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Budgeting 101

Financial advisors say budgeting is essential to achieving financial prosperity. Yet only 1 in 3 Americans have a detailed budget, according to a recent poll. Host Michel Martin speaks with finance expert Louis Barajas for tips on how to build a budget that actually works.
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Part-Time Work On The Rise, But Is That A Good Thing?

The number of part-time workers has roughly doubled in the last few years. For most of those employees, that means short hours, erratic schedules and low pay. Host Michel Martin talks with NPR's Marilyn Geewax, and fast-food worker Amere Graham, about the high costs of part-time work.
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'Arrested Development' Boosts Netflix Earnings

Second-quarter earnings for Netflix more than quadrupled. The company reported its results Monday night after the markets closed. Netflix gave credit to its revival of Arrested Development, which was released Memorial Day weekend. For the three months ending in June, the streaming service added 630,000 subscribers in the United States. But investors were expecting an even bigger number.
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Ahead Of The Curve: LG Takes Orders For OLED TVs

LG is taking preorders in the U.S. for new 55-inch TVs with screens that are curved, not flat. So-called OLED technology allows for super-thin, flexible screens and vibrant colors. The retail price is $15,000.
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Residents Forced To Live Without Landlines

Verizon has taken the first step to replace copper lines with a home cellular connection in coastal areas hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. But many customers don't like the new phone connection, saying the new technology is inferior to traditional landlines.
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GlaxoSmithKline Embroiled In Bribery Scandal In China

GlaxoSmithKline officials have admitted that some of the pharmaceutical company's top executives in China may have violated Chinese laws. Beijing has accused the company of engaging in a wide-ranging bribery scheme to boost sales and profits in the country. The company said it is cooperating with the investigation.
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How An Ethiopian Bean Became The Cinderella Of Coffee

Some of the worst-paid farmers in Ethiopia were able to get their bean to the specialty coffee ball and sell to top U.S. roasters like Stumptown. But it only happened after the growers got organized and attracted the attention of coffee prospectors from the U.S.
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As Cambodian Factories Expand, Conditions Are Criticized

A new report says the industry's rapid growth is partly to blame for worsening working conditions. The U.N. report comes just months after a building collapse in Bangladesh killed more than 1,000 garment factory workers.
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D.C. Contract For Scratch-Off Lottery Tickets Expires

The District of Columbia Lottery is becoming a rarity—a state-level lottery system without a scratch-off ticket vendor.

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High-End Stores Use Facial Recognition Tools To Spot VIPs

Some retailers have experimented with using signals from customers' smartphones to track them as they walk through a store. But a new facial recognition system is helping luxury shops give the VIP treatment as soon as big spenders walk in the door.

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