Business http://krwg.org en Widely-Used Insecticides Are Leaching Into Midwest Rivers http://krwg.org/post/widely-used-insecticides-are-leaching-midwest-rivers A class of insecticides called neonicotinoids, which are used on a lot of big corn and soybean fields, have been getting a pretty bad rap lately.<p>Researchers have implicated these chemicals, which are similar to nicotine, as a contributor to the alarming decline of bee colonies. That led the European Union to place a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/29/179868454/europe-bans-pesticides-in-move-to-protect-honey-bees">moratorium</a> on their use, and environmentalists want the U.S. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:23:00 +0000 Maanvi Singh 71522 at http://krwg.org Widely-Used Insecticides Are Leaching Into Midwest Rivers Chances Are Pretty Good That's A Bill Collector Calling http://krwg.org/post/chances-are-pretty-good-thats-bill-collector-calling In about one-third of U.S. households, the sound of a phone or door bell ringing may trigger a desire to duck.<p>That's because roughly 77 million adults with a credit file have at least one debt in the collection process, according to <a href="http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/413191-Delinquent-Debt-in-America.pdf">a study</a> released by the Urban Institute, a research group. A credit file includes all of the raw data that a credit bureau can use to rank a borrower's creditworthiness.<p>Some of those debts can be quite small — perhaps just a $25 overdue water bill. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:12:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 71524 at http://krwg.org Chances Are Pretty Good That's A Bill Collector Calling White House Threatens More Russia Sanctions, As Kerry Decries Rebels In Ukraine http://krwg.org/post/white-house-threatens-more-russian-sanctions-kerry-decries-ukrainian-rebels Saying that the conflict in Ukraine had "gone on for far too long," U.S. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:11:00 +0000 editor 71516 at http://krwg.org White House Threatens More Russia Sanctions, As Kerry Decries Rebels In Ukraine Solving The Scourge That Is Slow Hotel Wi-Fi http://krwg.org/post/solving-scourge-slow-hotel-wi-fi You know how it feels. You're a moderately frequent business traveler and trying to get some work done from your hotel. But you're slowed — and sometimes stalled — by an intermittent Internet connection. Your hotel Wi-Fi has the download speeds of an early 1990s dial-up connection.<p>It happens too often and hotels don't seem to care, despite charging you a few hundred bucks a night to stay in the comfort of their rooms. So now, a couple of competing sites and apps are trying to solve the problem. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:54:00 +0000 Elise Hu 71514 at http://krwg.org Solving The Scourge That Is Slow Hotel Wi-Fi White House Says Delayed Action On Climate Change Could Cost Billions http://krwg.org/post/white-house-says-delayed-action-climate-change-could-cost-billions In a report issued Tuesday, the White House warned that the cost of inaction when it comes to climate change outweighs the cost of implementing more-stringent regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.<p><a href="http://time.com/3049465/report-not-acting-on-climate-change-could-have-serious-economic-impact/">Here's how <em>Time</em> boils down the White House's argument</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"A new report estimates the cost of mitigating the effects of climate change could rise by as much as 40% if action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is delayed 10 years — immediately outweighing any potent Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:48:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 71504 at http://krwg.org Sit Down, Plug In And Travel The World Through Sound http://krwg.org/post/sit-down-plug-and-travel-world-through-sound <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Sit+Down%2C+Plug+In+And+Travel+The+World+Through+Sound&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NjA1MTgyMDEzMzk3ODE2ODgwOGQyMQ004)"/></div><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:35:00 +0000 editor 71501 at http://krwg.org Brothers Exploit Loopholes In Airbnb, Kickstarter http://krwg.org/post/brothers-exploit-loopholes-airbnb-kickstarter <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Brothers+Exploit+Loopholes+In+Airbnb%2C+Kickstarter&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwOTkwMDAxMDEyOTc4NzE2OTUxZTE0NA001)"/></div><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:45:00 +0000 editor 71494 at http://krwg.org Zillow To Buy Rival Real Estate Site Trulia http://krwg.org/post/zillow-buy-rival-real-estate-site-trulia <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Zillow+To+Buy+Rival+Real+Estate+Site+Trulia&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA2NDA4NzY1MDEyODkzMjYyNTkxZjFiZQ004)"/></div><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:38:00 +0000 editor 71492 at http://krwg.org Uber, Airbnb Under Attack In Spain As Old And New Economies Clash http://krwg.org/post/uber-airbnb-under-attack-spain-old-and-new-economies-clash This summer, more people than ever before are booking rooms on Airbnb and using carpooling websites and smartphone apps to get around on vacation. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:56:00 +0000 editor 71488 at http://krwg.org Uber, Airbnb Under Attack In Spain As Old And New Economies Clash IBM And Apple Team Up To Become Tech's New Odd Couple http://krwg.org/post/ibm-and-apple-team-become-techs-new-odd-couple In a deal that would have been unimaginable 20 years ago, Apple has announced a partnership with IBM. The two companies will work together on a new class of applications for iPads and iPhones, selling Apple devices and IBM software to big businesses. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=IBM+And+Apple+Team+Up+To+Become+Tech%27s+New+Odd+Couple&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDQ1MjMzMDEzMjA3NzExMTA5OTU5Yw004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:29:00 +0000 Audie Cornish & Steve Henn 71481 at http://krwg.org It's Boom Times For Pop-Up Shops As Mobile Shopping Clicks http://krwg.org/post/its-boom-times-pop-shops-mobile-shopping-clicks Fast-rising mobile technology is making buying stuff with a tap of an app easier than ever, and shifting the way we shop. What were once permanent, brick-and-mortar stores, where shoppers look at items in a physical space, are now often pop-ups first — shops that last for a limited time only.<p>Pop-up shops are temporary retail spaces that spring up in unused premises. Leases can last as short as a single day, when brands use the spaces for a promotional event instead of testing out a market.<p>"As long as they can change it back, they can do whatever they want," says Joe LaPadula. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Elise Hu 71475 at http://krwg.org It's Boom Times For Pop-Up Shops As Mobile Shopping Clicks Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut; Sometimes You Just Drive One http://krwg.org/post/sometimes-you-feel-nut-sometimes-you-just-drive-one Three recent college graduates are getting paid to take a road trip. The one catch? They have to drive a giant peanut while they do it.<p>The giant Nutmobile is part of a brand campaign by Planters, the snack food company, which has hired the grads as brand ambassadors to drive it around the country. After all, it takes teamwork to maneuver a 27-foot-long, yellow peanut in shopping mall parking lots. But if you think handling the vehicle sounds tough, there's more.<p>"Today, I get to walk in the shoes of a 98-year-old American icon," says Megan Kreuger, one of the Nutmobile's drivers. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:23:00 +0000 editor 71470 at http://krwg.org Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut; Sometimes You Just Drive One House Votes To End Full-Fare Rule For Airline Tickets http://krwg.org/post/house-votes-end-full-fare-rule-airline-tickets The House voted Monday to allow airlines to advertise lower prices for their routes.<p>The Transparent Airfares Act, which was approved with minimal debate, would overturn a <a href="http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/04/25/2011-9736/enhancing-airline-passenger-protections#h-42" target="_blank">2012 rule</a> that requires airlines to post the full price of tickets, including taxes and fees.<p>Shoppers are smart enough to figure out the price of an airline ticket without federal regulation, said Oregon Democrat Peter DeFazio, a bill co-sponsor.<p>"Talk about the nanny state," he said. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 71461 at http://krwg.org House Votes To End Full-Fare Rule For Airline Tickets International Court Rules Against Russia In $50 Billion Decision http://krwg.org/post/international-court-rules-against-russia-50-billion-decision Russia says it will appeal an unfavorable decision by a court in The Hague. The Permanent Court of Arbitration awarded $50 billion to shareholders of the defunct Yukos oil company. Russia seized the company in 2003 and put owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky in jail on tax and fraud charges. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 71462 at http://krwg.org 'Like' Something? Social Networks Would Like You To Buy It Too, Please http://krwg.org/post/something-social-networks-would-you-buy-it-too-please <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=%27Like%27+Something%3F+Social+Networks+Would+Like+You+To+Buy+It+Too%2C+Please&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDQ0NzQzMDEzMjA3NjYzMThiMzQ4ZQ004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 editor 71469 at http://krwg.org A Deal Between 'Dollar' Stores Raises The Stakes Against Wal-Mart http://krwg.org/post/deal-between-dollar-stores-raises-stakes-against-wal-mart <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=A+Deal+Between+%27Dollar%27+Stores+Raises+The+Stakes+Against+Wal-Mart&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MTczMTM4MDEyNzM1OTUxMzg5ZDUyMw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: <p>The world of dollar stores is a world worth billions of dollars. Today, Dollar Tree announced a deal to buy Family Dollar for $8.5 billion. The new company will have 13,000 stores in North America. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 71463 at http://krwg.org FAA Seeks $12 Million Fine Against Southwest Airlines http://krwg.org/post/faa-seeks-12-million-fine-against-southwest-airlines The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday that it intends to fine Southwest Airlines $12 million for flying Boeing 737 airplanes without making proper repairs.<p>Beginning in 2006, Southwest began "extreme makeover" alterations to address cracking of aluminum skin on 44 jetliners, the FAA said in a <a href="http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=16754" target="_blank">news release</a>.<p>The agency's investigation found that Aviation Technical Services Inc., a Southwest contractor, failed to follow proper procedures during repairs. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:25:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 71450 at http://krwg.org FAA Seeks $12 Million Fine Against Southwest Airlines It May Be Summer, But For Economists, This Week Feels Like Christmas http://krwg.org/post/it-may-be-summer-economists-week-feels-christmas This week is summer's sweet spot — the peak time for pool parties, fresh-picked berries and cool drinks. But for economists, it may feel more like Christmas — so much to unwrap!<p>Each day will bring new decisions and reports that could have a big impact on the nation's economy. So economists, investors and workers will have plenty to ponder. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:37:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 71442 at http://krwg.org It May Be Summer, But For Economists, This Week Feels Like Christmas In Times Of Transition, Get Practical About Your Finances http://krwg.org/post/times-transition-get-practical-about-your-finances <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=In+Times+Of+Transition%2C+Get+Practical+About+Your+Finances+&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxOTQ5MTI3MDEyMjA5MDI1OTZmMjJkOQ001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now we're going to talk about matters of personal finance as we have mentioned, this is the last week of our program and that means many of us are finding ourselves in transition. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:22:00 +0000 editor 71438 at http://krwg.org Dollar Tree To Buy Family Dollar In $8.5 Billion Deal http://krwg.org/post/dollar-tree-buy-family-dollar-85-billion-deal With Dollar Tree's agreement to purchase Family Dollar on Monday, two of the United States' biggest discount stores are coming together in a deal estimated at $8.5 billion in cash and stock.<p><a href="http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/07/28/dollar-tree-to-buy-family-dollar-for-8-5-billion/?_php=true&_type=blogs&hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpHeadline&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0"><em>The New York Times</em> reports</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"The deal comes amid pressure on Family Dollar by the activist investor Carl C. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:28:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 71436 at http://krwg.org Dollar Tree To Buy Family Dollar In $8.5 Billion Deal The Ice Cream Sandwich That Wouldn't Melt http://krwg.org/post/ice-cream-sandwich-wouldnt-melt <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=The+Ice+Cream+Sandwich+That+Wouldn%27t+Melt&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyMDgzMzYwMDEyOTc4NzE4NzJkZTAzYw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And our last word in Business Today is indestructible ice cream. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 71427 at http://krwg.org U.K. Launches Licensing For Onshore Oil And Gas Exploration http://krwg.org/post/uk-launches-licensing-onshore-oil-and-gas-exploration <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=U.K.+Launches++Licensing+For+Onshore+Oil+And+Gas+Exploration&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzczMDA2MDEzNTg3ODA1MTAzZjYxNg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>NPR's Business News starts with fracking in the U.K.<p>MONTAGNE: The British government today will begin the process of offering licenses for onshore oil and gas exploration. This comes as governments across Europe are seeking to reduce their dependence on imports. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:09:00 +0000 editor 71421 at http://krwg.org More Than Half Of Spaniards In Their 20s Are Unemployed http://krwg.org/post/more-half-spaniards-their-20s-are-unemployed Even though Spain's economy is out of recession, youth unemployment has hit 57.7 percent — more than double the continent's average. Economists say it could be years before jobs return. By then, many Spanish 20-somethings — dubbed the "lost generation" — will have missed a decade or more of work. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:09:00 +0000 editor 71419 at http://krwg.org Locked In U.S. Hedge Fund Battle, Argentina Faces Default http://krwg.org/post/locked-us-hedge-fund-battle-argentina-faces-default <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Locked+In+U.S.+Hedge+Fund+Battle%2C+Argentina+Faces+Default&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA2NDA4NzY1MDEyODkzMjYyNTkxZjFiZQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>And I'm Linda Wertheimer. The nation of Argentina could default this week on billions of dollars of debt. It would be the second time Argentina has defaulted in less than 15 years. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:09:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 71420 at http://krwg.org When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution http://krwg.org/post/when-did-companies-become-people-excavating-legal-evolution Are corporations people? The U.S. Supreme Court says they are, at least for some purposes. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 71414 at http://krwg.org When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers http://krwg.org/post/rust-devastates-guatemalas-prime-coffee-crop-and-its-farmers Outside the northern Guatemalan town of Olopa, near the Honduran border, farmer Edwin Fernando Diaz Viera stands in the middle of his tiny coffee field. He says it was his lifelong dream to own a farm here. The area is renowned for producing some of the world's richest arabica, the smooth-tasting beans beloved by specialty coffee brewers.<p>"My farm was beautiful; it was big," he says.<p>But then, a plant fungus called coffee rust, or <em>roya</em> in Spanish, hit his crop.<p>"Coffee rust appeared and wiped out everything," he says.<p>That was in 2012, and it was Diaz Viera's first crop. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 71409 at http://krwg.org Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers Depends Promotes Pants-Dropping For 'Underwearness' http://krwg.org/post/last-word-0 <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Depends+Promotes+Pants-Dropping+For+%27Underwearness%27+&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Our last word in Business Today is drop trou.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>That's the message of an ad campaign for the Depend brand of undergarments. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 editor 71417 at http://krwg.org Labels: Easy To Read, Not Always Easy To Trust http://krwg.org/post/labels-easy-read-not-always-easy-trust <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Labels%3A+Easy+To+Read%2C+Not+Always+Easy+To+Trust&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODg3MTg0MDEyMTg2NTY3OTI5YTI3ZA004)"/></div><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 71379 at http://krwg.org This Traffic Backup Brought To You By ... http://krwg.org/post/traffic-backup-brought-you With the advent of the "sharing economy" and successful peer-to-peer ventures like Airbnb and RelayRides, it is now possible for millions to turn a quick buck by renting out underused assets like a spare guest room or a even a dog that needs walking.<p>But many of us who endure long car rides to work each day have another asset that we may have been too frazzled, bored or fatigued to appreciate — even though it trails us almost everywhere we go: our car's bumper.<p><strong>Traffic Problems Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:52:00 +0000 Sean Braswell 71354 at http://krwg.org This Traffic Backup Brought To You By ... NFL Faces Criticism Over Ray Rice Suspension From Ravens http://krwg.org/post/nfl-faces-criticism-over-ray-rice-suspension-ravens <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=NFL+Faces+Criticism+Over+Ray+Rice+Suspension+From+Ravens&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwMTM1NDgzMDEyMzg2MDcwMzJjODJiYQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Oh, my favorite tune lots of sports news. Alas - most of it away from the playing field this week. Pleased to be joined now by Kavitha Davidson, sports columnist for Bloomberg View. She joins us from the studios of the Radio Foundation in New York City. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:33:00 +0000 editor 71344 at http://krwg.org