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Apple's Tim Cook In Rare Company As Publicly Gay Chief Executive

In an essay for Bloomberg Businessweek, Cook comes out by saying he's proud to be gay and his silence was a matter of personal privacy. Two other publicly traded U.S. companies have publicly gay CEOs.

Moving Past The Password, But At What Cost?

Apps working with a new Twitter service would simply ask for your phone number instead of a password. In exchange, the company would get some of the most valuable information about you.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Comes Out As Gay

The head of the world's most iconic technology company says that although his sexual orientation has been no secret among friends and colleagues, now is the time to publicly acknowledge it.

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The Independent Oil Producer You Usually Don't Hear From

Most Americans feel relieved when they see a drop in prices at the pump. Jason Bruns feels the opposite. A higher price of oil is good for him. He owns 10 oil wells in Kansas that produce about two barrels a day.

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LA Manufacturing Industry Still Supported By Garment Workers

Los Angeles has the highest number of manufacturing jobs in the country. While much of American manufacturing is high end, folks here still hold up the low end, with low-wage, non-union jobs held by immigrants.

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Keep On Drillin'? Santa Barbara Prepares To Vote On Oil Future

Measure P in California's Santa Barbara County asks voters to ban controversial oil and gas drilling methods such as hydraulic fracturing. To date, the oil industry has spent $7 million to defeat it.

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EU's New Competition Chief Could Shake Up Google Antitrust Case

Nearly 20 companies have filed antitrust complaints against Google in Europe since 2009. Under the new commissioner, the company could face more formal charges and billions of dollars in fines.

FTC Says AT&T Misled Customers About 'Unlimited' Data Plans

The Federal Trade Commission says AT&T slowed data speeds for 3.5 million customers, sometimes up to 90 percent.

Online Dating Site Used Fake Profiles To Get Members To Upgrade Service

The Federal Trade Commission is making JDI Dating pay more than $600,000 to users who were scammed into paying for upgraded accounts after receiving messages from fake profiles.

Close To 100,000 Hungarian Demonstrators Protest Internet Usage Tax

Critics of the tax said this is a government attempt to create a "digital iron curtain" around Hungary. The government said it was just extending taxes it places on phones.

Thomas Menino, Boston’s Longest-Serving Mayor, Dies At 71

October 30, 2014
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino speaks at Faneuil Hall in 2013. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Former Mayor Thomas Menino passed away Thursday morning of cancer that had metastasized and spread to his liver and lymph nodes.

How Far Have We Come Since The Financial Crisis?

October 29, 2014
Michael Lewis, a financial journalist and author, is pictured at George Washington University on April 4, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)

Or are we already going backwards? We ask Michael Lewis, author of books including “Flash Boys” and “Liar’s Poker.”

Fed Keeps Rate At Record Low, Ends Bond Buying

October 29, 2014
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is pictured testifying before the House Financial Services Committee on July 16, 2014. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

As expected, the Federal Reserve is ending a bond purchase program that was intended to keep long-term rates low.

Massachusetts Gas Tax Ballot Question Explained

October 28, 2014
Traffic on Interstate 91 south is detoured off the highway at Greenfield, Mass., Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. (AP)

A “no” vote keeps the tax the gas way it is, while a “yes” vote would decouple the tax from inflation adjustments over time.

Latest WBUR Poll Shows Gubernatorial Candidates In Tight Race

October 28, 2014
Mass. Republican nominee for governor Charlie Baker, left, shakes hands with Democratic nominee Martha Coakley following a candidates forum at Faneuil Hall on Sept. 24, 2014. (Charles Krupa/AP)

A new WBUR poll finds Republican Charlie Baker ahead of Democrat Martha Coakley by just one point.

Single-Family Home Sales Decline In Massachusetts

October 28, 2014

The number of single-family homes sold in Massachusetts was down last month when compared to September 2013, while median prices also showed a slowdown.

Why Are Electricity Prices Expected To Skyrocket In New England This Winter?

October 27, 2014
Peggy Udden, of Norwood, Mass., shovels her driveway in Norwood, Feb. 5, 2014. (Steven Senne/AP)

New England families planning their heating budget for the coming winter might be in for a cold shock.

Stressed European Banks Could Hinder U.S. Markets

October 27, 2014
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 8: A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during early trading on March 8, 2012 in New York City. The Dow Jones Industrial Average continues to rise with trading opening on a high note. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Getty Images)

NPR’s Marilyn Geewax discusses how actions in Europe could have ripple effects on U.S. markets. She’ll also share the latest on gas prices.

Two Dozen European Banks Fail ‘Stress Test’

October 27, 2014
Eurogroup President and Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem reacts to the results of the comprehensive stress tests of European banks published by the ECB and the European European Banking Authority (EBA) at the Dutch Ministry of Finance in The Hague, The Netherlands, on October 26, 2014. (Koen van Weel/AFP/Getty Images)

Trading was suspended today in share trading for two Italian banks after they were among 24 banks that failed stress tests.

Opponents Of Boston’s Olympics Bid Appeal To U.S. Olympic Committee

October 27, 2014
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, right, is presented with a tee shirt by Ralph Cox, an organizer pursuing an Olympics bid, during an event held to generate public interest in a 2024 Olympics bid for Boston, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)

Activists from Boston opposed to the city’s bid for the 2024 summer games have written to the U.S. Olympic Committee to voice their opposition.

Casinos: A Losing Bet For Massachusetts

October 27, 2014
Donald M. Berwick: "We have a chance in our state to invest in a declining industry that will harm our economy, reduce property values, kill more jobs than it adds, lower incomes, injure public safety, reduce net government revenues, increase a major mental health burden and selectively harm the poor. Or, we can stop it." (Mait Jüriado/flickr)

We have a chance in our state to invest in a declining industry that will harm our economy, reduce property values, kill more jobs than it adds, lower incomes, injure public safety, reduce net government revenues, increase a major mental health burden and selectively harm the poor. Or, we can stop it.

As McDonald’s Prices Rise, Some Customers Go Elsewhere

October 24, 2014
A sign for the fast food chain McDonald's is pictured in Nampa, Idaho. (Roadsidepictures/Flickr)

With prices up about 3 percent over last year, some customers are turning to chains like IHOP, Denny’s and Chili’s instead.

One Voice Of The ‘New Boom’ In China

October 23, 2014
Apartment blocks form a symmetrical pattern in Hong Kong, on January 2, 2014. Home prices in the southern Chinese city have risen by 120 percent since 2008, and by more than 30 per cent from their previous peak in 1997, with prices in the luxury market being pushed up by wealthy buyers from mainland China. (Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)

Yang Zhuo, a Chinese millennial who works as NPR’s news assistant in Shanghai, talks about about what life is like for him and his peers.

Two Perspectives On Question 3: To Repeal Casinos Or Not To Repeal?

October 22, 2014
A proposed resort casino on the banks of the Mystic River in Everett, Mass. (AP)

A “yes” vote on Question 3 means yes to repeal and no to casinos. A “no” vote would uphold the state’s gaming law.

Modest Raise For Social Security Recipients

October 22, 2014
U.S. Treasury checks are piled at the U.S. Treasury printing facility July 18, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo illustration by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Economist Diane Swonk says the 1.7 percent cost-of-living increase falls short of the inflation older Americans actually see.

China’s Economic Growth Falters

October 21, 2014
A Chinese migrant worker passes by The People's Bank of China as he heads to a bus station in Beijing on May 1, 2013. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Its economy grew by 7.3 percent in the third quarter – better than expectations, but still the weakest performance in five years.

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