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Business
3:11 am
Wed July 2, 2014

T-Mobile Accused Of Billing Customers With Bogus Fees

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:04 pm

The Federal Trade Commission says the illegal charges were for premium services customers didn't order. T-Mobile says the suit is unfounded, and that it stopped billing for the services last year.

Business
3:09 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Reliance On Systems At P&G Could Help VA Nominee McDonald

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 5:53 am

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President Obama has nominated a former Army ranger to take over the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs. Robert McDonald is also the former CEO of Procter & Gamble. He spoke on Monday about the challenges he'll face if confirmed to head the VA.

ROBERT MCDONALD: At Procter & Gamble, we always focus on our customer. At the VA, the veteran is our customer. And we must all focus all day, every day on getting them the benefits and the care that they so earned.

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Economy
2:11 am
Wed July 2, 2014

A 'Lost Generation Of Workers': The Cost Of Youth Unemployment

Alexandria Roberts, 23, recently graduated from the University of Nevada but hasn't been able to find full-time work. She plans to join the military soon, unless her employment situation changes.
Will Stone Reno Public Radio

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 4:21 pm

It makes some sense that young people might work less than their older counterparts. They are figuring out their lives, going in and out of school and making more short-term plans.

But a whopping 5.8 million young people are neither in school nor working. It is "a completely different situation than we've seen in the past," says Elisabeth Jacobs, the senior director for policy and academic programs at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

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Around the Nation
2:01 am
Wed July 2, 2014

For Sale: Vacant Lots On Chicago Blocks, Just $1 Each

Sonya Harper picks peppermint she's been growing in a vacant lot on her block in Chicago. With her neighbors, she's hoping to acquire two adjacent overgrown lots under the city's "Large Lot Program" so they can expand the community garden.
David Schaper

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:08 pm

Chicago is practically giving away land: vacant lots for just $1 each. The catch? To buy one, you must already own a home on the same block.

Like many U.S. cities, Chicago has struggled with what to do with a growing number of empty lots in the wake of the foreclosure crisis. Efforts to develop affordable housing or urban farms have had some mixed results.

So Chicago officials and community development advocates hope the vacant lot program can help spark a renewal in some of the city's most blighted areas.

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Shots - Health News
1:49 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Targeting Overweight Workers With Wellness Programs Can Backfire

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:08 pm

Employers say obesity is a top health concern for their workers. But health is a sensitive and personal issue. Some employees say these wellness initiatives can go too far.

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Business
2:10 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Hobby Lobby Ruling Raises A Question: How To Define 'Closely Held'?

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 5:37 pm

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The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that closely held companies may, for religious reasons, opt out of paying for their workers' contraception. Closely held is the key phrase, here. And as NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports, it's a phrase that is now being closely examined.

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The Two-Way
12:57 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

FTC Alleges T-Mobile Charged Customers Millions In Bogus Charges

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 5:49 pm

The Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint on Tuesday, alleging that wireless provider T-Mobile made hundreds of millions of dollars on bogus charges against its customers.

Essentially, the FTC claims that T-Mobile knew that its customers never ordered text message subscriptions for things like "flirting tips, horoscope information or celebrity gossip," but it still continued to charge them $9.99 a month for the service.

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The Salt
11:35 am
Tue July 1, 2014

'The Great Fish Swap': How America Is Downgrading Its Seafood Supply

Paul Greenberg says the decline of local fish markets, and the resulting sequestration of seafood to a corner of our supermarkets, has contributed to "the facelessness and comodification of seafood."
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 10:09 am

What's the most popular seafood in the U.S.? Shrimp. The average American eats more shrimp per capita than tuna and salmon combined. Most of that shrimp comes from Asia, and most of the salmon we eat is also imported. In fact, 91 percent of the seafood Americans eat comes from abroad, but one-third of the seafood Americans catch gets sold to other countries.

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Money Coach
11:25 am
Tue July 1, 2014

To Get Kids To Save Their Summer Money, Turn To 'Simple Lessons'

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 12:20 pm

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Business
10:00 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Own A South Dakota Prairie Town For $400,000

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 12:24 pm

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And that brings us to the last word in Business which is no sweat. You too can own a piece of the old American frontier.

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An entire town nestled in the flat prairie lands of South Dakota is up for sale for $400,000. You can own Swett - S, W, E, T, T - Swett, South Dakota.

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Business
9:55 am
Tue July 1, 2014

GM Recalls Another 8.5 Million Vehicles

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 12:24 pm

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Shots - Health News
6:55 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Skimpier Health Plans Could Impose Big Out-Of-Pocket Costs

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Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 1:02 pm

People are worried about being able to pay for health insurance. So the insurance industry and a group of Democratic senators have proposed offering cheaper, skimpier "copper plans" on the health law's marketplaces that could draw in people who were unhappy with the cost of available plans.

But consumer advocates and others who study the insurance market suggest that there may not be a big demand for these plans and that they could expose people to unacceptably high out-of-pocket costs if they got sick.

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Law
3:21 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Supreme Court Wraps Up Term Issuing 2 Major Decisions

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 12:24 pm

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. The U.S Supreme Court has wrapped up its latest term, issuing two important decisions. One is a setback for the Affordable Care Act and a victory for some for-profit companies.

GREENE: The other decision is a major defeat for public employee unions. We'll hear reaction to both decisions in a few minutes. We begin our coverage with NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg.

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Business
3:21 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Supreme Court Ruling Draws Attention To Business Lingo

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 12:24 pm

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The U.S. Supreme court ruled yesterday that the owners of closely held for-profit corporations, like Hobby Lobby, the chain of stores that brought the case, do not have to cover FDA-approved contraceptives in their employee health insurance.

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In this decision, the words closely held stood out. What does closely held actually mean? While the IRS offers a long technical definition, we wanted a simpler one.

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Business
3:21 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Oyster Farm's Appeal

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 12:24 pm

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We reported recently on the Drake's Bay Oyster Company. It's an oyster farm that operates out of the Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California.

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For decades, the family-run farm leased offshore seabeds from the federal government, but their 40 year lease expired in 2012.

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Business
3:21 am
Tue July 1, 2014

French Bank To Pay $8.83 Billion In Sanctions Probe

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 12:24 pm

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Law
3:21 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Some Home Care Workers May Avoid Bargaining Fees, Court Rules

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 12:24 pm

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And let's turn now to NPR's Cheryl Corley in Chicago. She's been listening to a reaction to the Supreme Court ruling that non-union home healthcare workers no longer have to pay union fees.

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Law
3:21 am
Tue July 1, 2014

High Court's Contraception Ruling Draws Strong Reactions

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 12:24 pm

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Now we get your reaction to both the Supreme Court decisions - first, to the ruling that some businesses can cite religion to opt out of covering contraceptives under the new health care law. NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports.

JENNIFER LUDDEN, BYLINE: In Chicago, a few dozen abortion rights opponents gathered to celebrate the decision as a victory for religious liberty. Emily Zender is with Illinois Rights Alive.

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The Two-Way
5:04 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

BNP Paribas Agrees To Pay $8.83 Billion In Sanctions Probe

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 6:00 pm

Representatives for the French bank BNP Paribas pleaded guilty on Monday and agreed to pay $8.83 billion over allegations that it violated U.S. sanctions laws by facilitating transactions involving Sudan, Cuba and Iran.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

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Business
4:46 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

How Many Companies Will Be Touched By Court's Contraception Ruling?

The Supreme Court said protecting the free-exercise rights of owners of corporations, such as Hobby Lobby Stores, protects religious liberty.
Ed Andrieski AP

When the Supreme Court ruled Monday that "closely held" corporations don't have to pay for workers' contraception, you may have assumed the decision applied only to family-owned businesses.

Wrong. An estimated 9 out of 10 businesses are "closely held."

However, some benefits experts question just how many of those companies would want to assert religious views.

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News
4:20 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

BNP Paribas Agrees To Nearly $9 Billion Fine And Admission Of Guilt

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 5:30 pm

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Banking giant BNP Paribas has agreed to pay American regulators nearly $9 billion dollars to settle charges of economic sanctions violations. It's the largest such fine ever imposed by the U.S. The bank will plead guilty to two criminal charges. It was accused of helping clients in Sudan, Cuba and Iran conduct business in the United States. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.

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Business
2:17 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

In GM's Payout Plan, End Of The Road Is A Long Way Off

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 5:01 pm

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This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News I'm Melissa Block.

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Law
11:32 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Supreme Court Ruling Affirms Hobby Lobby Victory

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The Two-Way
10:36 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Details Of GM Recall Compensation Plan Released

GM has released details about its compensation fund for victims of a fatal safety flaw in its ignition switches. The Chevrolet Cobalt is one of several GM models that were recalled over the flaw.
David Zalubowski AP

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 12:38 pm

A fund established by GM to pay claims related to defective ignition switches won't limit claim amounts and will include people who have already settled a case with the carmaker. Those and other details about the long-awaited compensation plan were announced by plan administrator Kenneth Feinberg on Monday.

"GM basically has said, whatever it costs to pay all eligible claims under the protocol, they will pay it," Feinberg said.

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The Two-Way
8:21 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Supreme Court Rules Against Union Fees For Some Home Care Workers

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 9:40 am

Updated at 10:48 a.m. ET

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some public employees cannot be required to contribute to unions.

In a 5-4 ruling split along ideological lines, the court recognized a category of "partial public employees" who cannot be required to contribute union bargaining fees. The court said the current practice, which permits automatic deductions, violates the First Amendment rights of those nonmembers who disagree with the union's positions.

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The Two-Way
8:19 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Some Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says

Customers enter a Hobby Lobby store in Antioch, Calif., this past spring. The Supreme Court is ruling on the crafts store chain's resistance to portions of the Affordable Care Act. The store's owners cite their religious freedom.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:54 am

The Supreme Court has ruled that family owned and other closely held companies can opt out of the Affordable Care Act's provisions for no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance if they have religious objections.

The owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of arts and crafts stores and those of another closely held company, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., had objected on the grounds of religious freedom.

The ruling affirms a Hobby Lobby victory in a lower court and gives new standing to similar claims by other companies.

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Business
5:38 am
Mon June 30, 2014

GM To Announce Compensation Plan For Faulty Ignition Switches

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:32 am

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Law
3:06 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Supreme Court To Rule On Hobby Lobby Contraception Case

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:32 am

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DAVID GREENE, BYLINE: Here in Washington, the U.S. Supreme Court wraps up its term today. And once again, we are waiting for a major decision on the Affordable Care Act. The High Court is set to rule on whether the health insurance that for-profit employers offer to their workers has to include birth control even if the employer has a religious objection. Our colleague Steve Inskeep spoke to NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley about the case.

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NPR Story
2:59 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Delta, Alaska Airlines Fight For Market Share In Seattle

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:32 am

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In the airline industry, we've gone through a period of mergers, consolidation and downsizing. Because of all this, some airlines have had to disappoint cities. They've stopped using them as hubs, which brings us something unusual at Seattle-Tocoma International Airport. The Northwest News Network's Tom Banse reports that Delta Air Lines has made it its newest hub.

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NPR Story
2:59 am
Mon June 30, 2014

British Pop Star Donates Alamo Artifacts

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 11:32 am

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DAVID GREENE, BYLINE: And our last word in Business today is, (singing) I can see it coming to the Alamo tonight.

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Last week the owner of the largest private collection of artifacts from the Alamo turned them over in a ceremony at the site of the epic 1836 battle.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

JERRY PATTERSON: Give a huge, ruckus, boisterous welcome to our friend Mr. Phil Collins.

(APPLAUSE)

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