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7:48am

Sat July 25, 2015
Business

5 Airlines Investigated For Post-Derailment Price-Gouging

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 11:12 pm

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5:09pm

Fri July 24, 2015
Parallels

Struggling Greek Businesses Choked By Money Controls

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 9:09 pm

A shop owner arranges his goods in central Athens on Monday. Greek banks have reopened, but capital controls remain in place.
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This week the Greek Parliament approved a set of reforms it hopes will lead a new bailout. The country remains under strict capital controls that bar people from sending money abroad. In a country that imports much of what it uses and eats, that's having a debilitating effect on the economy.

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5:09pm

Fri July 24, 2015
Health

Health Insurer Anthem To Buy Rival Cigna For Nearly $50 Billion

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 8:22 pm

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4:34pm

Fri July 24, 2015
The Salt

Salt Is Slowly Crippling California's Almond Industry

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 4:48 pm

Almond orchards across California are dealing with trees showing signs of stress from the drought, such as smaller nuts and salt-burned leaves.
Ezra Romero for NPR

As California's drought drags on, its almond industry has come under scrutiny. As you've probably heard by now, almonds use a lot of water — about one gallon per nut. Most growers are relying on groundwater even more this year, because their surface water has been cut off. But that brings a different problem all together: too much salt.

Not the salt added to make roasted almonds savory, but salt in groundwater – which is killing trees.

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3:14pm

Fri July 24, 2015
Shots - Health News

Anthem Deal For Cigna Would Hasten Health Insurance Consolidation

Anthem, headquartered in Indianapolis, would become an even bigger provider of health insurance if its deal for Cigna goes through.
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Anthem finally bagged its prey.

The Indianapolis-based health insurer Anthem reached an agreement Thursday to pay $54 billion for rival Cigna, based in Bloomfield, Conn. Cigna rejected a lower Anthem bid in June, calling it inadequate.

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10:10am

Fri July 24, 2015
Business

Anthem To Buy Health Insurance Rival Cigna

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8:06am

Fri July 24, 2015
The Two-Way

Anthem To Buy Cigna, Creating Largest Health Insurer By Enrollment

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 8:25 am

Anthem, headquartered in Indianapolis, is buying rival Cigna in a deal valued at $48 billion announced Friday.
Michael Conroy AP

Health insurer Anthem has struck a deal to acquire rival Cigna for $48 billion — a buyout that would create the country's largest health insurer by enrollment.

The combined entity would have an estimated revenue of $115 billion and cover 53 million people in the U.S.

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5:55am

Fri July 24, 2015
Business

The Financial Times, A Newspaper Success Story, Is Sold For $1.3 Billion

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 7:58 am

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6:26pm

Thu July 23, 2015
The Salt

House To States: Don't You Dare Demand GMO Labels

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 8:35 am

A label on a bag of popcorn indicates it is a non-GMO food. House Republicans on Thursday voted in favor of a law that would block states from mandating GMO labels.
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The argument over genetically modified food has been dominated, in recent years, by a debate over food labels — specifically, whether those labels should reveal the presence of GMOs.

The battle, until now, has gone state by state. California refused to pass a labeling initiative, but Maine, Connecticut and Vermont have now passed laws in favor of GMO labeling.

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2:56pm

Thu July 23, 2015
Shots - Health News

Administration Prods States To Scrutinize Insurers' Rate Hikes

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 8:29 am

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There's a battle brewing behind the scenes to keep health plans affordable for consumers. The Obama administration weighed in this week, sending letters to insurance regulators in every state and Washington, D.C., that ask them to take a closer look at rate requests before granting them.

Under the Affordable Care Act, state agencies largely retain the right to regulate premiums. So far only a handful have finalized premiums for the coming year, for which enrollment begins in November.

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