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New York Attorney General Investigates Retailers' Scheduling Practices

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 3:33pm

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating staffing practices at some of the nation's largest retailers. Many use relatively new software programs to make last-minute staffing decisions, causing workers to get called in only to be sent home without pay.

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New York Investigates Retailers For Unpredictable Work Schedules

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 3:33pm

Retailers rely on systems that require workers to be ready to work a shift — whether or not they end up working. The state attorney general is looking into the way big retailers handle scheduling.

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In Pennsylvania, Employment Booms Amid Oil And Natural Gas Bust

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 2:29am

While oil and natural gas prices are great for the wallet, they're leading to layoffs. NPR visits Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region, which is still seeing a growth in high-paying natural gas jobs.

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1 Person Killed At High-Speed Disney World Racing Attraction

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:54am

The attraction lets racecar fans be drivers or passengers in luxurious cars such as Lamborghinis, Porsches or Ferraris.

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Once The Cream Of The Crop, Zynga Zigzags To Adapt To Mobile

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 8:21am

Zynga's former CEO is back, less than two years after leaving the company he founded. The company had a smash hit with Farmville on Facebook, but has struggled to stay current in new markets.

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Students Push College Fossil Fuel Divestment To Stigmatize Industry

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 7:55am

As a way to fight climate change, students at hundreds of campuses are pushing their colleges to divest from fossil fuels with sit-ins. But critics say divestment is the wrong tactic.

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Magic Mirror, At The Store, Should This Top Go In My Drawer?

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 4:10pm

Craning your neck in the dressing room is just part of the shopping experience. But Neiman Marcus hopes a new digital "Memory Mirror" will make it easier to find something that fits just right.

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General Electric To Sell Majority Of Finance Arm, Real Estate Holdings

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 3:48pm

The sprawling conglomerate General Electric is radically paring down its business, ditching most finance and real estate operations.

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How Solar Power Has Gotten So Cheap, So Fast

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 4:06am

Solar power has long been seen as something that's coming in the future — a promising technology that's just too expensive for widespread use. In the past few years, that has started to change.

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Airbnb Finds Interest In Cuba But Hurdles Must Be Overcome First

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 4:06am

Airbnb's entry into the Cuban market last week opened many American's eyes to what real estate on the island looks like. Interest in travel and buying homes is up, but there are plenty of challenges.

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Brands Target Tween Girls In Bid To Keep Them As Longtime Customers

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 4:40pm

Brands increasingly see tweens as a distinct consumer group. From menstruation products to underwear, advertisers are targeting young girls in an informal tone to gain loyal customers earlier on.

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PG&E Hit With $1.6 Billion Penalty For 2010 Calif. Pipeline Explosion

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:42pm

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. was ordered to pay the fine — the largest ever charged a public utility — for the San Bruno explosion and fire that killed 8 people.

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Medical Schools Reboot For 21st Century

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:35pm

Medicine has changed a lot in the past 100 years. But medical training has stayed much the same. Many schools are now retooling — focusing on teamwork — to train a different kind of doctor.

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Uber Launches Cash-Only Rickshaw Service In Indian Capital

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 1:42pm

Passengers can hail the popular three-wheeled vehicles using an Uber app. Fares are set by the state.

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Historical Figure, Sci-Fi Villain Or Tech Startup?

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 8:46am

If you think you can tell the difference based on their names, earn some nerd cred by taking our quiz.

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Founder Of Indian IT Giant Satyam Gets 7 Years In Fraud

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 8:15am

B. Ramalinga Raju, the founder of the computer services company that collapsed in 2009, and two of his brothers were among those convicted of defrauding shareholders.

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Weighing Privacy Vs. Rewards Of Letting Insurers Track Your Fitness

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 6:08am

A major life insurer is offering lower premiums in exchange for policyholders sharing activity data. But privacy advocates worry such programs eventually will be used to deny coverage.

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Wayfair CEO: It's Annoying That Investors Short Our Stock

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 4:03am

The online furniture company is currently one of the most shorted stocks. Our Planet Money team talks to the CEO about what it's like to be running a company when people are betting against you.

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Calif. Farmers Face Harsh Realities In Drought-Stricken Central Valley

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 4:03am

Renee Montagne talks to Samuel Sandoval, an assistant professor of water resource management at UC-Davis about the dwindling water table that's used to grow crops in California's Central valley.

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Rail Operators Aim To Do More Short-Distance Hauling

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 4:03am

The trucking industry has to deal with an aging workforce, driver shortages and burdensome regulations. Railroads have already taken a good portion of the long-haul business away from semi-trucks

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