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Janet Yellen Brings A Different Leadership Style To The Fed

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 4:10pm

Melissa Block talks to Neil Irwin, senior economic correspondent for The New York Times, about the leadership style of Janet Yellen, the chair of the Federal Reserve.

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T. Boone Pickens On The Plummeting Price Of Oil

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:45pm

Melissa Block talks to oilman T. Boone Pickens. He told the Wall Street Journal that energy companies are pumping too much oil and that none of them wants to be the first to stop.

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Monsanto Hired This Guy To Help It Win Over Millennials

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:39pm

Vance Crowe, 32, has a tough assignment: reach out to millennials, many of whom are skeptical of GMOs. Crowe says the company can do a better job of listening to their concerns.

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Is The 'Skills Gap' Really A Thing?

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:30pm

Employers complain about not having enough skilled workers to fill needed positions. It's the so-called skills gap that has become a buzzword in business and policymaking worlds. But is the skills gap a myth, reality or somewhere in between?

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Federal Reserve Stays The Course, Ends Most Recent Stimulus Program

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:01pm

The Fed has been buying up bonds by the trillions since the financial crisis started in 2008. Today, it affirmed that it was going ahead with plans to end its third round of stimulus.

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Book News: Young Adult And Kids' Lit Boost E-Book Revenue

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 9:37am

From January to July, e-book revenue grew 7.5 percent compared with the same period last year. Also: R.L. Stine tweets a horror, and poets slip into something a bit sexier.

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Behind The Scenes, Storyful Exposes Viral Hoaxes For News Outlets

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 5:33am

Journalists regularly turn to this social media organization to seek out and verify online material that could bolster traditional reporting.

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Start World Series Games Earlier, Let Us Sleep

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 4:00am

Commentator Frank Deford says the Fall Classic could boost its sagging ratings by scheduling games early enough for people in the Eastern and Central Time Zones to see the end.

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Can Authorities Cut Off Utilities And Pose As Repairmen To Search A Home?

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:53pm

That's what federal agents did earlier this year to see if gamblers staying in Las Vegas were running a sportsbook operation. Agents lacked evidence for a warrant. Courts are considering the case.

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Marvel Studios To Diversify Its Movies

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 7:43pm

The comic juggernaut announced Tuesday that one of its upcoming films will have a female lead, and another will be headlined by a black man.

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Firm Buys Big Bike-Share Service; Expansion And Higher Rates Seen

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 5:23pm

Announcing the deal today, the company said it would expand its service and raise the annual fee to $149 for its New York customers. Alta also operates in other large cities.

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The Next Shirt You Buy May Say 'Made In Ethiopia.' Here's Why

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 5:16pm

The garment industry is still seen as a good partner for jump-starting the economies of undeveloped nations. Manufacturers entering these countries say they're trying to treat workers more ethically.

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Why Does Saudi Arabia Seem So Comfortable With Falling Oil Prices?

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:15pm

Normally, the "central banker of oil" would slow production to push up prices. Not so now. Some say it's a geopolitical tactic aimed at Russia and Iran; others say it's just protecting market share.

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Safety Regulators Turn Attention To Faulty Air Bags

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:39am

Honda reports at least two deaths related to defective inflators in air bags. The air bags, made by Japanese supplier Takata, are in Toyota and other automakers' vehicles, too.

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Behold The Entrenched — And Reviled — Annual Review

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:39am

Performance review season is nearing, and if you're like most people, there's no celebrating that. Studies show that 60 to 90 percent of employees dislike the ritual. So some firms are backing away.

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Soda-Makers Try To Take Fizz Out Of Bay Area Tax Campaigns

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 4:35pm

Voters will decide on a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks in Berkeley and a 2-cent-per-ounce tax in San Francisco. But the soda industry's lobbying group has spent millions blasting the measures.

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Competition Brews In the World Of Mobile Payments

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:22pm

With much fanfare earlier this month Apple launched its mobile wallet — Apple Pay. Now CVS and Rite Aid have disabled Apple Pay from working in their stores.

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CVS Pulls Apple Pay, And Many See A Fight Over Mobile Wallets

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 1:23pm

Rite Aid took the same step, leading many observers to note that the two companies are part of a group of retailers that's developing its own payment system, called CurrentC.

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Witches, Vampires And Pirates: 5 Years Of America's Most Popular Costumes

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 11:59am

Thanks to shows like The Walking Dead and movies like World War Z, zombies are climbing the costume charts. The undead have risen from the 13th most popular costume up to No. 4 in just five years.

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Chiquita Fruit Company Is Bought By Two Brazilian Firms

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:29am

The Charlotte-based company traces its roots to the 1870s, when American entrepreneurs brought bananas to U.S. consumers from the Caribbean.

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