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GM Stays At The Top As U.S. Car Sales Surge In July
08/01/2014 11:21 PM
An analyst says GM might have benefited from the safety recalls that brought customers back to its dealerships. Many automakers saw strong gains compared to last year.
Some Public Pension Funds Making Big Bets On Hedge Funds
08/01/2014 8:14 PM
States and cities have been investing billions of pension money in hedge funds. That's costing a lot of money in fees, and experts say the pensions don't have much to show for it.
President Obama Slams Congress As He Welcomes Economy's Gains
08/01/2014 8:03 PM
Citing 6 months of strong job gains, President Obama says America's recovery from a debilitating recession is well underway. But he says the economy "could be doing even better" if Congress helped.
Restaurant's 'Prayer Discount' Sparks Mix Of Praise, Anger
08/01/2014 5:22 PM
When a patron of Mary's Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, N.C., posted a photo of her tab denoting a 15 percent discount for "praying in public," the post went viral.
These Ivory Coast Cacao Farmers Had Never Tasted Chocolate
08/01/2014 4:46 PM
Ivory Coast is the world's No. 1 producer of the cacao beans that are the base of our beloved chocolate bars. But as a report from there shows, some cacao farmers have never enjoyed the final product.
As Labor Market Advances, Millions Stuck In Part-Time Jobs
08/01/2014 3:52 PM
Payrolls have grown by more than 200,000 for six months in a row ? the longest stretch since 1997. But 7.5 million people are working less than 40 hours per week even though they want full-time jobs.
Unemployment Ticks Up To 6.2 Percent; 209,000 Jobs Added
08/01/2014 12:38 PM
The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the rate for July was little changed from June's 6.1 percent.
Everyone Goes To The Store To Get Milk. So Why's It Way In The Back?
08/01/2014 10:46 AM
It's one of the most popular items, but often it seems to be as far as humanly possible from the entrance. The Planet Money team looks at two very different theories about why that is.
Minnesota's Minimum-Wage Workers Get 75-Cent Increase
08/01/2014 9:48 AM
Workers and advocacy groups praise the hard-fought change, from $7.25 to $8, but opponents warn it will wreak havoc on business balance sheets.
Economists Expect Strong July Jobs Report
08/01/2014 9:00 AM
The government releases the July unemployment report Friday. The June report was surprisingly strong, and economists will be watching to see if employers kept the hiring spree going.
Small French Company Challenges Telecom Titans For T-Mobile
08/01/2014 9:00 AM
Iliad, a small French telecom company, is offering to pay $15 billion for a majority stake in T-Mobile, the U.S.'s smallest national wireless phone company. But it faces competing offers from much larger rivals.
Never Mind The Cronut. Now There's An Ice Cream Sundae In A Can
08/01/2014 9:00 AM
The creator of the cronut ? half croissant, half donut ? is out with the new product: a mix of vanilla, chocolate chip and root beer ice cream with toppings in a pop-top tin, for $15.
Tensions Stir At EPA Hearings On New Emission Rules
08/01/2014 9:00 AM
As the EPA develops new carbon emission rules for existing power plants, the agency is holding a series of public hearings around the country where coal industry advocates made their concerns known.
When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions
07/31/2014 9:45 PM
China has been a big and growing market for U.S. corn. But then farmers started planting a kind of genetically engineered corn that's not yet approved in China, and the Chinese government struck back.
Weekly Innovation: 3-D Printed Fashion For Your Feet
07/31/2014 9:36 PM
You can use a 3-D printer to craft yourself a cell phone case, a toy car, or a new trachea. This week's innovation introduces 3-D printed high-heels, and the print-and-wear fad as a growing trend.

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