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General Electric To Sell Majority Of Finance Arm, Real Estate Holdings

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 3:48pm

The sprawling conglomerate General Electric is radically paring down its business, ditching most finance and real estate operations.

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How Solar Power Has Gotten So Cheap, So Fast

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 4:06am

Solar power has long been seen as something that's coming in the future — a promising technology that's just too expensive for widespread use. In the past few years, that has started to change.

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Airbnb Finds Interest In Cuba But Hurdles Must Be Overcome First

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 4:06am

Airbnb's entry into the Cuban market last week opened many American's eyes to what real estate on the island looks like. Interest in travel and buying homes is up, but there are plenty of challenges.

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Brands Target Tween Girls In Bid To Keep Them As Longtime Customers

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 4:40pm

Brands increasingly see tweens as a distinct consumer group. From menstruation products to underwear, advertisers are targeting young girls in an informal tone to gain loyal customers earlier on.

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PG&E Hit With $1.6 Billion Penalty For 2010 Calif. Pipeline Explosion

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:42pm

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. was ordered to pay the fine — the largest ever charged a public utility — for the San Bruno explosion and fire that killed 8 people.

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Medical Schools Reboot For 21st Century

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:35pm

Medicine has changed a lot in the past 100 years. But medical training has stayed much the same. Many schools are now retooling — focusing on teamwork — to train a different kind of doctor.

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Uber Launches Cash-Only Rickshaw Service In Indian Capital

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 1:42pm

Passengers can hail the popular three-wheeled vehicles using an Uber app. Fares are set by the state.

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Historical Figure, Sci-Fi Villain Or Tech Startup?

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 8:46am

If you think you can tell the difference based on their names, earn some nerd cred by taking our quiz.

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Founder Of Indian IT Giant Satyam Gets 7 Years In Fraud

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 8:15am

B. Ramalinga Raju, the founder of the computer services company that collapsed in 2009, and two of his brothers were among those convicted of defrauding shareholders.

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Weighing Privacy Vs. Rewards Of Letting Insurers Track Your Fitness

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 6:08am

A major life insurer is offering lower premiums in exchange for policyholders sharing activity data. But privacy advocates worry such programs eventually will be used to deny coverage.

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Wayfair CEO: It's Annoying That Investors Short Our Stock

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 4:03am

The online furniture company is currently one of the most shorted stocks. Our Planet Money team talks to the CEO about what it's like to be running a company when people are betting against you.

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Calif. Farmers Face Harsh Realities In Drought-Stricken Central Valley

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 4:03am

Renee Montagne talks to Samuel Sandoval, an assistant professor of water resource management at UC-Davis about the dwindling water table that's used to grow crops in California's Central valley.

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Rail Operators Aim To Do More Short-Distance Hauling

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 4:03am

The trucking industry has to deal with an aging workforce, driver shortages and burdensome regulations. Railroads have already taken a good portion of the long-haul business away from semi-trucks

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Obama To Address Caribbean's 'Economic Achilles Heel' — Energy

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 3:03am

The president meets with Caribbean leaders in Jamaica Thursday — and a looming energy crunch in the region is high on the list.

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If Haitians Want Ice Cream, They're Going To Have To Pay For It

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:27am

Haiti can't survive on handouts alone. So instead of giving people electricity, one entrepreneur is selling it to them for a profit. For one village, that means finally having cold treats.

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These Vintner Monks Turn Wilderness Into The Divine Gift Of Wine

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:26am

In a part of Northern California better known for cattle ranches than grapes, the monks of New Clairvaux abbey are cultivating the art of winemaking. The hard work feeds the spirit and the coffers.

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Icy Traffic Jam On Lake Superior Has 18 Ships Stuck

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 5:14pm

Pickup truck-size ice chunks have left the freight ships stuck in Lake Superior. The U.S. and Canadian coast guards have sent in icebreakers to help the ships get through.

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The Latest Item On McDonald's Shifting Menu: A $5 Burger

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:49pm

McDonald's is trying to hold down menu prices and keep options simple to speed up service while at the same time create pricier premium burgers and more sophisticated dining options.

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Sidewalk Touts Trade Tips On Shanghai's Booming Bull Market

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:07pm

The Shanghai exchange is on a tear, but there could be trouble ahead for ill-informed investors. Analysts say the current upswing is driven by perceptions rather than fundamentals.

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Shell's Big Deal Could Shift Global Landscape Of Gas Business

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:04pm

Royal Dutch Shell plans to spend nearly $70 billion to acquire natural gas giant BG Group. The deal, if approved, would create the world's largest independent producer of liquefied natural gas.

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