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At Many Workplaces, Training For A New Threat: Active Shooters

More companies are offering employees training to deal with shooting threats at work. But it presents a dilemma: "How do you create awareness, without creating paranoia?" one expert says.

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North Dakota Residents Weather Downturn In Commodity Prices

North Dakota's fortunes have taken an abrupt turn for the worse. The state was recently a destination for thousands of people seeking a better life and high paying jobs in the Bakken oil field. But oil prices have fallen nearly 70 percent, along with agriculture prices. NPR reports on how residents are handling the sudden downturn.

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Global Markets Slide As Fed Chair Janet Yellen Briefs Congress

Stock markets around the world were down again Thursday. In the U.S., the Dow and the S&P were down about 2 percent at mid-day. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is on Capitol Hill briefing lawmakers, and the price of oil slipped below $27 a barrel.

Buy Crop Insurance, Double Your Money

The nation's crop insurance program is really a lottery, says one economist. And it's rigged so that farmers win. In fact, farmers typically get back double the money they pay for premiums.

Morgan Stanley Will Pay $3.2 Billion For Contributing To Mortgage Crisis

The investment bank, agreeing that it misrepresented the risk and value of mortgage-backed securities, reached the settlement deal with state and federal authorities.

Do You Like Me? Swiping Leads To Spike In Online Dating For Young Adults

A study by the Pew Research Center finds the use of online dating sites has mushroomed in the past few years, particularly among 18- to 24-year-olds.

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Global Markets Are Tanking. Why, And What's To Come?

David Greene talks with David Wessel of the Wall Street Journal and the Brookings Institution about the causes and effects of the ongoing slide in global markets.

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Zombie Apocalypse Clause Written Into Amazon Agreement

Terms and Conditions in free software says certain provisions can be ignored in the case of a widespread viral infection that causes human corpses to reanimate and seem to consume living human flesh.

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Should India's Internet Be Free Of Charge, Or Free Of Control?

Facebook's free Internet service was banned in India on the basis of net neutrality this week. Internet providers, regulators say, should not be allowed "to shape the users' Internet experience."

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Once Pakistan's Pride, Its Embattled National Airline Fights To Survive

Decades ago, Pakistan International Airlines was a trendy airline whose flight attendants wore Pierre Cardin uniforms. These days the national carrier is $3 billion in debt and fighting privatization.

Fact-Checking Trump’s ’42 Percent Unemployment’ Claim

February 11, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks after Primary day at his election night watch party at the Executive Court Banquet facility on February 9, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Trump was projected the Republican winner shortly after the polls closed. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

In his New Hampshire victory speech, Donald Trump claimed the unemployment rate was much higher than the official 4.9 percent.

$10-A-Barrel Oil Tax Could Add $3.50 To Average Fill-Up

February 11, 2016
This is a photograph of a man pumping gas. (Hoe Raedle/Getty Images)

President Obama’s proposed budget includes an oil tax to pay for higher spending on “clean transportation infrastructure.”

Yellen: Slower Rate Hikes If Economy Disappoints

February 10, 2016
U.S. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on February 10, 2016. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen warned that the US economy faces risks from tightening domestic financial conditions as well as global economic turmoil. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

While the Fed expects to raise interest rates gradually, they are not on any preset course, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said.

Congrats, N.H. Winners — Now, Some Questions

February 10, 2016
Left, Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., reacts to the cheering crowd at his primary night rally in Manchester, N.H. Right, Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a primary night rally in Manchester, N.H. (Both photos, AP)

Here’s hoping the candidates address such questions. The answers will affect us all.

Baker, Walsh Announce Joint Redevelopment Effort In Boston

February 9, 2016
The area in red, on Kneeland Street in Boston, is slated for redevelopment, as a result of the city-state partnership. (Courtesy of the governor's office)

The venture is designed to pave the way for new housing and businesses in downtown Boston.

Chesapeake Energy’s Losses Rattle Oklahoma Economy

February 9, 2016
A sign stands in front of the Chesapeake Energy Corp. campus in Oklahoma City, Friday, June 8, 2012, where the annual shareholders meeting is taking place. Chesapeake Energy Corp. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

As the second-largest natural gas extractor in the U.S. and a major employer, the plummeting stock is raising concern.

How The Sharing Economy Works On The Farm

February 8, 2016
Boyd Brodie of Key Cooperative in Roland, Iowa, hopes exchanging equipment with other owners will help him better meet the needs of local farmers while also recouping some of Key’s investment in expensive machinery. (Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media)

When times are tough for farmers, they can’t invest in new machines. To compensate, farming equipment has entered the sharing economy.

Lessons From Flint's Water Crisis

February 8, 2016
In this Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 photo, a Flint resident carries free water being distributed at the Lincoln Park United Methodist Church in Flint, Mich. Since the financially struggling city broke away from the Detroit water system in April 2014, residents have been unhappy with the smell, taste and appearance of water from the city's river as they await the completion of a pipe to Lake Huron. They also have raised health concerns, reporting rashes, hair loss and other problems. (Paul Sancya/AP)

Flint is a cautionary reminder of just how essential water is for life.

U.S. Economy Adds 151,000 Jobs In January

February 5, 2016
Trader Fred DeMarco, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Stocks moved moderately lower in early trading Friday after a report showed that U.S. job creation slowed last month. (Richard Drew/AP)

The job growth wasn’t as strong as it was at the end of last year, but it was enough to bring unemployment down to 4.9 percent.

China Makes A $43 Billion Bid For Syngenta

February 3, 2016
Chinese Ren Jianxin (Left), Chairman of ChemChina gestures next to Michel Demare, Chairman of Swiss farm chemicals giant Syngenta during a press conference to present Syngenta's annual results at the company's headquarters in Basel on February 3, 2016 State-owned China National Chemical Corp on February 3, 2016 offered $43 billion in an agreed takeover for Swiss pesticide and seed giant Syngenta, in what would be by far the biggest-ever overseas acquisition by a Chinese firm. ( MICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/Getty Images)

ChemChina, China’s state-owned chemical corporation, is making an offer on the Swiss seeds and pesticides company.

Energy-Producing States Cope With Falling Oil Tax Revenue

February 3, 2016
A truck on I-10 in Colorado County, Texas, hauls drilling pipe in 2013, (Dave Fehling/Houston Public Media)

Oil tax money pays for everything from roads to education in Texas. With prices slumping badly, how bad could it get?

The Super-Wealthy VC Behind The Fight For A $15 Minimum Wage

February 2, 2016
Nick Hanauer, a venture capitalist, is fighting to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. (nickhanauer.com)

Tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer believes a higher minimum is good business and the right moral choice.

Cost Of Investing Falls As Companies Try To Attract New Investors

February 1, 2016

The number of funds that cost $10 or less for every $10,000 invested has more than doubled in recent years, according to Morningstar.

The Coming Sea Change In Meeting New England’s Energy Needs

February 1, 2016
Fred Hewett: "The compelling logic of offshore wind makes you wonder what took us so long to catch on." Pictured: A lobster boat passes the country's first floating wind turbine off the coast of Castine, Maine, which has been generating power since the summer of 2013. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

The compelling logic of offshore wind makes you wonder what took us so long to catch on.

Baker Outlines Economic Development Legislation

January 28, 2016
Gov. Charlie Baker speaks to WBUR in his State House office in December. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

The bill would invest up to $918 million in capital funding.

Mass. House Speaker Robert DeLeo On His 2016 Agenda

January 28, 2016
Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo faces reporters at the Statehouse. (Steven Senne/AP)

House Speaker Robert DeLeo is pledging to take up charter school expansion this year, among other things.

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