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Retail Workers Forced To Deal With Holiday Tunes

Morning Edition reports on retail workers who are subject to holiday music for hours on end.
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British Monetary Officials Announces Changes

The Bank of England is announcing it will begin circulating plastic money in 2016 — polymer versions of the paper bank notes Britons have used for more than three centuries. Bank officials say the currency should last longer and be harder to counterfeit.
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Tech Execs Complain About NSA During Obama Meeting

Leaders of some of this country's largest technology companies were at the White House on Tuesday to meet with President Obama. While the administration said the meeting would touch on a range of topics, including issues with the health care website, many of the tech executives had another matter on their minds: the National Security Agency.
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Prices Are Low, And That Could Be Bad

With low prices, consumers feel less pain at the gas pump and the grocery store. But superlow inflation often means workers don't see big raises. And it can hurt the economy because consumers hold off purchases, thinking prices will drop some more.
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How This Bay Area Tech Boom's Different From The Last One

Finite rental stock and the latest tech boom are combining to squeeze a lot of San Franciscans out of their homes. One Bay Area writer explains how it's not the same as the last time around.
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Why Glaxo Won't Pay Doctors To Sell Its Drugs Anymore

Drugmakers learned long ago that deputized doctors are effective pitchmen. A doctor's dinner speech or chat over lunch with colleagues can go a long way toward changing his or her colleagues' prescribing habits. But increasing scrutiny has led to a reconsideration of the practice.
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What Has NAFTA Meant For Workers? That Debate's Still Raging

Two decades ago, labor unions warned that the North American Free Trade Agreement would drive away U.S. jobs and push wages down. Today, unions feel as strongly as ever that NAFTA was a mistake for U.S. workers, but quantifying the factors behind the decline in the middle class is no simple matter.
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In A Divided San Francisco, Private Tech Buses Drive Tension

Some of the most heated protests in San Francisco have been over big, sleek buses — private shuttles that Silicon Valley tech companies like Google and Facebook use to get their city-living employees to work. They've become a symbol of the city's changing socioeconomic landscape.
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GlaxoSmithKline To Stop Paying Doctors To Promote Its Drugs

GlaxoSmithKline says it will stop paying doctors to speak on its behalf at conferences and will also stop paying for doctors to attend conferences where marketing takes place. The company is also changing the way it compensates its global sales force. Some of the changes will go into effect by early 2015, others will take a bit longer.
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Report: 6.4 Million U.S. Homes Still Have Negative Equity

The percentage has been steadily shrinking thanks to rising home prices, but the highest percentage of underwater mortgages can still be found in a handful of states hardest hit by the housing crisis.

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