Business

2:59am

Wed January 21, 2015
Shots - Health News

Tax Preparers Get Ready To Be Bearers Of Bad News About Health Law

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 4:17 pm

Lou Graham prepares taxes in Connecticut and is ready to answer client questions about the Affordable Care Act.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

Are you thinking about tax day yet? Your friendly neighborhood tax preparer is. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen declared this tax season one of the most complicated ever, partly because this is the first year that the Affordable Care Act will show up on your tax form.

Tax preparers from coast to coast are trying to get ready. Sue Ellen Smith manages an H&R Block office in San Francisco, and she is expecting things to get busy soon.

"This year taxes and health care intersect in a brand-new way," Smith says.

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7:23pm

Tue January 20, 2015
The Two-Way

J.C. Penney Brings Back Its Print Catalog, After A 5-Year Hiatus

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 8:05 am

A J.C. Penney store in a Pembroke Pines, Fla., shopping center. The company's resurrected print catalog will be much thinner than its previous "Big Book," which was sometimes 1,000 pages.
J Pat Carter AP

After more than five years away, and at a significantly smaller weight, J.C. Penney Co.'s print catalog is back. The company discontinued its often 1,000-page "Big Book" in 2009 and phased out several smaller, specialty catalogs over the past few years as well. But the company announced this week that it's re-entering the print catalog game.

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4:54pm

Tue January 20, 2015
Politics

Obama Could Get More Cheers From Republicans On Trade

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 11:25 am

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4:28pm

Tue January 20, 2015
Media

U.K. Tabloid 'The Sun' Ends Topless Tradition

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 11:25 am

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12:48pm

Tue January 20, 2015
The Salt

How Your Food Gets The 'Non-GMO' Label

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 2:41 pm

Demand is growing for GMO-free labels on food products, according to the Non-GMO Project, one of the principal suppliers of the label.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Demand for products that don't contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, is exploding.

Now many food companies are seeking certification for products that don't have any genetically modified ingredients, and not just the brands popular in the health food aisle. Even Cheerios, that iconic cereal from General Mills, no longer contains GMOs.

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8:07am

Tue January 20, 2015
Economy

State Of The Union Will Tout Progress, But Is The Economy Fixed?

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 12:09 pm

President Obama greets lawmakers as he leaves after delivering the 2014 State of Union address to a joint session of Congress.
Larry Downing AP

In so many ways, Jan. 20, 2009, was a frightful day to be taking the oath of office.

The U.S. economy was in free fall as Barack Obama rose to deliver his inaugural address. "We are in the midst of crisis," he said. "Homes have been lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered."

Exactly six years later, Obama is returning to Capitol Hill to deliver a State of the Union address at 9 p.m. EST. He is expected to highlight the economic progress that has been made since that frigid Day One — and call for more changes.

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6:53am

Tue January 20, 2015
Europe

Why Europe's Economy Threatens Global Growth

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 7:58 am

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6:23am

Tue January 20, 2015
Politics

Obama To Press For Higher Taxes On Wealthy Taxpayers

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 2:01 pm

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6:20am

Tue January 20, 2015
Business

U.S. Should End Its Export Ban On Crude Oil, Study Says

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 7:58 am

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5:09am

Tue January 20, 2015
Politics

IRS Budget Cuts May Make For An Unpleasant Tax Filing Season

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:18 pm

Susan Walsh AP

The Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday began accepting tax returns electronically, and paper returns will begin to be processed at the same time. In a statement, the IRS reminded taxpayers that filing electronically is the most accurate way to file a tax return and the fastest way to get a refund.

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