Business

11:39am

Fri February 20, 2015
Shots - Health News

Administration Grants Tax Time Reprieve For Obamacare Procrastinators

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 2:02 pm

The Obama administration said Friday it will allow a special enrollment period from March 15 to April 30 for consumers who realize while filling out their taxes that they owe a fee for not signing up for coverage last year.

The special enrollment period applies to people in the 37 states covered by the federal marketplace, though some state-run exchanges are also expected to follow suit.

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8:55am

Fri February 20, 2015
The Two-Way

Greece Reaches Deal With EU To Extend Loan Terms

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 3:14 pm

A man passes a graffiti in central Athens Friday, as Eurozone finance ministers consider Greece's request to extend the bailout loans that have kept its government afloat.
Aris Messinis AFP/Getty Images

Updated at 3:10 p.m. ET

After lengthy negotiations, Eurozone finance ministers have agreed to extend Greece's financial rescue package, removing the immediate risk of a default that could have forced Athens out of the grouping's common currency.

"It's done. For four months," one of the finance ministers was quoted by Reuters as saying following a meeting in Brussels.

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6:25am

Fri February 20, 2015
Around the Nation

FEMA In Talks To Settle Sandy Flood Insurance Claims

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 12:50 pm

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5:32am

Fri February 20, 2015
Business

Learning More About Longshoremen And Their Powerful Union

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 3:30 pm

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5:32am

Fri February 20, 2015
The Two-Way

U.S. West Coast Port Dispute Forces Shippers To Find Alternatives

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 5:52 pm

Trucks move containers at the Port of Long Beach in California on Tuesday. Contract negotiations between dockworkers and shipping companies have led to a slowdown on the piers.
Jae C. Hong AP

The global shipping industry is a ferociously competitive business, and the trans-Pacific route — from Asia to the West Coast seaports of the U.S. — is considered one of the most lucrative routes. Normally, cargo ships carrying everything from fruits and vegetables to cars and electronics can count on getting into a berth at one of the 29 West Coast seaports in a reasonable time.

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6:48pm

Thu February 19, 2015
Business

As Oil Prices Tank, Firms Large And Small Feel The Pain

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 8:13 pm

An oil well in Garden City, Texas. With prices plunging, oil companies are laying off thousands of workers.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

It's a painful time to be in the oil business. With the price of crude oil about half what it was six months ago, companies large and small are being pressured to cut costs.

On the front lines are oil services companies that do everything from drilling to providing electrical power at well sites. Hundreds of thousands of jobs are threatened as companies try to adjust.

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5:06pm

Thu February 19, 2015
Business

'Lady Brigade' An Answer To Limited Patriotic Clothing For Women

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 8:13 pm

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5:06pm

Thu February 19, 2015
Business

Under Competitive Pressure, Wal-Mart To Rollout Raises

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 8:13 pm

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5:06pm

Thu February 19, 2015
Sports

NASCAR Enters New Season After Shifting Gears To Bump Viewership

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 8:13 pm

NASCAR drivers Kevin Harvick (in car on left) and Ryan Newman lead the pack during the Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 16, in Homestead, Fla.
Patrick Smith Getty Images

The green flag drops on the NASCAR season this Sunday, with the Daytona 500. NASCAR enters its new year with a giant TV contract and a revamped playoff system that led to wrecks, fights and some higher ratings last year.

But the sport is still nowhere near as well-viewed or attended as it was before the recession.

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2:03pm

Thu February 19, 2015
The Salt

A Wet And Wild Look Inside The 'Mushroom Houses' Of A Fungi Farm

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 5:29 pm

Mushrooms from a farm in Chester County, Pa., dubbed the "Mushroom Capital of America."
Rich Roberts/Flickr

As most people know, mushrooms love dark places. You can find them growing in the dim recesses of forests or at the foot of old trees. But is that where we get most of the mushrooms that end up in our hearty risottos and juicy portabella sandwiches?

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