Business

10:13am

Wed December 4, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. Job Growth Surged In November, Report Signals

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 12:54 pm

Air Force Staff Sgt. Bri Smith (right) of Atlanta talks with a Mary Kay consultant during a November job fair for veterans.
David Goldman AP

A report from payroll company ADP finds that "the U.S. private sector added 215,000 jobs during November making it the strongest month for job growth in 2013," says the company's president and chief executive, Carlos Rodriguez.

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7:31am

Wed December 4, 2013
Business

Confirmation: Selfies Are Forces Of Evil

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. For those who believes selfies are a force of evil, here's confirmation. Darth Vader just posted on Instagram a photo of his face - that is, his iconic black helmet - with the tag GPOM for Gratuitous Portrait Of Myself. The selfie launched the Star Wars Instagram account - a marketing effort by Disney - two full years before the next sequel. It's a pretty good shot, though we have to say a little on the dark side. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

5:33am

Wed December 4, 2013
Around the Nation

City Workers Fret Over Pensions As Detroit Enters Bankruptcy

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 5:38 am

A federal judge has ruled Detroit qualifies for bankruptcy. But the cash-strapped city, laden with roughly $18 billion in long-term debt, faces a long road to regain financial solvency. Unions whose members face pension payment cuts are appealing the ruling, and the ultimate decision about paying the pensions may be made by the U.S. Supreme Court.

5:33am

Wed December 4, 2013
Business

Advertising Push Helps Last Month's Car Sales

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 5:38 am

November was a better than expected sales month for the auto industry. Carmakers saw their sales go up nearly 9 percent over last year, and the increase had a lot to do with advertising.

5:33am

Wed December 4, 2013
Business

Next Stop Bangladesh As We Follow Planet Money's T-Shirt

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 4:31 pm

Workers sew together the Planet Money t-shirt in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Bangladesh is the cheapest place in the world to make a T-shirt. But this month, the minimum wage there will rise from $39 a month to $68 a month. That's got some factory owners nervous about whether Western retailers there will pull out. Our Planet Money team examines the future of the garment industry in Bangladesh.

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5:33am

Wed December 4, 2013
Politics

Loophole Or Workaround? (Food Stamp Edition)

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 3:39 pm

Spencer Platt Getty Images

In the debate over whether to cut the food stamp program, members of Congress are looking at two pretty arcane provisions in the law. People who want to cut food stamps call the provisions loopholes. People who don't want to cut food stamps say they're efficient ways to get benefits to those who need them most.

1. Categorical Eligibility

People who qualify for one means-tested program — like welfare — can automatically qualify for other programs — like food stamps. This is called "categorical eligibility."

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5:33am

Wed December 4, 2013
Politics

Federal Health Insurance Website Features 'Reset' Button

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 7:03 am

The Obama administration is renewing its sales push for the president's signature health care law. On Wednesday, officials host a "youth summit" at the White House, where young people will be encouraged to sign up for insurance coverage. Their participation is crucial to help balance out the cost of insuring older, sicker people.

5:33am

Wed December 4, 2013
Business

A Toast To The End Of Prohibition

Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 4:05 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And our last word in business is: a toast.

We lift a glass to a time when the government passed a popular measure.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

In this case, the 21st Amendment - which was ratified 80 years ago today - ending the prohibition of alcohol as imposed by the 18th constitutional amendment in 1920.

MONTAGNE: Whether or not you partake in holiday cocktails or a winter brew this season, there's no denying alcohol does play a big role in our economy.

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3:06am

Wed December 4, 2013
Business

Around The World, Ford's Mustang Fuels A Dream

Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 10:46 am

If American Mustang fans are hungry to see the new version, European fans are starved. Ford hasn't sold the Mustang there since 1979.
Miguel Medina AFP/Getty Images

Just about every Mustang owner has a story about how their love affair with the car began.

Laura Slider's story began the day a red Mustang appeared in the driveway across the street.

"I've wanted one ever since I was 15," she says. "It was owned by a very cute boy that I liked. And then we rode in it and it was very fast and sporty and fun and pretty, and I thought, I want one someday."

Now, decades later, she has one. And, yes, it's red.

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3:04am

Wed December 4, 2013
Media

OMG, BuzzFeed Is Investing In Serious News Coverage! Is It FTW?

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 8:01 am

BuzzFeed's content is created by both paid staff members and users of the site.
Matt Haughey Flickr

Anyone who has hankered for a list of 10 of the most life-affirming dog rescue stories ever can rely on the social media site BuzzFeed.

That list of 11 classic horror films that should never have been remade? That's from BuzzFeed too.

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