Business

4:24pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Business

Fashion Retailers Agree To Safety Plan After Factory Collapse

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 5:42 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

It's been three weeks since a factory collapsed in Bangladesh's garment sector, killing more than 1,000 people. Today, several major retailers that buy clothing made in the country signed onto an ambitious safety plan meant to prevent future tragedies. The agreement is being applauded by worker advocates around the world.

To tell us what's in it, we're joined by NPR's Jim Zarroli. And Jim, give us the details. What does the agreement say, and what does it actually commit retailers to do?

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3:14pm

Mon May 13, 2013
All Tech Considered

Facebook Users Question $20 Million Settlement Over Ads

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 5:42 pm

Dado Ruvic Reuters/Landov

A San Francisco judge will decide this month whether to approve a settlement in a class-action lawsuit that could affect more than 70 million Facebook users. The $20 million deal would mark the end of a years-long battle over the social network's "Sponsored Stories" advertising.

But Facebook users' images could still appear in ads if they don't change their settings. And many users say the deal before the judge doesn't go far enough to protect their privacy.

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2:07pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Business

Bangladesh Reveals Uphill Battle For Fair Trade Clothes

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 3:24 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. More than two weeks after a building collapse in Bangladesh, the number of bodies recovered stands at over 1,100. The building housed four factories that manufactured clothing. Bangladesh is the world's second-largest clothing exporter, in part because of a minimum wage of $37 a month, and in part because already lax fire and safety regulations were rarely enforced.

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11:57am

Mon May 13, 2013
Economy

Is The Housing Recovery Just A Mirage?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, as we head into graduation season, we want to talk about a new report about changes and challenges at the nation's historically black colleges and universities. That's coming up. But first, it's also the beginning of what has been historically the spring home buying season.

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11:57am

Mon May 13, 2013
Around the Nation

Should Food Stamps Pay To Indulge A Sweet Tooth?

Millions of Americans rely on food stamps to keep from going hungry. They can also use them to buy sugary drinks. Some groups, including the National Center for Public Policy Research, say that's not right. Host Michel Martin discusses this with the Center's Justin Danhof, and University of Illinois Professor Craig Gundersen.

11:34am

Mon May 13, 2013
Planet Money

A First Job Is Like A First Date, And Other Advice For Graduation Day

Don't overcommit.
Butch Dill AP

We asked a bunch of economists what they would say if they were giving a commencement address this spring. Here are some excerpts from their responses.

Justin Wolfers:

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7:03am

Mon May 13, 2013
The Record

Covering Pop Hits On YouTube Is Starting To Pay

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 2:32 pm

Tyler Ward says he was able to buy a car and a house with money he made posting videos of himself covering pop hits on YouTube.
Courtesy of the artist

4:21am

Mon May 13, 2013
Business

Wall Street Complains About Bloomberg Reporters' Access To Info

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:41 am

Giant financial data company Bloomberg is acknowledging that some of its subscribers were tracked by the company's reporters. The reporters were allowed to see what kind of information the subscribers were looking at and how long it had been since they logged on. The tracking came to light after Goldman Sachs Raised questions about the practice. Over the weekend, the Federal Reserve said it is looking into whether its employees were tracked as well.

4:21am

Mon May 13, 2013
Business

Business News

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:41 am

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(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a big recall for jeeps.

Chrysler is recalling about 470,000 Jeep SUVs worldwide. Certain Jeep Grand Cherokees and Commanders are being recalled because the transmission could shift by itself - from park into neutral - with no warning to the driver. The source of the problem: cracks in the circuit board that can cause a faulty signal on start-up.

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4:21am

Mon May 13, 2013
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:41 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Today's last word in business is: The Cat's meow.

Last summer, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis hosted the first-ever Internet Cat Video Festival. Yes, that happened. The festival featured 70 minutes of Internet cat videos.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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