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Tough To Make Ends Meet Even With Unemployment Benefits

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 4:07am

Congress returns to Washington this week, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has pledged the first item on the agenda will be restoring long-term unemployment benefits. Those benefits expired last week, and an estimated 1.3 million people stopped receiving checks.

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Alliance To Bring Google's Android Operating System To Cars

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 4:07am

Google and big automakers including Audi, GM, Hyundia and Honda are creating an open automobile alliance. That is, a framework that will allow Google Android software to work with theses cars creating connected mobile experiences.

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Wearable Technology Generates Buzz Before CES Opens

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 4:07am

The largest show of gadgets, gear and anything electronic kicks off Tuesday in Las Vegas. The Consumer Electronics Show is a glitzy, high profile opportunity for thousands of entrepreneurs and established companies to show off their newest stuff.

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Costs Climb As Sochi Winter Olympics Approaches

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 4:20pm

The Sochi Winter Olympics are on track to being the most expensive games in Olympic history. A $265 million ski jump, 42,000 hotel rooms and a $51 billion budget. It's been called a financial fiasco, as Josh Yaffa of Bloomberg Businessweek tells NPR's Arun Rath.

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'Cheers And Jeers' As Boeing Machinists Narrowly OK Contract

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 7:35am

With 51 percent of machinists voting yes, a new labor pact was approved. It means production of the new 777X widebody jet will be done in the Puget Sound region. But many in the rank-and-file think they gave up too much to keep the jobs in Washington State.

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Playboy Gets Pranked: Group Flips The Script On Sex

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:29pm

A Baltimore-based group is working to change the messages companies are sending about sex. So far, they have created convincing, fake websites pretending to be Playboy and Victoria's Secret — but putting an emphasis on consent.

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Ford Tops Resurgent U.S. Car Industry, 2013 Sales Results Show

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 11:23am

Ford and GM are calling 2013 the best year for U.S. auto sales in at least five years, as they report double-digit annual growth today. Chrysler reported an increase of 9 percent, its strongest year since 2007.

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Could Salary Bump Mean Economic Slump?

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 9:20am

Minimum wage workers in 13 states will see a bump in their paychecks this year. Host Michel Martin talks about the possible ripple effects of raising minimum wages. She's joined by Bloomberg Businessweek contributor Roben Farzad and NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax.

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Beanie Baby Creator Faces Jail Time For Evading Taxes

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:23am

H. Ty Warner has asked a judge for probation. He's scheduled to be sentenced later this month for evading taxes on a secret Swiss bank account.

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Visitors To Colorado Will Find Few Legal Places To Smoke Pot

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:23am

Recreational marijuana has been on sale in Colorado for a couple days now. Residents of the state may purchase marijuana for their personal use at home. But it can be difficult for visitors to find a place to use pot since smoking in public is still illegal.

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Machinists To Vote On Boeing's Latest Contract Offer

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:23am

Boeing machinists are set to vote Friday on whether to accept a slightly-revised offer that union members recently rejected. Union leaders say they want to preserve pay and benefits. But they fear if machinists don't accept the offer, Boeing may move production of the 777X elsewhere.

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Cybersecurity Merger Ups FireEye's Stock Price

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:22am

In a $1 billion deal, FireEye acquires Mandiant, which gained fame last year for linking cyberattacks to a Chinese military unit.

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Consortium Threatens To Pull Plug On Panama Canal Expansion

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 7:43pm

Grupo Unidos por el Canal, made up of Spanish, Italian, Belgian and Panamanian firms, says it will halt work if it doesn't get paid for $1.6 billion in cost overruns in the next three weeks.

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For The Unemployed, Ideas To Help Bridge The Gap To Work

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 5:13pm

More than 1 million people lost their unemployment benefits as 2014 began. Whether or not those benefits get extended, economists say there are ways to change the program that will make it work better. One suggestion is work sharing, which has helped reduce Germany's unemployment.

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