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October Can Be Frightful For Investors. Will Politics Make It Scarier?

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 09:00:29 -0400

The stock market ended the first three quarters of 2016 on a positive note. Rising stock prices typically help an incumbent party in a presidential election year. But October can be a wild month.

Episode 727: You Asked For It, Again

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:21:28 -0400

New show! You asked us questions about the economy and oddities in your world. We answer.

Carnegie Deli Says It Is Closing Down Its Landmark NYC Restaurant

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:13:00 -0400

As news of the closing rippled far beyond the deli's home turf in Manhattan Friday, hundreds of people responded with sadness and disbelief.

Samsung's Latest Headache: Reports That Washing Machines May Explode

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:57:00 -0400

Samsung is advising owners of certain top-loading washers to use only the delicate cycle when washing bulky items because "affected units may experience abnormal vibrations."

Feminist Bookstore Slams 'Portlandia' And Says Show Can No Longer Film There

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:20:00 -0400

The staff of In Other Words says the TV comedy is "diametrically opposed to our politics and the vision of society we're organizing to realize."

The Sweet Success Of Bananas Foster Has An Unsavory Past

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:16:00 -0400

One of New Orleans' favorite desserts is a lasting legacy of an oft-forgotten chapter in the city's history: the banana trade, and its infamous practices.

A Growing Champagne Trend Is Uncorking More Ways To Celebrate

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:00:00 -0400

Champagne shouldn't be just for special occasions, says wine writer David White. He explains how to choose it, how to pair it with food and how small growers are changing the industry.

FDA Approves The First Automated Insulin System For Type 1 Diabetes

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:00:00 -0400

The new system joins a continuous glucose monitor with an insulin pump, which work together to keep blood sugar from going too high or too low. That will make it safer to sleep through the night.

A Storied Hong Kong Newspaper Feels The Heat From China

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:43:00 -0400

Recently purchased by Chinese tech tycoon Jack Ma, the South China Morning Post, one of Hong Kong's premier newspapers, seems to be under pressure from mainland China, just like the city it serves.

How Fossil Fuels Helped A Chemist Launch The Plastic Industry

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:33:44 -0400

A century ago, people relied on nature to make basic things: toothbrushes were made of silver, combs were made of ivory, and clothes were made of cotton. In a lot of ways, life as we know it today, is possible because of plastic. We can now afford phones, computers and medical devices in part because of one chemist's discovery a century ago. But his descendants have some regrets.

Wells Fargo CEO Testifies Before House Financial Services Committee

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:33:00 -0400

Wells Fargo's John Stumpf was pilloried again Thursday in an appearance before the House Financial Services Committee. Stumpf reiterated his apology for the fake accounts scandal and promised the bank would do better, but it did little good. Many lawmakers wanted to know why it took the bank so long to put an end to the fraudulent practices.

Giant Sinkhole At Florida Plant Leaks Polluted Water Into State Aquifer

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:22:00 -0400

A fertilizer company says third-party tests show the water contaminated with low-level radiation has not leaked off the site into nearby wells. Residents are upset they were not informed for weeks.

Supreme Court Takes Up Case That Could Affect Redskins Trademark

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:08:00 -0400

The court decided to review a lower court decision that found the government could not deny trademarks because of an offensive name.

New Rule Preserves Patients' Rights To Sue Nursing Homes In Court

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:25:00 -0400

A new rule is the most significant overhaul of federal funding regulations for nursing homes in more than two decades. It also requires "nourishing, palatable" food and infection-control plans.

Our Robot Overlords Are Now Delivering Pizza, And Cooking It On The Go

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:23:00 -0400

A Silicon Valley startup wants to use technology to solve the pizza paradox. It's a food that's meant to be delivered but never tastes quite as good upon arrival.