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Besides The Olympics, What Will $50 Billion Get You?

Russia is reportedly spending nearly $50 billion on the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. That is an Olympic record. And according to the website BuzzFeed.com, it's almost five times Hollywood's domestic box office.
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White House Confident Insurance Website Is Working Better

In this, the first week of December, the Obama administration says it has met its self-imposed deadline of fixing the troubled healthcare.gov web site. And it says people should be able to sign up for health insurance. So, is it fixed and when will we know for sure?
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Companies Revisit 'Rank And Yank' of 1980s

Longtime General Electric CEO and management icon Jack Welch popularized a management style in the 1980s that critics dubbed "rank and yank." The system ranks employees — with under-performers getting yanked from their jobs or the company. This old practice is in the news again. Microsoft recently did away with it. But other companies are embracing it.
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Could Hawaii Become A Same-Sex Wedding Destination?

Starting Monday, gay marriage is legal in Hawaii. The state has long been a destination for weddings and honeymoons. And now state officials, as well as hotels and restaurants, are hoping the latest marriage-equality law will spur a new market for wedding tourism.
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Car-Title Lenders Surge In Northern Virginia

The car-title lending industry is a booming business in Virginia, with new locations popping up all the time.
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Child Miners, Dinosaurs, And The Rulings Of 'Judge' John Hodgman

This week on the podcast edition of All Things Considered, host Arun Rath explores the bar and restaurant business with a master, hears from a reporter who unearthed tragedy in Iraq, and learns about Boston's bold plan to eliminate the gender wage gap.
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Bentley, Once An Exclusive Car, Trying To Become 'Mainstream'

Bentley is selling 20 times as many cars as when it was acquired by Volkswagen in 1998. Having the the marketing power of a global brand behind it has helped Bentley. So has a shift in the car's reputation. The Bentley has gone from the stodgy afterthought to Rolls Royce to a desired ride for young athletes and celebrities.
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Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt

The Planet Money team followed the making of a T-shirt, from cotton fields to factories to container ships. Host Rachel Martin talks with Alex Blumberg of Planet Money and Pietra Rivoli, author of The travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy.
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Boston Says It Has A Plan To Erase The Gender Wage Gap

If you're a woman, you're probably paid less than your male colleagues — 77 cents on the dollar, to be exact. Now Boston thinks it has a solution to eradicate the wage gap. It starts with getting businesses to sign a pledge.
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Food Truck Lottery

After years of parking where they choose, food truck operators in the District of Columbia are preparing to have their spaces

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