Business

11:09am

Sun July 5, 2015
The Two-Way

China Takes Steps To Halt Plunge In Stock Markets

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 1:26 pm

An investor looks through stock information at a trading hall in Haikou, the capital of Hainan province in southern China. Since mid-June, the main Shanghai stock index has lost 30 percent.
Zhao Yingquan Xinhua/Landov

China's central bank will provide an injection of cash for the state-run margin finance company, as the country's top brokerages pledge to go on a share-buying spree to prop up faltering markets that have lost a third of their value in less than a month.

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9:07am

Sat July 4, 2015
Parallels

A Reopened Embassy In Havana Could Be A Boon For U.S. Businesses

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 1:12 am

A fisherman cycles past the U.S. Interests Section building, behind right, in Havana in May.
Desmond Boylan AP

When Secretary of State John Kerry goes to Havana to raise a flag over the soon to be reopened embassy this summer, it won't be just an important symbolic moment.

The administration says the U.S. will be able to station more American personnel in Cuba, and that should be a big help in practical terms as more Americans travel to and trade with the Cold War-era foe.

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8:44am

Sat July 4, 2015
The Two-Way

Greek Official: 'Grexit' Would Cost Europe A Trillion Euros

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 1:17 pm

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis speaks to the assembled media as he leaves his office in Athens.
Daniel Ochoa de Olza AP

Greece's finance minister has accused his nation's creditors of "terrorism" for trying to "instill fear in people" ahead of a referendum on whether to accept the harsh terms of an international bailout designed to keep Athens in the eurozone.

Yanis Varoufakis, in an interview with the Spanish daily El Mundo, said that there was too much at stake for his country to be kicked out of Europe's common currency — "as much for Greece as for Europe, I'm sure."

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5:25pm

Fri July 3, 2015
Parallels

Debt Crisis Puts The Squeeze On Greece's Banks

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 6:31 pm

Pensioners queue outside a national bank branch in Athens on Thursday. Greek banks are running out of cash and the situation poses further danger to the economy, analysts say.
Aris Messinis AFP/Getty Images

As they rapidly run out of cash, Greece's banks could hardly be in a more precarious position.

For months, as this crisis has intensified people have been slowly withdrawing their money. The banks have been able to do business only because of emergency loans from the European Central Bank.

But when Greece missed a payment to the International Monetary Fund this week, the ECB decided not to lend any more money.

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4:58pm

Fri July 3, 2015
Politics

Donald Trump Controversy Highlights Influence Of Hispanics In U.S.

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 6:31 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Donald Trump is doubling down on his negative comments about Mexicans and illegal immigration. To recap, here's what he said last month when he announced his presidential run.

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4:58pm

Fri July 3, 2015
Politics

Despite Offensive Comments, Donald Trump Polls Strong In New Hampshire

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 6:31 pm

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4:58pm

Fri July 3, 2015
Business

Aetna To Buy Insurance Rival Humana For $37 Billion

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 6:31 pm

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Aetna, one of the biggest health insurance companies in the U.S., has announced a $37 billion deal to buy its rival Humana. This is a merger that could impact Medicare patients around the country, as NPR's Hansi Lo Wang reports.

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4:34pm

Fri July 3, 2015
The Two-Way

#NPRreads: The 'Grexit,' Video Games And Fleeing The Rwandan Genocide

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 5:58 pm

#NPRreads is a weekly feature on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom share pieces that have kept them reading. They share tidbits using the #NPRreads hashtag — and on Fridays, we highlight some of the best stories.

This week, we bring you five reads.

From Ina Jaffe, NPR's Los Angeles-based correspondent:

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11:51am

Fri July 3, 2015
The Two-Way

Parts Of Social-Sharing Site Reddit Go Dark In Apparent User Revolt

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 5:46 pm

The popular reddit question-and-answer section /r/IAmA, along with hundreds of others, has shut down in an apparent protest over the dismissal of a key figure at the social sharing site.
Screen grab from reddit.com

An Internet insurrection is taking place on reddit, where moderators have shut down many of the social sharing site's most popular sections in an apparent protest over the dismissal of Victoria Taylor.

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11:26am

Fri July 3, 2015
The Two-Way

Aetna Announces $37 Billion Merger With Health Insurance Rival Humana

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 12:01 pm

Health insurance giant Aetna has announced a $37 billion plan to acquire rival Humana.
Jessica Hill AP

In what could prove the largest-ever merger in the insurance industry, Aetna has announced a $37 billion deal to acquire rival Humana.

The agreement, announced by the Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna, "would bolster Aetna's presence in the state- and federally funded Medicaid program and Tricare coverage for military personnel and their families," according to The Associated Press.

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