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Transportation Officials Announce Tough Standards For Railcars Carrying Oil

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 3:29pm

U.S. and Canadian transportation officials announced Friday new, tougher standards for tank cars that haul explosive crude oil. But some safety advocates say the regulations don't do enough to protect those who live near railways from potentially deadly derailments.

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The Annual Shareholders' Meeting Will Now Come To Order Online

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 3:29pm

The tradition of the annual meeting is gradually changing. Some firms have replaced the face-to-face meeting with a virtual one. But some investors still want to look the CEO in the eye.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Unveils Home Battery — Is $3,000 Cheap Enough?

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 1:05pm

With a sleek surface and a depth of only about 7 inches, the Powerwall can be mounted on a garage wall or another surface, indoors or outside.

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What's Inside A 'Derby Pie'? Maybe A Lawsuit Waiting To Happen

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 8:39am

Around Louisville, "derby pie" is de rigueur fare for the Kentucky Derby. But the pie's creators are real sticklers about what can be called a "derby pie" — and they're not afraid to sue over it.

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Brand-Name Medicines Dominate Medicare's $103 Billion Drug Bill

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 8:30am

Federal officials released prescription histories of hundreds of thousands of doctors and identified the most common and costly drugs. Medicare spent the most on a purple pill for heartburn.

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Electric Carmaker Tesla To Sell Batteries Designed To Power Homes

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 4:02am

Tesla is building the biggest battery factory in the world. It hopes to drive battery prices down so far that lithium ion batteries are no longer just for laptops, phones or cars.

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Bottom Drops Out Of Syria's Currency Causing Economic Hardship

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 4:02am

In the past, Iran has helped out with credit lines. But now, an Iranian official has instead encouraged the Syrians to "develop a resistance economy" like Iran's sanctions-strapped fiscal management.

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Oakland Laws Could Limit Police Access To Body Camera Footage

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 2:38am

Lawmakers want to prohibit police officers from viewing video from their body cameras before they write their reports. It's part of an effort to bring more transparency to policing.

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Health Insurer Aetna Raises Wages For Lowest-Paid Workers To $16 An Hour

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 7:17pm

Aetna, the giant health insurance company, raised its minimum wage this month. CEO Mark Bertolini says he expects the raise will pay for itself through increased productivity.

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Just Do It: Obama Tries To Sway Skeptical Democrats On Trade

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 5:29pm

The president is finding it tough to get Democrats on board with a Pacific trade deal. He's meeting with some who might be open to it and even going to Nike headquarters next week for an event.

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The Doctor Will Video Chat With You Now: Insurer Covers Virtual Visits

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 3:27pm

Medical consultation via video is going mainstream. UnitedHealthcare says it will cover doctors' visits by live video on smartphones, tablets and computers. Will people overuse it and boost costs?

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Can't Get A Job Because Of A Criminal Record? A Lawsuit Is Trying To Change That

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 2:26pm

People convicted of minor crimes years ago are suing to overturn a Pennsylvania law that bars them from working full time in nursing homes, locking them out of a fast-growing sector in the economy.

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Why We Can't Take Chipotle's GMO Announcement All That Seriously

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 2:09pm

Chipotle says providing "food with integrity" means dropping genetically modified ingredients. But critics say the company's new policy is inconsistent and even dishonest.

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Baltimore Unrest Reveals Tensions Between African-Americans And Asians

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 4:15am

In West Baltimore's Sandtown neighborhood, Asian immigrant shopkeepers cleaned up the damage caused by rioters. Also in need of repair: their relationship with their African-American customers.

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Your Tough Job Might Help Keep You Sharp

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 6:10pm

In an 8-year study of older people, those who had held mentally demanding, stimulating jobs tended to retain their mental agility better than people whose work was less stimulating.

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SEC Rule Would Link Executive Pay To Performance

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 4:33pm

The rule, which grew out of the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul bill, says companies have to disclose whether executive pay tracks their financial performance. But it's unclear what impact it will have.

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Japan's Abe Pushes The Pacific Trade Deal Onto Center Stage

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 4:01pm

The Japanese prime minister used his time in the spotlight in Washington to promote the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying it would create both prosperity and peace. Democrats remain skeptical.

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When You Make Kids' Meals Healthier By Default, They Still Eat 'Em Up

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 3:29pm

When a restaurant chain revamped its kids' menu, making items like strawberries and salad the default sides instead of fries, it improved the healthfulness of meals ordered — by a lot, a study finds.

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SEC Proposes New Rules For Linking Executive Pay With Firm Performance

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 3:23pm

The Securities and Exchange Commission introduced new rules Wednesday that will make it easier for shareholders to link executive pay with a firm's financial performance.

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Pope Francis Calls Gender Pay Gap A 'Pure Scandal'

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 1:00pm

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports that Francis' remarks, at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, are some of his most forceful statements yet in favor of women.

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