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Framework Nuclear Deal Could Be Good News For Iran's Oil Sector

Saturday, April 04, 2015

If a final agreement is reached, crippling sanctions on Iran's oil industry could be lifted. But the oil sector faces a number of challenges before ramping up production.

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Despite Laws And Lawsuits, Quota-Based Policing Lingers

Saturday, April 04, 2015

The NYPD is denying allegations that officers were forced to make a certain number of warrantless stops, and faced retaliation from superiors when they didn't.

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While Pay Holds Steady For Most, Low-Wage Workers Get A Boost

Friday, April 03, 2015

Some big U.S. employers are giving their lowest-paid employees a raise. That's helped make low-wage workers one of the few segments of the workforce seeing an increase in pay.

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For U.S. Workers, The March Of Progress Slows Down

Friday, April 03, 2015

On Friday, economists were left scrambling to explain why last month's employment growth was just half as good as they expected. Many fingers pointed at the harsh weather, along with port disruptions.

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The Takeaway

U.S. Job Creation Slows in March

Friday, April 03, 2015

After months of robust job creation, the U.S. economy added just 126,000 jobs in March, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That's the smallest gain in hiring since December 2013.

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Economy Adds A Disappointing 126,000 Jobs In March

Friday, April 03, 2015

The monthly numbers from the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics were well short of the 245,000 jobs economists had expected.

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Morning Edition

March Employment Report Shows Growth — But Disappointing Numbers

Friday, April 03, 2015

Over the past year, the economy had added more than 200,000 jobs each month. That streak broke in the most recent report, as growth dipped to just 126,000 jobs — fewer than economists had anticipated.

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If You Know Where The Missing $6 Million Is, Please Tell Sierra Leone

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Funds allocated to fight Ebola have vanished into thin air. That kind of funny money business happens all too often when disaster strikes and donations roll in.

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Morning Edition

When Wal-Mart Comes To Town, What Does It Mean For Workers?

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Wal-Mart has long been criticized for low pay and erratic work schedules. So when the retailer arrives in a community, it stirs controversy — but it also brings jobs and low prices.

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Still Need A Lawn Yeti? Good News — SkyMall May Be Cleared For Relaunch

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The in-flight catalog went bankrupt earlier this year. But its new owners say SkyMall catalogs might make their way back to airplane seatbacks soon.

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Morning Edition

The Urban Neighborhood Wal-Mart: A Blessing Or A Curse?

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The nation's largest retailer is known for sprawling suburban and rural stores. Now Wal-Mart is moving into city centers — sometimes despite strong local opposition.

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Greece Cracks Down On Longtime Tax Evasion Problem

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Greeks don't trust their own state to give them good services, so for decades they have evaded taxes.

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IRS Head Says So Far, So Good For Obamacare's First Tax Season

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Commissioner John Koskinen credits the lack of problems to software geeks who have been getting ready for years.

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Dozens Of Countries Join China-Backed Bank Opposed By Washington

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Some of Washington's closest allies have signed on to a new Asian development bank. The U.S. opposes the bank, in part, because it presents a challenge to American influence in the Asia region.

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With 'Single-Stream' Recycling, Convenience Comes At A Cost

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Many Americans now have access to a commingled recycling system, which lets users mix plastic, glass, paper and metal together in one bin. It's much easier, but not nearly as efficient.

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Venezuela Cuts Oil Subsidies To Caribbean Nations

Monday, March 30, 2015

For a decade, Venezuela sold oil at subsidized payment rates to 13 neighbors, including Cuba. But tumbling oil prices have hit Venezuela's economy hard, forcing it to trim those subsidies.

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Mass Tax Foreclosure Threatens Detroit Homeowners

Monday, March 30, 2015

Tuesday is the deadline to begin what many call the largest U.S. mass tax foreclosure. With the city counting on tax revenue, the owners behind on payments may be forced out of their homes.

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With So Much Oil Flowing, U.S. May Be Reaching Storage Limits

Monday, March 30, 2015

Amid record production, some analysts worry the U.S. will run out of places to put it all. One says lack of storage space could drive oil down to around $20 a barrel, less than half the current price.

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Proposed Payday Industry Regulations Must Strike Delicate Balance

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The federal government is moving to reign in the payday loan industry, which critics say traps consumers in a damaging cycle of debt. A look at the possible effects of proposed regulations.

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How Singapore Became One Of The Richest Places On Earth

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The founder of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, used both free-market principles and strong central planning to transform the tiny former British colony into an economic powerhouse.

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