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Business
6:24 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Fined $105 Million For Failing To Complete Recalls

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Economy
6:24 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

As Brazil's Economy Goes In Reverse, Illusion Of Prosperity Fades With It

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Business
6:24 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

China's Stock Market Suffers Largest Drop In 8 Years

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 4:40 am

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Parallels
4:09 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

For Greece's Farmers, Growing Pressure To Be More Competitive

A worker picks clingstone peaches in Greece. Most of the country's farms are small and family owned. Production costs can be high, and Greek farmers have had trouble competing internationally.
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Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 1:36 pm

Nick Lapatas spent 18 years living in Chicago. Then he returned home to Greece and bought a small farm. Today he and his son sell tomatoes in an open-air market in Athens. Despite the depressed economy and cheaper imports from Bulgaria and Albania, he's doing OK.

"I don't know how, but we are making some money," he says. "Now, what is going to happen a month from now, I don't know."

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The Salt
3:23 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Cheap Eats: A Cookbook For Eating Well On A Food Stamp Budget

The Savory Summer Cobbler from the Cheap and Good cookbook features seasonal vegetables under a peppery biscuit crust.
Leanne Brown

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 1:41 pm

Editor's note: A version of this story was first published Aug. 1, 2014.

When Leanne Brown moved to New York from Canada to earn a master's in food studies at New York University, she couldn't help noticing that Americans on a tight budget were eating a lot of processed foods heavy in carbs.

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Business
5:26 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Feds Levy Record $105 Million Fine Against Fiat Chrysler For Safety Issues

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 4:07 pm

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All Tech Considered
5:08 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Major Flaw In Android Phones Would Let Hackers In With Just A Text

A security gap on Android, the most popular smartphone operating system, was discovered by security experts in a lab and is so far not widely exploited.
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Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 12:48 pm

Android is the most popular mobile operating system on Earth: About 80 percent of smartphones run on it. And, according to mobile security experts at the firm Zimperium, there's a gaping hole in the software — one that would let hackers break into someone's phone and take over, just by knowing the phone's number.

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The Two-Way
7:25 pm
Sun July 26, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Hit With Record $105 Million Fine Over Safety Recalls

About 1.4 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles, including Dodges, Jeeps, Rams and Chryslers, were recalled on Friday over concerns that they could be remotely hacked. On Sunday, federal regulators announced previous Fiat Chrysler safety recalls had been mishandled and hit the company with a record $105 million fine.
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Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 8:36 am

Federal regulators are fining Fiat Chrysler $105 million for failing to acknowledge and address safety defects in a timely fashion.

The civil penalty — the largest ever imposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — will be accompanied by three years of "unprecedented" federal oversight, the agency says. Fiat Chrysler has also agreed to buy back some vehicles from their owners.

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Business & Education
6:35 am
Sun July 26, 2015

German Auto Parts Maker to Expand to Alabama

A German auto parts maker has announced plans to build its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Alabama. The Alabama Department of Commerce says Schmidt Maschinenbau GmbH is planning to build its plant in Auburn. Production of engine components is expected to begin in 2016. The plant will make parts for Mercedes-Benz and other German automakers. Governor Robert Bentley says the plant will create fifty jobs and the company is planning to invest roughly $17 million in the plant.

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The Two-Way
12:15 pm
Sat July 25, 2015

Britain's Pearson In Talks To Sell Stake In The Economist Group

Georg Kapsch, President of the Federation of Austrian Industry, holds an issue of The Economist during a news conference in Vienna last year. Britain's Pearson PLC says it's in talks to sell its 50 percent share in The Economist Group.
Heinz-Peter Bader Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 2:45 pm

Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET

Britain's Pearson PLC — just days after announcing it would sell The Financial Times — has made public that it is engaged in talks to dump its 50 percent stake in The Economist Group.

"Pearson confirms it is in discussions with The Economist Group Board and trustees regarding the potential sale of our 50 percent share in the group," the company said in a statement on Saturday. "There is no certainty that this process will lead to a transaction."

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Business
6:48 am
Sat July 25, 2015

5 Airlines Investigated For Post-Derailment Price-Gouging

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 10:12 pm

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Health
4:09 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Health Insurer Anthem To Buy Rival Cigna For Nearly $50 Billion

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 7:22 pm

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Parallels
4:09 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Struggling Greek Businesses Choked By Money Controls

A shop owner arranges his goods in central Athens on Monday. Greek banks have reopened, but capital controls remain in place.
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Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 8:09 pm

This week the Greek Parliament approved a set of reforms it hopes will lead a new bailout. The country remains under strict capital controls that bar people from sending money abroad. In a country that imports much of what it uses and eats, that's having a debilitating effect on the economy.

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The Salt
3:34 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Salt Is Slowly Crippling California's Almond Industry

Almond orchards across California are dealing with trees showing signs of stress from the drought, such as smaller nuts and salt-burned leaves.
Ezra Romero for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 3:48 pm

As California's drought drags on, its almond industry has come under scrutiny. As you've probably heard by now, almonds use a lot of water — about one gallon per nut. Most growers are relying on groundwater even more this year, because their surface water has been cut off. But that brings a different problem all together: too much salt.

Not the salt added to make roasted almonds savory, but salt in groundwater – which is killing trees.

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Shots - Health News
2:14 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Anthem Deal For Cigna Would Hasten Health Insurance Consolidation

Anthem, headquartered in Indianapolis, would become an even bigger provider of health insurance if its deal for Cigna goes through.
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Anthem finally bagged its prey.

The Indianapolis-based health insurer Anthem reached an agreement Thursday to pay $54 billion for rival Cigna, based in Bloomfield, Conn. Cigna rejected a lower Anthem bid in June, calling it inadequate.

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