Business

3:33am

Tue February 18, 2014
Around the Nation

Battling Blight: Detroit Maps Entire City To Find Bad Buildings

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 11:39 am

A map of Detroit is spread on a table; on laptops, workers see the same map, overlaid with a grid of the city and blue dots representing surveyors in the field.
Dawn Uhl-Zifilippo

Inside one in a series of abandoned homes along a blighted block of Detroit's Brightmoor neighborhood, filmmaker Tom McPhee walks through the remnants of a life — broken furniture, scattered knickknacks and a flooded basement.

"This is fresh water that's coming into the basement here," McPhee points out. "All of that plumbing has been ripped away 'cause someone found a value in it, so they don't care that it's running. This is all over the city."

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4:43pm

Mon February 17, 2014
Business

Demographic Shifts Contribute To The Changing Face Of Retail

Originally published on Mon February 17, 2014 7:59 pm

Retailers, including Wal-Mart, are trying to adapt their models to suit urban areas, including this mixed-use retail and residential development in Washington, D.C.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

So far this year, retail chains have announced some heavy cuts. J.C. Penney said it would close 33 stores. Macy's said it would lay off 2,500 workers. Sears will close its flagship Chicago store in April.

That's creating a glut of excess space. But that's just one of several forces changing the face of retail.

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4:43pm

Mon February 17, 2014
All Tech Considered

Hurting For Cash, Online Porn Tries New Tricks

Originally published on Mon February 17, 2014 7:59 pm

Porn has a distinct problem that less racy media companies don't have: Users are afraid of leaving a digital record. Paid sites are trying to lure viewers out of the shadows and into credit card payments.
iStockphoto

I hit the streets of San Francisco to ask strangers their favorite search terms for online pornography. It was not hard to get answers, even on the record.

"Teacher porn, student-teacher fantasy," Jason Ravel says at a coffee shop. "That's who I was around most often in grade school. I was a really good student."

Chanelle Dorton, who's passing by a train station, is into ebony lesbian sex. "I don't like straight porn," she says.

Cab driver Neel Bell likes "heterosexual porn that doesn't involve porn stars. It lets you think that it's a real-life situation more."

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7:57am

Mon February 17, 2014
Business

Founder Of Hair And Skin-Care Line Aveda Dies

Horst Rechelbacher died over the weekend at age 72 at his farm in Wisconsin. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer three years ago. Aveda was among the first to use organic ingredients for hair and skin.

6:20am

Mon February 17, 2014
Business

So Far, 2014 Is A Good Year For Precious Metals

Originally published on Mon February 17, 2014 7:57 am

Gold has reached a price of more than $1,300 an ounce — the highest since early November. Gold is up 10 percent this year after a 28 percent drop in 2013. Silver has posted even greater gains – it's up 12 percent.

5:23am

Mon February 17, 2014
Business

Compounding Pharmacies Called On To Make Execution Drugs

Originally published on Mon February 17, 2014 7:57 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This week, a federal judge in Oklahoma is considering whether a particular drug used to carry out lethal injections amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. The drug in question is prepared by a compounding pharmacy, a business that's asked to mix specific drugs - in this case, with the intention of executing a prisoner. David Miller of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists says this is not a service they're eager to provide.

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3:39am

Mon February 17, 2014
Shots - Health News

Finessing Health Coverage: When To Buy Insurance For A New Baby

Originally published on Mon February 17, 2014 9:59 am

Daniel Horowitz for NPR

We're heading into the home stretch to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act this year. The open enrollment period ends March 31 for most people.

But there are exceptions. And they are the subject of many of our questions this month.

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3:37am

Mon February 17, 2014
Shots - Health News

Candy Flavors Put E-Cigarettes On Kids' Menu

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 3:59 pm

Kids as young as 13 purchase e-cigarettes, or "vape pens," online, where independent sellers don't necessarily ask a buyer's age.
Jenny Lei Bolario Youth Radio

Electronic cigarettes are often billed as a safe way for smokers to try to kick their habit. But it's not just smokers who are getting their fix this way. According to a survey published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 middle school students who've tried one say they've never smoked a "real" cigarette. And between 2011 and 2012, e-cigarettes doubled in popularity among middle and high school students.

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9:09am

Sun February 16, 2014
Business

The Green Rush Begins: Investors Get In On Pot's Ground Floor

Originally published on Sun February 16, 2014 11:44 am

Marijuana is sold for recreational use in Denver. Legalization of pot has set off a "green rush" to invest among venture capitalists.
Brennan Linsley AP

In the past, you could go to jail for selling marijuana. Now, depending upon where you live, you could end up going to the bank.

Medical marijuana is now legal in 20 states, and legislation is pending in 13 others. It's become a $1.5-billion-a-year industry, and it's expected to triple in just a few years. With legal cannabis one of the world's fastest growing market sectors, investors are seeing green.

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5:00pm

Sat February 15, 2014
The New And The Next

Super-Secure, Temporary Texts Draw Interest Of Business Crowd

Originally published on Sun February 16, 2014 1:00 pm

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The online magazine Ozy covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins All Things Considered regularly to tell us about the site's latest feature stories.

This week, Watson talks with host Arun Rath about a new texting service that promises tight security. While Snapchat has become a popular way to text photos that disappear after a number of seconds, recent hacks have raised questions about its security. A service called Privatext provides an alternative that has gained interest among some professionals.

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