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Northwest Legume Farmers Feel The Squeeze From Oregon's Port Feud

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 4:00am

A labor dispute at the Port of Portland has brought container shipping from there to a halt. That means lentil and chickpea farmers are having a difficult time getting their crop to foreign markets.

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Pro Leagues Embrace A Big-Payout Evolution In Fantasy Sports

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 3:59am

If you watch football this weekend, you'll see lots of ads for daily fantasy sports websites. They let fans to bet real money on the performance of players, but aren't considered gambling operations.

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About A Third Of U.S. Kids And Teens Ate Fast Food Today

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 4:53pm

Kids' fast-food habits haven't budged in the past 15 years, a study by the CDC finds. The marketing, cost and taste of fast food still seem to have a hold on America's youth.

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Fed Cites Global Concerns In Vote To Leave Interest Rates Unchanged

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 3:31pm

Citing concerns about developments overseas, the Federal Reserve voted to leave interest rates unchanged Thursday. Many had expected the Fed to raise the federal funds rate by a quarter-point.

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Federal Reserve Decides Not To Raise Interest Rates

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 3:31pm

The U.S. Federal Reserve has decided not to raise interest rates, despite the fact that the economy has been gaining strength. Economist Megan Greene has advice for how to handle the decision.

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GM To Pay $900 Million To Settle Criminal Case Over Faulty Ignition Switches

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 3:29pm

General Motors has agreed to pay $900 million to settle criminal charges related to an ignition switch defect, which was tied to the deaths of at least 124 people. No GM executives were charged.

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The Fed Holds Rates Steady; Here's Who Is Clapping

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 1:02pm

The Federal Reserve chose to leave interest rates unchanged Thursday. For the central bank even a decision to do nothing is a big deal, creating all sorts of winners (homebuyers) and losers (savers).

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The Fed Says Economy Is Growing, But Leaves Rates Unchanged

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 1:01pm

The Federal Reserve decided to leave interest rates unchanged at historically low levels, even though the U.S. economy has been gaining strength. The Fed has kept a key rate near zero since late 2008.

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'Computer Issue' Grounds American Airlines Flights

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 12:42pm

Passengers report delays at the gate and the FAA cites computer issues as the cause of grounded flights across the U.S.

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Cablevision, 5th-Largest U.S. Cable Firm, To Be Sold In $17.7 Billion Deal

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 10:19am

It's the second time this year that Altice's founder, French-Israeli billionaire Patrick Drahi, has targeted a large American cable company. This spring, Altice bought Suddenlink for $9.1 billion.

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M. Night Shyamalan Embraces Latest Hollywood Trend: Low-Budget Films

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 4:26am

Our Planet Money podcast team explains why a Hollywood director's new movie might be better. because it was made on a micro-budget.

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Las Vegas, N.M., Needs Amtrak To Help It Draw More Tourists

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 4:26am

In northern New Mexico, many rural communities are worried about the possible loss of Amtrak's Southwest Chief. One historic railroad town has been trying to attract tourists with the train.

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GM To Settle Criminal Case Involving Deadly Ignition Switches

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 4:26am

GM and federal prosecutors are expected announce a $900 million settlement in the mishandling of an ignition-switch defect. It led to more than 100 deaths and recalls of millions of GM vehicles.

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What Does French Ride-Sharing Company BlaBlaCar Have That Uber Doesn't?

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 9:37pm

BlaBlaCar is valued at $1.6 billion. Uber is worth $18.4 billion. The Europe-based firm finds long-distance rides for users, and avoids Uber's troubles with taxi industry regulations.

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Inside The Vacant Caverns Of St. Louis' Other Beer Baron

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 4:54pm

Anheuser-Busch managed to survive Prohibition by diversifying, while its nearby competitor in St. Louis, Lemp Brewery, failed. But Lemp's legacy remains in the caves where it used to chill its beer.

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Anheuser-Busch Signals Possible Merger With SABMiller

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 3:51pm

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the largest beer maker in the world, has approached No. 2 SABMiller to talk about a merger. AB InBev did not put a number on the table, but shares of both companies shot up anyway. The potential deal will face a tough antitrust review in Europe and the U.S.

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Faced With Spate Of Tremors, Oklahoma Looks To Shake Up Its Oil Regulations

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 3:32pm

Oklahoma set a state record last year with more than 5,000 earthquakes. This year, the state is poised to have even more. Now oil and gas regulators have taken notice and are working to curb them.

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In Colorado, More People Are Insured But Cost Remains An Issue

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 3:02pm

Colorado has cut the number of people without health insurance in half, with 20 percent of state residents now on Medicaid. but out-of-pocket medical expenses can still be hard for families to afford.

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A 'Sense Of Crisis' Now In A Chinese Boomtown Gone Bust

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 2:41pm

The city of Luliang, in China's coalfields, was to become home to a $5 billion business district. But corruption, reckless pursuit of growth and overcapacity led to a crash in its industrial economy.

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... And Beer For All: Budweiser Makes A Metallica Beer In Canada

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 11:15am

The beer, which has the tagline "Coulée dans le rock" (cast in rock), will get a wider release in Canada later this month when fewer than 100,000 cases of special edition black cans hit shelves.

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