Business

5:10am

Fri November 29, 2013
Business

Theater Chains Upgrade To Attract Homebodies

Originally published on Fri November 29, 2013 11:42 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Movies theaters have tried different ways over the years to combat declining ticket sales. Topher Forhecz reports on the latest attempts to bring in audiences by recreating the comforts of home.

TOPHER FORHECZ, BYLINE: When I decided to see a movie at an AMC Theatre in upper Manhattan, the first change I noticed was I had to reserve my seat when I bought my ticket beforehand.

So I just walked in and there are about nine rows of leather seats and I am in D6, so I've got to go find it.

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5:10am

Fri November 29, 2013
Business

Burberry Fights China's Trademark Decision

Originally published on Fri November 29, 2013 11:42 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And today's last word in business is: trademarked tartan.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Officially, it's called Haymarket Check. But the iconic tan, black and red tartan is best known as the symbol of the Burberry brand. The British fashion house came up with it at its Haymarket shop in London over a century ago.

WERTHEIMER: But Chinese officials are not impressed. They've decided to revoke Burberry's tartan trademark in China.

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5:10am

Fri November 29, 2013
Business

Growing Holiday Shopping Season May Hurt Retailers' Profits

Originally published on Fri November 29, 2013 11:42 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

No surprise. NPR's business news begins with Black Friday.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

GREENE: Yes, this is the day when retailers begin to turn a profit for the year. But, the deals and door buster sales keep getting earlier and earlier each year. And that's actually beginning to cut into profits.

NPR's Sonari Glinton reports.

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2:49am

Fri November 29, 2013
All Tech Considered

For Advocacy Groups, Video Games Are The Next Frontier

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 4:07 pm

A screenshot of Half the Sky, where virtual successes sometimes lead to real-life donations.
Games For Change

Movies and books have long been used to advocate for causes, such as climate change or breast cancer. As video games become more mainstream, advocates are beginning to see how this art form can be a new way to reach out and get people engaged in a cause.

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2:47am

Fri November 29, 2013
All Tech Considered

Businesses Woo Customers With Free Phone-Charging Stations

Originally published on Fri November 29, 2013 11:42 am

Customers at Honeygrow in Philadelphia can charge their cellphones while they dine using one of Doug Baldasare's kiosks.
Emma Lee For NewsWorks

It's around dinner time at Honeygrow, a casual restaurant in central Philadelphia.

Erin Campbell was on her way here to meet a friend when she realized, with panic, that her cellphone battery was dying.

"I noticed I only had 14 percent [battery] left, and I actually texted her on my way in to see if she could bring a charger with her," Campbell says.

But Campbell's friend told her there was no need to bring a charger — just inside the door of Honeygrow is a kiosk where customers can charge their phones.

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2:46am

Fri November 29, 2013
U.S. Commutes: The Way We Get To Work

Epic Commutes Face Those Caught In Public Transit Puzzle

Originally published on Fri November 29, 2013 11:42 am

It takes Chicago resident Sarah Hairston two hours to go 15 miles to get to her part-time job.
David Schaper NPR

It's a sign of the times: More people are commuting for more than an hour to get to work, and many of the longest commutes are at least partially on public transportation.

Take Sarah Hairston's commute from her apartment on Chicago's South Side to her part-time job at a shelter for homeless teens on the north side of town.

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4:02pm

Thu November 28, 2013
Shots - Health News

Breaking Up With HealthCare.gov Is Hard To Do

Originally published on Thu November 28, 2013 4:43 pm

Lara Imler has tried to cancel her enrollment on HealthCare.gov, but to no avail.
Annie Feidt Alaska Public Radio Network

Enrolling in HealthCare.gov is not easy, and it's been particularly difficult in Alaska. Just 53 people enrolled in the first month.

Anchorage hair stylist Lara Imler is one of the few who got through, as we previously reported. But Imler discovered problems with her application, and now she wants to cancel her enrollment.

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10:03am

Thu November 28, 2013
All Tech Considered

HealthCare.gov Team Working Through Holiday To Meet Deadline

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 4:07 pm

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visits navigators helping enroll people on HealthCare.gov.
Lynne Sladky AP

Besides movie theaters and Wal-Mart, one place that will stay open this Thanksgiving is the new HealthCare.gov "exchange operations center." Staffers on the "tech surge" to fix the error-riddled site have just days to meet the Obama administration's self-imposed deadline for a functioning site.

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5:21am

Thu November 28, 2013
Business

Retailers Hope 'Gray Thursday' Boosts Bottom Line

Originally published on Fri November 29, 2013 2:06 am

K-Mart was one of the chains deciding to open early this Thanksgiving Day.
Jan Somma-Hammel Staten Island Advance /Landov

You are not imagining it, the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season starts earlier and earlier. Black Friday has been around for decades — that's the point where retailers hope to begin to make a profit.

Shoppers looking to get a jump on deals can shop on Gray Thursday – think Black Friday intruding into Thanksgiving Day.

This Turkey Day, many national chains will open their doors early in an effort to boost sales. K-Mart opened at 6 a.m.

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5:08am

Thu November 28, 2013
Economy

Greece's Economy Predicted To Shrink In 2014

The forecast, by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, was issued on Wednesday. It contrasts with that of the Greek government which says the economy will grow next year.

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