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When Rates Turn Negative, Banks Pay Customers To Borrow

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

European interest rates are being pushed so low — to less than zero — that some banks are paying borrowers to take loans. Such low rates are aimed at boosting Europe's economy, but there are risks.

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Presidential Candidates Move Away From Public Financing

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

You can still check the box on your 1040 federal income tax return and earmark $3 for presidential public financing.

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Cheap Oil Fuels Global Growth. Now If We Just Had Roads And Bridges

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The World Economic Outlook released by the International Monetary Fund says the pace of economic growth in 2015 will tick up to 3.5 percent, helped along by lower energy costs and weaker currencies.

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Is That Corporate Wellness Program Doing Your Heart Any Good?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Most employers have a wellness program, but who knows if it's actually improving your health. The American Heart Association is proposing its own standards for improving cardiovascular health at work.

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'Clintonomics' Ruled The 1990s; 'Hillarynomics' Would Be Different

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The name "Clinton" remains magic for many Americans who got jobs, bought homes and invested savings in the 1990s. But key elements of "Clintonomics" may not be popular with today's Democratic voters.

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Take It From David Brooks: Career Success 'Doesn't Make You Happy'

Monday, April 13, 2015

The New York Times columnist wrote The Road to Character after seeing the gratitude for life of people who tutor immigrants. He thought, "I've achieved career success ... but I haven't achieved that."

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Morning Edition

In Pennsylvania, Employment Booms Amid Oil And Natural Gas Bust

Monday, April 13, 2015

While lower oil and natural gas prices are great for the wallet, they've led to layoffs. NPR visits Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region, which is still seeing growth in high-paying natural gas jobs.

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Brazilians Protest Massive Government Corruption Scandal

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Across the country, Brazilians took to the streets to protest a scandal at the state oil company, which has implicated members of the government, senior politicians and businessmen.

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Students Push College Fossil Fuel Divestment To Stigmatize Industry

Saturday, April 11, 2015

As a way to fight climate change, students at hundreds of campuses are pushing their colleges to divest from fossil fuels with sit-ins. But critics say divestment is the wrong tactic.

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Financially-Troubled Greece Meets IMF Deadline

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Greece managed to make a $494 million debt payment to the International Monetary Fund Thursday, despite a precarious financial situation that had many speculating it would fail to do so. The problem for Greece is that there are several more deadlines on the horizon.

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Sabra Hummus Announces A Recall Over Listeria Fears

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The national recall covers several products with a "best by" date of May 11 or May 15. The products are predominantly the "Classic" variety of the hummus, in a range of sizes.

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Sidewalk Touts Trade Tips On Shanghai's Booming Bull Market

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The Shanghai exchange is on a tear, but there could be trouble ahead for ill-informed investors. Analysts say the current upswing is driven by perceptions rather than fundamentals.

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Royal Dutch Shell's $70 Billion Deal For BG Would Create Gas Giant

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The deal would put Shell on track to surpass ExxonMobil as the world's largest publicly traded oil and gas company. It comes as global oil prices have dropped sharply.

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John Hancock Hopes You'll Trade Activity Data For Insurance Discounts

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Life insurance customers will receive discounts each year based on their activity levels. The practice is used in Australia, Europe, Singapore and South Africa. But privacy experts are concerned.

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Morning Edition

States Review Laws Revoking Licenses For Student Loan Defaults

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Montana could soon dial back laws that allowed defaulters to have their professional and driver's licenses revoked after failing to pay back debt.

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For The Modern Man, The Sweatpant Moves Out Of The Gym

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

High-end sweatpants are becoming a staple in an increasing number of men's wardrobes. It's part of a global fashion trend called "athleisure," where gym clothes find their way out of the workout room.

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The Risky Boom In Carefree Social Payment Apps

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Lots of young adults are using apps like Venmo to settle all kinds of debts. As the apps get more popular, they've become targets for scammers and hackers. But that hasn't seemed to scare away users.

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Pirates' McCutchen: Baseball Is Dying In Economically Challenged Communities

Monday, April 06, 2015

David Greene talks to Andrew McCutchen, centerfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, about the future of baseball in America's inner cities.

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Is Cash-Free Really The Way To Be? Maybe Not For Millennials

Monday, April 06, 2015

Financial advisers advocate using cash whenever possible. But new technologies are making it easier to do just the opposite. Still, a recent study shows more millennials are turning away from plastic.

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In Greece, Getting By On The Brink Of A Financial Meltdown

Sunday, April 05, 2015

A teacher, a student and an entrepreneur say the economic and social crisis in Athens has forced them to re-calibrate their expectations.

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