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9:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Debate Grows Over Employer Health Plans Without Hospital Benefits

There's just one catch: hospital care isn't covered.
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Lance Shnider is confident Obamacare regulators knew exactly what they were doing when they created an online calculator that gives a green light to new employer coverage without hospital benefits.

"There's not a glitch in this system," said Shnider, president of Voluntary Benefits Agency, an Ohio firm working with some 100 employers to implement such plans. "This is the way the calculator was designed."

Timothy Jost is pretty sure the whole thing was a mistake.

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Business
8:43 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Former Fed Bank Examiner Says Secret Tapes Show Fed Leniency

A former Federal Reserve employee says that audio recordings show Fed examiners being too gentle with the banks they regulate.
David Karp AP

The Federal Reserve is among the most powerful institutions in the nation and also among the more private. But new audio tapes secretly recorded by a former employee provide a rare look into meetings involving officials from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

In them, you hear officials considering how to oversee Goldman Sachs, and specifically, they discuss a financial transaction that one official describes as "legal but shady."

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The Salt
8:32 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Belgium Likes Underground Beer. No, Literally

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 1:52 pm

The De Halve Maan Brewery prides itself on its family origins, its classic recipe, and the history of its beer, crafted carefully since 1856. But there's change brewing (pun intended) on the horizon: In 2015, its owners hope to open a pipeline of beer beneath the city streets of Bruges.

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The Two-Way
8:12 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Richard Branson Thinks Employees Should Have Unlimited Vacation

British billionaire Richard Branson has long been a business revolutionary, but his latest venture is raising a few eyebrows. The Virgin Group founder has introduced a "No Vacation Policy" policy. Staff can take time off whenever they want, for as long as they want. They don't need managers to sign-off on it, and there's no tracking involved.

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Business
3:11 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Toy Hall Of Fame To Announce Latest Inductees In November

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 10:26 am

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And now this - we have in hand this year's finalist for the National Toy Hall of Fame.

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There's a National Toy Hall of Fame?

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The Salt
1:33 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Sayonara To 'Super-Size Me'? Food Companies Cut Calories, So Do We

Wouldn't this salad make a healthful addition to your pizza for dinner?
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Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 6:48 am

It just might be the dawn of a new era in American eating. Two-thirds of us are now more likely to go for foods marketed as lower-calorie and "better for you," and that means we're finally eating fewer calories.

But all this calorie-cutting from our cookies and cupcakes isn't just benevolent behavior on the part of the big food and beverage companies. It's also good for their bottom line.

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Politics
3:11 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Shifting Stance, Some GOP Candidates Back State Minimum Wage Hikes

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says under certain conditions, he would support a higher minimum wage in his state.
Seth Perlman AP

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 4:15 pm

Here's another entry in the strange bedfellows political show, 2014 edition: As Election Day gets closer, some Republicans in battleground races seem to be moving to the center on a number of issues. Their latest sea change is the minimum wage.

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Business
2:27 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

What Makes A Bike Pump Worth $450?

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 9:12 am

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Business
2:27 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

New Treasury Rules May Slow, But Not Stop, Corporate Inversions

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 9:12 am

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Business
2:27 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Cadillac Packs Its Bags And Heads To New York City

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 9:12 am

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After more than 112 years, Cadillac is looking at Detroit in its rearview mirror. GM's luxury division is moving its headquarters to Manhattan.

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All Tech Considered
2:27 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

#Gamergate Controversy Fuels Debate On Women And Video Games

Under the #Gamergate hashtag, a debate has flared surrounding ethics in video game journalism and the role and treatment of women in the video game industry.
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Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 7:35 am

For the past several weeks, the video game industry has been embroiled in a heated, sometimes ugly, debate, under the hashtag #Gamergate.

It's a debate about a lot of things and it involves a lot of people, but at its heart, #Gamergate is about two key things: ethics in video game journalism, and the role and treatment of women in the video game industry — an industry that has long been dominated by men.

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All Tech Considered
12:48 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Some iPhone 6 Plus Users Find An Unwanted Feature: It Bends

A test on YouTube shows how the new iPhone 6 Plus can be bent.
YouTube

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 2:35 pm

The consumer technology industry generally follows a few rules when it comes to developing new products: faster, thinner and (often) bigger. But the push toward increasingly svelte devices has a clear end point: No device can become thinner forever before running into the obvious challenges posed by physics and daily use.

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Media
5:20 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Media Group Evolves From Covering Vice To War Zones

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 7:49 am

This is the story of the evolution of a news organization called Vice. Its stories are published online and aired on HBO.

Years ago, it didn't really cover news. "All we had been really concerned about was rare denim, rare sneakers and supermodels," Shane Smith, co-founder of Vice magazine, tells NPR's Steve Inskeep.

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Business
4:46 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Ferrari Calls Back Cars Over Trunk Latch

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 11:31 am

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And now this. Yet another auto company issued a recall. We've reported in the past on recalls by General Motors and Ford and Toyota and Chrysler and BMW. And to that list we now add Ferrari.

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Research News
3:05 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Why Some Federal Agencies Panic This Time Of Year

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 11:31 am

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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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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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