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Glass Or No Glass? That Is The Grill Lid Question

Would you be a better cook if you could see your food on the grill without lifting the lid? We take a peek under the hood of an innovative glass-top grill that claims to help prevent the dreaded burn.

Inflation Came In Low Again, But Are There Bubbles?

If inflation were to flare up, Fed policymakers would have to push up interest rates. Tuesday's consumer price report suggests inflation is low, but some say the data isn't capturing asset "bubbles."

Deal In Detroit Could Signal Cuts To Pensions Elsewhere

Pensions have long enjoyed strong legal protections, but recent bankruptcy cases suggest this might be changing. As a result, cities and states might ask more workers to accept a little less.

'Audience Measurement': How Networks And Critics Are Wrestling With Numbers

This year's Television Critics Association press tour found networks pitching hard for the view beyond overnight ratings. But getting the right number isn't the end of the issue.

U.S. Appeals Courts Issue Conflicting Decisions On Obamacare Subsidies

One panel threw out subsidies in the 36 states that did not set up their own insurance exchanges. Another said the IRS rule that set them up was legal.

States Experiment With Health Savings Accounts For Medicaid

People who contribute up to $25 a month would be exempt from cost-sharing requirements. But some consumer advocates say the health savings accounts add a needless layer of complexity to Medicaid.

Detroit Pensioners Approve City's Bankruptcy Plan

The vote marked a major step in moving the city's bankruptcy forward. Retired police and firefighters overwhelmingly approved some cuts in their pensions.

Morning Edition

Telecommuting Didn't Work Out For One Transplanted Worker

All summer, we're talking with out-of-work young adults about how they're making ends meet. Chrystina Gastlelum, 32, moved to Maine from New York City and tried to keep doing her job remotely.

Morning Edition

Piano Made Famous In 'Casablanca' Goes On Auction Block

The piano is a constant presence in the Humphrey Bogart film, underscoring much of the legendary bar-room dialogue. Bonhams auction house expects it to sell for over a million dollars.

Morning Edition

Credit Suisse Reports $770 Million Loss

The second-quarter figure marks the biggest loss for the bank since the 2008 financial crisis. Much of that is due to a legal settlement with U.S. tax authorities — including a $2.6 billion fine.

The Changing Cape

July 22, 2014
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We’re going to talk today about one of our state’s most dynamic places — constantly changing, even as it tries to protect what has made Cape Cod a destination for so many.

At Somerville Market Basket, Some Shelves Empty As Workers Protest

July 22, 2014
As of Monday, 37 state lawmakers and mayors had agreed to encourage constituents to stop shopping at Market Basket until Arthur T. is reinstated. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

At the Union Square Market Basket, produce shelves were empty as employees picketed on the sidewalk, urging shoppers to go elsewhere until ousted-CEO Arthur T. Demoulas is reinstated.

Next iPhone To Offer Bigger Screen, But Will It Fit In Your Pocket?

July 22, 2014
Apple will manufacture iPhones with larger displays for its next model. (Photo Giddy/Flickr)

Apple is asking suppliers to make iPhones with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens, compared to the current model’s 4-inch display.

Retail Confession: Adults Who Wear Kids’ Clothes To Save Money

July 22, 2014
Can you correctly guess if this pair of underwear is a Men's Small or a Boys' XL? Taylor Quimby is betting you can't. (Taylor Quimby/NHPR)

Taylor Quimby of New Hampshire Public Radio is among the many adults buying kids XL-size clothing instead of adult size smalls.

Modest, Obscure Deal Has Tech Industry Talking

July 22, 2014
Yahoo is reportedly set to buy the mobile advertising company Flurry for about $200 million. Pictured is a screenshot of Flurry's homepage. (Flurry.com)

Yahoo is set to buy the mobile advertising company Flurry, as it tries to figure out how to increase revenue from mobile ads.

Reinstate Fired Market Basket Workers, Ex-CEO Says

July 22, 2014
A shopper at the Somerville Market Basket reads a sheet of paper calling for people not to shop at the Market Basket store until Arthur T. Demoulas is reinstated as CEO. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Arthur T. Demoulas, in his first statement since being ousted, is urging the family-owned company to reinstate workers who were fired for protests demanding his return.

Chinese Buyers Snap Up Real Estate In The U.S.

July 21, 2014
A sale pending sign is posted in front of a home for sale on July 17, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The real estate website Zillow soon plans to publish its for-sale listings in Mandarin.

Another Facet Of The Jobs Debate: Baby Boomers

July 21, 2014
Participation in the workforce has dropped significantly since 2007, and economists say more than half of the dropouts may never return. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The U.S. labor force has been shrinking since 2007. Some say this is because baby boomers are retiring, but critics disagree.

Shark Sightings Off Cape Cod A Boon For Tourism

July 21, 2014
Vacationer Mark McCurdy, of Everett, examines shark-themed clothing at the Chatham Clothing Bar in Chatham, Mass. Growing sightings of great white sharks off Cape Cod are generating business for local entrepreneurs as residents and tourists seek a glimpse of the offshore predators -- or purchase their shark-themed memorabilia and apparel. (Steven Senne/AP)

Shark T-shirts are everywhere, “Jaws” has been playing in local theaters and boat tours are taking more tourists out to see the huge seal population that keeps the sharks coming.

Market Basket Workers Fired Amid Protests

July 21, 2014
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Hundreds of employees and others loyal to the chain’s ousted CEO arrived at a rally in Tewksbury by the bus load Monday morning, a day after the company made good on promises to fire employees who skipped work to attend an earlier rally.

Wampanoag Chief Has Mixed Feelings On Casino Bid

July 20, 2014

The tribe’s chief, 92-year-old Vernon “Silent Drum” Lopez, said he is awed by how far the tribe has come since the days of his youth, but he has mixed feelings about a potential next step: a $500 million casino resort that the tribe is proposing to build in Taunton.

Week In Review: Patrick’s Child Aid Plan, BRA Audit, Haystack

July 18, 2014
Zelda holds up a sign as she joins demonstrators outside the Mexican Consulate Friday, July 18, 2014, in Houston. Prospects for action on the U.S.-Mexico border crisis faded Thursday as lawmakers traded accusations rather than solutions, raising chances that Congress will go into its summer recess without doing anything about the tens of thousands of migrant children streaming into South Texas. (AP)

Governor Patrick makes an impassioned plea today for the state to help the flood of children crossing over the U.S.-Mexico border. Plus, we’ll take a look at the BRA’s books and a new parking app.

Market Basket Workers Rally In Support Of Ex-CEO

July 18, 2014

More than 2,000 people have rallied at Market Basket supermarket chain headquarters demanding reinstatement of former chief executive Arthur T. Demoulas.

Lexington Company Shire Agrees To Be Bought In $55B Deal

July 18, 2014

Lexington-based pharmaceutical company Shire has agreed to be bought by Chicago-based AbbVie for nearly $55 billion.

Coca-Cola Offers Hardship Pay For Expats In Beijing

July 17, 2014
A woman wearing a mask walks past the CCTV Building during severe pollution in January 2013 in Beijing. That week, the AQI in Beijing hit 755, even though it normally maxes out at 500. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

With air quality in Beijing consistently in the “very unhealthy” zone, companies are increasingly considering the city a hardship post.

The High Price Of Financial Transactions When You’re Poor

July 17, 2014
Many of the approximately 70 million Americans who don't have a bank account or access to traditional financial services end up relying on check-cashing services, which come with hefty fees. (Orin Zebest/Flickr)

Derek Thompson says “for tens of millions of Americans without a bank account, paying a bill isn’t just an odyssey, it’s a part-time job.”

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