Business

4:12pm

Tue February 18, 2014
The Salt

Order Up! Food Businesses Find An Appetite For Bitcoin

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 6:22 pm

Bitcoin isn't just for shady business — it can also buy you some delicious goodness. The Old Fitzroy pub in Sydney is one of many food and drink businesses beginning to accept bitcoins as a valid method of payment.
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Hungry for a Philly cheesesteak or a hot Reuben sandwich? That'll be about 0.001 bitcoin, please.

From restaurants to breweries, to even your local farmers market and lemonade stand, the popular cryptocurrency has inched its way into the food industry, as more vendors consider it a valid form of payment.

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1:09pm

Tue February 18, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama Wants Tougher Fuel Standards For Big Trucks

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 2:02 pm

Exhausts rises from a truck in California last September.
Mike Blake Reuters/Landov

President Obama said Tuesday that he has told the Environmental Protection Agency to work with the Department of Transportation on a second round of regulations to improve the fuel efficiency of medium- and heavy-duty trucks. The goal: reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions they contribute to the environment.

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11:23am

Tue February 18, 2014
The Two-Way

Chinese Firm Gets Approval To Buy Electric Carmaker Fisker

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 11:51 am

The Karma sedan, a premium electric plug-in hybrid by Fisker Automotive, is seen at the New York International Auto Show on April 5, 2012.
Wang Lei Xinhua /Landov

This post was updated at 11:45 a.m.

A bankruptcy judge in Delaware has approved the sale of bankrupt electric carmaker Fisker to China's largest auto parts company.

NPR's Frank Langfitt reported on the story for our Newscast Unit.

"Wanxiang Group — China's largest auto parts company — won a bankruptcy auction last week for Fisker, which made plug-in, hybrid sports cars. Wanxiang's bid is valued at about $150 million. Fisker, which is based in California, filed for bankruptcy protection late last year.

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10:34am

Tue February 18, 2014
Shots - Health News

Despite Law, Health Plans Refuse Medical Claims Related To Suicide

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 3:02 pm

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Dealing with the aftermath of a suicide or attempted suicide is stressful enough. But some health plans make a harrowing experience worse by refusing to cover medical costs for injuries that are related to suicide, even though the federal health law doesn't allow such exclusions, legal and government analysts say.

Yet patients or their loved ones often don't realize that.

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10:32am

Tue February 18, 2014
Business

Candy Crush Saga's Developer Plans To Go Public

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 12:09 pm

King Digital Entertainment filed for an initial public offering aimed at bringing in a half-billion dollars. The company revealed it has 128 million active daily users, with 93 million playing Candy Crush Saga, the Apple App Store's No. 2 highest-grossing game. King also makes Pet Rescue Saga and Farm Heroes Saga.

5:07am

Tue February 18, 2014
Asia

Mega Mall Helps Pakistanis Escape Pressures Of Everyday Life

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 11:03 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

We occasionally get postcards from our international correspondents who report and live in various spots around the world. NPR's Philip Reeves is based in Pakistan where violence has killed tens of thousands of people in recent years. Philips says some in the capital, Islamabad, to find ways to escape the pressure.

PHILIP REEVES, BYLINE: Islamabad can sometimes seem surprisingly tranquil. My house is a short drive from Parliament and the Supreme Court. The foothills of the Himalayas aren't so far away.

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5:04am

Tue February 18, 2014
Health Care

More U.S. Companies Switch To High Deductible Health Plans

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 11:03 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning.

The cost of health care in this country seems to be coming under control. Health care spending, while still on the rise, has increased at historically levels the last few years, which makes you wonder: Why aren't we feeling it?

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5:03am

Tue February 18, 2014
Around the Nation

California Toasts 2013's Record Wine Grape Harvest

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 3:03 pm

Chardonnay grapes are picked in the Stelling Vineyard at Far Niente winery Wednesday morning, Aug. 28, 2013 in Oakville, Calif.
Eric Risberg AP

California may be stricken by drought, but this month it's also celebrating a record wine grape harvest for 2013.

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5:03am

Tue February 18, 2014
Business

Black Market Tobacco Sales Hurt New York Businesses

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 11:03 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

When CVS announced it would stop selling tobacco products later this year, industry experts predicted that other drugstore chains might follow suit - which makes you wonder if this means more business for other places that sell cigarettes.

Reporter Kaomi Goetz checked in with some of the grocery stores, newsstands and other small shops in New York City.

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5:03am

Tue February 18, 2014
Business

Japan's Central Bank Tries To Encourage More Lending

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 11:03 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with the Bank of Japan.

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MONTAGNE: This morning, Japan's Central Bank doubled incentives it offers to banks in an effort to encourage more lending. The move is meant to weaken the yen, which would make Japanese goods more affordable - in turn, encouraging Americans and Chinese to buy those goods.

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