Economy & Business

The Salt
11:04 am
Tue November 18, 2014

As Espresso Rises, Will 'Greek Coffee' Be Left To The Turks?

"Greek coffee" may be a matter of national pride in the Mediterranean nation. But increasingly, Greeks are embracing espresso, an imported brew, as their cup of Joe of choice.
Pawel Loj Flickr

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 12:08 pm

Greeks have loved coffee for centuries. Today, they drink more per capita than even the French and Italians, and almost as much as Americans, and they may spend hours each week in cafes.

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It's All Politics
10:41 am
Tue November 18, 2014

How Many Louisiana Jobs Are Actually At Stake In Keystone Debate?

The State Department's Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL pipeline defines a job as lasting for only one year.
United States Department of State

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 10:51 am

With the Louisiana Senate runoff driving votes in both chambers of Congress on the Keystone XL pipeline, here's a question: How many of those jobs will actually be in Louisiana?

The answer: zero.

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The Two-Way
7:58 am
Tue November 18, 2014

With Japan In Recession, Prime Minister Calls For Snap Elections

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference Tuesday at his official residence in Tokyo.
Kazuhiro Nogi AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 11:07 am

Just after his country's economy officially fell back into recession, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced he would dissolve parliament and call for elections two years ahead of schedule.

The BBC reports:

"Mr Abe was elected two years ago with an ambitious plan to revive the economy, but has struggled to do so.

"His popularity has fallen but he is expected to win the election, which will take place in mid-December.

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NPR Story
4:06 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Rendering: The World's Oldest Recycling System

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 12:40 pm

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4:06 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Who Pays For Outdated Power Plant That Lacks Customers?

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 8:11 am

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2:33 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Firm Accused Of Illegal Practices That Push Families Into Foreclosure

Gary Klein is one of the lead attorneys representing homeowners in the case against Ocwen Financial.
Chris Arnold NPR

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 7:24 am

The fallout from the housing crisis isn't over.

According to Moody's Analytics, there were 700,000 foreclosures last year. And some of those people probably didn't need to lose their homes. Even now, more than six years after the housing crash, lawyers for homeowners say mortgage companies are still making mistakes and foreclosing on homes when they shouldn't be.

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5:38 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

What You Need To Know About The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

Pipes for TransCanada's planned Keystone XL pipeline are stored in Gascoyne, N.D. The U.S. House has voted to approve the proposed project, which would allow crude oil to flow from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The Senate plans to vote Tuesday on legislation that would greenlight the project.
Andrew Cullen Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 6:36 pm

Update at 7:35 p.m. ET: The Senate voted against completing the Keystone pipeline.

The remaining portion of the Keystone pipeline project, if completed, will be fewer than 1,200 miles long — just a fraction of the existing 2.6 million miles of oil and gas pipelines running beneath our feet in the United States.

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The Salt
4:12 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Culinary Institute's School For 'Foodpreneurs' To Cook Up Innovation

Revolution Foods makes healthy kids meals for both schools and stores. Co-founder Kristin Richmond says mentoring and support have been key to the success of her business.
Shelly Puri Courtesy of Revolution Foods

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 5:34 pm

The Culinary Institute of America may be best known for churning out chefs. And some of its graduates — from Grant Achatz to Roy Choi to Anthony Bourdain — have succeeded in entertaining and inspiring a new generation of foodies.

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Digital Life
4:06 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Once The Darling Of The Living Room, Plasma Screens Take A Bow

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 8:59 pm

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And now a remembrance for the technology that once had TV geeks, well, geeking out.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Oh, what's this? A giant 50-inch plasma.

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Goats and Soda
3:18 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

The Guy Who Delivers HIV Medicine On His Bicycle

Sizwe Nzima, right, and one of his six employees deliver medicines to patients in a Cape Town neighborhood.
Anders Kelto for NPR

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 8:59 pm

He was sitting in a clinic. Waiting. And waiting. And waiting for his grandparents' HIV medicine.

Sizwe Nzima was a high school student in Cape Town, South Africa, when he would pick up the medicine for his HIV-positive grandparents, who had difficulty traveling to the clinic themselves. Because of the long lines, Nzima usually waited hours and often made multiple trips to the clinic before and after school. He tried to bribe the pharmacists to get the medication sooner. But it didn't work.

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