California's Vineyards Pressed To Turn Less Water Into Wine

California wineries use between 2.5 to 6 gallons of water to make a gallon of wine, not including irrigation water and other needs. But drought is forcing the industry to conserve in new ways.

SABMiller Rejects $104 Billion Takeover Bid From AB InBev

"AB InBev is very substantially undervaluing SABMiller," says the chairman of SABMiller, Jan du Plessis.

California Governor Signs Legislation Targeting Wage Gap

The law gives women new tools and protections if they believe they're being paid unfairly because of gender.

Feds May Order Financial Firms To Allow Class Action Lawsuits

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is considering a rule that would prohibit consumer credit firms from requiring customers to sign away their right to sue.

How A Taste For Chinese Tea Minted America's First Millionaires

China and its trade practices are often blamed for U.S. economic woes. But once upon a time, it was the tea trade with China that created American magnates — with some catastrophic consequences.

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Unregulated Fantasy Sports Industry Rocked By Insider Trading Scandal

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with John Ourand of Sports Business Daily about the scandal in the multi-billion dollar industry of fantasy sports after two major companies were accused of insider trading.

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Rep. Sandy Levin: Fight Over Pacific Trade Deal Is About Setting Standards

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Democratic Rep. Sandy Levin, ranking minority member of the Ways and Means Committee, who monitored Trans-Pacific Partnership talks and advocated changes to the deal.

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States To Workers: Let Us Help You Build Your Retirement Savings

About half of workers in the U.S. have no retirement plan on the job. State-run, IRA-type programs are increasingly popular, with at least 20 states introducing legislation to create these programs.

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FAA Proposes Record Fine Against Drone Operator

The FAA is proposing a nearly $2 million fine against a drone operator it says was operating outside the rules and endangering safety. NPR talks to the head of the FAA about what's behind the hefty penalty.

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Obama Begins Sales Pitch To Congress On Trans-Pacific Partnership

Negotiators reached agreement on a massive trade deal this week. It sets in motion a complex political fight — one that involves federal policy, the national economy, President Obama's legacy, and creates a backdrop for the 2016 presidential election.

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.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal Reached

October 5, 2015
Trade representatives attend a press conference for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a pan-Pacific trade agreement by trade ministers from 12 nations in Sydney on October 27, 2014. The TPP, which would encompass 40 percent of the global economy and include 12 nations, just struck a deal today. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

The historic trade agreement, reached after eight years of negotiations, would bring together 40 percent of the world’s economy.

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.

Jobs Report: Only 142,000 Jobs Added In September

October 2, 2015

The Labor Department also revised downward the job gains for July and August. The unemployment rate remains at 5.1 percent.

Housing Production Pitched As Economic Imperative At Hearing

September 29, 2015
The Watermark Seaport, a residential building, is undergoing construction. (Hadley Green for WBUR).

By 2040, Massachusetts will need about half a million additional residential units, mostly in urban areas, analysts told lawmakers Tuesday.

Turbulence In Markets And Commodities

September 29, 2015

Shares in the commodities trader Glencore fell nearly 30 percent Monday, as the company struggles with low commodity prices.

To Do List For A Healthier Commonwealth

September 29, 2015
Ten eminently doable health reforms that Massachusetts should undertake now for the better health of all of its citizens. (Jeremy Brooks/flickr)

Ten eminently doable health reforms that Massachusetts should undertake now for the better health of all of its citizens.

Credit Cards With Chips Become Standard This Week

September 28, 2015
Chip credit cards are pictured in Philadelphia on June 10, 2015. (Matt Rourke/AP)

The microchips will take the place of magnetic swipe strips, as companies aim to increase security and prevent hacking.

Mass. Gas Prices Drop For 12th Consecutive Week

September 28, 2015
A woman from Walpole, Mass. fills up her car at a Gulf station in Brookline. (Steven Senne/AP)

The average cost of a gallon of gas in Massachusetts has dropped for the 12th consecutive week.

Is The MBTA Ready For Winter?

September 23, 2015
The MBTA fiscal control board was appointed by Governor Baker this year. (Steven Senne/AP)

The Baker-appointed MBTA Fiscal Control Board released their first report Tuesday.

Report Warns Of Boston’s High Inequality

September 22, 2015
Income inequality in Boston has widened considerably over the last dozen or so years, a new report finds. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

“We’re growing in a very bifurcated way,” Jessica Martin, of The Boston Foundation, told WBUR.

Alaskans Expect Near Record ‘Oil Check’ Windfall

September 21, 2015
A portion of the 800-mile Trans-Alaska pipeline that feeds oil to the West Coast. (Al Grillo/AP File)

On Monday, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker announces how much money Alaska residents will receive in a check from the state’s savings account of Alaskan oil revenues.

Merger In Rental Market Shows Likelihood Of Rising Rents

September 21, 2015
A sign advertises for a house for rent in Los Angeles in February 2015.(Richard Vogel/AP)

With home ownership reaching a nearly 50-year low, real estate companies are banking on rents continuing to rise.

U.S. Announcing New Changes Loosening Travel And Business Restrictions On Cuba

September 18, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry watches as Marines raise the American flag at the U.S. Embassy August 14, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

These changes would allow U.S. companies to establish subsidiaries with Cuba and make it easier for cruise ships to stop in Cuba.

On Their Self-Titled, Debut Album, ‘Algiers’ Confronts, Grieves And Protests

September 17, 2015
The band Algiers, made up of bassist Ryan Mahan, guitarist Lee Tesche and vocalist and guitarist Franklin James Fisher. (Courtesy Matador Records)

The music by the band Algiers has been called “revolutionary in the truest sense of the word,” and when you listen to their music, it’s easy to understand why.

Fed Leaves Key Interest Rate Unchanged, Citing Low Inflation

September 17, 2015
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: An American flag hangs over the New York Stock Exchange on September 15, 2015 in New York City. Stocks ended up today with the Dow Jones industrial average finishing the day up over 200 points. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The Federal Reserve is keeping U.S. interest rates at record lows in the face of threats from a weak global economy.

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