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Senator 'Astounded' That Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Poorest Patients

NPR and ProPublica have been reporting about nonprofit hospitals that seize the wages of lower-income patients. Sen. Chuck Grassley says hospitals doing that could be breaking the law.
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Google Is Said To Be Preparing Its Own Mobile Wireless Service

Google plans to launch a new mobile phone service that it will sell directly to U.S. consumers, according to technology site The Information and other news outlets.
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The Battle Over Open-Internet Rules Shifts To Congress

President Obama is urging the Federal Communications Commission to protect the principle of net neutrality. But Republicans presented their own set of rules at a subcommittee hearing Wednesday.
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At Davos, U.S. Economic Recovery Widely Lauded

Audie Cornish talks with Kenneth Rogoff, professor of economics at Harvard University, and former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund.
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Middle Class Economics Dominate Obama's State Of The Union

President Obama wants to expand an existing tax credit for child care and create a new one for families with two working spouses. He also wants to make two years of community college free and expand access to retirement savings programs.
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Tired Of Paying For Checked Baggage? You're Actually Getting A Good Deal

Everyone hates to pay extra for checked baggage on an airline. But you probably aren't paying enough — in fact, your baggage is bumping far more lucrative cargo.
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Standard & Poor's Settles In SEC Ratings Fraud Case

Standard & Poor's has agreed to pay fines of nearly $80 million to settle charges that it changed the way it was rating securities in a bid to win business, but didn't bother to tell investors. The firm also agreed to a one year ban on rating certain kinds of securities. A separate Justice Department investigation is still underway.
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Google's Stake In SpaceX Puts It Closer To Goal Of Internet Access For All

Elon Musk's SpaceX received a $1 billion investment from Google and Fidelity, which now own slightly less than 10 percent of the firm. SpaceX is currently valued at $10 billion.
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Minimum Wage Debate Arises Again In Richmond

Will the state legislature's Republican majority soften to Democratic proposals? Democrats say it's possible.

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For D.C.-Area Republicans, Obama's Speech Is A Non-Starter

The region's GOP lawmakers said the State Of The Union offered a series of misguided proposals for keeping the economy on track.

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