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GM Was Slow To Recall Saturn Cars With Steering Flaw

General Motors delayed a safety recall of more than 330,000 cars, newly released federal documents show. The Saturn Ions were found to have defective power steering systems.

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'House Of Cards' Threatens To Ditch Baltimore For Chicago

Tax credits have long been used to attract film and TV productions. But with the loss of revenue, critics of the practice say those investments are not worth it.

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In Silicon Valley, Immigrants Toast Their Way To The Top

Immigrant workers in the Silicon Valley attend Toastmasters meetings to improve their public speaking. Organizers say those skills often lead to increased confidence at work and even job promotions.

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Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone?

The giant retailer says it's adding a new line of organic food that's at least 25 percent cheaper. But a large-scale production and supply of organic food likely can't be achieved overnight.

All Things Considered

Airbnb To Start Charging Hotel Taxes In A Handful Of Cities

Airbnb and other rental websites have made billions marketing existing housing to tourists, without hotel tax. Soon, Airbnb will start collecting tax in New York City, San Francisco and Portland, Ore.

All Things Considered

There Is A Media Slant, And Readers Might Be Responsible

Professor and economist Matthew Gentzkow, the recent winner of the John Bates Clark Medal, discusses how to predict media slant and use big data in economics.

Keystone XL Pipeline Review Extended By State Department

Federal agencies are getting more time to review the controversial project, the State Department says, given an ongoing legal battle in Nebraska over whether the pipeline could pass through.

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Gefilte Fish Shortage: Best Thing Since The Parting Of The Red Sea?

A shortage of gefilte fish is causing panic in the middle of Passover. But New York Times reporter Matt Chaban says some observant Jews are OK with not having to eat the love-it-or-hate-it appetizer.

Morning Edition

Wal-Mart To Offer Money-Transfer Service

The giant retailer will go head to head with Western Union and Moneygram in a market worth about $900 billion. But Wal-Mart says it will offer lower fees.

Obama Wants To Sell Exports To Asia, But Critics Aren't Buying

As the president prepares to travel to Asia, the White House says a trade deal would boost U.S. exports. But opponents say the Trans-Pacific Partnership would hurt the environment and U.S. jobs.

A ‘Smart’ Transit System Is Coming To Boston

April 18, 2014
The "smart" transit system, Bridj, is running a limited beta schedule starting in May. (Peter Eimon/Flickr)

Do you depend on public transportation to get around Boston? Are you frustrated by slow, crowded buses and trains that don’t go where you need to go?

Week In The News: Putin On Ukraine And A ‘New Russia,’ A Ferry Down, Economic Questions

April 18, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a nationally televised question-and-answer session in Moscow on Thursday, April 17, 2014. President Vladimir Putin has urged an end to the blockade of Moldova’s separatist province of Trans-Dniester. Trans-Dniester, located in eastern part of Moldova on border with Ukraine, has run its own affairs without international recognition since a 1992 war. Russian troops are stationed there.  (AP)

Deadly clashes in Eastern Ukraine. A white supremacist rocks Kansas City. The Marathon bombing anniversary. And Bloomberg on guns. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Marlborough Firm Accused Of Running Ponzi Scheme

April 18, 2014

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — Federal and state authorities have sued a Marlborough company they say reaped hundreds of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme that targeted minority communities.

MGM Requests Provisional Mass. Casino License

April 17, 2014

BOSTON — Casino giant MGM is asking Massachusetts gambling regulators to award it a provisional license so it can begin construction on an $800 million casino in downtown Springfield.

General Mills’ New Privacy Policy Restricts Consumers’ Right To Sue

April 17, 2014
If you download a coupon for a General Mills product like Reese's Puffs or Lucky Charms, or "like" a product on Facebook, you may be barred from suing company under General Mills' new privacy policy. (Mike Mozart/Flickr)

If you’ve downloaded a General Mills coupon or interacted with the company on social media, you may lose the right to sue the company.

What’s Being Done To Prevent Another Fertilizer Plant Explosion?

April 17, 2014
Memorials near the site of the explosion in the town of West, Texas. (Terrence Henry/StateImpact Texas)

A year after the deadly explosion in West, Texas, Terrence Henry of KUT reports the response has been a slow one.

Legal Arguments Filed In Casino Referendum Appeal

April 16, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is defending her decision to exclude from the November ballot a voter referendum calling for repeal of the state’s 2011 gambling law.

Regulators Target Party Buses After Fatalities

April 16, 2014
Party bus owner William Prigmore says his industry helps keep drunk drivers off the road. But state regulators point to nearly two dozen fatalities around the country as evidence the industry needs more regulation. (Austin Jenkins)

Nationwide there have been nearly two dozen fatalities on these buses and regulators say a crackdown on the industry is in order.

Tensions Build In San Francisco Amid Tech Boom

April 16, 2014
Members of the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco and other activists protest outside of City Hall in San Francisco, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. San Francisco officials are set to vote on a plan to start regulating employee shuttles for companies like Google, Facebook and Apple, charging a fee for those that use public bus stops and controlling where they load and unload. Private shuttle buses have created traffic problems, blocking public bus stops during peak commute hours. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

As San Francisco experiences a historic economic boom, some activists say not all city residents are reaping the benefits.

How To Get Ahead In Business (Without An MBA)

April 16, 2014
Harvard Business School is one of the top-ranked MBA programs in the country. Our guest today suggests those kinds of degrees aren't necessary for business success. (HBS / Facebook)

Humorist and longtime Fortune columnist Stanley Bing says, “forget the MBA.” He’s got the low-down on what you really need to master in business. Plus: the sky-high state of executive salaries.

Is China Heading Towards A Housing Bust?

April 15, 2014

In Chinese “ghost cities,” 20-story high rises have only a few occupants and developers are offering discounts as high as 40 percent.

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