Business

4:54am

Wed December 10, 2014
Economy

Cheap Crops Mean Tight Times For Midwest's Fledgling Farmers

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 6:18 pm

Like many beginning farmers, Grant Curtis wants to invest in his operation, but expectations of low prices are tying his hands.
Abby Wendle Harvest Public Media

Farmers who just got into the business in recent years found it was a good time to both plant and harvest.

"We were all spoiled little brats the past two years, with $5, $6, $7 corn, yep," says farmer Grant Curtis.

He's sitting in the captain's chair of his combine on a brisk, overcast day in western Illinois. He's driving back and forth over rows of corn on his family's farm. Then he arcs the 80,000-pound machine off course towards a single stalk he missed.

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4:54am

Wed December 10, 2014
Business

Justices: If You Aren't Working, No Pay, Even If You Can't Leave

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 6:23 am

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7:06pm

Tue December 9, 2014
The Salt

In Europe, Ugly Sells In The Produce Aisle

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 6:20 pm

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In Europe, the ugly ducklings of the produce aisle are increasingly admired for their inner swans.

Call it the return of unsightly fruit.

Retailers (at least in Europe and the U.S.) by default now cater to the perfectionist shopper who prefers only the plump, round tomato or the unblemished apple to grace the fruit bowl. But many fruits and vegetables, while edible and nutritious, don't measure up.

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4:26pm

Tue December 9, 2014
Business

Tenn. VW Plant Closer To Unionizing With UAW Agreement

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 6:47 pm

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4:16pm

Tue December 9, 2014
Law

Supreme Court Rules Employers Are Not Required To Pay For Security Time

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 5:03 pm

The court's ruling came Tuesday in a case involving Amazon warehouses and a temp agency, Integrity Staffing Solutions Inc. Hourly workers were required to wait in line for an average of 25 minutes after they clocked out.
Ross Franklin AP

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that companies do not have to pay workers for time spent in anti-theft security screening at the end of a shift.

The decision is a major victory for retail enterprises and manufacturing businesses that could have been on the hook for billions of dollars in back pay for time spent in security screenings.

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5:11am

Tue December 9, 2014
Business

Ireland Softens Under Pressure To Drop Its Corporate 'Duty-Free Zone'

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 12:27 pm

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5:00am

Tue December 9, 2014
Media

New Republic Staffers Saw A Clash Between Its Mission And New Methods

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 12:27 pm

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5:00am

Tue December 9, 2014
Environment

Scientists Track Down Serious Methane Leaks In Natural Gas Wells

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 12:27 pm

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5:00am

Tue December 9, 2014
Business

That Nest Egg Needs To Last As Long As You Do. So How Do You Start?

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 6:22 pm

While people can often estimate how much they might need for 10 or 15 years of retirement, that calculation becomes more difficult for retirement that could last 20 years or more.
Gary Waters Ikon Images/Getty Images

Retirement for baby boomers will look different than it did for their parents — Americans are living longer, health care costs more, fewer people have pensions today, and many people facing retirement haven't saved much.

All of that makes managing the nest egg you do have even more vital. But many people need and want guidance on what they should do to make sure their retirement savings last.

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4:08am

Tue December 9, 2014
Governing

Sources: FAA May Require Licenses To Fly Commercial Drones

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 12:27 pm

Amazon is developing an unmaned aircraft project that it hopes will deliver purchases in 30 minutes or less. The FAA has been struggling to write regulations for such aircraft, but is expected to release rules this month.
AP

Drones, drones, drones.

Everybody wants one. Amazon, to deliver packages, Hollywood to shoot movie scenes, agriculture interests to monitor crops.

And everyone is waiting for the FAA to issue regulations as to how commercial drones might be allowed to operate in the U.S. Those regulations are supposed to come out by the end of the month.

The FAA has been struggling to write the rules for unmanned aircraft for several years. In 2012, Congress told the agency to get on with it and set a deadline for final regulations by September 2015.

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