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Conflicting Signals From Latest Economic Indicators

The good news: Inflation remains in check. The bad news: Jobless claims are up, and housing starts are down.
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Book News: Amazon's Tiny Tax Payment Draws Fresh Scrutiny

Also: Afaa Michael Weaver on being a black poet abroad; ebook sales jumped 44 percent last year; Cormac McCarthy's beach body.
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Yen's Drop In Value Could Fuel Curency War

Japan has embarked on a massive effort to stimulate its economy. Both the government and the central bank are collaborating to end a long period of stagnation and deflation. But the effects are also being felt outside Japan.
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House Committee Approves Farm Bill With Food Stamp Cuts

The House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday approved a sweeping farm bill that would trim the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. The panel rebuffed Democratic efforts to keep the program whole, as debate on the farm bill turned into a theological discourse on helping the poor.
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Sequestration May Make Hurricane Season Stormier Than Usual

The Atlantic Hurricane season starts in just a few weeks. With sequestration, the National Weather Service has ordered furloughs and a hiring freeze that have left vacancies throughout the agency, including the National Hurricane Center. Florida's governor and others are wondering if that will affect the state's ability to prepare and respond to a storm.
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Space Station Astronauts Get Dibs At New 'Star Trek' Movie

NASA has announced that the three astronauts on the International Space Station were first to watch Star Trek Into Darkness. It opens in theaters on earth Thursday.
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Is TV's Traditional Business Model Broken?

The broadcast networks are in New York this week pitching their fall TV shows to advertisers. David Greene talks with reporter Kim Masters, of The Hollywood Reporter, about the new shows and indications the industry is in decline. Masters also hosts The Business on member station KCRW.

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