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5:18am

Thu April 9, 2015
Business

Rail Operators Aim To Do More Short-Distance Hauling

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 7:34 am

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5:03am

Thu April 9, 2015
Planet Money

CEO Describes What It's Like When Investors Bet Against You

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 12:29 pm

The online furniture company Wayfair is now one of the most shorted stocks. Our Planet Money team talks to its CEO about what it's like to be running a company when some investors are betting on your fall.

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4:07am

Thu April 9, 2015
It's All Politics

Obama To Address Caribbean's 'Economic Achilles' Heel' — Energy

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 5:16 pm

Night in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Analysts warn a sudden energy shortage in the Caribbean could create security problems not far from U.S. shores and even trigger mass migration. But thanks to its domestic energy boom, the U.S. has a rare opportunity to get out in front of the crisis and possibly build some goodwill of its own.
Hector Retamal AFP/Getty Images

President Obama is in Jamaica on Thursday, meeting with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and more than a dozen other leaders from throughout the Caribbean. It's the first stop on a three-day tour that also includes a hemispheric summit meeting in Panama. Topping Thursday's agenda is a looming energy crunch in the Caribbean, and a chance for the U.S. to seize the initiative there from leftist leaders in Venezuela.

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3:28am

Thu April 9, 2015
Goats and Soda

She's 66 And Finally Getting Electricity. Bring On The Ice Cream!

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 4:56 pm

Monique Yusizanna Ouz, 66, is going to have electricity for the first time in her life.
Carrie Kahn/NPR

In the village of Tuffet, a rocky 45-minute drive from the closest city along Haiti's southern coast, several men get down to work in Monique Yusizanna Ouz's rural home. They're wiring up her two-room, dirt floor house with a breaker box, an outlet and a light fixture.

She's 66 years old, and for the first time in her life, she's going to have electricity.

Ouz, who has five grandchildren, wants a refrigerator. She wants cold drinks — for herself but also to sell. And she wants ice cream, too.

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6:37pm

Wed April 8, 2015
The Two-Way

Icy Traffic Jam On Lake Superior Has 18 Ships Stuck

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 4:08 pm

United States Coast Guard ships break up ice in eastern Lake Superior on Tuesday.
Kenneth Armstrong Reuters/Landov

Huge ice chunks stacked some 8 feet deep on Lake Superior have left 18 freighters stuck. The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards have gotten involved, sending Canadian icebreakers and American vessels to help the ships break free from Whitefish Bay.

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4:49pm

Wed April 8, 2015
The Salt

The Latest Item On McDonald's Shifting Menu: A $5 Burger

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 6:39 pm

The new Sirloin Third Pound burgers will be offered at McDonald's starting later this month, for a limited time.
Courtesy of McDonald's

McDonald's has been struggling in recent years to keep pace with fast-casual chains like Five Guys and Chipotle Mexican Grill.

So the fast-food giant is testing different menu options to lure back customers. Starting later this month, McDonald's diners will be able to choose a $4.99 sandwich — the Sirloin Third Pound burger.

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4:13pm

Wed April 8, 2015
Business

Shell's Big Deal Could Shift Global Landscape Of Gas Business

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 6:23 pm

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1:45pm

Wed April 8, 2015
The Two-Way

The 'Netflix Of Books' Hopes To Open Up The E-Book Market

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 5:49 pm

With the launch of its e-bookstore on Wednesday, Oyster is, well, turning the page on its business model. And so far, the big publishers are open to the change.
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Oyster, the subscription e-book service, announced Wednesday that it will be doing something that's a little bit retro: selling e-books the old-fashioned way, just one at a time.

Since its launch in 2013, Oyster has founded its brand — and earned the auspicious nickname "Netflix of books" — on a monthly payment model not unlike an all-you-can-eat buffet. Now, if readers would like to order just one of those dishes, so to speak, they can. Oyster has expanded its service to include an e-bookstore, which can also be accessed by those without a subscription.

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11:58am

Wed April 8, 2015
The Salt

In Korea, Spam Isn't Junk Meat — It's A Treat

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 3:37 pm

Spam is a staple in South Korea's supermarkets.
Matt Stiles NPR

11:57am

Wed April 8, 2015
The Two-Way

Royal Dutch Shell's $70 Billion Deal For BG Would Create Gas Giant

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 2:00 pm

A flag bearing the logo of Royal Dutch Shell flies outside the head office in The Hague, Netherlands. The energy company said Wednesday that it has agreed to buy gas producer BG Group for $70 billion.
Peter Dejong AP

Petroleum giant Royal Dutch Shell says it has agreed to buy the BG Group for about $70 billion in cash and shares — in what would be one of the biggest energy mergers in at least a decade.

NPR's Jim Zarroli reports that the deal for British BG Group would "put Shell on track to become the world's largest publicly traded oil and gas company within a few years, bypassing ExxonMobil."

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