Business

4:46pm

Wed February 5, 2014
Science

Chemical Study Becomes A Tale of Conspiracy And Paranoia

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 10:23 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. Now, the strange story of Tyrone Hayes. The biologist has devoted much of his career to studying a common herbicide used on corn, called atrazine; specifically, its effects on amphibians. Hayes believes the chemical impedes the sexual development of frogs, and he's publicly argued against the use of atrazine and criticized the corporation that makes it, Syngenta.

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4:28pm

Wed February 5, 2014
The Two-Way

U.S. HVAC Firm Reportedly Linked To Target's Data Security Breach

Hackers who broke into Target's computer network and stole customers' financial and personal data used credentials that were stolen from a heating and air conditioning subcontractor in Pennsylvania, according to digital security journalist Brian Krebs.

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3:38pm

Wed February 5, 2014
Business

Which Way For Stocks? Investors Watch 'Worry Index' For Clues

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 5:42 pm

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday afternoon.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Anyone who invests in the stock market knows share prices can go up — and down. That's why they call it a market.

Still, this year, price movements have been fast and furious — shocking investors and prompting many to fear "volatility."

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1:13pm

Wed February 5, 2014
Shots - Health News

By Dropping Cigarettes, CVS Gives Its Reputation A Boost

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 6:24 pm

A CVS pharmacy in Orlando, Fla., is one of more than 7,600 stores where the company will stop selling tobacco products by October.
John Raoux AP

When drugstore chain CVS said Wednesday that it would stop selling tobacco products by October, the company also told investors that the move would probably cost it $2 billion a year in lost sales.

CVS says it has figured out unspecified ways to help make up for the profits from cigarettes and other tobacco products.

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9:20am

Wed February 5, 2014
The Salt

Electronic Tongues Are The Beer Snobs Of The Future

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 5:01 pm

Personally, we're most looking forward to having robot drinking buddies.
Bongo Entertainment Inc.

If beer is the new wine, robots are the new beer snobs. Well, sort of.

Researchers in Barcelona have developed an electronic tongue that really knows the difference between a pilsner and a bock.

For now, it looks less like a slick, futuristic robot and more like a big of clump sensors. It's still a prototype, but its creators say it could some day replace human taste testers.

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8:53am

Wed February 5, 2014
The Two-Way

Employers Added 175,000 Jobs Last Month, Survey Signals

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 12:00 pm

The scene last November at a jobs fair in New York City.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

The first of two reports this week about how many jobs were added to U.S. payrolls in January indicates that growth was slow but solid.

The ADP National Employment Report estimates that there were 175,000 more jobs in the private sector last month than in December.

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7:46am

Wed February 5, 2014
The Two-Way

CVS To Stop Selling Tobacco Products

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 11:43 am

Soon to be gone: Marlboro cigarettes on display at a CVS store in Pittsburgh last July.
Gene J. Puskar AP

Saying it is "the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health," the CEO of CVS Caremark announced Wednesday that the company's 7,600 pharmacies will stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products by Oct. 1.

Larry Merlo also said CVS will try to help those who want to quit smoking with a "robust national smoking cessation program" at its locations.

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7:44am

Wed February 5, 2014
Business

CVS Caremark To Clear Shelves Of Tobacco Products

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 11:57 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rene Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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7:04am

Wed February 5, 2014
Business

Some Journalists Complain About Sochi's Hotels

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 7:19 am

In advance of the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics, journalists have been arriving at Sochi area hotels. And they've immediately started complaining on Twitter about shabby or unfinished buildings.

7:04am

Wed February 5, 2014
Business

RadioShack Plans To Close 500 Stores

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 7:19 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with the restructuring of the Shack.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: RadioShack, that is. The company scored big with its Super Bowl commercial - the '80s themed ad that's being called one of the night's best. But that did not help the company's bottom line. RadioShack stock prices plummeted yesterday after news it plans to close 500 stores across the nation.

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