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Here's A Radical Approach To Big Hospital Bills: Set Your Own Price

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 9:09am

Some companies are refusing to pay employee hospital bills that they think are out of line. Instead, they pay what they think is reasonable. So far the gambit appears to be working.

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Vinyl's Comeback Keeps Record Pressers Busy

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 5:39am

There are about 16 vinyl press plants still operating in the U.S. While there were about 9 million vinyl records sold in the U.S. overall last year — that's just a sliver of total album sales.

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Facebook Debuts Instant News Articles From News Organizations

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:07am

Facebook and several media companies have announced that news articles will now be published directly into users News Feeds. The articles will come from The New York Times, NBC News and others.

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Subscriptions We No Longer Need: Do You Still Have An AOL Account?

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:07am

AOL's dial-up business has roughly 2 million subscribers. But years into the broadband age, many people still have their AOL accounts. What other subscriptions are they holding on to?

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Show On ABC Is Part Of Disney's Effort To Revive Muppet Franchise

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:07am

ABC announced that it's bringing back the Muppets. Kermit, Miss Piggy and friends will star in a new series this fall. The original Muppet Show ran from 1976 to 1981.

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Vote On Obama's Fast-Track Trade Bill Blocked By Senate Democrats

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:07am

On Tuesday, Senate Democrats kept trade legislation from moving forward, dealing a blow to President Obama's agenda. Republicans and the White House now grapple with what comes next.

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Puerto Rico Wants To Grow Your Next Cup Of Specialty Coffee

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 2:22am

More than a century ago, Puerto Rico used to produce world-class coffee. Now farmers there are trying to rebuild the industry by focusing on growing higher-quality beans, which command higher prices.

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China Smartphone Sales Shrink, Market 'Increasingly Saturated,' Report Says

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 6:41pm

Experts say nearly everyone in China who wants a smartphone has one. The challenge for manufacturers now is to convince them to upgrade.

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You've Saved Money At The Pump. Why Aren't You Spending It?

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 4:38pm

Falling oil prices haven't boosted economic growth as much as expected. That's partly because consumers have chosen to pay down debt and save some of the windfall rather than spend it all.

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Verizon Buys AOL In $4.4 Billion Deal

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:30pm

AOL Inc., is being acquired by Verizon Communications in a $4.4 billion cash deal. AOL has recently transformed itself into a digital marketing company with some impressive technology.

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Just How Do 'Thomas & Friends' Drive Sodor's Economy?

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:30pm

On the 70th anniversary of the books that spawned Thomas The Tank Engine, NPR's Elizabeth Blair considers the economic model of Thomas's home island of Sodor, and its elaborate railway system.

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Fast-Track Trade Measure Fails Key Test Vote In Senate

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 2:20pm

The White House calls the vote merely a "procedural snafu," and expects to eventually prevail.

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