Wed October 30, 2013

Why The Fed Decided Not To Change Course

Citing continued signs of weakness, the Federal Reserve said it will keep aiming for low interest rates.
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Look around. Do you see much inflation?

Gas prices are down more than 7 percent from last year. Grocery costs haven't budged lately. And — just in time for Halloween — the price of candy is down 2.3 percent from last year, according to the government's consumer price index released Wednesday.

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Wed October 30, 2013
The Two-Way

For Now, Fed Will Stand Firm On Bond Buying

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 3:36 pm

The Fed pointed to a somewhat weaker housing market in recent months.
Scott Olson Getty Images

The Federal Reserve's message, at least for now, is to take a wait-and-see approach to the economy before tapering off on its bond-buying program.

In a statement issued after Wednesday's meeting, the Federal Open Market Committee said that while it has seen signs of "growing underlying strength in the broader economy" it awaits "more evidence that progress can be sustained."

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Wed October 30, 2013
All Tech Considered

To Keep Your Attention, Airline Safety Videos Up Their Game

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 3:03 pm

Virgin America released a song-and-dance themed safety video this week.
Courtesy of Virgin America


Wed October 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Report: NSA Has Broken Into Google And Yahoo Data Centers

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 1:39 pm

"The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world," The Washington Post reported at midday Wednesday.

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Wed October 30, 2013
Planet Money

Confused About Health Insurance? Take Our Quiz!

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 10:29 am

Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Any day now — assuming the government manages to fix — millions of people will start shopping for health insurance.

Will those shoppers know what they're doing? More to the point, if you're one of those shoppers, will you know what you're doing?

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Wed October 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Job Growth Slowed Further In October, Survey Signals

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 11:21 am

Looking for work: The scene at a job fair earlier this month in Emeryville, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Only a relatively low 130,000 jobs were added to private employers' payrolls in October and the labor market in September was even weaker than first thought, according to the latest data from the ADP National Employment Report.

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Wed October 30, 2013
Around the Nation

Hotel Construction Booms Across U.S.

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 5:24 am



And as the economy has improved, more people are traveling for business and pleasure, causing a jump in hotel bookings nationwide.

And as Colorado Public Radio's Ben Markus reports, lower vacancy rates mean higher room prices and a push for developers to build more hotels.

BEN MARKUS, BYLINE: Business is good these days for commercial real estate agent David Gleason. And that means he's traveling for work again.

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Tue October 29, 2013
The Salt

Community Supported Canning Gets Locavores Through Winter

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 10:03 am

For $300, a share from Cheryl Wixon's Kitchen will get you 54 jars of pasta and pizza sauces, cranberry ketchups and fruit jams and butters delivered between November and April.
Courtesy of Andrea Hand

Community supported agriculture shares are moving out of the crisper and into the pantry.

That's the hope, anyway, of a growing number of farmers and small processors who are marketing local goods under the CSA model.

In traditional a CSA, a farmer sells shares of their fruit and vegetable crop ahead of the growing season to generate cash flow for the year. The farmer then provides boxes of seasonal produce on a regular basis to shareholders during the harvest.

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Tue October 29, 2013

3 Charts (And A Few Words) On The Rise Of Electric Bikes

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 4:49 pm

Electric bikes made by French company Moustache are displayed during the Cycle Show 2013 in Paris last month.
Charles Platiau Reuters /Landov

We told you last week about how bicycles are outselling new cars in almost every European country.

When we delved a little deeper into the numbers, we found that while bicycle sales remained steady in a six-year period that began in 2006 (the top chart), sales of electric bikes exploded (the second chart).

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Tue October 29, 2013
The Salt

A Japanese iPhone Gadget Teases The Tummy With Food Smells

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 3:35 pm

Simply plug the Scentee device into your iPhone jack and let the scent of grilled meat waft your way.

Have you ever wished that your iPhone could bring you the smell of coffee, curry or steak?

No? Well, there's a gadget for that.

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