Business

5:31am

Wed December 10, 2014
The Salt

Mexican Megafarms Supplying U.S. Market Are Rife With Labor Abuses

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 9:06 pm

At the end of the day, Roma tomatoes are ready for transport in Cristo Rey in the state of Sinaloa. Half the tomatoes consumed in the U.S. come from Mexico.
Don Bartletti Los Angeles Times

"Product of Mexico" — it's a label you see on fruit and vegetable stickers in supermarkets across the U.S.

It's also the name of an investigative series appearing this week in the Los Angeles Times.

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4:54am

Wed December 10, 2014
Movies

'The Interview,' The Hack, And The Movie Studio Dealing With The Fallout

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 6:23 am

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4:54am

Wed December 10, 2014
Economy

Cheap Crops Mean Tight Times For Midwest's Fledgling Farmers

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 6:18 pm

Like many beginning farmers, Grant Curtis wants to invest in his operation, but expectations of low prices are tying his hands.
Abby Wendle Harvest Public Media

Farmers who just got into the business in recent years found it was a good time to both plant and harvest.

"We were all spoiled little brats the past two years, with $5, $6, $7 corn, yep," says farmer Grant Curtis.

He's sitting in the captain's chair of his combine on a brisk, overcast day in western Illinois. He's driving back and forth over rows of corn on his family's farm. Then he arcs the 80,000-pound machine off course towards a single stalk he missed.

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4:54am

Wed December 10, 2014
Business

Justices: If You Aren't Working, No Pay, Even If You Can't Leave

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 6:23 am

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7:06pm

Tue December 9, 2014
The Salt

In Europe, Ugly Sells In The Produce Aisle

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 6:20 pm

Intermarche/Vimeo

In Europe, the ugly ducklings of the produce aisle are increasingly admired for their inner swans.

Call it the return of unsightly fruit.

Retailers (at least in Europe and the U.S.) by default now cater to the perfectionist shopper who prefers only the plump, round tomato or the unblemished apple to grace the fruit bowl. But many fruits and vegetables, while edible and nutritious, don't measure up.

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4:26pm

Tue December 9, 2014
Business

Tenn. VW Plant Closer To Unionizing With UAW Agreement

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 6:47 pm

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4:16pm

Tue December 9, 2014
Law

Supreme Court Rules Employers Are Not Required To Pay For Security Time

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 5:03 pm

The court's ruling came Tuesday in a case involving Amazon warehouses and a temp agency, Integrity Staffing Solutions Inc. Hourly workers were required to wait in line for an average of 25 minutes after they clocked out.
Ross Franklin AP

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that companies do not have to pay workers for time spent in anti-theft security screening at the end of a shift.

The decision is a major victory for retail enterprises and manufacturing businesses that could have been on the hook for billions of dollars in back pay for time spent in security screenings.

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5:11am

Tue December 9, 2014
Business

Ireland Softens Under Pressure To Drop Its Corporate 'Duty-Free Zone'

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 12:27 pm

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5:00am

Tue December 9, 2014
Media

New Republic Staffers Saw A Clash Between Its Mission And New Methods

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 12:27 pm

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5:00am

Tue December 9, 2014
Environment

Scientists Track Down Serious Methane Leaks In Natural Gas Wells

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 12:27 pm

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