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GOP Freshmen Renege On Earmark Ban

After campaigning on a platform that included a self-imposed ban on earmarks, freshman Republicans from the D.C. area are backtracking in order to assuage local businesses and manufacturers.

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What Will Make The Food Desert Bloom?

Improving the health of people living in food deserts is much more than making sure there are veggies on the shelves. As activists have learned, it takes education and some old-fashioned innovation, too.
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UPDATED: On Manufacturing News, Dow Closes At Highest Level In Four Years

Strong-than-expected news about the factory sector has sent the Dow Jones industrial average up to a level not seen since the end of 2007.
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How Can Europe Save Itself? (Again.)

Less austerity is the flavor of the week. What happens if bond investors don't bite?
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When Are You Going To Start Your 5 Year Plan?

As Tell Me More marks five years on NPR's airwaves, personal finance expert Alvin Hall says to let go of the past, and look ahead to your financial future. He says that you can achieve a lot in next five years, and it starts with saving. Hall speaks with host Michel Martin about creating and implementing a personal five-year financial plan.
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Rupert Murdoch 'Not A Fit Person' To Lead A Major Company, Report Charges

There has been a "lack of effective corporate governance" at News Corp. and a culture of problems that "permeated from the top," a British Parliament committee concludes. It's scathing report follows the so-called hacking scandal in the U.K.
NPR

Workers-Turned-Caregivers Lose More Than Wages

The average caregiver is 49 years old. Cheryl Matheis, senior vice president for policy at AARP, tells Steve Inskeep when a worker has to leave their job to care for a relative, they lose on average $325,000 in lifetime income — from lost wages, Social Security and pensions.
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Siemens Changes Its Culture: No More Bribes

Wal-Mart remains under a cloud after The New York Times reported the retailers expansion in Mexico involved systematic bribes. To get a sense of how that might play out, Steve Inskeep talks to Peter Solmssen, a managing board member and general counsel for Siemens. The German engineering and electronics conglomerate was involved in its own bribery scandal.

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