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As Gas Prices Drop, Hybrid Sales Shift Into Low Gear

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:26pm

Gas prices are falling — and so are hybrid car sales. Analysts say better gas mileage for traditional vehicles, combined with low gas prices, are giving hybrids a run for their money.

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Drop In Unemployment Raises Debate On Optimal Rate

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:04pm

Now that unemployment has slipped below 6 percent, there's renewed interest in what the Federal Reserve's target for joblessness should be. Some economists worry that inflation will resurface.

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In Forcing Out Senior Executive, New CEO Mohn Puts Stamp On NPR

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:00pm

Kinsey Wilson, hailed by many observers as a digital visionary, was abruptly ousted earlier this month. CEO Jarl Mohn says he sees untapped opportunities for growth in radio and digital audiences.

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Fiesta Fan Photos: Your Dishes On Display

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 9:51am

NPR listeners recently threw open their kitchen cabinets and showed off their collections of the brightly colored Fiesta dishware line: stacks of mix-and-match plates, favorite mugs, family heirlooms.

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Predictions Of 'Peak Oil' Production Prove Slippery

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:27am

Just a few years ago, authors were predicting production would soon hit a peak and then decline. But since then, supplies have surged. So are the forecasters now slapping themselves in the head?

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Privacy Advocates Don't Buy FBI's Warning About Encryption Practices

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

FBI Director James Comey used his first major policy address to warn that new encryption techniques could lock out law enforcement trying to solve crimes. He wants a back door into smartphones.

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Sustained Lower Gas Prices Could Drive Economic Growth

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

Gas prices are plunging and before it's all over, some experts say Americans will be paying a $1 a gallon less than a few months ago. That could mean $1,000 more per household in extra spending money.

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Why Has There Been So Much Turmoil In Financial Markets Lately?

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

To examine the turn global stock markets took this week, Linda Wertheimer talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution and a Wall Street Journal contributor.

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For Father And Son Locksmiths, The Key Is Hard Work

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:22am

Phil Mortillaro dropped out of school and became a locksmith. Now he owns a Manhattan locksmith shop with his son, Philip Jr. Philip says his dad and the store have become a neighborhood institution.

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Silicon Valley Companies Add New Benefit For Women: Egg Freezing

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:21am

The addition of the benefit by Facebook and Apple comes as tech companies face mounting pressure to hire more women, but some warn it may increase pressure those employees feel to put off having kids.

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World Bank Head On Ebola: Put The Fire Out Where It's Raging

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:20am

World Bank President Jim Kim believes the world has moved too slow in battling Ebola. And closing off travel from West Africa, he says, is not the answer.

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Airbnb, New York State Butt Heads Over Legality Of Rentals

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 3:25pm

New York's Attorney General released a report that says nearly three-quarters of Airbnb's listings in New York City are illegal. Airbnb says it wants to work with regulators on sensible rules.

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Airbnb, New York State Spar Over Legality Of Rentals

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 3:25pm

The state's attorney general says nearly three-quarters of Airbnb's listings in New York City are illegal. The company says local laws should be changed to accommodate the sharing economy.

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Your Car Won't Start. Did You Make The Loan Payment?

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 1:21pm

Growing numbers of lenders are getting tech savvy, remotely disabling debtors' cars and tracking customer data to ensure timely payment of subprime auto loans.

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Citigroup's Mexican Unit Fined $2.2 Million For Shoddy Oversight

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:24pm

Regulators in Mexico said Banamex should have spotted red flags that resulted in a $400 million fraud. Earlier this week, Citigroup announced it had discovered a $15 million fraud.

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The Most Common Jobs For The Rich, Middle Class And Poor

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:50am

What do people up and down the income ladder do for work?

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As Oil Prices Fall, Who Wins And Who Loses?

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:26am

Oil is down 25 percent since June, unleashing ripples around the globe that range from lower gas prices in the U.S. to budget problems in Russia to political pressures in the Middle East.

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LA Schools Superintendent To Step Down Amid iPad Controversy

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:03am

Rachel Martin talks with KPCC's Annie Gilbertson about the pending resignation of John Deasy, who had been at the center of a controversial plan to purchase 700,000 iPads for students and teachers.

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HBO To Start Online Only Streaming Service

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:34am

HBO has announced that it will launch a streaming service similar to its current HBO GO service in 2015. Analysts say the service could undermine cable's channel bundles and give viewers more control.

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Strong U.S. Dollar Pushes Oil Prices Lower

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:34am

Oil is denominated in dollars. When the dollar is strong compared to other currencies, it makes oil cheaper in the U.S. but more costly in many other countries. And that puts a crimp in global demand.

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