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Food Is Cheap, At Least Compared With 4 Years Ago

Global food prices are at a four-year low because of good harvests in the U.S., Europe and China. But food still costs more than it did in the 1990s, even accounting for inflation.
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Additional EU Sanctions Target Russia's Actions In Ukraine

The latest penalties target Russia's financial, oil and high tech sectors, and slap travel bans and asset freezes on more officials.
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Survey: Companies Hold Back On Hiring Full-Time Workers

Steve Inskeep talks to Harvard Business School professor Jan Rivkin about his survey on U.S. competitiveness. He found many businesses prefer to use part-time workers rather than hire them full time.
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A Dozen Puffins Will Get You 800 Mackerel: Inside The Weird Economy Of Zoos

Zoos and aquariums almost never buy or sell animals. But trade is thriving.
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Maryland Casinos Raise Money, Questions

With the August opening of the Baltimore Horseshoe Casino and plans to open an MGM resort in 2016, Maryland is doubling down on legalized gambling. Amid promises of new revenue and concerns over saturation, Kojo explores Maryland's new industry.

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Fast-Moving Ebola Slows Down Liberia's Economy

Farmers are too frightened to tend their fields. Customers have stopped going to restaurants, bars and other shops. So now people in Liberia's "breadbasket" region are depending on food donations.
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Ferguson's Plan To Cut Back On Court Fees Could Inspire Change

The council in the Missouri town met Tuesday for the first time since the shooting of Michael Brown. A plan introduced would address one source of tension: heavy collection of court fines and fees.
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Here's What's Becoming Of America's Dead Shopping Malls

What happens when shopping malls die? Often they're turning into medical centers, churches, schools and universities and new suburban downtowns.
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Why Food Pilgrims Will Wait Four Hours For A Taste Of The Sublime

Psychology tells us that waiting for an experience can boost our happiness, as can talking about the experience afterward. That's one reason food pilgrims seem to be queuing up and Instagramming it.
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Is The Economy Suffering From Secular Stagnation?

Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, of the Brookings Institution, about secular stagnation: the problem of building consumer demand at a time when people are less motivated to spend.

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