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Money Coach
11:21 am
Wed January 8, 2014

On-Time Payments Heal All Credit Report Wounds

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Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 2:16 pm

This is the time of year when many people make an effort to get a handle on their credit. But you might be confused about what actions can actually help your credit and those that can harm it. Consumer columnist Sheryl Harris joined Tell Me More host Michel Martin to share some tips and debunk consumer credit myths.

Tip: Understanding your credit report

  • A credit report shows your credit and loan accounts, the balance owed on each account, and your payment history on each account.
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The Protojournalist
10:40 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Can Amazon's Jeff Bezos Save Planet Earth?

Jeff Bezos.
David Ryder Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 12:07 pm

Look. Up in the sky — and in that little package with the A-to-Z logo. It's a bird. It's a plane.

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The Two-Way
7:43 am
Wed January 8, 2014

December Posts Strongest Job Gains Of 2013, Survey Shows

Job seekers have their resumes reviewed at a job fair expo in Anaheim, Calif., in June 2012.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 10:25 am

This post was updated at 11:20 a.m. ET.

Last year ended on a high note for U.S. employment, with December ticking off 238,000 new private-sector jobs, topping the previous month for the best showing of 2013, according to the latest data from the ADP National Employment Report.

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Business
6:12 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Customers Reap Benefits From American, US Airways Merger

One month after its merger with US Airways, American Airlines has introduced some procedural changes for its customers. The world's largest airline is assuring its best clients they'll keep their perks.

Business & Education
5:50 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Freezing weather equals higher electricity demand

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Valley Authority preliminary figures show demand for power at 8 a.m. EST on Tuesday reached the second highest winter peak in TVA history. According to the utility, preliminary power demand reached 32,490 megawatts as temperatures averaged 4 degrees across the TVA region. That is 82 megawatts less than the record winter demand set on Jan. 16, 2009, when temperatures averaged 9 degrees.

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Business
5:49 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Butter Consumption Jumps To 40-Year High

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 6:12 am

The average American eats 5.6 pounds of butter — a 25 percent increase over the past decade. Its jump in popularity is due to an overall trend towards natural foods, and a "smear" campaign against processed butter alternatives.

The Salt
5:02 am
Wed January 8, 2014

A Cheesy Meltdown: Kraft Warns Of Velveeta Shortage

According to an AdvertisingAge report, Velveeta may be a little hard to come by in some areas over the next few weeks.
Paul Sakuma AP

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 12:24 pm

If I say Super Bowl food, you think ... Velveeta? Maybe Velveeta with Ro*Tel.

Oh, yes. Ro*Tel's Famous Con Queso.

What could be more Sunday-in-January-indulgent than hot, creamy, processed cheese mixed with diced tomatoes & green chilies.

I have to admit, I've scooped up my share of con queso on a nacho chip or two.

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Business
4:18 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Intel Striving Not To Miss Next Wave Of Computing: Wearables

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 6:12 am

Intel was a powerhouse in the age of personal computing, making its revenues from powerful chips built into PCs. But it has largely missed the mobile computing revolution. With PC sales slumping, Intel is intent on becoming relevant in the next wave of computing — wearables.

Business
4:10 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Apple Reports $10 Billion In App Sales

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 6:12 am

In December alone, iPhone and iPad users spent $1 billion downloading virtual games and gadgets. Apple credits its new operating system for inspiring both new apps and redesigns of popular old ones.

NPR Story
4:10 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Former Banker Could Help Feds Learn More About Swiss Accounts

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 6:20 am

A Swiss banker has pleaded not guilty to charges he helped thousands of Americans evade paying their taxes. Raoul Weil was one of the top managers at UBS, a Swiss bank that helped nearly 20,000 Americans hide their assets in secret accounts.

Economy
2:29 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Kentucky County That Gave War On Poverty A Face Still Struggles

President Lyndon Johnson, on the porch of Tom Fletcher's cabin, listens to Fletcher describe some of the problems in Martin County, Ky., in 1964.
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Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 1:31 pm

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson stood before Congress and declared an "unconditional war on poverty in America." His arsenal included new programs: Medicaid, Medicare, Head Start, food stamps, more spending on education, and tax cuts to help create jobs.

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Business
5:36 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Lindsey Vonn Is Out, But Some Advertisers May Still Win

Skier Lindsey Vonn in Vail, Colo., in November. Vonn's high profile has won her several lucrative commercial sponsors, including Red Bull, Procter & Gamble, Under Armour and Rolex, among others.
Doug Pensinger Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 7:50 am

Lindsey Vonn's decision to sit out next month's Olympic Games because of a knee injury is surely a personal and professional disappointment for the Alpine skiing star. But Olympic athletes with Vonn's star power also mean big advertising dollars — and not competing in Sochi may create winners and losers among the skier's sponsors.

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All Tech Considered
4:39 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Tech Fit For The Showroom, But The Runway Might Have To Wait

The Navigate Jacket from Wearable Experiments uses GPS navigation and a mapping app on the wearer's smartphone to signal directions. It's part of a new trend of wearable tech that some speculate will be a billion-dollar industry.
Rupert Kaldor Wearable Experiments

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 9:27 am

The human body is a limited piece of real estate.

For years, tech companies raced to make the smartphone a beautiful device with soft curves and bright screens. Now, the industry is racing to make clothes that free up your hands from the phone while still connecting you to streams of digital information.

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Business
1:19 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

JPMorgan Chase Settles Madoff Case For $1.7 Billion

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 5:56 am

JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to pay $1.7 billion to settle criminal charges accusing the bank of ignoring obvious warning signs of Bernard Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme.

Education
12:20 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

How To Successfully Link GED Tests And Jobs

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 2:15 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. In a few minutes, we will hear from former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe. He had a solid eight-year career in the NFL until he was released last year. Now he's saying in a newly released open letter that it was his support for same-sex marriage off the field, not his performance on it, that cost him his job. He'll tell us more about why he thinks that in just a few minutes.

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