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Amazon Takes Aim At Etsy With A New Craft Site, Handmade

Amazon will require that the goods be factory-free, a direct swipe at Etsy, which now allows artisans to work with manufacturers to increase their sales.

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Tracking A Rollercoaster: Sotheby's Offers Clues About Survival Of Tech Bubble

One of the surest signs of an economic bubble that is about to pop is a surge in the stock price of Sotheby's. The global art dealer's stock resembles a rollercoaster, and it has predicted every up and down of the global economy since the company went public. So with talk of big bubbles in the tech sector, Planet Money went poking around.

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Volkswagen's U.S. Chief Appears Before House Panel On Emissions Scandal

Volkswagen U.S. President Michael Horn appears before the House Energy and Commerce Committee to answer questions about the emissions scandal.

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Orrin Hatch On TPP: Despite Concerns, Fast-Track Authority Was 'Essential'

Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah has reservations on where the Trans-Pacific Partnership landed on patent protection. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to the senator about the GOP reaction to the trade deal.

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U.S. Regulators Visit Cuba To Explore Boundaries Of New Trade Opportunities

Officials from the Treasury, Commerce, and State Departments visit Cuba this week to grasp a better understanding of the country's economy. They want to know how far the U.S. can go in doing business with Cuba under the limits of the half-century old embargo. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker led the delegation, despite criticism from those who say the move comes too soon.

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TPP Negotiators Reached Agreement With Sticky Compromise On Biologics Drugs

A big sticking point in the negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership involved biologics medicines and vaccines created from living organisms. The dispute centered on patent protection: how many years drug companies should have before facing competition from generics. The negotiators ended up with a complicated compromise that gives drug makers five to eight years of protection. But nobody is really happy with the outcome.

Berkeley's Sugary Drinks Are Getting Pricier, Thanks To New Tax

Berkeley, Calif., passed a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages in 2014. Researchers say soda prices went up three months after it was implemented — a first step toward reducing consumption.

Bill Would Add Nurses, Physician Assistants To Pharma Disclosure Database

Drugmakers disclose their payments to doctors, dentists, even chiropractors. But spending on nurse practitioners and physician assistants is excluded. Legislation in the Senate would change that.

'It Was Installed For This Purpose,' VW's U.S. CEO Tells Congress About Defeat Device

Michael Horn testified on the same day German prosecutors raided VW offices at its headquarters in Wolfsburg, seizing documents and records as they investigate the emissions scandal.

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Treasury Secretary Keeps Up Pressure To Raise Debt Limit

In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew spoke about the debt ceiling, raising wages and the new potential faces of the $10 bill.

Week In The News: Kunduz Bombing, TPP Politics, South Carolina Floods

October 9, 2015
A manhole begins to spill over with floodwaters as high tide approaches at Dorchester Road at Sawmill Branch Canal in Summerville, S.C., Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015.  (AP)

Russia goes big in Syria. The US hits a hospital in Kunduz. Hillary flips on the TPP. An epic flood in South Carolina. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Fantasy Sports Sites Ban Employees From Playing On Rival Sites

October 8, 2015
Len Don Diego, marketing manager for content at DraftKings, a daily fantasy sports company, works at his station at the company's offices in Boston. (Stephan Savoia, File/AP)

Imagine that you’re looking to work at a tennis shop. But here’s one of the rules once you get hired: you can’t play tennis anymore.

Inside Overseas Tax Havens

October 8, 2015
In this Aug. 2, 2012 file photo, local newspapers show stories about the controversial strategy to bail the government out of a financial hole, at a restaurant along Seven Mile Beach on the outskirts of George Town on the Cayman Islands. The Cayman Islands have lost some of their allure by abruptly proposing what amounts to an income tax on expatriate workers who have helped build the territory into one of the most famous or, for some people, notorious offshore banking centers that have tax advantages for foreign investment operations. (AP)

Trillions of dollars are now stashed in protected tax havens around the world, leaving societies’ bills to those at home. We’ll dig in.

House Moves To Increase Penalty For Fentanyl Trafficking

October 7, 2015

The House unanimously passed a bill that makes trafficking fentanyl, a powerful opioid, a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Lawsuit Challenges Transgender Locker Room Access At Planet Fitness

October 7, 2015
Planet Fitness sign outside one of its 1000 locations. (Mike Mozart/Flickr)

We hear a counterargument to our conversation earlier this week about how to accommodate transgender people in gyms.

UAW Sets Midnight Deadline In Fiat Chrysler Negotiations

October 7, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne, left, and United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams talk during a ceremony to mark the opening of contract negotiations in Detroit, July 14, 2015. (Paul Sancya/AP)

In the midst of contract negotiations with Fiat Chrysler, the United Auto Workers union is threatening to go on strike.

Is The U.S. Heading Into A Recession?

October 7, 2015
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on the morning of August 26, 2015 in New York City. After a volatile week of fluctuations, the Dow Jones opened 400 points higher this morning. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Three months of weak jobs reports, major dips in the stock market and flat wages have many investors and analysts worried.

Facing Questions Of Integrity, Future Is Uncertain For Fantasy Sports

October 6, 2015
DraftKings advertisements at South Station (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

After suspicion of insiders passing information at two leading fantasy sports companies, DraftKings and FanDuel are promising to protect “the integrity of the games.”

Scandal At Fantasy Sports Sites FanDuel And Boston’s DraftKings

October 6, 2015
Devlin D'Zmura, a tending news manager at DraftKings, works on his laptop at the company's offices in Boston. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

A leak of inside information is raising questions about whether company employees have an unfair advantage when they’re betting on fantasy sports.

Two Fantasy Sports Companies Engulfed In Scandal

October 6, 2015
Fantasy sports website DraftKings and its rival FanDuel are enmeshed in a scandal involving allegations of insider information. (DraftKings screenshot)

DraftKings and FanDuel are barring their employees from playing fantasy games, amidst allegations that a DraftKings employee placed bets using insider information.

Making The Most Of Muck In The Cuyahoga River

October 6, 2015
A tug moves dredged sediment through the Cuyahoga River (Jim Ridge/Share the River via WCPN)

After Ohio banned open lake dumping of dredged material from the Cuyahoga River, companies are coming up with alternative uses for the muck.

MGM Chief Reiterates Commitment To Springfield Casino

October 5, 2015
In this March 2015 photo Anthony Wallace, a member of sheet metal worker's Local 63, waits with a group of co-workers the ground breaking ceremony for the $800 million MGM casino resort. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Despite a recent redesign that eliminated a 25-story hotel and associated apartments, the company remains committed to building a casino in downtown Springfield.

DraftKings And FanDuel Battle To Dominate Fantasy Sports

October 5, 2015
It's impossible to miss advertising for Boston-based DraftKings at Boston's South Station. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars in marketing to try to dominate the fast-growing fantasy sports industry.

Ad Blockers And The Internet Of Tomorrow

October 5, 2015
The newest version of the Apple mobile iOS system allows ad-blocking software on mobile browsing for the first time. (Abdullah Syahbal / Flickr)

Are ad–blocking, bots, and mobile gutting economic viability of the internet? We’ll take a close look.

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

October 2, 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.

Cereal Cafe Sparks Protest

October 2, 2015
A member of staff of the Cereal Killer Cafe helps point out to a customer the range of cereals available, from U.S. favorites to European gluten free organics, at the cafe in Brick Lane, London, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. The Cereal Killer Cafe has drawn both derision and big crowds since it opened nine months ago, offering a cornucopia of flakes, pops and puffs from about 3 pounds ($4.50) a bowl. Now it has attracted the ire of anti-gentrification protesters, who last week surrounded the business with flaming torches and scrawled "scum" on its windows as customers sheltered in the basement. (Alastair Grant/AP)

A cafe in East London that serves cereal for about 2.50 to 6 pounds ($4.50 to $9) a bowl has become a symbol of gentrification.

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