Business

1:04pm

Tue May 12, 2015
Shots - Health News

Short On Sleep? You Could Be A Disaster Waiting To Happen

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 10:25 am

Workers try to remove some of the 11 million gallons of oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez off Alaska in 1989. The ship's third mate may have been up for 18 hours before the accident.
Rob Stapleton AP

Missing out on sleep pretty much guarantees feeling crummy the next day. But it can also lead to dangerous or even disastrous decision-making. Sleep-deprived operators failed to prevent the Chernobyl nuclear power plant meltdown and the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

And during the Civil War, some historians think that Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson's confused command during the battles of June 1862 was due to sleep deprivation.

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10:11am

Tue May 12, 2015
Business

Verizon Acquires AOL For $4.4 Billion

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7:28am

Tue May 12, 2015
The Two-Way

Verizon Inks $4.4 Billion Agreement To Buy AOL

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 10:02 am

The AOL logo is posted on a sign in front of the AOL Inc. offices in Palo Alto, California.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Verizon Communications has agreed to pay $4.4 billion to buy AOL Inc.

In a press release, Verizon said the all-cash acquisition will help build its digital and video platforms.

The Wall Street Journal explains:

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7:22am

Tue May 12, 2015
Business

IKEA Offers Breakfast In Bed

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 8:12 am

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5:34am

Tue May 12, 2015
Business

Shell Gets Interior Department's Ok To Drill Off Alaska's Arctic Shore

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 8:12 am

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5:09am

Tue May 12, 2015
It's All Politics

Sen. Warren On The 'Tilted Process' Of Asia Trade Bill

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 1:06 pm

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been a leading voice on the left against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the president's signature trade initiative.
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The Senate could begin debate Tuesday on a bill that would give President Obama fast-track authority to complete a Pacific Rim trade agreement.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership has become the president's signature trade initiative, but it is also very unpopular with Democrats.

Leading the charge from the left against the deal in Congress is Sen. Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts. She says the TPP could result in the watering down of Wall Street regulations put in place by the Dodd-Frank Act, after the 2008 financial crisis.

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3:45am

Tue May 12, 2015
The Salt

Sheep Ranchers Count On American Muslims To Keep Lamb On Menu

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 3:23 pm

Sheep are sold in small lots like this one at the Centennial Livestock Auction in Fort Collins, Colo.
Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media/KUNC

Sheep ranchers, feedlot owners, and processors in states like Colorado, Nebraska and Illinois are banking on America becoming a more diverse place.

Specifically, they want American Muslims to buy more of their lamb.

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6:10pm

Mon May 11, 2015
The Salt

Why Food Companies Should Be More Afraid Of Water Scarcity

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 9:50 am

Coca-Cola cans on a production line at a bottling plant near New Delhi in 2013. The company decided in April 2015 not to build an $81 million bottling plant in southern India because local farmers said it might exhaust groundwater supplies.
Prakash Singh AFP/Getty Images

America's biggest food production companies face a growing threat of water scarcity, according to a new report from Ceres, an environmental sustainability group.

Producing food, after all, requires more water than almost any other business on Earth. And the outlook isn't pretty: One-third of food is grown in areas of high or extremely high water stress, while pollution and climate change are further limiting supplies of clean water around the world.

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5:22pm

Mon May 11, 2015
All Tech Considered

Using Investments And Technology To Rebuild Hawaii's Koa Forests

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 9:00 pm

Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods has created an Internet interface so customers can zoom in and view information about specific koa trees from their computers.
Courtesy of Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods

As with tropical trees around the world, the koa forests of Hawaii have been decimated — cut down to make way for sugar plantations and cattle ranches. One company is using an innovative business model to bring back koa forests. The secret is a digital tag that helps track individual trees.

At upscale Hawaiian shopping malls like Kings' Shops, wood from the native koa tree is in high demand. Its color ranges from light to dark brown. Koa's curving lines make it popular for furniture, or ukuleles.

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5:21pm

Mon May 11, 2015
Parallels

Saudi Women Can't Drive To Work; So They're Flocking To The Internet

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

Nouf al-Mazrou, with the red head scarf in the center, runs a barbeque catering business from her home in the Saudi capital Riyadh. She's shown here at a gathering of Saudi women who have launched businesses on Instagram. The event was held at a private girls school.
Deborah Amos / NPR

In a country where women are prohibited from driving themselves to work, technology is opening new avenues to the job market in Saudi Arabia.

Thousands of women use Instagram, the popular photo-sharing site, to launch businesses that sell goods and services, from cupcakes to sushi, in the desert kingdom.

At a recent convention of Instagram businesses, hundreds of women set up booths at a private girls school in the capital Riyadh to share success stories.

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