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Business
3:20 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

California Public Pension Fund Shifts To Clean Energy

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Sports
2:59 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Big Sponsors May Find It Hard To Break Up With The NFL

Anheuser-Busch's 2014 Super Bowl commercial was titled "Puppy Love." The company is one of several big sponsors that have expressed concern with the NFL.
AP

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 10:44 am

NFL sponsors are not just advertisers; they're a select group of companies that together pay more than $1 billion a year to wrap their own brands in the NFL's aura.

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Goats and Soda
2:35 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Nobelist Muhammad Yunus: Be A Go-Getter, Not A Job Getter

Nobel Peace Prize winner and microcredit pioneer Muhammad Yunus is a champion of big ideas and small loans.
Andreas Solaro AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 4:01 pm

Muhammad Yunus, the founding father of "microcredit" and the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, is in New York City this week to take part in the annual Clinton Global Initiative meetings.

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Business
2:32 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

At 'World Routes,' Airports Court Airlines To Bring In More Flights

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 7:44 am

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What happens when 3,000 airport and airline executives from around the world gather in one place? Lots of wining and dining, schmoozing and sales pitching, and there's one more night of it in Chicago.

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Business
2:22 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Move To Curb U.S. Corporate Tax Dodges Could Delay Reform

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has announced rules aimed at discouraging U.S. companies from moving their headquarters overseas to cut their tax bills.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 3:48 pm

The Obama administration's effort to curb corporate inversions — the strategy of moving company headquarters overseas to dodge U.S. taxes — drew boos from business on Tuesday, and cheers from consumer and labor groups.

No surprise there. But the Treasury Department's rule tweaks to discourage tax-avoidance deals also united everyone on one point: The country needs comprehensive tax-reform legislation.

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The Two-Way
10:29 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Stoutaccino? Starbucks Tests Coffee With Beer Flavors

In some parts of the U.S., Starbucks is testing a latte flavored with roasted-stout notes along with its seasonal autumn drinks such as the Pumpkin Spice Latte, seen here at front.
Starbucks

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 11:26 am

Reports that Starbucks is testing a new coffee drink for autumn that incorporates "toasty stout flavors" has set off a debate over how such a concoction might taste — and questions over where customers can find one. The Dark Barrel Latte was "inspired by the rise of craft beers," the company says.

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Goats and Soda
3:29 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Ebola's Toll: Farmers Aren't Farming, Traders Aren't Trading

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 11:20 am

The Ebola outbreak is having a devastating effect on the economies of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, crippling major industries and forcing people out of work.

The three nations hardest hit by the virus are among the poorest on the African continent. Combined, their GDP is less than 3 percent of Nigeria's, the regional economic powerhouse.

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Business
3:07 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Treasury Announces Steps To Reduce Corporate Tax Dodges

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 11:20 am

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Around the Nation
3:04 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Seattle Plan To Ease Public Housing Waitlist Is Met With Criticism

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 11:20 am

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Parallels
1:29 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Germany's New Economy Minister Takes Aim At Arms Exports

Germany is the world's third-largest exporter of arms, like this bazooka destined for northern Iraq, being packed up at a German military base on Thursday. The country's economy minister has held up hundreds of weapons exports since he took office in December, angering many in the defense industry.
Carsten Koall Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 11:20 am

Germany is the world's third-largest arms exporter and Sigmar Gabriel, the country's minister for economic affairs, is determined to move his country farther down that list.

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The Two-Way
4:49 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Treasury Announces New Steps To Reduce Corporate Tax Dodges

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 5:17 pm

The U.S. Treasury announced steps on Monday to reduce the number of American companies who are dodging taxes by moving their parent companies overseas.

"These transactions erode the U.S. tax base, unfairly placing a larger burden on all other taxpayers, including small businesses and hardworking Americans," Treasury said in a statement.

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The Salt
3:56 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Giving Chickens Bacteria ... To Keep Them Antibiotic-Free

Within a day after chicks hatch, they are sorted by sex and shipped to farms. Some will be treated with antibiotics; others will not.
Dan Charles NPR

You know those foods and pills that promise to supply your body with "good bacteria?"

They may or may not make you healthier, but some of these "probiotics" do, in fact, appear to be effective in chickens. Poultry companies are turning to probiotics as an alternative to antibiotics, which have become increasingly controversial.

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Technology
2:58 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Some Tech Firms Capitalize On Privacy

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 3:40 pm

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Business
2:58 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

It's 10:10. Do You Know What Time That Is?

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 3:40 pm

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It's been about two weeks since Apple announced it was entering the watch industry. CEO Tim Cook slyly unveiled the new Apple Watch.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

TIM COOK: We have one more thing.

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Planet Money
2:58 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Why Raising Money To Fight Ebola Is Hard

Medical workers in Monrovia, Liberia, put on their protective suits before treating Ebola patients
Dominique Faget AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 3:40 pm

The response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti was massive: Billions of dollars in donations poured in.

"It had everything," says Joel Charny, who works with InterAction, a group that coordinates disaster relief. "It had this element of being an act of God in one of the poorest countries on the planet that's very close to the United States. ... And the global public just mobilized tremendously."

People haven't responded to the Ebola outbreak in the same way; it just hasn't led to that kind of philanthropic response.

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Politics
3:00 am
Mon September 22, 2014

After Major Image Fumbles, NFL Now Runs Into Congress

Philadelphia Eagles player Zach Ertz attempts to catch a pass during Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins. Congress has seized on recent controversies to attack the NFL's tax-exempt status.
Rich Schultz Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 4:10 pm

The NFL just kicked off its 2014 season, and the $9 billion league is currently facing two powerful opponents: its own image and Congress.

Lawmakers have seized on controversies over domestic violence, child abuse and a team name to attack the NFL's tax exemption. While the individual teams generate billions in profits and pay taxes, the league office is considered a nonprofit and does not pay federal income taxes.

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Business
3:00 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Rockefeller Brothers Fund Forsakes Its Legacy

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 2:18 pm

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Planet Money
1:28 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Why Jewelry Stores Hide The Price Tags

How much for the blue one?
Stacey Vanek Smith NPR

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 8:12 am

When Tara Silberberg was a little girl, she helped out at her parents' jewelry store and wrote the prices on the tiny price tags.

"I had such good handwriting, too," said Silberberg. "Just teeny tiny, minuscule little handwriting."

Not that customers would see it: The price tags were turned upside down or tucked away. Even now, when Silberberg runs the store, she still hides the prices.

Customers have to ask Silberberg what the price is, or guess it. It's like playing a jewelry store version of The Price Is Right.

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Business
3:38 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Marvel's New Hero Wants To Save The World — And The Citrus Industry

A new comic features Captain Citrus teaming up with the Avengers to defeat a villain. The new superhero, who uses the power of the sun to generate "energy items," is sponsored by Florida's citrus industry.
Florida Citrus

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 3:40 pm

Marvel's latest superhero, Captain Citrus, draws his power from the sun and hails from a Florida orange grove. And here's his true origin story: He was developed by Marvel for Florida's citrus growers, who hope the hero will use his powers to help them sell more orange juice.

Captain Of An Industry

Marvel's successful films and comics, from Spider-Man to The Avengers to Guardians of the Galaxy, have made them a hit with not just audiences, but also businesses.

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Technology
3:30 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Drivers, Passengers Say Uber App Doesn't Always Yield Best Routes

Some Uber drivers and passengers complain that the app's built-in navigation doesn't give its drivers the best directions.
Adam Berry Getty Images

There are many things Uber customers love about the service; confusion surrounding the navigation process is not one of them.

Following complaints that Uber drivers didn't know the best routes to customers' destination, the company rolled out a new in-app navigation feature. It allows customers to plug in their destination before entering the car and provides turn-by-turn directions to drivers once the trip begins.

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Shots - Health News
6:37 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Fair-Trade Condoms: Latex That Lets You Love The World

Rubber drips from a tree into a bucket.
Faisal Akram Flickr

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 2:50 pm

Finding the right condom just got a little bit more like finding a good cabbage.

Picky shoppers might notice labels on condom boxes these days that say fair trade, non-GMO and all natural.

Condoms don't just fall off trees, but most of them do start there. The major ingredient in most condoms is natural latex, which comes from rubber trees. A lot has to happen to make tree sap into a Jimmy hat. A number of companies are trying to make that process more ethical, from tree to ... well, you know.

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Technology
3:50 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

In San Diego, A Boot Camp For Data Junkies

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 8:23 am

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The Salt
5:03 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Beyond Charity: Turning The Soup Kitchen Upside Down

A cooking class at DC Central Kitchen on Aug. 29, 2013.
Courtesy of DC Central Kitchen

If you've ever volunteered in a soup kitchen, you know the feeling of having served others.

But what about those on the other side of the food line? Are they getting what they need most?

Robert Egger, the founder of DC Central Kitchen, didn't think so.

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All Tech Considered
3:12 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Tech Week: Smartphone Privacy, Cyberstalking, Alibaba's Big Debut

Founder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group Jack Ma celebrates as the Alibaba stock goes live on Friday.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

It was a big Friday for Alibaba, which opened trading on the New York Stock Exchange at the wildly high $92.70 per share. But that wasn't the only tech news this week, so let's get to our roundup.

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All Tech Considered
3:11 am
Sat September 20, 2014

With Alibaba IPO, Yahoo Reaps A Big Reward From Risky Bet

Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Yahoo will gain nearly $8 billion from the Alibaba IPO because of its $1 billion investment in Alibaba 2005.
Paul Sakuma AP

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 2:58 pm

Yahoo has made a number of bad bets in its up-and-down history. But the decision to buy a $1 billion stake in the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba was hands down a winner.

Alibaba's successful IPO — its stock shot up 38 percent on the first day of trading Friday — will give Yahoo around $8 billion in return. But it was a masterful move, almost a decade ago, that made this mega-payday possible.

Yahoo Was A Pawn

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Business
2:16 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

What's In A Name? For Alibaba, It's 'Treasure'

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 4:08 pm

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Business
2:16 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

With IPO, Alibaba Hopes To Compete In The West

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 4:08 pm

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The Salt
1:40 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

To Foil Russia's Food Ban, Imported Ingredients Go Incognito

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 2:13 pm

It's been six weeks since Moscow slapped a ban on foods imported from the United States, the European Union and other countries that sanctioned Russia for its involvement in Ukraine. The implications of that move are just beginning to be felt.

Many of the Russian capital's trendiest restaurants have been hit hard because they get most of their ingredients from Europe. So they've had to scramble to find replacements.

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Shots - Health News
12:58 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

A Single Insurer Holds Obamacare's Fate In 2 States

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 1:21 pm

Here's a health law pop quiz: Which two states have the least successful Obamacare exchanges?

You might guess a state in the Deep South where political opposition to the health law has been fierce. Or maybe you'd say Missouri. It passed a state law saying consumer advisers funded by the Affordable Care Act aren't allowed to give advice about plans to consumers.

But those answers would be wrong.

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The Two-Way
11:32 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Alibaba Shares Surge On First Day Of Trading

Alibaba founder and CEO Jack Ma has much to laugh about. Shares in the company opened Friday at $92.70 on the New York Stock Exchange. The company is now valued at more than $200 billion — that's bigger that Amazon and Facebook.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 1:41 pm

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba opened at $92.70 a share on the New York Stock Exchange today, making it the biggest initial public offering in U.S. history.

The offering price for a share of the company was set at $68.

NPR's Zoe Chace, who is following the story, tells our Newscast unit:

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