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Global Markets Remain Erratic After China Worries Spark Sell-Off

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 3:35pm

China's Shanghai Composite Index fell 8.5 percent Monday prompting a global sell-off. When trading opened in the U.S., the Dow and S&P 500 plummeted, then recovered, then fell again.

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Why Phone Fraud Starts With A Silent Call

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 3:35pm

When you answer your phone and there's no one on the other end, it could in fact be a computer that's gathering information about you and your bank account. Here's how.

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Ashley Madison Update: $500K Reward For Arrest, And Reports Of 2 Suicides

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 2:54pm

Despite the hacking attack that extracted personal information about millions of its users, Ashley Madison seems to have added nearly 2 million more users to its service.

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The Biggest Divide Between Joe Biden And Elizabeth Warren

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 1:15pm

The vice president may be seeking out the progressive hero's support, years after fighting one of her signature causes.

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Led By Big Sell-Off In China, Global Markets Continue Their Slump

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 7:25am

China's benchmark Shanghai composite index closed 8.5 percent lower and in Europe stocks were down 4 percent in the early afternoon.

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After Stocks Plunged More Than 530 Points On Friday, What's Next?

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 4:09am

Investors were surprised by the triple-digit loss in U.S. stocks. Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution.

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Stocks Fall; Dow Down 10 Percent Since May

Sat, 08/22/2015 - 6:29am

Stock markets around the world plunged this week as investors absorbed more evidence that China's economy is slowing. In the US, the Dow suffered its worst week since 2011.

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A Brutal Week For Investors; Will There Be More Zigs Than Zags?

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 4:38pm

Stock investors have to decide if the August downturn is just part of a normal zigzag pattern in any bull market, or the start of a bear market that could last for years.

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Horror Is The Best Deal In Hollywood

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 3:39pm

Audiences love to mock campy, low-budget horror movies, but by one very important metric, they are the smartest movies around.

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How Will Pearson Spend $2 Billion More On Education?

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 7:43am

The massive company has sold off two major media companies as it doubles down on education.

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Social Scientists Develop Profile To Spot Likely Tax Evaders

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 4:20am

Research indicates companies with owners from countries that have been shown to have higher levels of corruption are more likely to evade taxes in the United States.

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How Marketing Machines Can Make Lousy Movies Financially Successful

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 4:20am

Our "Planet Money" team was puzzled when they discovered that by one measure the most profitable movie made in the last five years is also widely considered to be one of the worst.

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Fact Check: Is Refinancing Student Debt Really Good Policy?

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 4:02am

Student loan debt is turning into a major campaign issue, and one solution many candidates can agree on is allowing graduates to refinance their student loans. But it may not be the best way to help.

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In New Orleans' Hardest-Hit Neighborhood, A Recovery — By Sheer Will

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 3:44am

Nine years after Hurricane Katrina, the area still had no grocery store. So, using his savings, Burnell Cotlon opened one himself. "If there's a problem," he says, "somebody's got to make a move."

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Peer Review Feedback: The Good, The Bad, The Really Ugly

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 3:43am

Amazon was called out for its harsh coworker critiques, but peer reviews have been popular in American offices for years. Some say they make a team better; others call the reviews "very toxic."

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Food Waste And Beef Fat Will Be Making Airplanes Soar

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 5:31pm

Biofuel producers are teaming up with farms, meatpackers and waste management companies to tap the gassy waste on farms to make renewable jet fuel and diesel for vehicles.

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In That TV Ad, What Exactly Are Those Parents Worried About?

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 4:17pm

The TV ads say rules involving retirement advice must be "fixed," but they may leave you scratching your head. Brokers and insurance agents are behind the ads, which aim to block tougher new rules.

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10 Years After Katrina, New Orleans' Brass Bands March On

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:32pm

One of New Orleans' signature traditions is the second line — the weekly brass band parades. But after Hurricane Katrina, a lot of people worried the tradition would become history.

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Regal Cinemas To Check Bags Upon Entry Into Movie Theaters

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:32pm

Movie chain Regal Cinemas has modified its security policy, stepping up checks of bags and backpacks because "security issues have become a daily part of our lives in America."

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Small Time Smuggler Helps Migrants Reach Greece On The Cheap

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:32pm

NPR meets a man who helps smuggle Iraqi migrants from Turkey to Greece. The journey is dangerous, and paying the fee does not guarantee the migrants will make it to their destination.

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