Business

4:25am

Thu April 23, 2015
Around the Nation

Oklahomans Feel Way More Earthquakes Than Californians; Now They Know Why

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 2:25 pm

Austin Holland, research seismologist at the Oklahoma Geological Survey, gestures to a chart of Oklahoma earthquakes in June 2014 as he talks about recent earthquake activity at his offices at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. The state had three times as many earthquakes as California last year.
Sue Ogrocki AP

A magnitude-3.0 earthquake is small, but most people can feel it. Historically, Oklahoma got less than two of those a year, but in 2013 it became two a week.

It's only gotten more active since then — last year, the state had three times as many earthquakes as in the entire seismically active state of California.

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4:22am

Thu April 23, 2015
U.S.

Some Companies Fight Pay Gap By Eliminating Salary Negotiations

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 10:56 am

Women stage a protest demanding equal pay for women at a 2012 rally in Miami.
J Pat Carter AP

When it comes to negotiating salaries, the research is pretty clear: women are less assertive than men. It's one reason women who start their careers with a narrower pay gap see it widen over time.

Carnegie Mellon economics professor Linda Babcock, who studies the gender pay gap, says men are four times more likely to negotiate their pay. That keeps women at a disadvantage, though they're not always aware of it.

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5:57pm

Wed April 22, 2015
The Two-Way

New Orleans Bans Smoking In Bars, Restaurants

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 6:55 pm

A sign outside The Red Door lounge last weekend warned about the impending smoking ban in New Orleans.
Gerald Herbert AP

You can take your drinks outside on Bourbon Street, but you can no longer bring your smokes indoors.

Effective Wednesday, New Orleans has banned smoking in bars, restaurants and casinos.

The New York Times published an intriguing look at the city's nightlife spots as the ban went into effect.

Here's an excerpt:

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4:51pm

Wed April 22, 2015
Business

Comcast, Time Warner Push For Merger Approval Amid Opposition

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 8:17 am

Federal regulators are considering whether to approve the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Officials of Comcast and Time Warner Cable met Wednesday with federal regulators to discuss the companies' proposed $45 billion merger. The deal would create a single company that would control large parts of the cable TV and broadband Internet markets.

A published report said recently that Justice Department staff members have decided to oppose the deal on antitrust grounds. But company officials are using a lot of firepower to get the deal approved.

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4:27pm

Wed April 22, 2015
Performing Arts

Actors' Equity Implements $9 Minimum Wage For LA's Small Theaters

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 7:59 pm

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4:27pm

Wed April 22, 2015
Law

Closing Arguments Begin In AIG Bailout Case

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 7:59 pm

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3:11pm

Wed April 22, 2015
The Two-Way

Google Announces Foray Into The Wireless Business

Google announced on Wednesday that it is venturing into the wireless business by offering a service called "Project Fi."

Essentially, Google is using the Sprint and T-Mobile networks to provide wireless access to users of Google Nexus 6 phones.

That means that service will be limited, but the real news here is that Google is offering the service with a novel pricing scheme in which customers only pay for the data that they use.

Here's how Google explains it in a blog post:

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12:35pm

Wed April 22, 2015
The Two-Way

Bail For Alleged Flash Crash Trader Set At More Than $7M

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 3:33 am

A British man who U.S. prosecutors say contributed to the 2010 flash crash on Wall Street has told a London court that he opposes extradition to the U.S.

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12:03pm

Wed April 22, 2015
NPR Ed

Could It Be? Researchers Find A Hiring Bias That Favors Women

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 3:14 pm

LA Johnson/NPR

Think, for just a moment, about the last job you applied for.

If you didn't get the job (apologies), did you get an interview? If not, did you feel some hidden forces, beyond your control, working against you?

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8:49am

Wed April 22, 2015
Goats and Soda

Why Somali Grandmas And Aid Workers Might Be Short On Cash

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 3:48 pm

A Somali woman counts the cash she collected from a money transfer service in Mogadishu, the capital city.
Farah Abdi Warsameh AP

A Somali who's living and working abroad wants to send money to his grandmother in a remote village. A money transfer company gets the cash delivered in a flash.

An aid organization wants to pay its Somali staff. Again, money transfer companies do the job in a country where the banking system shut down in 1991, when the government collapsed.

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