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U.S. Government Teams Up With Private Sector To Stave Off Cocoa Crisis

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:06am

Chocolate is increasingly popular and under assault from diseases that infect cocoa plants. Scientists are working to find varieties that will resist diseases and keep the world's sweet tooth happy.

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As Economy Improves, Wages Remain Stagnant

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:06am

Monthly jobless data is released Friday. David Greene talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution, and a contributing correspondent to The Wall Street Journal.

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Federal Regulators Link Workers' Comp Failures To Income Inequality

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 3:03am

Changes to workers' compensation laws mean families and government bear more of the costs that result from injuries on the job.

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Justices Roberts And Kennedy The Key Votes In Health Law Case

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 6:40pm

No telling yet which side will win. But did Justice Kennedy's mixed signals Wednesday hint that he was leaning toward the administration's view of federal subsidies for health insurance?

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Northwest Oil Terminal Plan Would Mean Jobs — And More Oil Trains

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 4:28pm

Oil companies hope to build the nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal on the Columbia River in Washington. Proponents say it will bring economic growth, but others fear it could mean fiery accidents.

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McDonald's Says It Won't Be Serving Chicken Raised On Antibiotics

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:38pm

Over the next two years, McDonald's will transition its U.S. restaurants to a new antibiotics policy. Several of the chain's competitors have also committed to curb antibiotics in their supply chain.

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A Ruling Against Obamacare Would Have Broad Implications

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:26pm

If the Supreme Court strikes down subsidies, millions of people could no longer afford health insurance. And premiums for others would rise dramatically, as healthier people leave the marketplace.

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West Virginia Derailment Raises Concerns About Volatility Of Bakken Oil

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:26pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with Wall Street Journal reporter Russell Gold about the volatility of crude oil from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota. That's the same oil that exploded when a train derailed in West Virginia two weeks ago.

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Senate Fails In Bid To Override Obama's Veto On Keystone XL Pipeline

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 2:02pm

The final vote was 62-37 – short of the two-thirds needed to override the presidential veto.

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UK Government Is Selling Its Share Of Eurostar

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:07pm

The move is part of an effort by the British government to sell off national assets to raise $20 billion by the year 2020.

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Spain's Wine Exports Soar 22 Percent — But Profits Fall

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:50am

Spain's wine industry had a record year in 2014, posting numbers that could propel it past Italy as the world's biggest wine exporter. But most of the wine was sold cheaply, in bulk.

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The Magic Trick That Could Help Students Pay For College

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:36am

The IRS and the Department of Education already have the power to make the Free Application for Federal Student Aid easier without cutting questions. So why haven't they?

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Federal Agents Carry Out Search For Evidence Of Illegal Support For 'Birth Tourism'

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 5:22am

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says some wealthy foreigners seek to give birth to their children in the U.S. so they will obtain U.S. citizenship.

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Injured Workers Suffer As 'Reforms' Limit Workers' Compensation Benefits

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 4:04am

Over the past decade, states have slashed workers' compensation benefits, denying injured workers help when they need it most and shifting the costs of workplace accidents to taxpayers.

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Shrink The FAFSA? Good Luck With That

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 2:32am

Lots of politicians are calling for a shorter FAFSA — the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It now has more than 100 questions. But, it turns out, shortening the FAFSA is a tall order.

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Round 2: Health Care Law Faces The Supreme Court Again

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 4:59pm

In King v. Burwell, Obamacare's opponents are challenging the ACA again, this time contending that a section of the law doesn't authorize subsidies to make mandated insurance affordable in 34 states.

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Should Hotel Owners Be Forced To Hand Over Guest Records To Police?

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 4:26pm

Hypotheticals about hunting lodges and Motel 6 saved the oral argument at the Supreme Court Tuesday from being strangled by legal weeds.

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Prepare For 'The End Of College': Here's What Free Higher Ed Looks Like

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 1:09pm

In his new book, Kevin Carey envisions a future in which online education programs solve two of colleges' biggest problems: costs and admissions.

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From War To Plow: Why USDA Wants Veterans To Take Up Farming

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:08pm

Sara Creech's nursing career fell apart after she returned from Iraq with PTSD. She found purpose - and a new path - on the farm. Now, the USDA is giving veterans like her more financial support.

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States Face Correctional Officer Shortage Amid A Cultural Stigma

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:41am

Administrators are trying new recruiting tactics and offering bonuses to make up for the shortfall. But for now, open shifts in some states have to be covered with mandatory overtime.

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