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German Official Says U.S.-Europe Trade Talks Have Collapsed, Blames Washington

NPR | Aug. 28, 2016

Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said talks over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership have "de facto failed." The climate for trade deals has soured on both sides of the Atlantic.

Oregon Says 5,000 Taxpayers Are Owed $1 Million

OPB | Aug. 28, 2016

Thousands of Oregon taxpayers have refund checks awaiting them.  If the money isn’t claimed within two years, it’s more difficult to track down.

Losing Steam In Smartphones, Chinese Firm Turns To Smart Rice Cookers

NPR | Aug. 27, 2016

One of China's most valuable tech startups, smartphone maker Xiaomi, is getting into networked appliances, in a bid to innovate its way out of trouble, as its core business falls flat.

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'Mystery Shoppers' Help U.S. Regulators Fight Racial Discrimination At Banks

NPR | Aug. 27, 2016 1:17 a.m.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is sending undercover operatives to ferret out racial discrimination. They're called "testers" or "mystery shoppers" and pose as customers applying for loans.

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Episode 721: Unbuilding A City

NPR | Aug. 26, 2016 4:05 p.m.

Why is it so hard to knock down 17 vacant houses in a shrinking city?

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Pot Plants On Display At Oregon State Fair In A First

AP | Aug. 26, 2016 3:51 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The exhibit of nine marijuana plants is sponsored by the Oregon Cannabis Business Council and will run through Sept. 5 in Salem.

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Federal Rules Clear Path For New Oregon Retirement Plans

OPB | Aug. 26, 2016 2:45 p.m.

A new state-sponsored retirement plan for private-sector workers in Oregon has cleared a key federal hurdle.

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Top Fed Officials Field Questions From Activists Unhappy Over Monetary Policy

NPR | Aug. 26, 2016 11:28 a.m.

At a "listening session" at the Fed conference in Jackson Hole, liberal groups warn about the impact on poor and minority communities of raising interest rates too quickly.

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Gov. Kate Brown: Consumers Would Pay Part Of Corporate Tax Increase Cost

OPB | Aug. 26, 2016 6 a.m.

Gov. Kate Brown strongly defends a proposed corporate tax increase, but she acknowledges that some of the $3 billion a year in taxes would be passed on to consumers.

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Can Slowing Down Help You Be More Creative?

NPR | Aug. 26, 2016 5:49 a.m.

Despite being a self-described 'pre-crastinator, psychologist Adam Grant says those who slow down — even procrastinate — tend to be more creative, original thinkers.

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How To Profit From A Wildfire? Sell Gatorade And Water

Northwest News Network | Aug. 25, 2016 6 p.m.

A menacing wildfire continues to threaten an Indian Reservation 50 miles north of Spokane. But the blaze could have a positive impact on one local business.

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EpiPen Manufacturer Says It Will Help With Out-Of-Pocket Costs

NPR | Aug. 25, 2016 6:39 a.m.

Lawmakers are demanding answers as to why the price of this aging drug, which stops a life-threatening allergic reaction, keeps going up.

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Oil #5: Imagine A World Without Oil

NPR | Aug. 24, 2016 1:49 p.m.

Last of five episodes. We follow the Planet Money oil to a gas station. And we ask: What would our world look like if there were no fossil fuels?