Tech Week: Earnings, A Heartbleed Arrest And Digital Distraction
By Elise Hu

April 19, 2014

Fears of a bubble continue as tech titans reported their quarterly earnings; the culture of digital distraction finds more critics; and fallout from the Heartbleed bug raises questions for government.

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Airbnb To Start Charging Hotel Taxes In A Handful Of Cities
By Ben Trefny

April 18, 2014

Airbnb and other rental websites have made billions marketing existing housing to tourists, without hotel tax. Soon, Airbnb will start collecting tax in New York City, San Francisco and Portland, Ore.

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Gefilte Fish Shortage: Best Thing Since The Parting Of The Red Sea?
April 18, 2014

A shortage of gefilte fish is causing panic in the middle of Passover. But New York Times reporter Matt Chaban says some observant Jews are OK with not having to eat the love-it-or-hate-it appetizer.

Obama Wants To Sell Exports To Asia, But Critics Aren't Buying
By Marilyn Geewax

April 18, 2014

As the president prepares to travel to Asia, the White House says a trade deal would boost U.S. exports. But opponents say the Trans-Pacific Partnership would hurt the environment and U.S. jobs.

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Budget Cuts Threaten Mock Villages At Military Training Center
April 18, 2014

David Greene talks to Weekend All Things Considered host Arun Rath about his trip to Fort Irwin National Training Center located in the Mojave Desert in Southern California.

IPO Market Shows Signs Of Strain
By Jim Zarroli

April 18, 2014

High-speed trading firm Virtu Financial has put off its IPO indefinitely. The move caps a rough week in the IPO market. Ten companies made their debut this week and all 10 received rough receptions.


Can The Peer Economy Deliver Profits?
By Emily Siner

April 17, 2014

Postmates is among a group of app-powered services popping up around the U.S., with a simple promise: deliver food or merchandise in as little as an hour. But can they succeed where Kozmo.com didn't?

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How Long Would You Have To Work To Buy A Burger In Your City?
By Quoctrung Bui

April 17, 2014

In West Baltimore, it takes 17 minutes of work (the average hourly wage is $19.34), but in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, where wages are more than double that, it takes only nine minutes.

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You've Served Your Country, Now Get To Class
April 17, 2014

Government benefits enable military veterans to attend college, but accessing them is complicated. So how can veterans pay for higher education?

Weekly Jobless Claims Stay Near 7-Year Low
By Mark Memmott

April 17, 2014

The 304,000 applications filed last week means they were close to the lowest level since May 2007. Analysts say the news is another sign that the economy continues to grow.

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To Increase Productivity, UPS Monitors Drivers' Every Move
By Jacob Goldstein

April 17, 2014

A typical UPS truck now has hundreds of sensors on it. That's changing the way UPS drivers work — and it foreshadows changes coming for workers throughout the economy.

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Under Pressure To Cut Costs, Wall Street Banks Downsize
By Ilya Marritz

April 17, 2014

Many banks report earnings this week. Bank of America turned in a loss after taking a big charge for legal expenses. Citigroup will lay off about 300 stock and bond traders in an effort to cut costs.


Meet The Sisters Saving Spanish Horses From Slaughter
By Lauren Frayer

April 17, 2014

Once status symbols for newly minted millionaires, horses are now the voiceless victims in Spain's economic crash. Two sisters are adopting horses that might otherwise end up in the food supply.

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Sending Money On An Overseas Round Trip To Avoid Taxes
By Jim Zarroli

April 15, 2014

Some investors avoid paying taxes in a move called round-tripping — shifting money offshore, then investing it in U.S. stocks or bonds. A study estimates it costs the U.S. billions in lost revenues.

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Oil Is Not All That's Booming In North Dakota — So Is Drug Trade
By NPR Staff

April 15, 2014

Local and federal authorities worry over a rise in North Dakota's drug trade. Sharon Cohen of the Associated Press explains the proposed solutions to the issue, which some tie to the recent oil boom.

Alabama Tax Program Grows Out Of A Grandfather's Lasting Legacy
By Debbie Elliott

April 15, 2014

In Alabama, Stephen Black is trying to get college graduates to stay in the state and make life better for Alabamans. His inspiration is his grandfather, the late Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black.


Late On Taxes? There's A Way Out
April 15, 2014

It's tax deadline day, but 75 percent of tax payers don't have to do anything by midnight tonight. That's according to Kevin McCormally of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.

Social Security Chief: Women Live Longer, So They Should Save Early
April 15, 2014

For women, lower average career earnings translate into smaller Social Security payments. Acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn Colvin says women shouldn't wait to start saving for retirement.

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When The Wealthy Need Cash, Pawn Shops Can Be Appealing
By Ashley Milne-Tyte

April 14, 2014

The pawnbroker Borro has high-end customers, but it's not the only pawn shop that caters to the wealthy. Why are the rich turning to a type of credit usually associated with lower-income clients?

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The Dangers Of Defaulting On Student Loans
April 14, 2014

Loans allow many students to attend college, but they also leave graduates with big debt. The Urban Institute's Sandy Baum explains how skipping a loan payment could be more trouble than it's worth.