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With 'Single-Stream' Recycling, Convenience Comes At A Cost

14 hours 58 min ago

Many Americans now have access to a commingled recycling system, which lets users mix plastic, glass, paper and metal together in one bin. It's much easier, but not nearly as efficient.

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Venezuela Cuts Oil Subsidies To Caribbean Nations

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 9:06pm

For a decade, Venezuela offered cheap oil at favorable rates to 13 neighbors, including Cuba. But tumbling oil prices have hit Venezuela's economy hard, forcing it to trim those subsidies.

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Our Food-Safety System Is A Patchwork With Big Holes, Critics Say

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 2:41pm

More than a dozen federal agencies play a part in keeping food from making Americans sick. Critics say the system has gaps, and we'd all be safer if federal food safety efforts were under one roof.

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Grocery Stores Are Losing You. Here's How They Plan To Win You Back

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 1:40pm

Grocers are losing customers to smaller markets, convenience stores and online shopping. The competition is forcing chains to innovate with in-store restaurants, delivery service and more.

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With So Much Oil Flowing, U.S. May Be Reaching Storage Limits

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 2:42am

Amid record production, some analysts worry the U.S. will run out of places to put it all. One says lack of storage space could drive oil down to around $20 a barrel, less than half the current price.

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Proposed Payday Industry Regulations Must Strike Delicate Balance

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 4:21pm

The federal government is moving to reign in the payday loan industry, which critics say traps consumers in a damaging cycle of debt. A look at the possible effects of proposed regulations.

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How Singapore Became One Of The Richest Places On Earth

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 6:38am

The founder of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, used both free-market principles and strong central planning to transform the tiny former British colony into an economic powerhouse.

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Cheez Whiz Helped Spread Processed Foods. Will It Be Squeezed Out?

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 5:44am

Turns out, the history of Kraft's dull-orange cheese spread says a lot about the processed food industry — and where it might be headed as Kraft and Heinz merge.

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Not Just Sugary-Sweet, Hard Cider Makes A Comeback

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 4:22pm

Cider is the fastest-growing alcoholic beverage in the United States. Much of that growth is driven by big industrial producers, but smaller cider-makers are looking for a larger bite of the apple.

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Nostalgic Cars: Sour Automotive Fruit Of Cuban Embargo Gets New Life

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:35pm

In Havana, Cuba, old cars have filled the streets since the U.S. embargo began. Now enterprising Cubans have begun renting cars out to tourists who are hungry for the cars of their youth.

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Nostalgic Cars: Sour Automotive Fruit Of Cuban Embargo Gets New Life

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:35pm

In Havana, Cuba, the old cars that crowd the streets used to symbolize a stagnant nation. Now enterprising Cubans have begun renting cars out to tourists who are hungry for the cars of their youth.

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Yemen's Turmoil Sparks Big Swings In The Global Oil Market

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:49pm

Yemen is minor producer of crude oil but controls a strategic energy waterway. More than 3.8 million barrels a day pass through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait at the southern entrance to the Red Sea.

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Did That Restaurant Pass Its Health Inspection? Now Yelp Will Tell You

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 1:53pm

You might not see health inspection information until you're opening a restaurant's door. But if you're in New York and several other cities, you'll see it when you check out an eatery's Yelp page.

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Airlines Worldwide Rush To Adopt '2-Person' Cockpit Rule

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 8:21am

In the wake of the apparently deliberate crash of a German airliner, carriers in Europe, the Middle East and Asia say they will emulate a U.S. rule requiring two people in the cockpit at all times.

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Senate Follows House In Passing GOP Budget To Balance Budget

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:06am

Working into Friday's pre-dawn hours, senators approved the blueprint by a near party-line 52-46 vote, endorsing a measure that closely follows one the House passed Wednesday.

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Evaluating Whether It's Time To Cut The Cord

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:02am

Several big media companies recently announced new ways to bring TV over the Internet. For example, HBO's streaming service, Sony's PlayStation Vue and a rumored service from Apple.

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Examining Right-To-Work Laws Impact On Income And Economic Growth

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:02am

Last week, Morning Edition aired a piece about right-to-work laws in Kentucky. To clarify some assertions made in the piece, Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, of the Brookings Institution.

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Was Your Seafood Caught By Slaves? AP Uncovers Unsavory Trade

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 3:43am

Some of the seafood that winds up in American grocery stores, in restaurants, even in cat food, may have been caught by Burmese slaves, a year-long investigation by the Associated Press finds.

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Police Departments Open Up 'Safe Lots' For Craigslist Transactions

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 3:42am

Several crimes around the U.S. have been tied to the website's in-person transactions. So police departments are offering up their parking lots to provide a secure space for buying and selling stuff.

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Think Nobody Wants To Buy Ugly Fruits And Veggies? Think Again

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:26pm

Remember that old movie trope, in which the mousy girl takes off her glasses to reveal she was a beauty all along? A similar scenario is playing out among food waste fighters in the world of produce.

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