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The Salt
3:29 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Grocers Lead Kids To Produce Aisle With Junk Food-Style Marketing

A kids healthy snacks display at Giant Eagle.
Courtesy of Giant Eagle

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 4:09 pm

Despite all the cheerleading for healthy eating, Americans still eat only about 1 serving of fruit per day, on average. And our veggie consumption, according to an analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls short, too.

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Economy
5:01 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

Despite Economic Recovery, Millions Of Workers Stuck In Part-Time Jobs

Originally published on Sun August 24, 2014 7:13 pm

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Parallels
4:06 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Argentina Crisis Puts Focus On Role Of Distressed-Debt Funds

A woman in Buenos Aires walks with her dog past a mural that reads "Vultures" in Spanish. The mural is a reference to the dispute between the Argentine government and U.S. hedge funds.
Victor R. Caivano AP

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 8:09 pm

The legal battle between Argentina and its creditors grinds on with no sign of a resolution anytime soon. The dispute pits the government against two New York hedge funds that specialize in buying distressed debt.

These hedge funds bought Argentina's bonds at fire-sale prices and now stand to make huge profits off the country's financial troubles. But they've encountered a lot of resistance from the government.

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Goats and Soda
12:41 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

If You're Too Sick To Fly, Airlines Might Not Offer A Refund

Kenyan health officials take the temperature of passengers arriving at Nairobi's airport.
Simon Maina AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 3:40 pm

Airport health screeners in hazmat suits and armed with gun thermometers are becoming a familiar sight in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the Ebola epidemic continues to spiral out of control. Passengers boarding aircraft are checked for fever. If cleared, they receive a stamped leaflet declaring them fit for travel.

The precautions are similar to steps taken during previous outbreaks of contagious diseases, including Middle East respiratory syndrome and deadly bird flus.

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Economy
5:07 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Job Corps Celebrates 50 Years Helping Low-Income Youths

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 8:54 am

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Economy
5:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

When It Comes To Economic Recovery, Location Is A Factor

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 10:55 pm

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Economy
4:10 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

The Quandary At Jackson Hole: Is It Time To Step Back From Stimulus?

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 6:24 pm

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Planet Money
11:40 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Why Restaurant And Hotel Workers May Soon Get A Raise

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 2:45 pm

Restaurants and hotels are posting new job openings faster than they can fill them. This is a promising sign for the economy.

Many jobs in the hospitality industry have low pay but don't require specialized skills. So they often serve as a stopgap for people between jobs. In periods when the broader job market is bleak, jobs in this sector tend to get snapped up quickly.

The growing number of unfilled restaurant and hotel jobs implies that many potential workers are finding other jobs or looking at these postings and saying, "Meh, maybe I can do better."

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Economy
6:21 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Financial Players Gather In Jackson Hole For Annual Conference

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 1:07 pm

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Business
6:13 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Fed Officials Debate Timing Of Interest Rate Hike

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 1:07 pm

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Goats and Soda
2:48 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

The Ice Bucket Challenge And Other Good Causes: Do Stars Really Help?

Tom Hiddleston takes the Ice Bucket Challenge. The actor is one of many stars taking part in the campaign to raise money for ALS.
via YouTube

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 12:27 pm

It's been the social media hit of the summer — some of the world's biggest celebrities dousing themselves with buckets of ice water to raise money for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

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Business
7:08 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Browns Bet On Manziel, But Is He Too Much Of A Distraction?

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 11:52 am

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NPR Story
5:07 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Malls Find New Ways To Draw Shoppers

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 11:52 am

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Kelly, you grew up in the '80s like I did. You went to the mall a lot, right?

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Yeah, what else are you going to do when you're 13?

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Digital Life
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.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

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?

Noel Celis AFP/Getty Images

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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