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Apple's Foxconn Factory Under Labor Audit

Last month, The New York Times revealed a litany of worker abuses at Apple's largest parts supplier, Foxconn in China. Now the worldwide Fair Labor Association is beginning its inspections. Robert Siegel talks to the group's president, Auret Van Heerden, about the audit.
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Auto Dependability Hits 22-Year High In New Study

Toyota and Ford won the most awards in the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, which came out today. Vehicles made by Toyota led the way with eight awards, while Ford models received three. In general, vehicle dependability was the best since 1990, J.D. Power says.
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Coming Soon To Your Grocery Aisle: Organic Food From Europe

The U.S. and the European Union are announcing that they will soon treat each other's organic standards as equivalent. In other words, if it's organic here, it's also organic in Europe, and vice versa.
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In-Sourcing Reasons Click For Master Lock

When President Obama visits a Master Lock factory in Milwaukee Wednesday, he's hoping to highlight the manufacturing initiatives in his new budget proposal. U.S. factories are on a mini hiring spree, adding 50,000 jobs last month alone. Some companies, like Master Lock, are even moving work back to the U.S. that had been done overseas.
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Housing Starts Have Been Singing The Blues

An uptick in hiring is leading to more optimism about the economy. But housing remains stuck in a funk. New figures on housing starts are released Thursday. Morning Edition has a musical preview in this Planet Money report.
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Does Contraception Really Pay For Itself?

The Obama administration claims health insurance companies won't have a problem providing free contraceptive coverage for women who work at religious groups. Officials say that's because it is much cheaper for the industry when pregnancies are planned.
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Debt Crisis Riots Take A Toll On Greece's Aesthetics

The Greece debt crisis has forced the country to look to the eurozone for a bailout. But Greece is looking less and less like part of Europe. In the capital Athens, they are still cleaning up from the weekend riots. Even in its tourist precincts, the area is shabby and covered with graffiti.

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