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The Two-Way
4:19 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

McDonald's Responsible For Treatment Of Workers, Agency Says

The National Labor Relations Board says McDonald's shares responsibility for how workers are treated at its franchised restaurants.
Gene J. Puskar AP

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 5:04 pm

McDonald's shares responsibility for how workers are treated at its franchised restaurants, the general counsel's office for the National Labor Relations Board announced Tuesday.

Since November 2012, NLRB has had 181 cases filed involving McDonald's. Many have been dismissed, but the agency said that McDonald's USA LLC will be considered a joint employer in cases that are found to have merit.

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Digital Life
2:59 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

OkCupid Sometimes Messes A Bit With Love, In The Name Of Science

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 5:31 pm

OkCupid, the online dating site, disclosed Monday that they sometimes manipulate their users' profiles for experiments. Christian Rudder, co-founder and president of OkCupid, tells Audie Cornish that these experiments help the site improve how it works.

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The Two-Way
1:23 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Kurdish Oil Shipment Too Far Offshore For U.S. To Seize

At a news conference last month, Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani said there was no going back on autonomous Kurdish rule in the oil center of Kirkuk
Safin Hamed AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 7:05 pm

This post was updated at 9 p.m. ET.

A U.S. judge says an order she gave late Monday to impound a tanker full of Kurdish oil off the coast of Galveston, Texas, cannot be enforced, Reuters reports. The tanker, carrying $100 million worth of oil from Iraq, was in international waters and could not be seized by U.S. Marshals, the news agency says. It adds:

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The Salt
12:23 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Widely Used Insecticides Are Leaching Into Midwest Rivers

The U.S. Geological Survey found that neonicotinoids are leaching into streams and rivers in the Midwest, including the Missouri River, shown here in Leavenworth, Kan.
Dean Bergmann iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 2:42 pm

A class of insecticides called neonicotinoids, which are used on a lot of big corn and soybean fields, has been getting a pretty bad rap lately.

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The Two-Way
12:12 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Chances Are Pretty Good That's A Bill Collector Calling

According to the Urban Institute report, the typical adult in trouble with bill collectors has a median debt of $1,350.
DNY59 iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 12:43 pm

In about one-third of U.S. households, the sound of a phone or doorbell ringing may trigger a desire to duck.

That's because roughly 77 million adults with a credit file have at least one debt in the collection process, according to a study 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.

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The Two-Way
11:11 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Obama Announces New Sanctions On Russia

Obama, shown here on July 16, warned Tuesday that costs for Russia will continue to grow as it aids Ukrainian separatists
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 2:19 pm

This post was updated at 4 p.m. ET:

President Obama announced a new round of economic sanctions against Russia's banking, energy and defense sectors on Tuesday.

"Because we're closely coordinating our actions with Europe, the sanctions we're announcing today will have an even bigger bite," Obama said on the South Lawn of the White House.

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All Tech Considered
9:54 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Solving The Scourge That Is Slow Hotel Wi-Fi

SpeedSpot is a free app that lets you test the speed of Wi-Fi networks in hotels and share the test results instantly.
Courtesy of SpeedSpot

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 2:06 pm

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.

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The Two-Way
6:48 am
Tue July 29, 2014

White House Says Delayed Action On Climate Change Could Cost Billions

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 9:04 am

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.

Here's how Time boils down the White House's argument:

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Technology
5:35 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Sit Down, Plug In And Travel The World Through Sound

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Business
3:45 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Brothers Exploit Loopholes In Airbnb, Kickstarter

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 5:35 am

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Business
3:38 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Zillow To Buy Rival Real Estate Site Trulia

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 5:35 am

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2:56 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Uber, Airbnb Under Attack In Spain As Old And New Economies Clash

Taxi drivers protest against Uber, an on-demand car service app, during a 24-hour strike July 1 in Barcelona, Spain. They say it undercuts their business and are calling for the government to ban it.
David Ramos Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 5:43 am

This summer, more people than ever before are booking rooms on Airbnb and using carpooling websites and smartphone apps to get around on vacation. The new "share economy" can be a money saver in areas hard hit by the economic crisis, like southern Europe.

But in sunny Spain, authorities are cracking down.

In Barcelona — one of the top destinations for European tourists this summer — police are pulling over and ticketing drivers suspected of using the private taxi app Uber.

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Business
5:29 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

IBM And Apple Team Up To Become Tech's 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.

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All Tech Considered
3:05 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

It's Boom Times For Pop-Up Shops As Mobile Shopping Clicks

Customers can get a tactile experience trying on glasses at Warby Parker's shop in New York City.
Elise Hu NPR

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 11:33 am

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.

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.

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Commentary
2:23 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut; Sometimes You Just Drive One

The Planters Nutmobile, seen here taking a starring turn at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, is hitting the road for a yearlong trip across the U.S.
Peter Roan Flickr

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 11:24 am

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.

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.

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The Two-Way
2:16 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

House Votes To End Full-Fare Rule For Airline Tickets

A family checks in for an American Airlines flight at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 3:25 pm

The House voted Monday to allow airlines to advertise lower prices for their routes.

The Transparent Airfares Act, which was approved with minimal debate, would overturn a 2012 rule that requires airlines to post the full price of tickets, including taxes and fees.

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.

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Europe
2:13 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

International Court Rules Against Russia In $50 Billion Decision

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 5:40 pm

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.

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Business
2:11 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

'Like' Something? Social Networks Would Like You To Buy It Too, Please

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 5:40 pm

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Business
2:11 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

A Deal Between 'Dollar' Stores Raises The Stakes Against Wal-Mart

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 5:27 am

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The Two-Way
12:25 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

FAA Seeks $12 Million Fine Against Southwest Airlines

A Boeing 737 jetliner operated by Southwest awaits loading at the Little Rock, Ark., airport.
Danny Johnston AP

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday that it intends to fine Southwest Airlines $12 million for flying Boeing 737 airplanes without making proper repairs.

Beginning in 2006, Southwest began "extreme makeover" alterations to address cracking of aluminum skin on 44 jetliners, the FAA said in a news release.

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The Two-Way
11:37 am
Mon July 28, 2014

It May Be Summer, But For Economists, This Week Feels Like Christmas

Chiang Ying-ying AP

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 2:31 pm

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!

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. Here's what's happening this week:

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Money Coach
10:22 am
Mon July 28, 2014

In Times Of Transition, Get Practical About Your Finances

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The Two-Way
8:28 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Dollar Tree To Buy Family Dollar In $8.5 Billion Deal

People shop outside of a Family Dollar discount store in Waterbury, Connecticut.
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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.

The New York Times reports:

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Business
6:12 am
Mon July 28, 2014

The Ice Cream Sandwich That Wouldn't Melt

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 11:52 am

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Latin America
4:09 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Locked In U.S. Hedge Fund Battle, Argentina Faces Default

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 11:52 am

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Business
4:09 am
Mon July 28, 2014

U.K. Launches Licensing For Onshore Oil And Gas Exploration

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 11:52 am

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Europe
4:09 am
Mon July 28, 2014

More Than Half Of Spaniards In Their 20s Are Unemployed

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 9:05 pm

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.

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Law
3:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution

Volunteers at the Lincoln Memorial help roll up a giant banner printed with the Preamble to the Constitution during an October 2010 demonstration against the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 11:52 am

Are corporations people? The U.S. Supreme Court says they are, at least for some purposes. And in the past four years, the high court has dramatically expanded corporate rights.

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The Salt
3:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers

A worker dries coffee beans at a coffee plantation in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala, in February 2013.
Moises Castillo AP

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 1:23 pm

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.

"My farm was beautiful; it was big," he says.

But then, a plant fungus called coffee rust, or roya in Spanish, hit his crop.

"Coffee rust appeared and wiped out everything," he says.

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NPR Story
3:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Depends Promotes Pants-Dropping For 'Underwearness'

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 11:52 am

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Our last word in Business Today is drop trou.

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That's the message of an ad campaign for the Depend brand of undergarments. The campaign is promoting underwearness to reduce the stigma of incontinence.

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