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Halliburton, Baker Hughes Kill $28 Billion Merger Amid Regulator Opposition

NPR | May 2, 2016 12:16 p.m.

The two oilfield-services companies faced pressure from U.S. and European regulators concerned that a merger would stifle competition. The Justice Department filed suit in April to stop the deal.

Economy | Business | Elections

In 2 Indiana Cities, All That Trump And Obama Touched Isn't Political Gold

NPR | May 2, 2016 11:41 a.m.

Gary has seen economic investment from Donald Trump, and Kokomo benefited from President Obama's auto bailout. But those connections haven't necessarily led to political goodwill.

Economy | Business | Nation

A 'Tough Decision': Puerto Rican Governor Says Island Will Miss Debt Payment

NPR | May 2, 2016 10:51 a.m.

"I've decided that your basic needs come before anything else," Gov. Alejandro GarcĂ­a Padilla said, adding that he will not close hospitals in order to pay the island's debt.

Technology | Business | Health

Biotech's Theranos Offers A Cautionary Tale For Silicon Valley

NPR | May 2, 2016 9:16 a.m.

The blood-testing startup led by Elizabeth Holmes soared on hype and celebrity boosters. Now it's under federal scrutiny. It could show that Silicon Valley's success model doesn't work in biotech.

Nation | Business | Food

Under Attack, Commodity Promotion Programs Try To Hide Their Emails

NPR | May 2, 2016 9:12 a.m.

Federal programs that collect money from farmers in order to promote pork, beef and eggs have been under attack. They now want to exempt their documents from the Freedom of Information Act.

Economy | Business | Elections | Nation

Politics In Real Life: Paid Family Leave A Big Concern, Not A Top Campaign Issue

NPR | May 2, 2016 7:45 a.m.

After Nancy Glynn got pregnant, she learned her employer didn't offer paid family leave. Then, like many Americans, she discovered it was hard to get by without it.

Economy | Business | Technology

Bitcoin's Maker Revealed? Australian Man Says He Is 'Satoshi Nakamoto'

NPR | May 2, 2016 6:44 a.m.

Craig Wright, 45, is an entrepreneur whose name has often been mentioned in conversations about Bitcoin's creator; in recent months, he was also investigated by tax authorities.

Business | World | Food

Germany's Beer Purity Law Is 500 Years Old. Is It Past Its Sell-By Date?

NPR | May 1, 2016 2:17 p.m.

For centuries, German law has stipulated that beer can only be made from four ingredients. But as Germany embraces craft beer, some believe the law impedes good brewing.

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Oregon Approves First Recreational Marijuana Licenses

OPB | May 1, 2016 12:30 p.m.

The state approved licenses for eight recreational marijuana growers Friday and said it expects to issue more than 800 recreational marijuana business licenses by the end of the year.

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Why Chobani Gave Employees A Financial Stake In Company's Future

NPR | April 29, 2016 6:07 p.m.

Workers at the yogurt maker got a potential windfall when the company said it would give them shares that could be worth up to 10 percent of the firm. It reflects a rising trend in employee ownership.