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At Portland, Ore., Gun Store, Strong Opinions And Stronger Sales

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:01am

Owner Karl Durkheimer says President Obama's gun policies, including this week's executive orders, motivate many of his customers' purchases.

Turmoil In China's Economy Shakes Investor Confidence

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 9:53am

Thursday was shaping up to be another tumultuous day in the financial markets. Stock prices were falling after a big selloff in Asia and Europe. The trouble seems to have started in China.

Rescue Crews Work To Free 17 Miners Trapped In Salt Mine In New York

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 6:26am

Workers are using a crane to rescue the miners, according to local reports from Lansing, north of Ithaca. The first group was reportedly brought up early Thursday.

China's Stock Market Plunges Again, Stoking Troubles Worldwide

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 6:00am

With U.S. stock prices already seeing their worst three-day opening for a year since 2008, China's trading day lasted less than 30 minutes Thursday.

Do These Jeans Make Me Look Unethical?

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 6:00am

In theory we do not want to buy products made by child labor or polluting factories. But in practice, we don't want to know about a company's practices.

Stock Trading In China Halted After Stocks Plunge For A Second Day

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 4:27am

For a second day this week, stock trading in China was suspended. David Greene talks to Fraser Howie, co-author of Red Capitalism, about the turmoil in the Chinese stock markets.

An Insider Trader Caught On Tape Tells All

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 4:27am

A former accountant convicted of insider trading tells his story to our "Planet Money" podcast team: what he did, how he did it and why. Though he's still struggling with that last one.

SuperPACs Are Not So Super In 2016

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 4:03am

Outside groups were expected to propel candidates this year. But in the 2016 Republican primary, they are having little impact on who's up and who's down.

At CES, New Robots Deliver More Coos Than Utility

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 3:57am

Robots may be in our future, but the future isn't quite here.

Chinese Stocks Plunge; Trading Halted For Second Time In A Week

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 12:17am

Chinese markets have lurched up and down as regulators gradually withdraw emergency measures imposed after the main stock index plunged in June following an explosive rise.

Macy's To Cut 4,800 Jobs After Dismal Holiday Sales

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 12:12am

The nation's largest department store chain is slashing jobs, a harbinger of hard times for retailers after a holiday season that saw a noticeable shift to online shopping.

Company Behind Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Sues U.S. Government

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 5:35pm

TransCanada's lawsuit claims President Obama exceeded his authority when he rejected the pipeline in November. It is also filing a $15 billion suit under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

If You Like Cheap Gasoline, January May Be Your Lucky Month

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 4:38pm

Prices already are averaging less than $2 a gallon nationwide. But a new report shows gasoline inventories are surging. Experts say that sets the stage for more price drops in coming days.

One Step Closer To Collective Bargaining, Some Temp Workers Unionize

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 3:33pm

The workers at Bob's Tire Co. in New Bedford, Mass. recently voted 65-5 to unionize. Labor advocates say the move is historical, but are undocumented workers protected from enforcement?

Global Oil Prices Fall To 11-Year Low

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 3:33pm

Global oil prices dropped again, falling to an 11-year low on Wednesday as investors worried about weak demand for refined petroleum products. New government data show U.S. stockpiles of gasoline and distillates, including diesel fuel and heating oil, soared in recent days, offsetting a decline in crude supplies. Taken together, crude and refined products are now at a record high, and that glut is driving retail prices lower.

Concerned Workers Face Dwindling Industry And Layoffs With A Steely Resolve

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 3:33pm

Steelworkers in Birmingham, Ala., are trying to figure out a new future now that U.S. Steel, one of the last major steel-making operations in the South, has closed.

#WhereIsRey? She's On Her Way, Says Hasbro

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 1:33pm

The newest Star Wars Monopoly game featured Finn, Kylo Ren, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader — but not the latest film's heroine, Rey. Hasbro says it will add her to the game this year.

Chipotle Faces A Criminal Investigation Into Its Handling Of A Norovirus Outbreak

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 12:37pm

More than 200 employees and customers were sickened last August at a restaurant in California. A grand jury subpoena requires Chipotle to produce a range of documents in connection with the outbreak.

You've Got Dung! Amazon Is Delivering Cow Pies In India

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 11:32am

Cows are holy in the Hindu religion, and so is their dung. That's why Amazon in India is selling cow dung cakes to city dwellers.

Obama Aims To Expand Background Checks To Online Gun Sales

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 4:18am

Gun control advocates say that will tighten a big loophole allowing guns to change hands illegally. Gun rights groups say the president's executive order will mostly penalize law abiding gun owners.

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