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In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 4:13pm

"Bad" Web bots are going after everyone they can, but why? Because by hijacking Grandma's computer, they make it look as if she visits a site often, thus making the site more valuable to advertisers.

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Jobs Numbers Buoys Dow Above 17,000 For The First Time

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 3:27pm

The Dow rallied on better-than-expected news from the jobs market. The S&P also closed higher, continuing its positive run.

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Export-Import Controversy Gives Rise To A Tale Of Two Washingtons

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 3:09pm

While a debate rages over the future of the Export-Import Bank in Washington, D.C., the bank's potential demise has drawn warnings from the other Washington — Washington state. Ashley Gross of KPLU reports that businesses, labor unions and politicians are raising alarm bells about potentially severe consequences.

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Hiring Is Looking Good Now, But Wage Growth Lags

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 3:03pm

The improving labor market in June did not translate into significant pay hikes. Wages were just 2 percent higher compared with a year ago. Consumer prices have been rising at a 2.1 percent rate.

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Federal Highway Program Could Run Out Of Money Next Month

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 12:50pm

The Highway Trust Fund has been billions short for years. Without more money, the White House says construction delays will put people out of work, but Congress can't agree on a fix.

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New Jobs Numbers: Has Economic Recovery Reached A Tipping Point?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:15am

The economy added 288,000 jobs in June and the unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent. NPR's Marilyn Geewax and The Wall Street Journal's Sudeep Reddy discuss the latest jobs report.

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Germany Votes For First-Ever Minimum Wage, Around $11.50

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 9:25am

By comparison, the U.S. is debating a raise to its minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. The new German law includes several exceptions.

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The Future Internet Is Not So Free Or Open, In Pew's New Survey

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 8:58am

Pew surveyed more than 1,400 tech industry leaders and academics to find a troubling consensus: By 2025, the Internet will be more balkanized, more surveilled and less open.

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U.S. Monthly Jobs Report For June Set To Come Out

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 7:16am

Last month, the U.S. job market hit a milestone, finally surpassing pre-recession levels.

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How Every U.S. State Has Fared Since The Recession, In 1 Graph

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 5:33am

There are more U.S. jobs now than there were before the recession. But the jobs are different — and they're in different places.

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Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling Yields Polarized Debate

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 4:18am

Debate involving religion and contraception was ignited by the ruling. Steve Inskeep discusses the court's case with Thomas Berg, a professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

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Before The Holiday Weekend, Latest Jobless Report Is Issued

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 4:18am

The report comes out a day earlier than normal because of the July 4 holiday. The job market has been racking up healthy gains this year, and the latest report is expected to show continued growth.

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China Announces Another Easing Of Its Currency Controls

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 4:18am

Beijing said banks that handle foreign currency will be able to set their own exchange rates for the yuan. Critics have urged China to let the currency trade more freely.

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An Uncertain Future Of The U.S. Terrorism Insurance Program

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 2:09am

The federal program, which would pay for catastrophic damage if a U.S. city was attacked again, is up for renewal this year and some have begun to worry that it may be in trouble.

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