Business

3:40am

Tue June 24, 2014
Parallels

Cuba's Budding Entrepreneurs Travel A Rocky Road Toward Success

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 12:57 pm

Cuban entrepreneur Barbara Fernandez Franco oversees two employees in the small living room of her home in Havana, the Cuban capital. Her boyfriend, Michel Perez Casanova (right), works in the tourism industry but also helps with her business.
David Gilkey NPR

When Americans think of business in Cuba, they think of government-owned enterprise. And the vast majority of Cubans do work for the state.

But in recent years, private business owners known as cuentapropistas have flourished on the island.

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3:28am

Tue June 24, 2014
The Salt

Tequila Nation: Mexico Reckons With Its Complicated Spirit

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 5:54 pm

Blue agaves grow in a plantation for the production of tequila in Arandas, Jalisco state, Mexico, in December 2010. In the past 20 years, tequila has become fashionable all over the world, demonstrating that producers' international sales strategy has been a great success.
Hector Guerrero AFP/Getty Images

The Mexican town of Tequila in the western state of Jalisco is the heart of a region that produces the legendary spirit. Any bottle of tequila must be made from the Weber Blue species of agave, grown and distilled in this region.

Field after field of agave gives this land a blue hue, defining an economy and its traditions.

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3:27am

Tue June 24, 2014
Environment

As Sea Levels Rise, Norfolk Is Sinking And Planning

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 11:25 am

The naval base at Norfolk has had to build two levels to its docks to accommodate rising sea levels. The water level has risen about 1 1/2 feet since 1920.
Yuki Noguchi NPR

From the water's edge in Norfolk, Va., the U.S. naval base spans the whole horizon. Aircraft carriers, supply centers, barracks and admirals' homes fill a vast expanse.

But Ray Toll, a retired naval oceanographer, says the "majority of [the naval base], if not all of it" is at risk of flooding "because it's so low and it's flat."

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3:26am

Tue June 24, 2014
NPR Story

With Cash And Fat Fryers, Americans Feed Cuba's Growing Free Market

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 12:38 pm

A man stands in line at Miami International airport to board a charter flight to Havana, Cuba. Travelers often fly to Cuba from the U.S. with piles of goods, despite a decades-long trade embargo.
David Gilkey NPR

Every day, you can see signs of a subtle change in relations between Cuba and the U.S. at Miami International Airport.

More Cubans than ever before are coming to the U.S. to visit, and the number of Cuban-Americans traveling back to the island is also at record levels. With all the visitors, money and goods are now traveling to the island from the United States.

It's a legal loophole in the 50-year-old trade embargo — one that's having a real impact on Cuba's economy, and allowing Cuban-Americans to become investors in Cuba's emerging private sector.

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4:07pm

Mon June 23, 2014
Law

U.S. Tip-Toes Closer To Unprecedented Fine On French Banking Giant

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 8:07 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

U.S. officials are close to a multibillion-dollar settlement with the giant, French bank BNP Pariba over allegations of sanctions violations. The bank is expected to admit that its affiliates did business with countries subject to U.S. economic sanctions - Sudan, Cuba and Iran. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.

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9:27am

Mon June 23, 2014
Opinion

Meanstruation: HelloFlo's Mother-Daughter War Is Funny, And Sad

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:20 am

The new commercial from HelloFlo, which markets menstruation care packages for tweens, features a girl whose mother throws her a "first moon party."
HelloFlo/YouTube

HelloFlo's new ad for "period starter kits" is getting a lot of hype, and deservedly so, as it is a refreshing break from any other ad campaign about the agony surrounding the curse of Eve.

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6:23am

Mon June 23, 2014
Politics

Administration Focuses On Challenges Working Families Face

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 11:11 am

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5:29am

Mon June 23, 2014
Business

Amazon Relents: Begins Selling Rowling's 'Silkworm'

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 11:11 am

J.K. Rowling's new book, The Silkworm, has been caught up in Amazon's ongoing fight with publisher Hachette Book Group. Amazon has been delaying delivery on more than 5,000 of Hachette's titles

5:22am

Mon June 23, 2014
Business

Sting's Kids Better Not Plan On Being Left A Big Inheritance

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 11:11 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And now to our last word in business - stung. There was a tough public revelation for the children of pop-star Sting over the weekend.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The man who once sang (singing) if you love somebody, set them free - must love his children a lot because he's really setting them free. The former lead singer of The Police told Britain's Mail On Sunday newspaper that his offspring will not be inheriting any of his estimated $300 million fortune.

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3:39am

Mon June 23, 2014
Business

As Carmakers Recall Vehicles, Dealers Might Make A Profit

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 5:20 am

Chevrolet dealerships like this one might actually benefit from General Motors' recall of millions of cars — as long as customers don't have to wait too long for their repairs.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

The auto industry is cruising toward a record number of safety recalls: GM has recalled 20 million vehicles in the first six months of this year, and most carmakers have lowered the bar for the kind of problems that'll have them sending you back to your local dealers.

But while that sounds like bad news, it turns out that recalls can have an upside — at least for car dealers.

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