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Treasury Nomination Sparks Fight Among Democrats

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:05am

When Congress returns in 2015, it will consider the nomination of Antonio Weiss to be undersecretary of Treasury for domestic finance. The nomination is causing a fight within the Democratic Party.

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For Updated 'Annie', The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:05am

The comic strip Little Orphan Annie was launched during the Great Depression. A remake of the 1987 movie arrives when the income gap between rich and poor is the highest it's been since the 1930s.

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What's Hot In Tech Gifts This Year?

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:05am

David Greene finds out from Jacqui Cheng, editor-in-chief of Wirecutter, a tech shopping blog, about which gifts are in demand. She's tracks what gizmos and gadgets are popular with readers.

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Heating New England Homes: The Good And Bad News

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 2:44am

Low heating oil prices mean New Englanders don't have to bundle up at home this year, but they will have to watch their rising electric bills.

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Obama Calls North Korean Hack 'Cybervandalism'

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 8:58am

On CNN's State of the Union, the president expanded on earlier remarks he made criticizing a decision by Sony Pictures to pull distribution of The Interview.

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Renewed U.S.-Cuba Ties Could Mean Big Things For Cigar Market

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 4:05pm

As the U.S. opens up to Cuban exports, David Savona of Cigar Aficionado magazine tells NPR's Arun Rath how it will affect the market for Cuban cigars.

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While U.S. Focuses On Sony Hack, Rest Of The World Is In The Dark

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 4:05pm

The controversy around the film "The Interview" is a top story in the U.S., but those living inside North Korea have no knowledge of the film. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Washington Post Tokyo bureau chief Anna Fifield.

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Many States Now Have $2 Gasoline, Analyst Says

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 3:20pm

An analyst from GasBuddy.com says 24 states have at least one station with the price per gallon at $1.99 or less.

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CEO Says Sony Pictures 'Did Not Capitulate,' Is Exploring Options

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 5:03pm

Melissa Block talks to Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton about the cyber attack against his company and the cancellation of the Christmas Day release of The Interview.

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Government Sells Last Major Stake In A Bank Post-Financial Crisis

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:43pm

The government has sold its stake in Ally Financial, the last major bank that was involved in the TARP bailout program.

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New Cuba Relationship Could Be A Boon For American Farmers

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:32pm

Two-thirds of the food Cubans eat is imported — but the reestablishment of ties with the U.S. could open opportunities for American farmers.

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Apple Responds To BBC On Conditions At Asian iPhone Suppliers

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 2:23pm

Jeff Williams, the tech giant's vice president for operations, told British-based employees that Apple has done more than any other company to ensure fair and safe working conditions.

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Instagram Is Now Valued At $35 Billion By Citigroup Analysts

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:22pm

Less than three years ago, Facebook purchased Instagram for $1 billion. The photo-sharing service is said to have more than 300 million users.

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Obama Says Sony Should Not Have Pulled Film Over Threats

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 10:53am

"That's not what America's about," the president said in a news conference, calling the cancellation of The Interview's release a "mistake." The FBI has accused North Korea of being behind the attack.

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3 Business Best-Sellers Show Inequality Is Now The Hot Topic

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:03am

Many business books try to help you get rich quick. But three of 2014's biggest sellers focused on unfairness and inequality. Economists say expect more: Books on inequality are riding a huge wave.

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When A Hospital Bill Becomes A Decade-Long Pay Cut

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 4:02am

Nonprofit hospitals provide assistance to poor patients in exchange for tax breaks. But some still seize wages of poor patients with unpaid bills — even those who qualify for free or reduced care.

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Tourism Industry Gears Up For Cuban Travel Ban To Be Lifted

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 4:02am

Obama says normalizing ties with Cuba will eventually mean relaxing rules on travel to Cuba. It may take some time for the new rules to take effect but travel agents are already getting phone calls.

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U.S. Authorities Investigate, Sony Reels From Computer Hack

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 4:02am

The White House has stopped short of naming North Korea as the aggressor in the cyberattack against Sony Pictures. That hack resulted in the cancellation of the film The Interview.

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For An Island Trapped In The '50s, An Instant Digital Revolution

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:03am

Cuba is one of the least connected countries on Earth, with 5 percent of residents online. But it could become the Caribbean's largest market if the Castros open the nation up to the Internet.

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When Working In Mixed Groups, Staying P.C. Boosts Productivity

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:17pm

Research shows that setting clear guidelines for how women and men interact remove uncertainty and make it easier to exchange ideas. It's unnecessary clutter in single-gender groups, however.

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