Business

10:56am

Fri February 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Shiny And New: World's Largest Solar Plant Opens In California

Originally published on Mon February 17, 2014 2:41 pm

NRG celebrates the future of solar energy at the grand opening of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System on Thursday in Nipton, Calif.
Jeff Bottari Invision for NRG

The world's largest solar power plant, made up of thousands of mirrors focusing the sun's energy, has officially started operations in the Mojave Desert, just inside southeastern California near the border with Nevada.

The $2.2 billion, 400-megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, which covers 5 square miles and has three 40-story towers where the light is focused, is a joint project by NRG Energy, Google and BrightSource Energy. The project received a $1.6 billion federal loan guarantee.

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7:52am

Fri February 14, 2014
Business

Jos. A. Bank To Buy Eddie Bauer

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 11:10 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a big clothing purchase.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: Big purchase this morning. The giant clothing chain store Joseph A. Bank announced it has agreed to buy casual sportswear maker Eddie Bauer for $825 million in cash and stock. That's a lot of short sleeve shirts. This acquisition comes in the midst of ongoing hostile efforts by Joseph A. Bank and its main competitor Men's Warehouse to buy each other. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

7:03am

Fri February 14, 2014
Business

Businesses Face Challenges This Valentine's Day

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 7:26 am

Because of bad weather, the sheriff in Oconee County, Georgia, officially postponed Cupid's holiday. In Detroit, a flower shop owner used a drone to deliver a bouquet. He got a call from the FAA.

7:03am

Fri February 14, 2014
Business

Tesla Stock Hits Record High

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 7:18 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with an electric high.

No. No. No. People have not come up with an e-Joint. Shares of Tesla Motors crossed the $200 barrier yesterday before falling back down to around $197. That was a record high for the upstart electric car maker. In the last month, Tesla stock has soared more than 43 percent.

The luxury automaker share price quadrupled in 2013. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

5:06am

Fri February 14, 2014
Environment

Report: Burning Natural Gas Is Better Than Using Coal

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 7:28 am

Methane is both a fuel and a potent greenhouse gas. A study in Science magazine suggests that about 50 percent more methane is leaking into the atmosphere than official estimates suggest. Even so, they conclude that it's better for the environment to switch electricity generation from coal power plants to those that burn methane.

5:05am

Fri February 14, 2014
Business

Consumer Advocates Warn Against Comcast-Time Warner Merger

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 7:18 am

The proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable by Comcast is raising concerns, not just for the mega cable provider it would create, but also because of the questions it raises about broadband access at a time of uncertainty around the future of network neutrality. More than half of Americans with broadband access are getting it from their cable provider.

5:03am

Fri February 14, 2014
Business

Romantic Economist Applies Economic Terms To Relationships

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 7:18 am

On this Valentine's Day, Renee Montagne talks to a young economist about how he tried to apply the rules of the market to his love life. William Nicolson chronicles his journey to find a girlfriend in the memoir, The Romantic Economist.

3:46am

Fri February 14, 2014
Media

'Harried Mom' Becomes Dynamic Woman In These Stock Images

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 10:46 am

Getty's new collection of stock images of women and families veers away from the "overworked mom" stereotype.
Cavan Images Getty Images

This week Getty Images teamed up with LeanIn.org, the nonprofit foundation of Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, to release a new collection of stock photos. There are about 2,500 new images of modern women and families.

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3:43am

Fri February 14, 2014
All Tech Considered

Mobile Match Apps Are 'Dating On Steroids'

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 12:15 pm

Matchmaking apps like Tinder can help people find potential dates quickly.
Tinder

It's Valentine's Day, and if you aren't giving roses to someone special — or getting them — you might be thinking ahead to next year.

But OkCupid and Match.com may be considered old-school ways to find a mate. These days, whether you're gay or straight, the online dating scene is all about apps. Like a lot of technological change, apps bring efficiency to the process. But that isn't always a good thing.

Kristy Vannatter used to use the online dating service eHarmony, but she says it was a lot of work.

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6:10pm

Thu February 13, 2014
The Two-Way

Many Flights Canceled, But Fewer Fliers Stranded On Tarmac

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 1:43 pm

Passengers wait in line at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Thursday. A major snowstorm has delayed flights from Atlanta to New York.
David Tulis AP

Would-be air travelers sitting at home may be frustrated about their canceled plans. But most likely, they are happier than they would have been had they gotten trapped on an icy tarmac.

And that used to happen many hundreds of times a year before the Department of Transportation stepped in to reduce the frequency of passenger incarcerations.

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