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4:19 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

We Are What We Google: How Search Terms Reflect Our Wealth

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 7:38 pm

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Business
1:17 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

To Fight Inflation, Forget The Barbecue And Just Go For A Drive

Take that scenic drive, because gasoline prices have fallen this summer.
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Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 2:17 pm

If you're on a tight budget, here's a plan for enjoying late summer:

1) Take the family for a sightseeing drive.

2) When you get home, have a beer.

Don't do this:

1) Invite neighbors over for grilled steaks.

2) Make milkshakes for the kids.

Such budget-savvy conclusions can be drawn from the inflation report released Tuesday by the Labor Department.

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Business
5:13 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge Raises Millions To Fight ALS

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 7:35 am

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Energy
4:16 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Oklahoma Wind Power Companies Run Into Headwinds

A wind-powered water pump and a wind-driven electricity turbine share a field near the town of Calumet in western Oklahoma.
Joe Wertz NPR

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 6:57 am

Oklahoma is the nation's fourth-largest generator of wind energy. But wind developers in the northeast corner of the state, where the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve lies, are up against stiff opposition from an unlikely pair of allies: environmentalists and oil interests.

Bob Hamilton, director of the Nature Conservancy's Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, has been fighting to block construction of a 68-turbine wind farm.

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Business
6:10 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Russian Government Feels Pressure From Western Sanctions

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 8:11 am

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The Salt
3:53 am
Mon August 18, 2014

More Military Families Are Relying On Food Banks And Pantries

Volunteers at the Maryland Food Bank in Baltimore sort and box food donations on a conveyor belt. The bank started working with groups like the USO in 2013 to provide food aid to families affiliated with nearby military bases.
Pam Fessler NPR

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 10:58 am

Despite the economic recovery, more than 46 million Americans — or 1 in 7 — used a food pantry last year. And a surprisingly high number of those seeking help were households with military members, according to a new survey by Feeding America, which is a network of U.S. food banks.

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Planet Money
4:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Fleeing War And Finding Work

Ali Daud Omar will repair your cell phone for $6. He's one of the refugees benefiting from the Ugandan government's right-to-work policy.
Gregory Warner/NPR

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 8:20 am

In most parts of the world, refugees are not allowed to work.

But in Uganda, refugee life is different. One of the oldest refugee camps in Africa is remarkable not just for its stone houses instead of plastic tarps. The camp is also full of markets and traders, selling everything from imported fabric to smartphones.

Mohammed Osman Ali, a Somali refugee, runs an arcade at the camp. He rents out time on a PlayStation to other refugees from Eritrea, Ethiopia, or fellow Somalis.

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Business
3:31 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Back-To-School Shoppers: Hunting For Tax Breaks And Bargains

Retailers are optimistic about back-to-school sales because the job market has been strengthening and gas prices have been falling.
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Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 9:27 am

For millions of Americans, August is a month for relaxing and basking in the summer sunlight.

Those are the people without children.

The households with students are likely to be scurrying around under the bright florescent lights of big-box stores, searching for back-to-school bargains on clothes, shoes, notebooks, backpacks, computers and dorm furniture.

And many shoppers are timing their purchases to take advantage of sales-tax holidays for school-related items, hoping to keep a bit more in their wallets.

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Planet Money
5:58 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Should We Kill The $100 Bill?

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Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 3:02 pm

Of all the U.S. currency in the world, nearly 80 percent is in $100 bills. That's about a trillion dollars.

Some people want to get rid of the bill altogether. Ken Rogoff, an economist at Harvard University, says the $100 bill helps criminals:

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Europe
4:09 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Once-Thriving Heart Of The Eurozone Stagnates

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 6:35 pm

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Goats and Soda
5:37 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Reporter's Notebook: A Not-So-Grand Tour Of Ethiopia's Top Hospital

Family members sit in the waiting room for the neonatal unit at Black Lion hospital.
Amy Walters NPR

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 11:25 am

When you sign up for a reporting fellowship to learn about the health of newborns in Ethiopia, you expect things to be a little different from what you're used to in the U.S. To be perfectly honest, a little worse. But Ethiopia actually surprised me, even before I took off.

I did my research, and it turns out that Ethiopia's health care system is getting better — significantly better. It's meeting international goals, winning awards from the United States and, more important, babies are living longer and fewer mothers are dying in childbirth.

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Economy
5:28 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Young Americans Make Up The Most Unemployed Generation

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 8:02 am

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All Tech Considered
2:46 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Many Women Leave Engineering, Blame The Work Culture

Respondents in a survey of women with engineering degrees said that many companies did not provide opportunities for women like them to advance and develop.
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Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 8:57 am

From the aerospace sector to Silicon Valley, engineering has a retention problem: Close to 40 percent of women with engineering degrees either leave the profession or never enter the field.

Conventional wisdom says that women in engineering face obstacles such as the glass ceiling, a lack of self-confidence and a lack of mentors. But psychologists who delved deeper into the issue with a new study found that the biggest pushbacks female engineers receive come from the environments they work in.

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Planet Money
1:17 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Inequality Is Falling On Planet Earth

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Inequality is rising in the U.S. You know this. As the graph below shows, incomes since 1988 have been flat for poor and middle-class people, and rising for the upper-middle-class and, especially, for the wealthy.

A bunch of causes are commonly cited for rising inequality. One is globalization: Competition from foreign workers has kept a lid on wages for low-skilled workers, and added to gains for some at the top of the income ladder.

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Shots - Health News
9:53 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Can Divorced Dad Be Forced To Cover Insurance For Adult Kids?

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Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 5:24 pm

When it comes to health insurance for young adults, the Affordable Care Act made it possible for kids to stay on their parents' health plans until they turn 26. It was one of the first provisions of the law to take effect and has proved popular. But what happens when the parents are divorced? Here's a look at that question and a couple of others about coverage issues.

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Economy
6:39 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Teaching Swim Lessons Keeps Young Woman's Budget Afloat

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 10:11 am

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Business
6:37 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Internet Sales Threaten Shopping Mall Culture

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 7:42 am

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Business
5:51 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Meet Viv, A More Complex Siri

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 7:42 am

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Men In America
5:29 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

After Factory Layoffs, Struggling To Stay On The Economic Ladder

Lynn Eldredge works as a facilities manager for several fast-food restaurants in Utah. At 50, he has no benefits and no retirement savings.
Courtesy of Lynn Eldredge

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 1:51 pm

Lynn Eldredge has worked hard for the past three decades. But somehow, it's still not quite enough.

Eldredge started his working life in the Air Force, and eventually found a steady job in a factory in Kansas. But then, in 2000, he was laid off — and has had six different jobs since then.

Over the past several decades in the U.S., wages have stayed flat or even gone down, while the cost of living has gone up. Economists say that's because jobs went overseas, technology replaced human labor and labor unions have seen their influence decline.

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Economy
4:14 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

A Snapshot Of The Spike In Inequality, As Seen From Dayton

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 7:27 am

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Men In America
4:14 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Why Are Men Leaving The American Workforce?

It was a great time to be an American man in the workplace after World War II. Hiring was strong for both white-collar jobs and factory work while industries like autos, aviation and steel were booming. By the 1960s, that started to change.
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Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 11:45 am

There's a long, unfolding story about work in America that often gets overlooked. It's the story of men opting out of work altogether. These are men who have vanished from the labor force — men who don't have a job and aren't looking for one.

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Planet Money
5:13 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Detroit Struggles To Get People Who Bailed On Water Bills To Pay

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 8:04 am

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Around the Nation
3:30 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Critics Blame Airbnb For San Francisco's Housing Problems

Demonstrators in San Francisco have been protesting outside apartment buildings that have units rented through online brokers.
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Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 2:08 pm

Online rental brokers like Airbnb, VRBO and Flipkey in San Francisco may be finding some success renting to visitors on a nightly basis, but people concerned about a shrinking rental market have turned to legal action and protests.

In the city's North Beach neighborhood, for example, protesters recently gathered around a three-unit apartment with flats an online broker rents to vacationers. This used to be the rent-controlled home of elderly tenants until out-of-town investors bought the building and evicted the residents.

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The Two-Way
1:59 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Shazam! Now You Look Like A Better Borrower

Fair Isaac Corp. says its FICO credit-score calculations will no longer include information about bills that have been paid off or settled with a collection agency.
Courtney Keating iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 5:47 pm

Credit scores can have a huge impact on your life, largely determining your ability to get a home mortgage, a car loan or credit cards.

Soon, tens of millions of Americans will find their three-digit credit scores levitating upward — and without having to pay any new bills.

What's the magic?

It's a simple trick: Fair Isaac Corp. said Thursday that it is changing its widely used FICO credit-score calculations. The company plans to lighten up on consumers, making it easier for millions of borrowers to look better on paper.

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Shots - Health News
12:37 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Investors Pump Prospects Of Unproven Ebola Treatments

Tobacco plants grown at an Owensboro, Ky., biotechnology firm were used to help produce an experimental serum used to treat two Americans infected with Ebola.
AP

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 1:24 pm

Interest in drugs that might be used to treat Ebola virus has hit a fever pitch, but the buzz isn't simply about fear of Ebola, or about saving lives in poor nations of West Africa. It's also about money.

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Technology
5:39 am
Fri August 8, 2014

When Hackers Test For Flaws, They Might Earn Cash — Or Threats

Security expert Jose Molina discovered he could control "every device in every room" of a luxury hotel in China.
Aarti Shahani NPR

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 4:19 pm

To hack or not to hack? That's a hot question in Las Vegas this week. Many attendees at the two conferences in town, Black Hat and Def Con, are security researchers: people who poke at websites, smartphones and other wireless devices to look for gaping security holes that companies should fix. But even when they're hacking with good intent, they can get into big trouble.

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Business
4:19 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

White House Seeks Ways To Go It Alone In Keeping Companies Stateside

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 6:43 pm

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Business
5:26 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Buick Regal Competes With German Luxury Cars

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 8:09 am

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Business
5:25 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Italy Unexpectedly Slips Into Recession

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 8:09 am

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4:59 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Summer Food Program Tries To Reach At-Risk Kids

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 8:09 am

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