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6:43am

Wed May 13, 2015
Business

Subscriptions We No Longer Need: Do You Still Have An AOL Account?

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 1:59 pm

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6:14am

Wed May 13, 2015
Politics

Vote On Obama's Fast-Track Trade Bill Blocked By Senate Democrats

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 2:43 pm

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6:13am

Wed May 13, 2015
Television

Show On ABC Is Part Of Disney's Effort To Revive Muppet Franchise

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 7:58 am

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3:22am

Wed May 13, 2015
The Salt

Puerto Rico Wants To Grow Your Next Cup Of Specialty Coffee

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 5:48 pm

Elena Biamon holds coffee berries grown on her farm near Jayuya, a town in Puerto Rico's mountainous interior.
Greg Allen NPR

Puerto Rico used to produce some of the best coffee in the world — but that was more than a century ago.

Today, Puerto Rico's coffee crop is just a fraction of what it was then, and little is exported. But there's a movement on the island to improve quality and rebuild Puerto Rico's coffee industry.

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7:53pm

Tue May 12, 2015
The Two-Way

China Smartphone Sales Shrink, Market 'Increasingly Saturated,' Report Says

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 9:39 am

Analysts say so many people in China already have smartphones, to sell more units, manufacturers will have to convince them to upgrade.
Andy Wong AP

Smartphone sales in China contracted by about 4 percent year-on-year from January through March, according to International Data Corp., the American market analysis firm. Sales for the first quarter were just under 100 million. IDC says this is the first time in six years that the smartphone market in China declined year-on-year.

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5:38pm

Tue May 12, 2015
Your Money

You've Saved Money At The Pump. Why Aren't You Spending It?

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 7:48 pm

A customer fuels his car at a gas station in Pembroke, Mass. Economists say Americans have been slow to spend the money they saved from lower energy prices.
Stephan Savoia AP

Even though it's crept up in the past couple of months, the price of a gallon of gasoline is still about $1 less than it was a year ago. That's saving drivers $15 to $20 every time they fill up.

Economists were quite convinced late last year that would boost growth because consumers would go out and spend that extra money. But things have not unfolded exactly as forecast.

There's no doubt the plunge in oil prices and the lower costs for gasoline, heating oil and natural gas gave consumers a big windfall.

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4:34pm

Tue May 12, 2015
Business

Verizon Buys AOL In $4.4 Billion Deal

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 7:22 pm

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4:34pm

Tue May 12, 2015
Pop Culture

Just How Do 'Thomas & Friends' Drive Sodor's Economy?

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 9:14 am

Sir Topham Hatt: benevolent CEO or robber baron?
HIT Entertainment

Is Sir Topham Hatt a robber baron or a paternalistic CEO? Are Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends part of a union? How does anyone make money on the Island of Sodor?

Turns out, these are some of the serious issues that have perplexed more than one grown-up forced to read or watch Thomas & Friends for the umpteenth time with their kids. On the 70th anniversary of the Railway Series, the books by Reverend Wilbert Awdry that spawned the shiny engines, we explore this elaborate train of thought.

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3:27pm

Tue May 12, 2015
The Two-Way

Fast-Track Trade Measure Fails Key Test Vote In Senate

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 4:38 pm

Democrats in the Senate have blocked — for now — a vote on the fast-track trade authority that President Obama had sought and Republicans had supported.

The tally was 52 to 45 in favor, eight short of the 60-vote threshold needed to take up the bill.

It's a rebuke to Obama, who has made the trade bill a key part of his second-term agenda, from his fellow Democrats.

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1:46pm

Tue May 12, 2015
The Salt

Tea Tuesdays: Matcha-maker, Matcha-maker, Make Me Some Tea

Matcha tea powder comes in two grades: ingredient and drinking. The drinking grade comes from the leaves at the top of the tea plant.
Courtesy of Alissa White

Just like flared jeans, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and thighs without a gap, matcha tea powder is in fashion in America.

You can grab a matcha latte at Starbucks. Whole Foods stocks the green tea powder on its shelves. Or now that warm weather is here, maybe you'll order a Matcha Green Tea Blast smoothie from Jamba Juice.

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