Business

11:15am

Wed March 5, 2014
The Two-Way

Italian Publisher Launches Pope Francis Fan Magazine

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 11:51 am

Publisher Mondadori provided this image of the first issue of Il Mio Papa (My Pope) on Tuesday, a day before it was slated to hit Italian newsstands.
Uncredited AP

Pope Francis, fresh from getting his picture on the cover of Rolling Stone, now graces the pages of a new Italian fan magazine devoted to His Holiness.

But the pontiff tells an Italian newspaper that he views all the attention as "offensive."

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8:58am

Wed March 5, 2014
The Two-Way

Job Growth Was Weak Again In February, ADP Survey Shows

The scene at a job fair last year in Emeryville, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Private employers added only 139,000 jobs to their payrolls in February and job growth in January was even less than previously thought, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report.

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7:46am

Wed March 5, 2014
Business

Obama's Budget: Magic Wand Or Club?

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 11:02 am

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on his 2015 budget plan Tuesday at Powell Elementary School in Washington.
Pool Getty Images

Think of the budget plan released Tuesday by President Obama as a magic wand. If he could wave it and make every line come true, how would the U.S. economy look?

Like this:

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6:50am

Wed March 5, 2014
Business

The Town Where Everyone Talks About Death

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 2:05 pm

Downtown La Crosse, Wisconsin.
J. Stephen Conn Flickr

George Phillips has his death planned out. His wife Betty has planned hers. They have filled out an advance directive, outlining how they want to die.

Their neighbors across the street have filled out the same paperwork, as has the family next door. In fact, in La Crosse, Wisconsin, you're unusual if you don't have a plan for your death. Some 96 percent of people who die in La Crosse have an advance directive or similar documentation. Nationally, only about 30 percent of adults have a document like that.

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5:13am

Wed March 5, 2014
Business

House Approves Measure To Ease Flood Insurance Hikes

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 9:17 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

The House overwhelmingly passed legislation last night to undo flood insurance reform that Congress passed less than two years ago. When homeowners started calling lawmakers about sharp premium hikes, both chambers moved swiftly to ease the pain.

NPR's Ailsa Chang reports.

AILSA CHNAG, BYLINE: In 2012, Democrat Maxine Waters of California put her name on a bill that was meant to help the National Flood Insurance Program dig itself out of huge debt. Last night, she said she made a big mistake.

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5:02am

Wed March 5, 2014
Business

Air Travel Expected To Reach 2008 Levels

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 9:17 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with spring in the air.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

GREENE: The airline industry trade group Airlines for America released its Spring 2014 projections today. The report predicts a record-breaking season for international flights on U.S. airlines, forecasting 17.1 million travelers from March 1st to April 30th. Combined with domestic flights, air travel is expected to reach its highest levels since 2008. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

5:02am

Wed March 5, 2014
Business

Chipotle Issues Guacamole Warning

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 9:17 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And our last word in business is: Holy Guacamole.

Chipotle goes through a staggering amount of avocados to make its fresh guacamole - 97,000 pounds of avocados every day. That adds up to 35 and a half million pounds of avocados every year.

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3:07am

Wed March 5, 2014
All Tech Considered

Technology May Turn You Into A Bigger Tipper

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 2:24 pm

Figuring out how much to tip, and when, is a delicate science. Some businesses are integrating technology into how you pay to encourage you to tip more.
Dan Bobkoff NPR

You're probably used to rounding up the total on your taxi ride or dropping a buck in a jar at the coffee shop. Now, new high-tech ways to pay nudge you to tip more generously and more often.

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5:39pm

Tue March 4, 2014
Economy

Severe Weather Socks The Economy, But Full Impact Is Unclear

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 6:31 pm

It's too cold to eat out.
John Moore Getty Images

The economy often absorbs the impact of snowstorms, such as this week's storm, without much trouble, but this winter the weather is doing more damage than usual.

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5:33pm

Tue March 4, 2014
The Two-Way

RadioShack To Close 1,000 Stores Nationwide Amid Big Losses

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 6:10 pm

People walk by a Radio Shack storefront on Tuesday in San Francisco.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

RadioShack said Tuesday it will close 1,100 retail stores across the country amid a disappointing fourth quarter, in a sign that the electronics retailer is ceding ever-more market share to big box stores and online providers, such as Amazon.

CEO Joseph Magnacca said the closings would leave the company with more than 4,000 U.S. stores still operating. RadioShack did not say which of its stores it planned to shutter.

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