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McDonald's Responsible For Treatment Of Workers, Agency Says

The National Labor Relations Board has found that McDonald's shares responsibility for working conditions at its franchised restaurants. The company will fight the ruling.

All Things Considered

OkCupid Sometimes Messes A Bit With Love, In The Name Of Science

OkCupid, the online dating site, disclosed Monday that they sometimes manipulate their users' profiles for experiments.

Kurdish Oil Shipment Too Far Offshore For U.S. To Seize

A U.S. judge says an order she gave late Monday to impound a tanker carrying $100 million in oil off the coast of Galveston, Texas, cannot be enforced.

Chances Are Pretty Good That's A Bill Collector Calling

About 77 million adults in the U.S. have at least one debt in the collection process, according to a study released by the Urban Institute.

Obama Announces New Sanctions On Russia

Obama said further sanctions against Russia's defense, banking and energy sectors were "closely coordinated" with action taken by European allies.

Solving The Scourge That Is Slow Hotel Wi-Fi

Hotels are happy to charge you $300 a night for a stay, but their Wi-Fi speeds are often too slow to stream a movie. Now, two competing sites are trying to solve the problem.

All Things Considered

Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut; Sometimes You Just Drive One

After graduation, a group of college students landed a nutty job — quite literally. For the next year, they will don the monocle of Mr. Peanut and drive the Planters Peanut Nutmobile.

White House Says Delayed Action On Climate Change Could Cost Billions

The White House says the cost of inaction outweighs the cost of implementing more-stringent regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.

Morning Edition

Brothers Exploit Loopholes In Airbnb, Kickstarter

Two brothers rented a condo in Palm Springs and began claiming tenants' rights after 30 days, then threatened to sue the owner for negligence, claiming the tap water damaged their espresso machine.

Morning Edition

Zillow To Buy Rival Real Estate Site Trulia

Zillow has agreed to buy Trulia for $3.5 billion in stock. The two websites represent more than 60 percent of the total Internet traffic for real estate listings.

Patrick Signs $1B Convention Center Upgrade

July 29, 2014

Supporters say the upgrade will increase the center’s operating space by more than 50 percent and help Boston compete for the world’s largest and most lucrative conventions.

5 Ways The Market Basket Muddle Could Break

July 29, 2014
The Market Basket standoff is enduring through a second week. Here, a customer walks past empty shelves at a Somerville store on July 22. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

What solutions are there to end a crisis that’s costing workers and family shareholders alike? Here are five scenarios.

‘T-Rex’ Fast Car Drives On Three Wheels

July 29, 2014
Reporter Judith Ritter stands behind a Campagna T-REX (Judith Ritter)

The tiny three-wheeled car can reach 145 miles per hour and hits 60 miles per hour in under 4 seconds.

Google Asks, What Makes Us Healthy? Skeptics Ask, Should Google Be The One To Know?

July 29, 2014
In this photo illustration, the Google logo is reflected in the eye of a girl on February 3, 2008 in London, England. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Google has announced a massive science project, Baseline Study, to provide the most complete possible picture of a healthy human body.

The Cost Of Our 'Do-Nothing' Congress

July 29, 2014
The U.S. Senate is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. (AP)

The “Do-Nothing” Congress just days before August recess. We’ll look at the causes and costs to the country of D.C. paralysis.

How Market Basket Can Right Its Course

July 29, 2014
Thomas Kochan: "Unless there is a change of course... all parties -- owners, employees and customers -- will lose."  Pictured: Market Basket assistant managers Mike Forsyth, left, and John Surprenant, second from left, hold signs while posing with employees in Haverhill, Mass., Thursday, July 24, 2014, in a show of support for Arthur T. Demoulas. The former chief executive of the Market Basket supermarket chain whose ouster has led to employee protests, customer boycotts and empty shelves, says he wants to buy the entire company. (AP)

Unless there is a change of course, all parties — owners, employees and customers — will lose.

Big Money In Dollar Tree’s Acquisition Of Family Dollar

July 28, 2014
A Dollar Tree store is seen on July 28, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Dollar Tree announced it will buy Family Dollar Stores for about $8.5 billion in cash and stock. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

We take a look at the $8.5 billion deal, and how the business of dollar stores has adapted as the economy has improved.

Should California Be Broken Up Into 6 States?

July 28, 2014
The "Six Californias" campaign is aimed at dividing up the state of California into six separate states. (Click to enlarge. Source: sixcalifornias.com)

Billionaire investor Timothy Draper makes the case for his “Six Californias” campaign, which could be on a state ballot in 2016.

The Battle Over U.S. Corporate Tax Inversion

July 28, 2014
This June 4, 2014 photo shows a Walgreens retail store in Boston. Walgreen Co. _ which bills itself as “America’s premier pharmacy” _ is among many companies considering combining operations with foreign businesses to trim their tax bills. (AP)

American companies bailing out on America. They call it inversion. Is it desertion?

Gov. Patrick OKs Earlier Sunday Liquor Store Openings

July 26, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick has signed into law a bill that gives the stores permission to begin doing business at 10 a.m. instead of at noon. But it won’t take effect for another three months.

As Traditional Golf Courses Shutter, Topgolf Draws Crowds

July 26, 2014
(Courtesy of Topgolf)

While the rest of the golf industry is in a tailspin, one company has managed to thrive. Using new technology, Topgolf is drawing crowds to its 10 locations in the United States. Topgolf CEO Ken May joins Bill Littlefield to share the company’s secrets.

Rally In Tewksbury In Support Of Ousted Market Basket CEO

July 25, 2014
Protesters gathered in Tewksbury Friday morning. (Asma Khalid/WBUR)

Supporters of ousted Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demoulas gathered in Tewskbury Friday for what they said would be their “final rally.”

As Market Basket Store Shelves Empty, Online Presence Grows

July 25, 2014
The New England grocery store chain Market Basket is launching its first official website amid employee protests. (demoulasmarketbasket.com)

WBUR’s Curt Nickisch has the strange story of the $4 billion grocery store chain and the lone shopper who stepped into its online void.

Market Basket Employees Protest Labor Changes

July 25, 2014
Market Basket employees protested outside of the Somerville store near Union Square on July 22. Inside, store shelves emptied this week as employees refused to deliver and stock products. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The grocery store’s 25,000 employees don’t have a problem with their own working conditions; rather, they want their ousted CEO back.

The Best And Worst Companies To Retire From

July 25, 2014
Facebook reportedly boasts impressive employee perks, but a competitive retirement plan is not among them, according to Bloomberg (Marco Paköeningrat/Flickr).

Michael Regan explains why Facebook and Whole Foods are near the bottom of Bloomberg’s rankings of companies’ retirement benefits.

N.C. Town Reinvents Itself As Biotech Hub

July 25, 2014
Construction of the North Carolina Research Complex in Kannapolis, N.C. took place on the site of a demolished former Cannon Mills factory (Brad Spry/Flickr).

Even though Kannapolis saw the largest single layoff in North Carolina history, it didn’t go the way of Detroit or Camden. Here’s why.

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