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Will Apple's Mobile Wallet Replace Your Leather Wallet?

Many have tried and failed with this kind of payment option before. But Apple's launch is bigger, with more financial institutions' support, and consumers may be more security-conscious.

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Bucking The Fashion Trend, Converse Kicks Up A Fuss About Knockoffs

The Nike-owned company is suing to protect its Chuck Taylor All Stars from copycats. But NYU law professor Chris Sprigman says it might be an uphill battle, since copying is part of the fashion cycle.

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As Cattle Prices Climb, Ranchers Watch Out For Bovine Thievery

Across the U.S., cattle prices are at record highs. So ranchers and special rangers are working to protect herds from cattle rustlers — thieves looking to sell off stolen animals at auction.

Weekend Edition Saturday

European Slowdown Drives Roller-Coaster Week In Markets

Concerns in Europe over a slowdown in economic growth have been rattling global financial markets. NPR's Scott Simon talks with correspondent John Ydstie about the volatile week on Wall Street.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Once A Year, Farmers Go Back To Picking Corn By Hand — For Fun

Farmers across the Midwest harvest billions of bushels of corn nowadays using giant machines called combines. But a contest keeps a more primitive corn-picking technique alive: human hands.

Tech Week: Egg Freezing, Gamergate And Online Giving

Debates about the role of women in the technology workforce and in gaming are swirling over two notable stories this week.

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As Gas Prices Drop, Hybrid Sales Shift Into Low Gear

Gas prices are falling — and so are hybrid car sales. Analysts say better gas mileage for traditional vehicles, combined with low gas prices, is giving hybrids a run for their money.

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Drop In Unemployment Raises Debate On Optimal Rate

Now that unemployment has slipped below 6 percent, there's renewed interest in what the Federal Reserve's target for joblessness should be. Some economists worry that inflation will resurface.

In Forcing Out Senior Executive, New CEO Mohn Puts Stamp On NPR

Kinsey Wilson, hailed by many observers as a digital visionary, was abruptly ousted earlier this month. CEO Jarl Mohn says he sees untapped opportunities for growth in radio and digital audiences.

Fiesta Fan Photos: Your Dishes On Display

NPR listeners recently threw open their kitchen cabinets and showed off their collections of the brightly colored Fiesta dishware line: stacks of mix-and-match plates, favorite mugs, family heirlooms.

The Economic Impact Of Ebola

October 17, 2014
World leaders meet about the impact of the Ebola crisis, during the IMF World Bank 2014 Annual Meetings on October 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The World Bank estimates Ebola could drain $32.6 billion from the global economy if it spreads beyond Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Mayor Walsh’s Plan To Create More Than 50,000 Housing Units

October 16, 2014
Celso Bias carries out a mattress from his apartment in Allston. (Chitose Suzuki/AP)

Mayor Marty Walsh has released a $20 billion plan to create 53,000 new housing units by the year 2030 spread throughout the city at a variety of income levels.

Larry Summers: Worry About Deflation Not Inflation

October 16, 2014
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on October 15, 2014 in New York City. As fears from Ebola and a global slowdown spread, stocks plunged on Wednesday with the Dow falling over 400 points during the afternoon before receovering slightly. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

In light of the volatile stock market, we asked Larry Summers for some perspective.

Mass. Adds 9,400 Jobs In September, After Market Basket Disruptions End

October 16, 2014
Protesters celebrate outside Market Basket headquarters in Tewksbury after the grocery chain reached a deal to return control back to Arthur T. Demoulas. (Aram Boghosian for WBUR)

Amid erratic jobs numbers, the state unemployment rate increased last month, from 5.8 percent to 6 percent.

What’s Behind Falling Stock Prices?

October 15, 2014
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on October 14, 2014 in New York City. Yesterday, the Dow dropped over 200 points as investors grow concerned about the global economy falling back into recession. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Stocks are falling sharply as traders dump risky assets and park their money in investments seen as relatively safe.

Oil Prices Plummet Amid Global Unease

October 14, 2014
Oil prices are at a four year low. One of the contributing factors is the shale boom, as on the Bakken Shale in North Dakota. Pictured here Scott Berreth, a derrick hand for Raven Drilling, works on an oil rig drilling into the Bakken shale formation on July 28, 2013 outside Watford City, North Dakota. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Oil prices are at a four year low. But lower gas prices might mean trouble for the economy.

French Economist Wins Nobel Prize

October 13, 2014
French economist Jean Tirole is seen at the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) on October 13, 2014 in Toulouse. Tirole is a master of game theory and industrial organisation. (Remy Gabalda/AFP/Getty Images)

Jean Tirole won the Nobel prize for economics for research on market regulation that has helped policymakers regulate industries dominated by a few companies.

MIT Graduate Jean Tirole Wins Nobel Economics Prize

October 13, 2014
French economist Jean Tirole won the Nobel prize for economics Monday for research on market power and regulation. (TT, Bertil Ericson/AP)

French economist Jean Tirole won the Nobel prize for economics Monday for research on market power and regulation that has helped policy-makers understand how to deal with industries dominated by a few dominant companies.

Untapped Potential: Autistic Adults

October 10, 2014
Susan Senator: "Cleaning up the shopping carts may not be your dream job, but for guys like my Nat, walking around in the fresh air, putting things away, and not having to talk to people is an ideal way for him to spend his time." (arlophoto/Flickr)

Cleaning up the shopping carts may not be your dream job, but for guys like my Nat, walking around in the fresh air, putting things away, and not having to talk to people is an ideal way for him to spend his time.

What Gender Diversity In The Workplace Means For Satisfaction And Productivitiy

October 9, 2014
(David Starkopf/Flickr)

A new study finds that employees are often more satisfied in same-gender work environments, but they’re more productive in mixed-gender workplaces.

European Finance Leaders Meet In Washington

October 9, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 09: International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde holds a news conference during the International Monetary Fund-World Bank Group annual meeting October 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. According to the IMF's World Economic Outlook, the global economy will grow 3.3 percent this year and 3.8 percent in 2015, slower than the monetary fund's previous estimate. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

European economic leaders arrive in Washington, D.C. for the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund.

Boston’s Walsh Calls For 53,000 New Housing Units By 2030

October 9, 2014

Walsh says the construction is needed to keep up with the city’s rising population and to tamp down high housing costs.

How Is Corporate America Doing?

October 8, 2014

Companies are releasing earnings for their third quarter today.

In Hot Political Season, Georgia Unemployment Inches Higher

October 8, 2014
Queen LaRosa Harden Green, a resident of Atlanta's Pittsburgh neighborhood, says politicians skip over her neighborhood when planning economic development projects. (Peter O'Dowd/Here & Now)

Georgia has the highest unemployment rate in the nation. Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd visits a new development and a neighborhood that is struggling.

2 Perspectives On Question 2: To Expand The ‘Bottle Bill,’ Or Not To Expand?

October 7, 2014
A collector of recyclable bottles and cans that can be redeemed for a cash deposit, takes advantage of the recycling that has piled up on William Street in New York. (Henny Ray Abrams/AP)

In November, voters will be asked about a measure to expand the state’s five cent beverage container deposit on carbonated beverages.

Gov. Patrick Addresses Final Cost Of Massachusetts Health Connector

October 6, 2014
Part of the website for HealthCare.gov as photographed in Washington. (Jon Elswick/AP)

Is it $26 million or $1 billion? Just how much will the final bill be to fix the state’s troubled health care exchange website?

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