Business

9:21am

Thu August 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Economy Was Stronger Than Thought In Second Quarter

Stronger-than-thought exports produced stronger-than-thought economic growth in the spring. (2010 file photo from the Port of Miami.)
Joe Raedle Getty Images

The U.S. economy expanded at a 2.5 percent annual rate in the second quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis said Thursday.

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8:12am

Thu August 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Largest Strike So Far By Fast-Food Workers Set For Thursday

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 9:45 am

Outside a Taco Bell restaurant in Warren, Mich., early Thursday, supporters of the push by fast-food workers to raise the minimum wage were marching.
Jessica J. Trevino MCT/Landov

Organizers say workers at fast-food restaurants in cities across the nation will walk off their jobs Thursday in what's expected to be the largest such strike so far, The Associated Press writes.

As the wire service adds:

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7:35am

Thu August 29, 2013
Business

Hello Kitty: Updated Monopoly Game Available

The Monopoly game hitting store shelves contains a sleek kitty, which will join the classic Scottie dog and top hat. Fans adopted the cat in an online vote earlier this year. The company shelved the iron after a 78 year run.

4:45am

Thu August 29, 2013
Business

In Colombia, Starbucks To Take On Juan Valdez

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 1:07 pm

Drew Angerer AP

Seattle-based coffee giant Starbucks has announced it's going to expand to Colombia.

The country is known for its Arabica beans and for the mythical coffee farmer Juan Valdez. He's helped sell Colombia's coffee for 50 years. Starbucks has cafes in 50 countries. And now, it's coming to perhaps the country most associated with coffee.

Howard Schultz, the company's chief executive, announced that the first shop will open in Bogota in 2014, followed by 50 more cafes and in other cities over five years.

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4:45am

Thu August 29, 2013
Business

Ford Fusion Cruises Off Dealers' Lots

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 6:51 am

Ford is ramping up production of the popular midsized car. The automaker is adding 1,400 workers, and a second shift at one of its Detroit area plants. The Fusion has helped deliver the best numbers the automaker has seen since 2006.

4:45am

Thu August 29, 2013
Business

In Spain, You Have To Pay To Play

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 7:13 am

Bunol, Spain, held its annual La Tomatina food fight on Wednesday. About 20,000 people pelted each other with tomatoes. Money is tight in Spain these days, with the country deep in recession. So for the first time, participants had to pay for the right to smear each other with some 130 tons of overripe, dripping produce.

4:45am

Thu August 29, 2013
Around the Nation

Why A Seattle Restaurant Owner Is Against 'Living Wage' Laws

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 6:47 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

So let's get back to the home of Starbucks - Seattle. There, even as fast food workers have been protesting for higher pay, what they call a living wage in many cities, one of Seattle's best known restaurant owners has just upped the pay of his workers on his own.

Tom Douglas owns 14 restaurants and bakeries in Seattle. And even though he resents the idea of a law telling him how much to pay his workers, Douglas raised the pay for hundreds of his dishwashers and cooks. He joined us to talk more about why.

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3:32am

Thu August 29, 2013
The Salt

For Restaurant Workers, A Struggle To Put Food On The Table

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 11:27 am

Losia Nyankale helps daughter Jonessa and son Juliean learn the alphabet. Nyankale, who works in a restaurant in Washington, D.C., says she needs food stamps and child-care subsidies to make ends meet.
Jennifer Ludden NPR

Losia Nyankale, 29, didn't mean to make a career in the restaurant business. But after Nyankale was in college for two years, her mom lost her job as a schoolteacher and could no longer pay tuition. Then, Nyankale's temp jobs in bookkeeping dried up in the recession. So she went back to her standby — restaurant work.

"I did some kitchen work. The pantries or the salad station," she says. "I've also managed, supervised, wash[ed] dishes."

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3:30am

Thu August 29, 2013
All Tech Considered

To Attract Millennials, Automakers Look To Smartphones

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 3:47 pm

Audi's night vision assistant, an example of how car companies are making cars that are part of drivers' digital lives.
Courtesy of Audi

Part of a series of stories produced in collaboration with Youth Radio on the changing car culture in America.

In an effort to attract young people to cars, automakers have set up shop in Silicon Valley and are looking to the digital world as a way to lure them.

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5:57pm

Wed August 28, 2013
Planet Money

Photos: The Planet Money T-Shirt Goes To Indonesia

Robert Smith NPR

This week, Jess Jiang and Robert Smith visited the factory in Indonesia where U.S. cotton was spun into yarn for the Planet Money T-shirt. (They also visited several other factories.) Here are some of the pictures Robert posted to our T-Shirt Tumblr.

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