Premiums Rise Faster For Flexible Health Plans Than For HMOs

The cost of health plans that allow more choices of doctors and hospitals are rising almost twice as much as those with rigid networks, finds an analysis of markets around the country.

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Low Energy Prices Force More Northeast Nuclear Power Plants To Shut Down

The actions raise questions about nuclear's future in the U.S., including its role in reducing climate change. It's left the rural community that's home to one of the plants reeling.

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Blue Origin Announces Successful Launch, Landing Of Rocket

Commercial space startup Blue Origin announced Tuesday the successful launch and landing of one of its rockets. NPR explores what the success means for space travel.

We Tried A Futuristic Cranberry. It Was Fresh And Naturally Sweet

Cranberry breeders in Wisconsin have developed a berry that's tart but also sweet, like a Granny Smith apple. They say the variety isn't ready for production but could one day become a fresh product.

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China's Greenhouse Gases Don't Seem To Trouble Most Of Its Citizens

The Chinese tend to ignore the dangers of global warming even though the country already suffers the consequences of pollution today and faces serious potential threats in the longer term.

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Green Bean Casserole: The Thanksgiving Staple We Love — Or Loathe

The classic Midwestern casserole, which turns 60 this year, has come to mean more than just a mashup of processed food. Even those who grew up with it but can't abide it admit: It tastes like home.

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Behind Your Holiday Sweet Potato Dish, Hard Work In The Fields

More than half of America's sweet potatoes were lifted by hand from the soil of North Carolina. It's some of the most back-breaking farm work to be found, and migrant laborers do most of it.

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China Plans To Create A Nationwide Carbon Market By 2017

China is building what could be the world's largest carbon market. Pilot programs are helping to lower emissions. But this is mostly due to slowing growth and the shift away from manufacturing.

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California, An Environmental Leader, Eyes A Key Role In Climate Talks

World leaders are set to meet in Paris, trying to agree on how to combat climate change. Also attending will be California Gov. Jerry Brown, who is spearheading his own international climate movement.

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Pharmaceutical Companies Pfizer, Allergan To Merge In $160 Billion Deal

U.S. drug giant Pfizer and its rival Allergan have agreed to merge in order to lower its corporate taxes, creating the world's largest pharmaceutical company by sales.

Stand Up. Right Now.

November 27, 2015
Josh Baldonado, an administrative assistant at Brown & Brown Insurance, works at a treadmill desk in the firms offices in Carmel, Ind., Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. (AP)

The end of sitting at work. A new call to get up off our chairs. To stand and move! We’ll look at how that works.

The Needham-Born Brothers Behind 'Life Is Good' And Its Positive Mantra

November 26, 2015
Bert and John Jacobs, co-founders of "Life Is Good." (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Needham brothers John and Bert Jacobs started the Boston-based company “Life Is Good” in the mid-90s, by selling their shirt designs out of a van. Today, it’s a $100 million clothing empire.

Big Potential For Tiny Houses

November 26, 2015
This photo taken July 31, 2012 shows a "tiny" house April Anson built in Portland, Ore. For the past couple of months, 33-year-old Anson and her friends have been planning, measuring, sawing and hammering their way toward completion of what might look like a child’s playhouse. (AP)

Tiny houses, micro-apartments. They’re hot. Americans are downsizing.

A Look Behind The Proposed Merger Of Two Seattle Public Radio Stations

November 25, 2015
A recording studio at KUOW. (KUOW/Flickr)

When KUOW announced that it would purchase KPLU, it was met with shock and anger by members of the KPLU advisory board.

Stores In Some Malls Pressured To Open On Thanksgiving

November 25, 2015
J.C. Penney plans to open most of its stores the afternoon of Thanksgiving, forcing smaller stores to follow suit. (Sam Howzit/Flickr)

It all depends on whether the big department stores in those malls plan to open. J.C. Penney says it will open most of its stores at 3 p.m.

The Curse Of Black Friday

November 25, 2015
Mere hours after giving thanks, Black Friday beckons us to cast aside our gratitude in favor of a greedy lust for more, more, more. In this photo, shoppers throng Brea Mall during Black Friday shopping on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in Brea, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/ AP)

Mere hours after giving thanks, Black Friday beckons us to cast aside our gratitude in favor of a greedy lust for more, more, more.

Water Park Owner Chains Himself To Slide To Protest Auction

November 24, 2015
Two slides, one red, one green, coil downward from a 30 foot tall tower at Liquid Plant Water Park. (Sean Hurley/NHPR)

“If this doesn’t work and it goes to auction and I lose everything, I’ll still be able to spend the rest of my days saying I tried my best.”

Why Oil Prices Rose After Downing Of Russian Fighter Jet

November 24, 2015
Russia's President Vladimir Putin looks on while speaking with journalists in Itamaraty Palace in Brazilia, early on July 17, 2014. (Alexi Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Ali Velshi of Al Jazeera America explains why oil prices rose on the news of the fighter jet being shot down by Turkey.

First Major Virtual Reality Headset Is Now On Sale

November 24, 2015
A man tries out the 360-degree "The Hunger Games - Virtual Reality Experience," using the Samsung Gear VR, October 8, 2015 in New York City. (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Samsung)

Kurt Wagner of Re/code reviews Samsung’s Gear VR and what it means for the virtual reality industry.

Targeting The ISIS Economy

November 24, 2015
This photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 shows fuel tanks  hit during the attack of Russian warplanes in Syria. Russian warplanes on Monday attacked oil extraction, transport and refinement facilities in areas controlled by Islamic State militants. (AP Photo/Russian Defense Ministry Press Service)

ISIS, Inc. The terrorist organization is raking in billions –from oil, grain, antiquities, and taxes. We look at how to break the ISIS bank. Plus, Turkey downs a Russian plane. We’ll have the latest.

Aetna CEO Explains Higher Premiums And Why He’s Into Yoga

November 23, 2015
Aetna chairman and CEO Mark Bertolini speaks during the Fortune Global Forum on November 3, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Mark Bertolini says a near-fatal skiing accident caused him to view healthcare and his own work culture differently.

Pfizer And Allergan To Merge, Creating World’s Largest Drug Company

November 23, 2015
People walk past Pfizer's world headquarters, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 in New York. Pfizer and Allergan will join in a $160 billion deal to create the world's largest drugmaker. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

The nearly $160 billion deal would create the world’s biggest drug maker and bring Botox and Viagra under one roof.

Zuckerberg To Take 2 Months Parental Leave, Mayer To Take 2 Weeks

November 23, 2015
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, plans to take two months of paternity leave; Yahoo president and CEO Marissa Mayer plans to take two weeks of maternity leave. (Josh Edelson and Kimberly White/Getty Images for Fortune)

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has said she’ll take two weeks of leave, while Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to take two months.

Treasury Department Targets Corporate Inversions

November 20, 2015
U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew testifies at a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee July 28, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)

The new rules are aimed at preventing companies from reincorporating overseas to reduce their tax bill.

New Tech To Get You Over The River And All The Way To Grandmother's House

November 20, 2015
Travelling home for the holidays doesn't have to be a drag. (Flickr / Retroama)

Technology to make holiday travel a little easier: from apps to gadgets to online deals.

Week In The News: Paris Attacks, Syrian Refugees, ISIS Strategy

November 20, 2015
French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech at the Versailles castle, west of Paris, Monday, Nov.16, 2015. (Eric Feferberg, Pool via AP)

Terror strikes France. Debate over Syrian refugees in the U.S. The 2016 candidates on ISIS. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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