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Bureaucratic Hoops Make D.C. Affordable Housing Units Hard To Sell

This problem exists nationwide, but in the nation's capital, there are more requirements and restrictions. For example, D.C. limits the maximum resale price and makes homeowners wait before they sell.

Administration Warns Employers: Don't Dump Sick Workers From Plans

Brokers and consultants have told large employers they could save money by shifting workers with expensive health conditions into insurance marketplace exchanges. Now that has been deemed illegal.

'New York Times' Hires Former NPR Executive To Lead Digital Push

Kinsey Wilson was NPR's chief content officer when he was forced out last month by the network's new CEO, Jarl Mohn.

Morning Edition

Thanksgiving Travelers Will Need An Extra Helping Of Patience

Get ready for bumper-to-bumper traffic, overcrowded airports, long lines and very little personal space on trains, planes and buses. This week is expected to be the busiest travel week of the year.

Morning Edition

Plan To Use Gulf Oil Spill Funds For Beach Hotel Sparks Lawsuit

Environmentalists are suing to stop Alabama from using nearly $60 million in BP oil spill recovery funds to build a new hotel on the beach. The project is one of dozens underway across the region.

Morning Edition

Want A Calorie Count With That? FDA Issues New Rules For Restaurants

Years in the making, the new rules will require chain restaurants with 20 or more locations to post calorie information on their menus. Even movie theaters and vending machines are covered.

Honda Says It Failed To Report Over 1,700 Deaths And Injuries

The underreporting started in 2003. The automaker could face a fine from U.S. regulators of up to $35 million.

All Things Considered

As Hackers Hit Customers, Retailers Keep Quiet About Security

Leading companies are keeping tight-lipped about what they're doing to protect customers from similar attacks that have hit Target, Home Depot and other major retailers.

All Things Considered

Half The Battle Over Net Neutrality Is Defining What It Means

President Obama's call for stronger net neutrality rules touched off a round of heated debate. Broadband companies and their allies say the plan is tantamount to "regulating the Internet" and would hurt innovation. But net neutrality advocates say otherwise.

Silicon Valley's Power Over The Free Press: Why It Matters

A big shift has occurred over the past few years: Tech companies now control how you get news and what news you get. Should journalism companies be building and deploying more technology?

Mass. Sees First Bump In Home Sales Since June

November 25, 2014

Single-family home sales in Massachusetts increased in October, the first monthly spike in sales since June. The median selling price last month was also up, by 2.1 percent, to $320,000.

State Approves 29 Percent Rate Hike For WMECo

November 22, 2014

State regulators have approved a 29 percent rate increase sought by Western Massachusetts Electric Co., which serves about 200,000 customers in Western Massachusetts.

Local Immigration Thinkers Respond To Obama’s Executive Action

November 20, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

We hear local reaction to President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform.

Saving Gamblers From Themselves

November 20, 2014
Renée Loth: "If the state really wants to discourage its residents from gambling away their paychecks and attract high-rolling outsiders instead, it might take a lesson from Singapore." (Julie Jacobson/AP)

If the state really wants to discourage its residents from gambling away their paychecks and attract high-rolling outsiders instead, it might take a lesson from Singapore.

Mass. Adds 1,200 Jobs In October; Unemployment Rate Stays At 6 Percent

November 20, 2014

The Massachusetts jobless rate is above the national level, which is currently 5.8 percent.

An 8-Year Car Loan Can Come Back To Haunt You

November 19, 2014
Natalie Pena (right) shows vehicles to Ruben Mendoza as he shops for vehicles at the Toyota of Deerfield dealership on October 2, 2014 in Deerfield Beach, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary explains why longer-term loans are risky, and how to figure out what you can afford.

Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power?

November 19, 2014
"A day's work ended," drawn by Matt Morgan, depicts African Americans bringing cotton in from a field in Alabama. The image was published in Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper in 1887. (Wikimedia Commons)

Edward Baptist argues in his new book that slavery was integral to establishing the America as a world economic power.

Parents With Unusual Hours Seek Out ‘Extreme’ Day Care

November 18, 2014
A day care employee watches children in carts at a park in downtown Washington, D.C. on April 11, 2013. (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images)

With many people working odd hours to make ends meet, there is rising demand for day care centers that are open up to 24 hours a day.

Mass. Gas Prices Are At Lowest Level Since 2010

November 17, 2014
Dana Ripley, of Winthrop, fills the gas tank of his truck in Andover on Sept. 30. (Charles Krupa/AP)

This week’s 3-cent drop continues a months-long trend.

Scientists Try To Bring Back The Original New Mexico Chile

November 17, 2014
New Mexico green chiles are pictured at a farmer's market. (Farmanac/Flickr)

The state’s chile industry is in decline – suffering from drought and competition from China and other countries.

G20 Pledges Global Growth As Japan Slides Into Recession

November 17, 2014
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe waves as he arrives for the G20 Summit in Brisbane on November 15, 2014. Australia is hosted the leaders of the world's 20 biggest economies for the G20 summit in Brisbane on November 15 and 16. (Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images)

NPR’s Marilyn Geewax discusses the meeting of the world’s 20 biggest economies, and Japan’s recession announcement.

Utah Businessman Welcomes New U.S.-China Trade Agreement

November 13, 2014
This is a photo of U.S. President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) after a joint press conference at the Great Hall of People on November 12, 2014 in Beijing, China. U.S. President Barack Obama pays a state visit to China after attending the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

The founder of an audio and video cable company in Ogden, Utah, discusses how the deal will affect him and other businesses.

With Aluminum Body, Ford’s New F-150 Is 700 Pounds Lighter

November 12, 2014
2015 Ford F-150 trucks move down the assembly line at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. The aluminum-sided F-150 could set a new industry standard — or cost the company its pickup truck crown.(/Paul Sancya/AP)

The truck’s aluminum body is much lighter, but will it be able to hold up as well as the older, heavier models?

Atlantic Fishermen Grapple With Cod Restrictions

November 12, 2014
Fishermen Ed Stewart, left, and Tannis Goodsen mend groundfishing nets on Merrill Wharf in Portland, Maine in 2013. The nets will be used to catch ground fish such as haddock, flounder and cod. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

Fishermen say the new rules, expected to stay in place until May, will devastate them economically and force some out of business.

Fishermen Protest Cod Fishing Restrictions In Gulf Of Maine

November 11, 2014
Fishermen Ed Stewart, left, and Tannis Goodsen mend groundfishing nets on Merrill Wharf in Portland, Maine in 2013. The nets will be used to catch ground fish such as haddock, flounder and cod. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

Fishermen say the new restrictions, which effectively ban all commercial fishing of cod for the next six months — will put an end to their livelihoods. But federal regulators say the changes are necessary to prevent a complete collapse of the cod stock.

Alibaba Brings In $9 Billion On ‘Singles Day’

November 11, 2014
Alibaba Group signage is posted outside the New York Stock Exchange prior to the company's initial price offering (IPO) on September 19, 2014 in New York City. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The holiday celebrates single people in China and has become the biggest online shopping day in that country – and therefore the world.

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