Business & Education http://apr.org en McDonald's Responsible For Treatment Of Workers, Agency Says http://apr.org/post/mcdonalds-responsible-treatment-workers-agency-says McDonald's shares responsibility for how workers are treated at its franchised restaurants, the general counsel's office for the National Labor Relations Board announced Tuesday.<p>Since November 2012, NLRB has had 181 cases filed involving McDonald's. Many have been dismissed, but the agency <a href="https://www.nlrb.gov/news-outreach/news-story/nlrb-office-general-counsel-authorizes-complaints-against-mcdonalds">said</a> that McDonald's USA LLC will be considered a joint employer in cases that are found to have merit.<p>Restaurant chains have fought such a designation. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:19:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 56722 at http://apr.org McDonald's Responsible For Treatment Of Workers, Agency Says OkCupid Sometimes Messes A Bit With Love, In The Name Of Science http://apr.org/post/okcupid-sometimes-messes-bit-love-name-science OkCupid, the online dating site, disclosed Monday that they sometimes manipulate their users' profiles for experiments. Christian Rudder, co-founder and president of OkCupid, tells Audie Cornish that these experiments help the site improve how it works. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:59:00 +0000 editor 56714 at http://apr.org Widely Used Insecticides Are Leaching Into Midwest Rivers http://apr.org/post/widely-used-insecticides-are-leaching-midwest-rivers A class of insecticides called neonicotinoids, which are used on a lot of big corn and soybean fields, has been getting a pretty bad rap lately.<p>Researchers have implicated these chemicals, which are similar to nicotine, as a contributor to the alarming decline of bee colonies. That led the European Union to place a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/29/179868454/europe-bans-pesticides-in-move-to-protect-honey-bees">moratorium</a> on their use, and environmentalists want the U.S. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:53:00 +0000 editor 56691 at http://apr.org Widely Used Insecticides Are Leaching Into Midwest Rivers Chances Are Pretty Good That's A Bill Collector Calling http://apr.org/post/chances-are-pretty-good-thats-bill-collector-calling In about one-third of U.S. households, the sound of a phone or doorbell ringing may trigger a desire to duck.<p>That's because roughly 77 million adults with a credit file have at least one debt in the collection process, according to <a href="http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/413191-Delinquent-Debt-in-America.pdf">a study</a> released by the Urban Institute, a research group. A credit file includes all of the raw data that a credit bureau can use to rank a borrower's creditworthiness.<p>Some of those debts can be quite small — perhaps just a $25 overdue water bill. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:43:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 56697 at http://apr.org Chances Are Pretty Good That's A Bill Collector Calling Kurdish Oil Shipment Too Far Offshore For U.S. To Seize http://apr.org/post/court-orders-seizure-100-million-oil-shipment <strong>This post was updated at 9 p.m. ET.</strong><p>A U.S. judge says an order she gave late Monday to impound a tanker full of Kurdish oil off the coast of Galveston, Texas, cannot be enforced, <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/07/29/uk-usa-iraq-kurdishoil-idUKKBN0FY0K920140729">Reuters reports</a>. The tanker, carrying $100 million worth of oil from Iraq, was in international waters and could not be seized by U.S. Marshals, the news agency says. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:32:00 +0000 editor 56696 at http://apr.org Kurdish Oil Shipment Too Far Offshore For U.S. To Seize Obama Announces New Sanctions On Russia http://apr.org/post/white-house-threatens-more-russian-sanctions-kerry-decries-ukrainian-rebels <strong>This post was updated at 4 p.m. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:11:00 +0000 editor 56687 at http://apr.org Obama Announces New Sanctions On Russia Solving The Scourge That Is Slow Hotel Wi-Fi http://apr.org/post/solving-scourge-slow-hotel-wi-fi You know how it feels. You're a moderately frequent business traveler and trying to get some work done from your hotel. But you're slowed — and sometimes stalled — by an intermittent Internet connection. Your hotel Wi-Fi has the download speeds of an early 1990s dial-up connection.<p>It happens too often and hotels don't seem to care, despite charging you a few hundred bucks a night to stay in the comfort of their rooms. So now, a couple of competing sites and apps are trying to solve the problem. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:54:00 +0000 Elise Hu 56684 at http://apr.org Solving The Scourge That Is Slow Hotel Wi-Fi Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut; Sometimes You Just Drive One http://apr.org/post/sometimes-you-feel-nut-sometimes-you-just-drive-one Three recent college graduates are getting paid to take a road trip. The one catch? They have to drive a giant peanut while they do it.<p>The giant Nutmobile is part of a brand campaign by Planters, the snack food company, which has hired the grads as brand ambassadors to drive it around the country. After all, it takes teamwork to maneuver a 27-foot-long, yellow peanut in shopping mall parking lots. But if you think handling the vehicle sounds tough, there's more.<p>"Today, I get to walk in the shoes of a 98-year-old American icon," says Megan Kreuger, one of the Nutmobile's drivers. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:39:00 +0000 editor 56679 at http://apr.org Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut; Sometimes You Just Drive One White House Says Delayed Action On Climate Change Could Cost Billions http://apr.org/post/white-house-says-delayed-action-climate-change-could-cost-billions In a report issued Tuesday, the White House warned that the cost of inaction when it comes to climate change outweighs the cost of implementing more-stringent regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.<p><a href="http://time.com/3049465/report-not-acting-on-climate-change-could-have-serious-economic-impact/">Here's how <em>Time</em> boils down the White House's argument</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"A new report estimates the cost of mitigating the effects of climate change could rise by as much as 40% if action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is delayed 10 years — immediately outweighing any potent Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:48:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 56678 at http://apr.org Sit Down, Plug In And Travel The World Through Sound http://apr.org/post/sit-down-plug-and-travel-world-through-sound <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Sit+Down%2C+Plug+In+And+Travel+The+World+Through+Sound&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NjA1MTgyMDEzMzk3ODE2ODgwOGQyMQ004)"/></div><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:35:00 +0000 editor 56672 at http://apr.org Brothers Exploit Loopholes In Airbnb, Kickstarter http://apr.org/post/brothers-exploit-loopholes-airbnb-kickstarter <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Brothers+Exploit+Loopholes+In+Airbnb%2C+Kickstarter&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwMTM1NDgzMDEyMzg2MDcwMzJjODJiYQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>For a bit more on the sharing economy, today's last word in Business is a cautionary tale.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Two brothers, Maksym and Denys Pashanin, rented a condo in Palm Springs via Airbnb and never left. After 30 days, they began claiming tenants' rights. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:45:00 +0000 editor 56660 at http://apr.org Zillow To Buy Rival Real Estate Site Trulia http://apr.org/post/zillow-buy-rival-real-estate-site-trulia <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Zillow+To+Buy+Rival+Real+Estate+Site+Trulia&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwODI1MTE0MDEzNTk1NjQ4ODc4OTk0Ng004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>NPR's business news starts with a real estate merger. The nation's two biggest real estate listings websites have announced plans to merge. Zillow and Trulia have been competing in online real estate listings for nine years. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:38:00 +0000 editor 56661 at http://apr.org Uber, Airbnb Under Attack In Spain As Old And New Economies Clash http://apr.org/post/uber-airbnb-under-attack-spain-old-and-new-economies-clash This summer, more people than ever before are booking rooms on Airbnb and using carpooling websites and smartphone apps to get around on vacation. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:56:00 +0000 editor 56653 at http://apr.org Uber, Airbnb Under Attack In Spain As Old And New Economies Clash IBM And Apple Team Up To Become Tech's New Odd Couple http://apr.org/post/ibm-and-apple-team-become-techs-new-odd-couple In a deal that would have been unimaginable 20 years ago, Apple has announced a partnership with IBM. The two companies will work together on a new class of applications for iPads and iPhones, selling Apple devices and IBM software to big businesses. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=IBM+And+Apple+Team+Up+To+Become+Tech%27s+New+Odd+Couple&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDQ1MjMzMDEzMjA3NzExMTA5OTU5Yw004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:29:00 +0000 Audie Cornish & Steve Henn 56646 at http://apr.org It's Boom Times For Pop-Up Shops As Mobile Shopping Clicks http://apr.org/post/its-boom-times-pop-shops-mobile-shopping-clicks Fast-rising mobile technology is making buying stuff with a tap of an app easier than ever, and shifting the way we shop. What were once permanent, brick-and-mortar stores, where shoppers look at items in a physical space, are now often pop-ups first — shops that last for a limited time only.<p>Pop-up shops are temporary retail spaces that spring up in unused premises. Leases can last as short as a single day, when brands use the spaces for a promotional event instead of testing out a market.<p>"As long as they can change it back, they can do whatever they want," says Joe LaPadula. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Elise Hu 56637 at http://apr.org It's Boom Times For Pop-Up Shops As Mobile Shopping Clicks