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Silk Road Drug Market Was An Economic Experiment Gone Wrong

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 3:17pm

The man behind the online drug market Silk Road dreamed of setting up a utopian marketplace. But when his dream was threatened, the FBI says he did some terrible things to try and protect it.

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Apple's Success Continues Under Tim Cook, But Steve Jobs Still Looms Large

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 3:14pm

The company's market capitalization hit a record last month under Cook's leadership, nearing $700 billion. But by one measure, the legacy of Jobs still dominates.

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Fill 'Er Up: The Joys Of Good Gas Station Food

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 2:08pm

Forget dried-out doughnuts and creepy-looking hot dogs. In cities across the U.S., patrons can fill up on gourmet grub and top off their tanks in one stop.

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Chicago Council Strongly Approves $13 Minimum Wage

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 1:02pm

Saying that inflation has outpaced wage growth, the ordinance will raise the city's minimum wage to $10 by next July, with new increments added each summer thereafter.

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For Giving Tuesday: A Guide To Gifts That Give Back

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 12:36pm

Boots from a Guatemalan village. A basket woven in Rwanda. Kenyan soda cans that became cool cuffs. Money spent on these and other items provides a better life for artisans in the developing world.

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Study: Campaign Cash Brings Tax Benefits On Capitol Hill

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 11:24am

A new analysis finds that corporations that deploy lobbyists and make contributions experience lower and more consistent tax rates over the long term.

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Government Says Bosses Can't Force Workers To Get Health Tests

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 9:55am

When is a voluntary program no longer voluntary? That's the question about corporate wellness programs, which give employees hefty financial incentives to undergo health screenings.

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Small Retailers Jump On The Subscription Box Bandwagon

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 7:46am

Companies like Dollar Shave Club have pioneered a model that is filtering down to small businesses — even some self-employed Etsy crafters — drawn by the lure of steadier revenues.

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Obamacare 'Glitch' Puts Subsidies Out Of Reach For Many Families

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 2:54am

The health care law gives subsidies to those whose employers' insurance isn't affordable, but that's based on the cost of worker-only coverage. Adding family to a plan can send prices out of reach.

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Colorado's Pot Industry Looks To Move Past Stereotypes

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 2:52am

In the year since Colorado made recreational marijuana legal, pot has become a billion-dollar business in the state. And some growers are on a serious mission to make it legitimate and mainstream.

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North Korean Government Thought To Be Behind Sony Pictures Hack

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 4:59pm

The company's email and corporate networks were disabled, and five Sony films were leaked online. North Korean officials said "wait and see" when asked if they were behind the cyberattack.

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Sony Pictures Hack Not The Company's First Time With Security Problems

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 3:22pm

Melissa Block talks to Los Angeles Times reporter Ryan Faughnder about a recent hack at Sony Pictures.

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Low Oil Prices Accelerate Trouble For Venezuela

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 3:22pm

The drop in the price of oil might be having a positive effect on the disposable income of Americans, but for people who live in countries whose economies are dependent on the high price of oil it's a different story. Audie Cornish talks to Daniel Yergin, author of The Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World

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Girl Scout Cookies Will Soon Be Just A Click Away

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 9:47am

The organization has announced a program called Digital Cookies that allows Girl Scouts to sell Thin Mints, Do-si-dos, Samoas and other cookies through personalized websites or a mobile app.

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Amazon Unleashes Robot Army To Send Your Holiday Packages Faster

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 4:21am

In its endless quest to get goods to customers fast, Amazon has hired squads of speedy robots. In warehouses where human "pickers" walked miles a day, machines now zip shelves of goods back and forth.

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Charities Kick Off Holiday Season With Giving Tuesday

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 4:03am

We preview Giving Tuesday, the annual online campaign to raise money for charities, and examine the overall outlook for charitable giving this year.

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German Government May Say 'Nein' To Work Emails After Six

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 2:35am

In a country that strives to protect work-life balance, there are calls to ban employers from sending work email after business hours. Some big companies already observe it.

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Black-Market Diesel: Thieves Sell Fuel By The Truckload

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 4:04pm

Some criminals hide payment-card skimmers in gas pumps to steal credit card numbers. But that isn't the end of the story: Those stolen numbers are just the start of a highly profitable operation.

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Black Friday Sales Down At Stores, Surge Online

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 8:56am

More shopping on Thanksgiving Day diluted the Black Friday numbers somewhat, according to a ShopperTrak survey. A separate survey by IBM showed a nearly 10 percent increase in online sales.

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In Dubai, Shoppers Hit The Malls For 'White Friday'

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 7:06am

Many in the international city of Dubai celebrated Thanksgiving and then went shopping. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to correspondent Deborah Amos about the new tradition in the city of shopping malls.

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