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With Oil Prices So Low, What's That Fuel Surcharge For, Exactly?

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Many transportation and delivery companies began adding fuel surcharges when oil prices shot up a few years ago. Now, the cost of oil has plunged — but many of those fuel fees still linger.

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Car Safety Improves: Study Lists Those With Most, And Least, Driver Deaths

Thursday, January 29, 2015

For 2011 models through the 2012 calendar year, driver deaths per million registered vehicle years fell to 28 from 48 just three years earlier, says the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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How Do Some Highly Paid Athletes Go Bankrupt? They're Risk-Takers

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A study finds that, among NBA players, those most likely to go broke after retirement are the ones who fired off the most three-point shots while playing.

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All Things Considered

Auto Loan Surge Fuels Fears Of Another Subprime Crisis

Friday, January 23, 2015

Dealers are extending loans to a growing number of people with weak credit, and more of them are having trouble making payments. The situation is evoking comparisons to the subprime mortgage boom.

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How Much More (Or Less) Would You Make If We Rolled Back Inequality?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

What would incomes look like for U.S. families today if the income distribution were the same as it was in 1979?

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To Drive Economy Toward Equality, Obama Requests More Spending

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

His State of the Union address celebrated a year that brought the U.S. jobs and growth, and called on Congress to expand child care and free education. Critics say it's pure politics that won't pass.

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Morning Edition

Tax Preparers Get Ready To Be Bearers Of Bad News About Health Law

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

With Affordable Care Act open enrollment ending Feb. 15, taxpayers could find themselves shut out of health insurance – and saddled with big fines – if they don't deal with taxes early this year.

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State Of The Union Will Tout Progress, But Is The Economy Fixed?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The economy has improved greatly since President Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009. But is his economic legacy impressive enough to justify taking a victory lap during his State of the Union address?

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Morning Edition

Working 3 Jobs In A Time Of Recovery

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

If Elkhart County, Ind. was the symbol of the recession, then Ed Neufeldt was the face of the unemployed worker. Elkhart's economy has recovered but Neufeldt is still struggling to bounce back.

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Obama Shifts Federal Sick-Leave Rules, Urges Congress To Follow

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Federal workers can take an advance of up to six weeks of sick leave under a new policy unveiled Thursday. The White House is urging Congress to make paid sick leave mandatory.

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Health Insurance Prices: Highest In Alaska, Lowest In Sun Belt

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A look at the 10 least and 10 most expensive places for health insurance shows a wide gap in prices for the same level of coverage.

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Tax Time Gets New Ritual: Proof Of Health Insurance

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The health law requires people to report their coverage status at tax time. Those without insurance or those who received subsidies will have to fill out new forms.

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Morning Edition

Consumer Agency Launches Tool To Help You Find A Cheaper Mortgage

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

For many Americans, buying a house is the biggest financial transaction of their lives, but a new federal report says half of buyers don't shop around for a better interest rate on their mortgage.

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Employment Is Up. Paychecks, Not So Much

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Hopes that wages may finally be solidly on the rise were dashed in Friday's jobs report. While employers added 252,000 new jobs, average hourly earnings actually dipped.

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How A Too-Strong Dollar Might Lead To A Too-Weak World

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

There are upsides to having global investors stash their savings in the United States. But their embrace of the dollar can start to feel like a death grip if it goes too far and chokes off exports.

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All Things Considered

U.S. Credit Cards Tackle Fraud With Embedded Chips, But No PINs

Monday, January 05, 2015

The nation's biggest banks are leaning toward a new credit card security system that will rely on embedded chips and signatures rather than PINs. But critics say the PIN-and-chip system is superior.

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Housing In 2015: Four Reasons For Optimism (And One For Worry)

Monday, January 05, 2015

Increased hiring and high rents could make this a banner year for homebuying. But a looming decision by the Federal Reserve could scare off potential buyers and disrupt the housing recovery.

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All Things Considered

Minimum Wage Increases Across U.S. Affects Wide Range Of Workers

Saturday, January 03, 2015

This week, 21 states and the District of Columbia raised their minimum wage, affecting an estimated 3.1 million workers, from a Dairy Queen owner in South Dakota to a hotel banquet server in Alaska.

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All Things Considered

More States Raise Minimum Wage, But Debate Continues

Thursday, January 01, 2015

The minimum wage goes up in more than 20 states as the new year begins. President Obama wants the federal minimum to go up even more, but some affected industries say it will put a chill on hiring.

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All Things Considered

Why We Sign Up For Gym Memberships But Never Go To The Gym

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Gyms take on way more members than they have space for. Here's a look at how they get us to sign up and never show up.

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