Business

5:53am

Thu November 14, 2013
Health Care

Health Care Registration Numbers Are Revealed

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 6:53 am

The Obama administration says just about 100,000 people managed to choose health plans through the federal and state health exchanges during their first month of the program. Critics say that shows the law is failing. But most analysts say the first month's numbers wouldn't have meant very much, even if the federal website had been working properly.

5:50am

Thu November 14, 2013
Business

U.S. Oil Production Surpasses Foreign Imports

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 6:53 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with an American energy boom.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MONTAGNE: Yesterday, White House spokesman Jay Carney made this announcement.

JAY CARNEY: In October, for the first time in nearly two decades, domestic oil production - which is at a 24 year high, surpassed foreign oil imports.

MONTAGNE: As NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports, The U.S. is producing more crude oil at home than it imports, the U.S. is still a long way from energy independence, but the trend is decidedly positive.

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5:45am

Thu November 14, 2013
Business

Will Bitcoin Ever Rival U.S. Dollar?

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 7:15 am

Bitcoin is an online currency backed by nothing except faith that others will accept it. A young American couple wondered how far could they could push it. The Wall Street Journal reports the couple traveled to three continents, and managed to persuade merchants everywhere to accept the currency. Almost everywhere — they did go hungry for a night in Stockholm.

3:08am

Thu November 14, 2013
All Tech Considered

How The Sharing Economy Is Changing The Places We Work

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 2:43 pm

Co-workers at Denver's Galvanize, a tech hub in Colorado's capital.
Elise Hu NPR

This week, we've been reporting on the sharing economy — a term that describes the couch-surfing, car-sharing and community-garden-growing world where so many people are using their existing talents, space or tools.

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5:44pm

Wed November 13, 2013
All Tech Considered

The Tech Stats We Now Know About HealthCare.gov

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 8:01 pm

Todd Park, the U.S. chief technology officer, testifies before the House oversight committee about problems implementing the health care program.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

The big numbers out today are the administration's counts of how many people actually enrolled in health exchanges between Oct. 1 and Nov. 2. More than 106,000 Americans selected health plans in the first month, the government said.

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5:07pm

Wed November 13, 2013
Parallels

Americans Might Soon Get To Buy Mexican Beachfront, Border Land

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 8:01 pm

Rosarito, Mexico, near the U.S. border in the Mexican state of Baja California, is home to thousands of Americans who live there full or part time, many in properties with long-term leases. A proposed change to Mexican law would allow foreigners outright ownership of Mexican beachfront properties.
Guillermo Arias AP

For the first time in nearly a century, Mexico is considering letting foreigners own land outright along the coast and near international borders. Right now, only Mexicans can hold the title to land in the so-called restricted zone. The president and many lawmakers want to relax the ownership laws in hopes of spurring a wave of foreign investment in the country.

But others are crying foul and reviving nationalistic fears of foreign invasion and domination that incited enactment of the law so many years ago.

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4:38pm

Wed November 13, 2013
The Two-Way

More Than 106,000 Chose Health Plans Under Affordable Care Act

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 6:47 pm

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued a report Wednesday revealing that 106,185 Americans selected a health plan in the new marketplace from Oct. 1 to Nov. 2.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

More than 106,000 Americans selected health plans in the first reporting period of open enrollment for the new health insurance marketplace, according to data released Wednesday by the Department of Health and Human Services.

That number is only "about 20 percent of the government's October target," as NPR's Scott Horsley reports for our Newscast unit.

Less than 27,000 people used the federal HealthCare.gov site to select a plan. The overall number includes enrollments made via federal and state marketplaces from Oct. 1 to Nov. 2, the agency says.

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4:37pm

Wed November 13, 2013
Health Care

The Health Care Numbers Are Out, And They're Disappointing

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 11:46 am

The Obama administration released its much anticipated enrollment numbers for the first month of the troubled HealthCare.gov website Wednesday. And as predicted, the numbers were disappointing.

Just over 100,000 people managed to navigate the process and choose a health plan between Oct. 1 and Nov. 2 — 106,185 people, to be precise.

But barely a quarter of those, 26,794, enrolled through the federal website that's signing up people in 36 of the states. The rest enrolled through state marketplaces.

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1:27pm

Wed November 13, 2013
Author Interviews

Christmas Lights Make Slippers In Global 'Junkyard' Economy

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 7:01 pm

A woman worker sorts used plastic bottles at a recycle center in Mumbai, India.
Rajanish Kakade AP

When you think of recycling, you probably think of cans, plastic bottles and newspapers. Well, think a little bigger.

There are businesses devoted to recycling metal, paper, plastic, oil, textiles, cell phones, computers, motors, batteries, Christmas lights, cars and more. The hidden world of globalized recycling and reclamation, and its impact on the environment and the global economy, is the subject of the new book Junkyard Planet by journalist Adam Minter.

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12:05pm

Wed November 13, 2013
The Two-Way

ANALYSIS: Why Is '60 Minutes' So Tight-Lipped In Its Benghazi Apology?

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 4:51 pm

CBSNews.com

(This post was updated at 4:40 p.m. ET)

How did TV's most storied newsmagazine make such a huge mistake? And why won't they explain exactly what happened?

Those are the questions left unanswered days after 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan and CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager retracted an Oct. 27 story about the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, that featured a suspect source: government contractor Dylan Davies.

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