Business

4:42am

Thu July 4, 2013
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 9:48 am

Some people feel awkward about eating alone in restaurants but a new eatery in Amsterdam has only small tables with single chairs. It requires customers come solo. The restaurant is part culinary endeavor, part social experiment. As its creator says, she wanted to give people "food for thought."

4:42am

Thu July 4, 2013
Business

Business News

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 9:48 am

Unlike Facebook and Google, Twitter will allow its users to opt out if they are concerned about privacy. The company is projecting ad revenues of $500 million this year, and double that in 2014.

4:01am

Thu July 4, 2013
Remembrances

Douglas Engelbart Dies At 88, Invented Computer Mouse

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 9:48 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And a remembrance, now. The, a computer visionary best known for inventing the mouse has died. As NPR's Laura Sydell reports, the mouse was just one small piece of what Douglas Engelbart contributed to the development of personal computers.

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2:44pm

Wed July 3, 2013
Shots - Health News

Delay For Insurance Mandate Pleases Businesses

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 4:07 pm

President Obama talked up the Affordable Care Act in San Jose, Calif., in June. Now, the administration has said a key provision affecting businesses won't take effect until 2015.
Evan Vucci AP

The Obama administration's decision late Tuesday to postpone the requirement for employers with 50 or more workers to offer health coverage or risk fines has satisfied some key members of the coalition that supported the law.

But the one-year reprieve also raises new questions about the administration's ability to get the huge health law up and running in an orderly fashion. The deadline for the new health exchanges to begin enrolling individuals is Oct. 1.

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12:17pm

Wed July 3, 2013
Race

Housing Investigation Exposes Harassment Of LA's Minorities

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

Coming up in a few minutes, we'll dive a little deeper into what's going on with the abortion debate in Texas. But first, we want to talk about a development that's affecting recipients of housing assistance in Los Angeles County. The U.S. Department of Justice this week ordered LA County and the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale, California to pay a total of $12.5 million in damages to residents of subsidized housing. That follows a two-year investigation by the department.

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12:17pm

Wed July 3, 2013
Politics

Aftershocks Felt After Affordable Care 'Earthquake'

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11:57am

Wed July 3, 2013
Business

Four Years Into Recovery, Are We Well Yet?

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 3:30 pm

Jeff Caldwell checks a vehicle on the assembly line at the Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit in May. U.S. auto sales rose last month to their fastest pace since 2007.
Paul Sancya AP

The next couple of days will bring fireworks, hot dogs — and a new unemployment report.

At least the first two will be fun.

As for Friday's job-market assessment, the Labor Department report likely will show little or no change in the 7.6 percent unemployment rate. "There is still a general weakness in the labor market," says Daniel North, economist with Euler Hermes, a credit insurance company.

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10:27am

Wed July 3, 2013
The Record

New Jay-Z Album Tests The Musician And Samsung

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 3:26 pm

A still of Jay-Z from the commercial for his new album.
YouTube

10:05am

Wed July 3, 2013
Code Switch

Chinatown 'Blessing Scams' Target Elderly Women

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 12:13 pm

More than 50 people have reported being victims to the "blessing scams" in San Francisco over the last year. Their losses topped $1.5 million.
San Francisco district attorney's office

In Chinatowns around the country — in San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, New York — a peculiar financial scam is targeting elderly Chinese women.

This so-called "blessing scam" isn't much of a blessing. By asking lots of personal questions, the scammers convince their targets that they face terrible tragedy that they can only avoid if they place their valuables in a bag — and then pray over it. Usually, the victims place their jewelry and money in a bag that the thieves swap out for an identical one. And then the thieves tell the women not to open the bag for days.

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8:54am

Wed July 3, 2013
The Two-Way

Good Signs: Jobless Claims Dip And Job Growth Picks Up

A help wanted sign in the window of a clothing store in Pasadena, Calif., last month.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Three reports Wednesday morning all offer at least modestly good news about the U.S. economy:

-- There were 343,000 first-time claims for jobless benefits last week, down 5,000 from the week before, says the Employment and Training Administration.

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