Business

4:32pm

Fri January 16, 2015
Business

Concept Cars, Once Outlandish, Now Vital To Auto Industry's Future

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 8:14 pm

Guests look over the Honda FCV fuel-cell-powered concept car during the media preview at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Concept cars tell us much more about the current state of the auto industry than the future of it.

Showcasing the latest in styling and technology, concept cars have been virtually absent from auto shows for the past few years, but now they're back with a vengeance.

The concept cars at the Detroit auto show this year look pretty normal, but Bill Visnic of Edmunds.com says it wasn't that long ago that concept cars were just plain wack.

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1:09pm

Fri January 16, 2015
The Salt

Food Trucks, Share The Lane. Food Bikes Are Merging Into The Business

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 4:15 pm

Charlie Wicker of Trailhead Coffee Roasters makes all of his deliveries within the 6-mile radius of urban Portland, Ore., on one of his custom-built cargo bikes. He can also pull over to brew and serve coffee.
John Lee Courtesy of Trailhead Coffee Roasters

When upscale food trucks roared into popularity a few years ago, the folks running them praised their rolling operations as far cheaper and simpler to launch than a bricks-and-mortar restaurant.

Now, entrepreneurs are finding similar advantages in food bikes.

Brewers, chefs, baristas and even farmers are turning to pedal-powered vehicles to bring their goods to consumers — and, sometimes, actually produce them on the street.

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1:04pm

Fri January 16, 2015
The Two-Way

Archdiocese Of St. Paul-Minneapolis Files Chapter 11

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 1:41 pm

St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt speaks at his office in St. Paul, Minn., in a photo taken in July. Nienstedt announced Friday that the archdiocese was filing for bankruptcy following more than a dozen claims from alleged sexual abuse victims.
Craig Lassig AP

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has become the 12th U.S. diocese forced into bankruptcy by claims from alleged victims of clergy sexual abuse.

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6:28am

Fri January 16, 2015
Law

Latest Judge's Ruling On BP Oil Spill Is Key To Upcoming Trial

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 7:59 am

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6:19am

Fri January 16, 2015
Politics

Obama Urges Congress To Make Paid Sick Leave Mandatory

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 7:59 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Leaders and thinkers in both major parties are starting a political bidding war. It's a competition to tackle inequality.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Democrats often label the problem income inequality.

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6:17am

Fri January 16, 2015
Business

White House Begins Implementing Changes In U.S.-Cuban Relations

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 7:59 am

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5:16am

Fri January 16, 2015
Business

How Cars Evolved Over The Last Decade

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 12:33 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

If you go for a drive this morning, look around at the other cars. The average car on American streets is more than a decade old. A lot of people put off new purchases during the recession and are just now getting back to buying.

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12:51am

Fri January 16, 2015
All Tech Considered

Tech Giants Will Pay $415 Million To Settle Employees' Lawsuit

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 10:04 am

Google, a company with a motto of "Don't Be Evil," is one of four tech companies paying $415 to settle a lawsuit that alleges collusion on employee wages and recruitment. The other defendants are Adobe, Apple and Intel.
Paul Sakuma AP

Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe have agreed to pay $415 million to settle a lawsuit that alleges they secretly conspired in their employee hiring practices, NPR's Aarti Shahani reports.

Plaintiffs say the companies set and limited employee salaries and agreed not to poach one another's workers, Aarti reports.

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6:17pm

Thu January 15, 2015
The Two-Way

Public Sales Of Google Glass To End Later This Month

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 7:42 am

Google co-founder Sergey Brin wears Google's Project Glass prototype publicly for the first time while attending a charity function in San Francisco. Google is suspending public sales of its first generation of Google Glass next week.
Corbett Lee AP

Google Glass Phase 1 is officially over. The Google Glass team posted a statement with the news to Google+ today. But the announcement says that Glass is not dead, it's just going through a "transition," and that the Google Glass team is "continuing to build for the future." The first, "Explorer," version of Glass was, according to the team, an "open beta" version, or basically a big, public test of the new product. The team didn't give a timeline for future versions.

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5:20pm

Thu January 15, 2015
Shots - Health News

Limited Insurance Choices Frustrate Patients In California

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 8:39 pm

Dennie and Kathy Wright sift through a stack of medical bills at their home in Indian Valley, Calif.
Pauline Bartolone for NPR

Dennie Wright lives in Indian Valley, a tiny alpine community at the northern end of the Sierra, close to the border with Nevada.

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