Business

4:30pm

Thu July 2, 2015
Business

Man Offers Cheap Housing In Silicon Valley By Renting Out Backyard Tent

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:35 pm

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JOHN POTTER: My name is John Potter and I've been using Airbnb to rent out my tent in the backyard.

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4:30pm

Thu July 2, 2015
Politics

Obama Touts New Federal Overtime Pay Rule In Wisconsin

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:35 pm

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3:04pm

Thu July 2, 2015
The Salt

Do Organic Farmers Need Special Seeds And Money To Breed Them?

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 3:16 pm

"Who Gets Kissed" corn is a variety bred in Wisconsin specifically for organic farmers. It's named for an old game. At corn husking time, a lucky person who found a rare ear of corn with red kernels had the right to kiss anyone that he or she chose.
Courtesy of Adrienne Shelton

Rearranging veggie genes is big business, and we're not even talking about biotechnology. Private companies and university researchers spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year breeding better genetic varieties of food crops.

But organic farmers say those programs have a big blind spot when it comes to figuring out which new varieties are truly better. Few companies or researchers test those varieties under organic conditions.

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12:46pm

Thu July 2, 2015
The Two-Way

Why We Shouldn't Be Surprised By Greece's Impasse With Europe

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 1:27 pm

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attends an emergency Parliament session for the government's proposed referendum in Athens on June 27.
Petros Karadjias AP

This is what has unfolded in Greece in the past week:

June 26: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announces a July 5 referendum on terms put forward by the strapped country's creditors and urges his people to vote "no."

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10:06am

Thu July 2, 2015
The Two-Way

BP To Pay $18.7 Billion To Settle Gulf Coast Oil Spill Claims

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 12:31 pm

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion on April 20, 2010, killed 11 people and resulted in the nation's largest offshore oil spill.
Gerald Herbert AP

BP on Thursday announced an $18.7 billion settlement with the U.S. government, five Gulf Coast states and more than 400 local governments. The agreement comes five years after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Eleven workers were killed in the accident.

The company says the payments, to be made over the next 18 years, "settle all state and local claims arising from the event."

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9:25am

Thu July 2, 2015
The Two-Way

Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.3 Percent, But For The Wrong Reason

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 1:46 pm

Bianca Medici (left), a corporate recruiter for CDM Media, speaks with job applicants during a Chicago job fair in May. The economy added 223,000 jobs in June, and unemployment fell to its lowest rate since 2008.
M. Spencer Green AP

The U.S. economy keeps adding jobs at a steady pace, but the Labor Department report for June also shows more people are leaving the labor force and wages are not rising.

The economy added 223,000 jobs last month as unemployment fell to its lowest rate since 2008, the Labor Department said Thursday. The jobless rate dipped to 5.3 percent from 5.5 percent in May.

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6:52am

Thu July 2, 2015
Law

Justice Department Investigates Airlines For Possible Price Collusion

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 3:42 pm

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6:42am

Thu July 2, 2015
Business

Designer Donna Karan Steps Down To Focus On Philanthropy

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 7:32 am

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5:08am

Thu July 2, 2015
Economy

Puerto Ricans Fear Troubled Economy Will Inflict Real Pain

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 3:44 pm

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5:08am

Thu July 2, 2015
U.S.

Georgia Leads A Push To Help Ex-Prisoners Get Jobs

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 7:32 am

In the 1990s, states went on a prison-building binge. Today, millions who spent time in those prisons are back in society — and many are struggling to find work.

Jay Neal is in charge of Georgia's new office of re-entry. Its purpose is clear: "Helping Georgia's returning citizens find training, assisting Georgia's returning citizens find jobs," he reads off the website.

Returning citizens is America's new term for ex-prisoners, ex-cons and former inmates.

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