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Economy Adds A Disappointing 126,000 Jobs In March.

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 7:35am

The monthly numbers from the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics was well short of the 245,000 jobs economists had expected.

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How The Price Of Oil Caused A Downturn In The Recycling Business

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 4:07am

What is recyclable and what is trash? There is an economic line between the two, and it's a line that can move around a lot. Our Planet Money team explains why it's a tough time to be a recycler.

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March Employment Report Expected To Show Continued Job Growth

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 2:44am

Over the past year, the economy has added more than 200,000 jobs each month. That level of job creation hasn't happened since a 13-month run that began in 1994.

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Nixon's 'Western White House' Up For Sale

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 5:16pm

Hom Sotheby's International has listed the 5.45-acre oceanfront estate for $75 million. President Nixon bought the property early in his presidency, and lived there after resigning from office.

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The Fake Meat Industry's Quest To Make Faux Taste Real

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:58pm

NPR's Melissa Block talks to Corby Kummer about his piece in MIT's Technology Review on the fake meat industry's challenge to make fake taste as good as the real thing.

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Mourning The Matzo: Iconic N.Y. Factory To Leave Former Jewish Hub

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:47pm

It's the end of an era: After nearly a century, the Streit's matzo factory is leaving Manhattan's Lower East Side. This Passover will be its last there. Streit's plans to move to a new factory.

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If You Know Where The Missing $6 Million Is, Please Tell Sierra Leone

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 3:28pm

Funds allocated to fight Ebola have vanished into thin air. That kind of funny money business happens all too often when disaster strikes and donations roll in.

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Arkansas Governor Asks Lawmakers To Rework Religious Liberty Bill

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:01am

Critics say the bill, like another recently passed in Indiana, will make it easier to discriminate against gays and lesbians. The bill has generated strong opposition from the business community

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Huge Scandal At Top Of Petrobras Trickles Down, With Devastating Effect

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 3:01am

Tens of thousands of people are suffering after losing their jobs in the wake of wide-scale corruption at Brazil's state oil company. Scores of politicians and executives have been implicated.

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When Wal-Mart Comes To Town, What Does It Mean For Workers?

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 2:59am

Wal-Mart has long been criticized for low pay and erratic work schedules. So when the retailer arrives in a community, it stirs controversy — but it also brings jobs and low prices.

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Still Need A Lawn Yeti? Good News — SkyMall May Be Cleared For Relaunch

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 10:02pm

The in-flight catalog went bankrupt earlier this year. But its new owners say SkyMall catalogs might make their way back to airplane seatbacks soon.

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Germanwings Crash Highlights Workplace Approaches To Mental Health

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 5:03pm

The case of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz has focused attention on what Lufthansa, or any employer, can really know about an employee's state of mind. Requiring a psychological evaluation has risks, too.

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With Nostalgia And A Last Nosh, 1 Of 3 Remaining HoJo's Closes

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 3:25pm

The iconic orange roofs of Howard Johnson's restaurants were once fixtures of the American highway. But the chain faded in the '80s. The 60-year-old location in Lake Placid, N.Y., closed Tuesday.

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No Joke. Flood Insurance Rates Incease On April 1

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 4:01am

About a million people will see their premiums double. The rate increase is part of an effort to bring down the debt for the program which subsidizes insurance for people living in flood zones.

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The Neighborhood Wal-Mart, A Blessing Or A Curse?

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 4:01am

Wal-Mart is America's largest retailer and sets trends for the country's economy. If Wal-Mart were a country, it would be the world's 26th largest economy. It employs more than 2 million workers.

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Gary Dahl, Creator Of The Pet Rock, Dies At 78

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:35am

In 1975, Gary Dahl was an advertising executive when he came up with the Pet Rock idea. The stones came in a cardboard box containing a tongue-in-cheek instruction pamphlet for "care and feeding."

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

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:58am

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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