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China's Economic Slowdown Further Hurts Depressed Commodity Prices

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:11am

Turmoil in global stock markets have grabbed headlines, in large part due to China's shaky economy. For months, commodities worldwide have also been plunging, and much of that can be linked to China.

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Despite The Drought, California Farms See Record Sales

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:08am

While the drought has put a strain on California agriculture, its farms actually set an all-time record for total sales — $54 billion — in 2014. How? By pumping more water from their wells.

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Farmworkers See Jobs, Earnings Shrivel In California Drought

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:07am

More than 21,000 are out of work this year from California's drought, a study says. The majority are farmworkers, and those lucky enough to have a job are often working longer hours for less money.

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Philly Preps Blessed Beer And Other Edible Swag To Greet Pope Francis

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:02am

Enterprising businesses will mark the pope's visit to Philadelphia next month with irreverent tchotchkes — including beers brewed with holy water and toasters that etch the pontiff's face on bread.

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Wal-Mart To End Sales Of Some Semi-Automatic Rifles, Citing Low Demand

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 6:30pm

The retail giant says that because of a drop in customer demand, it will focus on other hunting and sportsmen's firearms.

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U.S. Markets End Slump, Posting Large Gains As Dow Rises 619 Points

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 3:41pm

Both the Dow Jones index and the S&P 500 saw gains of nearly 4 percent; the Nasdaq index rose even higher.

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FCC Hopes To Resolve Largest TV Blackout In U.S. History

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 2:24pm

The Federal Communications Commission called a meeting with Dish Network and Sinclair Broadcasting Group. A dispute between the companies has blocked major channels for over five million people.

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In Wake Of Journalist Murders, Media Consider The Graphic Footage

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 2:23pm

Today's deadly shooting of two journalists on live TV has reopened a conversation about how (or even if) sensitive material like the video should be shared.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 Is Now On 75 Million Devices, Company Says

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 11:37am

Microsoft vice president Yusuf Mehdi announced Tuesday that the new operating system is running in 192 countries, and on a wide range of devices, including ones made as early as 2007.

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Why French Winemakers Are Seeing The World Through Rosé-Colored Glasses

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

Many vintners in southern France used to make a few bottles of rosé only for themselves. Now demand for the pale, dry wine has skyrocketed, transforming the lives of the region's winemakers.

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China's Missteps Tarnish A Reputation For Economic Management

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

China's leaders were, until recently, seen as highly competent in managing the economy. But a bungled currency devaluation and a stock market collapse have challenged the conventional wisdom.

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Louisiana Finds Tracking Government Vehicles By GPS Saves Money

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

Louisiana has become the first state to track nearly all of its government vehicles. It's hoped to cut down on fuel use and prevent accidents. And, the project is off to a good start.

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U.S. Investors Watch Nervously As Retirement Funds Drop

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

The stock market lately is giving indigestion to some people who told their financial advisers that they're ok with moderate risk. Others are just trying to tune out the roller-coaster market news.

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Why Can't We Bet On U.S. Elections? Blame 16th Century Rome

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

You can spend millions on lobbyists or ads to influence the presidential election, but it is mostly illegal to bet on who will win the White House. But centuries ago, people bet on the papal election.

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Spilled Sewage Forces Closure Of Hawaii's Famed Waikiki Beach

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

During the height of summer tourist season, miles of beaches have been closed. Flooding from heavy rains caused more than 500,000 gallons of waste to overflow from manholes and cascade into the surf.

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Investors' Biggest Enemy Could Be Their Natural Instincts

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:06am

Panicked selling after stocks have already crashed in value is a lousy investment strategy. But our human brains send us all kinds of bad impulses when it comes to investing.

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Beyond Jane Fonda Tapes: Home Workouts Go Virtual

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 3:58am

In New York City, an instructor leads an indoor spinning class while cyclists at home around the country ride along — and compete with other riders — on special bikes outfitted with tablets.

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Online Magazine Searches For The Worst Store Name Puns

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 4:49pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro and Audie Cornish talk to Reyhan Harmanci of the website Atlas Obscura about its reader contest to select the worst businesses that use puns in their names.

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Global Stocks Fail To Rally After Monday's Slide

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 4:15pm

China's stock market had another rough day as other markets across the world seemed to recover. But the Dow took a late day plunge after another major sell-off.

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Preparing For The Fed's Planned Interest Rate Hike

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 4:15pm

NPR'S Audie Cornish talks to Megan Greene, managing director and chief economist at Manulife, about how the interest rate hike will affect mortgages, auto and student loans, and consumer behavior.

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