Business

11:48am

Wed March 20, 2013
Monkey See

Men Are From Mars, Women ... Love Cup Holders?

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 12:37 pm

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When you read the words of Clotaire Rapaille, a "French-born psychiatrist-turned-marketer" quoted in yesterday's interesting Slate article about the marketing of cars to women, it's hard not to read them in a voice that's sultry and French and not entirely serious, as if he's some kind of sales expert crossed with Pepe Le Pew (despite the fact that this doubtless has no basis in reality).

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10:44am

Wed March 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Chinese Solar Panel Maker Suntech Goes Bankrupt

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 2:25 pm

Workers at a Suntech plant in Wuxi last month.
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The future doesn't look so bright for China-based Suntech, one of the world's largest makers of solar panels: On Wednesday, it was forced into bankruptcy after missing a $541 million payment to bondholders.

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9:52am

Wed March 20, 2013
Planet Money

Is It Legal To Sell Your Old MP3s?

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 2:12 pm

Brenda Chase Newsmakers

Say you buy a textbook in another country, where textbooks are cheap. Then you bring the book back to the U.S. and sell it at a profit. Did you break the law?

No, you didn't. In a ruling that came down yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a student who had his friends and relatives buy textbooks in Thailand which he later re-sold in the U.S. on eBay.

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8:16am

Wed March 20, 2013
Law

Court:Reselling Books Bought Abroad Isn't A Copyright Violation

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 9:30 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with some books for resale.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: Start reading now. The Supreme Court has ruled that buying books overseas and reselling them in the United States does not violate copyright law. Yesterday's six/three decision comes as a relief to companies like eBay and Costco that resell all sorts of foreign goods.

NPR's Dan Bobkoff reports.

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8:16am

Wed March 20, 2013
Business

Judge Approves Hostess Snack Food Sales

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 9:30 am

Twinkies, Ho Hos and Ding Dongs will go to a pair of private equity firms. Wonder Bread will be sold to snack food maker Flowers Food. The Beefsteak brand of bread will go to a Mexican company.

8:16am

Wed March 20, 2013
Economy

Is The Housing Market Finally Back On Track?

For more on the housing industry, Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal.

8:04am

Wed March 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Cyprus Scrambles For 'Plan B' Bailout

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 8:48 am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures as she leaves a parliamentary session on Wednesday in Berlin.
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Cypriot politicians are busy trying to come up with an alternative plan to raise the cash needed to stave off a collapse of its banking sector after they unanimously rejected an international bailout package that would have imposed a levy on the nation's savings accounts.

Here's a quick look at some of Wednesday's developments:

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3:09am

Wed March 20, 2013
Shots - Health News

Law Says Insurers Should Pay For Breast Pumps, But Which Ones?

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 9:30 am

Some insurers prefer to pay for manual breast pumps, but some working moms prefer more expensive, electric models.
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Pediatricians and health officials are eager to encourage breast-feeding as one of the best and most economical ways to protect a baby's health.

To that end, the federal Affordable Care Act requires that health insurance plans provide new mothers with equipment and services to help make those feedings easier.

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3:07am

Wed March 20, 2013
Economy

For Some Ready To Buy, A Good Home Is Hard To Find

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 9:30 am

Bove gets text alerts of new homes coming on the market.
Lauren Rock for NPR

The first day of spring typically signals the high season for open houses and home sales.

The season seems to have arrived early in some places where homebuying is already frenzied, and in many markets, the pendulum has swung from an excess of homes on the market a few years ago to a shortage.

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3:06am

Wed March 20, 2013
Financial Basics For Baby Boomers

Annuities Explained: The Choices And Red Flags

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 9:32 am

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Companies are licking their chops at the prospect of a wave of baby boomers leaving their jobs with trillions of dollars in 401(k)s and other savings accounts, so older Americans may find themselves bombarded with ads for annuities. And younger boomers, too, may be targeted, since many are helping their parents with investment decisions.

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