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U.S. Government Will Back Loans For Nuclear Power

The $6.5 billion in federal loan guarantees will help build the first new U.S. nuclear power plants in more than three decades. The announcement brought quick criticism from some environmentalists.
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Facebook Will Buy WhatsApp Message Service For $19 Billion

WhatsApp makes a text messaging app that works on all major smartphone operating systems. Founded in Silicon Valley less than five years ago, the company has 55 employees.
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Americans Want Antibiotic-Free Chicken, And The Industry Is Listening

Chick-fil-A's plan to ditch antibiotics in its birds is part of a small but growing trend. Driving the growth is concern about the risks associated with routine use of antibiotics in farm animals.
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Spirit Airlines Taps A Nation Of Hate Fliers

Spirit Airlines is one of America's fastest-growing airlines. It's also among the least popular airlines in America. How can one airline be both things at once?
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Kurds Bypass Iraq Government, Build Oil Pipeline To Turkey

In the autonomous northern region of Iraq, the Kurds have decided to take the contentious matter of oil into their own hands. They built a pipeline out of the country bypassing the central government and sparking outrage in Baghdad. Steve Inskeep talks to Ben Lando, of the Iraq Oil Report, which covers daily happenings in and around Iraq.
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Trade Issues Expected To Dominate Obama's Trip To Mexico

President Obama travels to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts. The three presidents are talking about the increased trade among their countries, 20 years since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
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AFL-CIO's Trumka: Keep VW Union Vote In Perspective

The AFL-CIO is holding its winter meetings this week in Houston. The movement says its efforts to organize across the South continue despite the high profile defeat at the VW plant.
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Feds Consider How Colo. Pot Shops Can Get Bank Accounts

Now that legal marijuana is on sale in Colorado, most banks are shying away from giving pot shops checking accounts. The drug is still against federal law. The Justice and Treasury Departments have issued guidance in hopes banks will resume business with marijuana sellers. The idea is to alleviate some of the dangers of the state's all-cash marijuana industry.
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Insurance Marketplace Prices Vary Regarding Location

What you pay for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces varies widely based on where you live. Steve Inskeep talks to Jordan Rau, senior correspondent with Kaiser Health News, about the 10 cheapest health care markets, the 10 most expensive and what may behind the price differences.
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Manufacturing Association Wants Progress In Obama's Trade Agenda

A leader in the manufacturing sector is calling on Congress and President Obama to put aside their differences and help manufacturing companies grow and prosper. Jay Timmons, head of the National Association of Manufacturers, said in Milwaukee that would like Washington to make progress on the president's trade agenda.

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