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7 Percent Drop Closes Chinese Stock Markets; U.S., World Markets Also Slump

Among the factors blamed for China's drop: poor economic data and a looming rules change for large investors. Markets in Europe and the U.S. also were down.
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GHD Is Not An AFZ. HTH You Understand What They Mean!

Translation: Global Health and Development is not an acronym-free zone. Hope this helps you make sense of the alphabet soup of acronyms.
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N.J. Factory Turns To Medicaid To Insure Lowest-Paid Employees

Starting Jan. 1, midsize companies must offer health insurance to their workers or risk a penalty. A firm that has already faced that problem is helping low-paid employees enroll in Medicaid, instead.
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Puerto Rico Faces Uncertain Future Amid Debt Crisis

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Puerto Rico Rep. Luis Vega Ramos about what will happen when the commonwealth defaults on its nearly $37 million worth of debt.
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Record Water Levels Shut Down Miles Of Mississippi River

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition, about the effect of historic flooding on the Mississippi River on corn and soybean farmers.
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Higher Gas Prices, Long Lines: What Cheap Oil Means For Saudi Arabia

The deal in Saudi Arabia has been no taxation and no representation. Bottom-of-the-barrel crude prices changed the first half of the equation this week, as officials cut utility and gas subsidies.
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Puerto Rico Says It Will Miss $37 Million In Bond Payments This Week

The island's government warns that time is running out for Congress to address its fiscal problems. Puerto Rico has been reeling from the effects of declining population and a long recession.
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Despite 'Star Wars' Success, Disney Stock Drops

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Ben Fritz of the Wall Street Journal about Disney stock dropping, despite enormous Star Wars success.
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Puerto Rico Calls On Congress For Help In Billion Dollar Debt Crisis

Puerto Rico has a billion dollars in debt payments due January 1 and the U.S. territory's governor says the island may default. If forced to choose between making debt payments or paying for vital public services, Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla says he will choose Puerto Ricans. The heightening crisis has spurred Congress to take action, but it might not come until the island is insolvent.
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Highflying 'Emerging Markets' Had Their Wings Clipped In 2015

A weakening commodities market, hindered largely by the slowdown in China, has hurt economies in Latin America, Africa and elsewhere.

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