian is leaving Pimco as part of a series of leadership changes at the giant money manager.

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Amazon Does The Math, Anticipates Your Needs

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 11:00pm

Amazon has a patent for what it calls "anticipatory shipping" — shipping goods to a warehouse near you before you've bought them. Renee Montagne talks to Tim Stevens, editor-at-large for CNET, about Amazon developing a sales method to ultimately read your mind.

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The Last Word In Business

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 11:00pm

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

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Banks Challenged By Economy Despite Positive Earnings

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 11:00pm

It was a good quarter for most of the nation's big banks. Wells Fargo overtook JPMorgan to become "most profitable." And Bank of America showed its best results since 2007. A closer look, however, reveals some weaknesses that aren't apparent at first glance.

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Global Economic Recovery To Keep Strengthening

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 11:00pm

The International Monetary Fund has updated its outlook for the world economy. The IMF boosted its forecast for global growth slightly. It also hiked its estimate for U.S. growth.

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Business News

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 11:00pm

Renee Montagne has business news.

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