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New York Boosts Pay For Thousands With Hourly Wage Hike

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order Tuesday that raises the hourly rate from under $11.90 to $13.13 an hour for thousands of fast-food and retail workers.

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EBay Spins Off PayPal Into Fast-Changing World Of Mobile Payments

Commerce and payments are splitting up. Ebay is breaking away from PayPal and its payments operation will turn into a separate, publicly traded company.

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Preventing Worker Burnout Can Boost The Bottom Line

Weary employees could need more than just time off to re-energize. Some employers have ditched the time cards, let workers set their own schedules or allow them to rotate jobs to prevent burnout.

Database Flaws Cloud Sunshine On Industry Payments To Doctors

A federal website set to go live Tuesday will disclose drug and device companies' ties to doctors. The release marks a milestone, but could be misleading for patients checking up on their doctors.

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U.S. Judge Holds Argentina In Contempt After Debt Default

It has been nearly 2 months since Argentina defaulted on its debt. And now a judge in New York has held Argentina in contempt for proceeding with plans to pay some of its bondholders, but not others.

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European Activists Say They Don't Want Any U.S. 'Chlorine Chicken'

Most U.S. poultry is bathed in a little chlorine on the way to your plate. But that treatment is banned in Europe. Now "chlorinated chickens" are a sticking point in a trans-Atlantic trade deal.

Everything But The Squeal: How The Hog Industry Cuts Food Waste

Large-scale hog operations get a bad environmental rap. But when it comes to processing the animals, the industry is a model of efficiency, making use of every last bit in sometimes surprising ways.

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Will The NFL's Domestic Violence Scandal Hurt Its Bottom Line?

The NFL has become a $10 billion financial juggernaut by attracting new fans and devising new ways to make money. Now, the NFL confronts what may be its most serious image problem ever.

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Rochester Focuses On A New Picture Of American Manufacturing

Rochester, N.Y., was once the imaging capital of the world, home to Kodak, Xerox and Bausch + Lomb. Now, with a drastically cut manufacturing sector, the city is trying to build something new.

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Movie Theaters Hope To Add Another Dimension To Their Profits

Domestic movie ticket sales seem to have topped out. Now, cinema owners are trying to lure customers — and justify higher ticket prices — with innovations like panoramic screens and so-called 4-D.

How Will Boston Accommodate Sea Level Rise? New Report Suggests Canals, Wetlands

September 30, 2014
"Clarendon Canal." (Courtesy Michael Wang, Arlen Stawasz, and Dennis Carlberg)

One proposal is to welcome the rising waters with a series of canals — which might give Boston some of the watery charm of Venice or Amsterdam.

eBay Plans To Separate From PayPal

September 30, 2014
This combo made from file photos shows the eBay, top, and PayPal logos at their headquarters buildings in San Jose, Calif. The mobile payment service PayPal is splitting from eBay and will become a separate and publicly traded company in 2015, eBay announced Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo)

In a major reversal, eBay announced it will split its PayPal business into a separate, publicly traded company.

ATM, Overdraft Fees Pile Up

September 29, 2014
A new survey finds that banks are making more money from customers who use out-of-network ATMs and overdraw their accounts. (Devyn Caldwell/Flickr)

A new survey shows that bank fees rose this past year and overwhelmingly burden lower-income customers.

Peter Thiel Thinks We All Can Do Better

September 29, 2014
In this March 8, 2012 file photo, Peter Thiel speaks in San Francisco. (AP)

Silicon Valley’s Peter Thiel; the entrepreneur, investor and the PayPal co-founder’s call for deep invention.

Week In Review: Baker Stumbles, UN Climate Summit, Boston Skyline Could Change

September 26, 2014
Republican nominee for governor Charlie Baker smiles as he addresses a candidates forum, sponsored by a group that represents human service providers. (Charles Krupa/AP)

This week, among other things, Charlie Baker made an effort — and stumbled — to win over women voters, calling a female FOX25 reporter “sweetheart.”

Week In The News: AG Holder Resigns, UN Tackles Climate, ISIS Advances

September 26, 2014
President Barack Obama, accompanied by Attorney General Eric Holder, speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, to announce Holder is resigning. (AP)

Syria airstrikes. Obama at the UN. Climate protests. And Derek Jeter says goodbye. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Hiawatha Bray On Using Addresses To Fight Ebola

September 25, 2014
West Point, one of the areas were the Ebola virus has claimed lives in Monrovia, Liberia. (Abbas Dulleh/AP)

In order to really know how many people are sick from Ebola and how many have died, the government and health workers need to first know where they are. That requires maps and addresses.

Is There A Future For Horse Racing In Massachusetts?

September 25, 2014
Spectators watch horses race at Suffolk Downs in Boston, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Monday could be the last day of horse racing at the only active thoroughbred track in New England — Suffolk Downs.

Judge Denies Motion To Move Tsarnaev Trial, Pushes Start Date Back To January

September 24, 2014
Department of Homeland Security police officers stand watch outside the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston on May 1, 2013. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial is now expected to begin in Boston in January.

National Grid Electricity Rates To Rise 37 Percent

September 24, 2014

A typical residential customer, who uses 500 kilowatt hours a month, could see their bill rise about $33 a month.

NPR’s Chris Arnold On Garnished Wages

September 24, 2014
Kevin Evans relaxes in his small apartment after arriving home from work. Evans, who lost income and his home in the recession, is now having his wages garnished after falling behind on his credit card payments. (AP)

NPR’s Chris Arnold took part in a remarkable new reporting series tackling the rise of garnished wages as a way to pay off debt. He talked to us today about the series.

Dunkin’ Donuts Looks Westward

September 24, 2014
Fans line up for the opening of a Dunkin' Donuts store in Santa Monica, Calif. on Sept. 2. (Nick Ut/AP)

Nigel Travis, CEO of Dunkin’ Brands, talks about the company’s second attempt at expanding Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in California.

Walmart To Offer Checking Accounts

September 24, 2014
A worker pulls a line of shopping carts toward a Walmart store in North Kingstown, R.I. in November 2012. (Steven Senne/AP)

Walmart is teaming up with Green Dot Bank to offer low price checking accounts starting this October. What are the implications for the banking industry?

Indiana Toll Road Operator Files For Bankruptcy

September 24, 2014
Indiana Toll Road near Fremont, Indiana (jimmyemersondmv/Flickr)

The private operator of the Indiana Toll Road filed for bankruptcy this week. We take a closer look at private owners of public highways.

Chelsea Biotech Firm Civitas Drops IPO For $525M Sale

September 24, 2014

A Chelsea biotech drug company, which developed a Parkinson’s disease drug, is ditching Wall Street for deeper pockets up the road in Ardsley, N.Y.

What Mobile Payments Mean For Commerce

September 24, 2014
Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new Apple Pay product in Cupertino, Calif. Some experts believe Apple Pay, with its presence on millions of iPhones and its advanced security features, could be the service that leads to widespread adoption of the so-called mobile wallet.  (AP)

After cash. More and more, people are just waving their phone to pay. Now comes Apple Pay. We’ll look at where this goes.

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