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Tourism Industry Gears Up For Lifting Of Cuban Travel Ban12/19/14
Obama says normalizing ties with Cuba will eventually mean relaxing rules on travel to Cuba. It may take some time for the new rules to take effect but travel agents are already getting phone calls.
Rapprochement With Cuba: What It Includes And Excludes
President Obama's move to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba does not lift the trade embargo. That jurisdiction belongs to Congress, but do the upcoming changes all but undermine the embargo?
Fed Officials May Be Closer To Raising Interest Rates
The Federal Reserve is expected to drop the phrase that says it will keep interest rates low for "a considerable time." Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution
'Reshoring' Trend Has Little Impact On U.S. Economy, Study Finds
"Reshoring," or bringing U.S. jobs back from overseas, is not as prevalent as has been reported, a consulting firm's research finds. The study found a total of 300 cases from 2013.
Lockheed Martin Case Puts 401(k) Plans On Trial
The aerospace company is being sued for choosing retirement funds that were poorly managed and charged high fees in a case that tests the limits of a company's responsibilities to its employees.
After Law Requires Payments To Papers, Google News Shuts Down In Spain
In a victory for Spain's news outlets, aggregators are now required to pay the sites for linking to their content. But Google's choice could hurt the sites, limiting their global reach and influence.
Here's Why Retailers Keep Sending You Catalogs
While other things made with paper have become obsolete, Americans received nearly 12 billion catalogs in the mail last year — and they love them, says one business consultant.
Mexican Megafarms Supplying U.S. Market Are Rife With Labor Abuses
An investigation by the Los Angeles Times into labor camps on Mexican megafarms reveals appalling conditions. Reporter Richard Marosi says U.S. consumers need to pressure retailers for change.
Sources: FAA May Require Licenses To Fly Commercial Drones
The FAA has been struggling to write the rules for unmanned aircraft like the ones Amazon and other companies are developing. But a proposal is finally expected this month.
U.S. Tech Firms See Green As They Set Up Shop In Low-Tax Ireland
Google, Apple and other industry leaders have global headquarters in Ireland. But the U.S. Congress and others aren't happy, and the Irish are reconsidering some of these business-friendly tax laws.
For World's Oil Exporters, Falling Prices Have A Domino Effect
Falling oil prices have been good news for the U.S. But they're causing multiple problems for some exporters. Government budgets are strained. Economies are struggling. Currencies are crashing.
A Syrian Entrepreneur Looks To Build The Amazon Of The Arab World
Souq.com, created by U.S.-educated Ronaldo Mouchawar, has a strong presence in the Middle East. Since the boom in cell phones in the region, "you can feel the crescendo" in its tech sector, he says.
Mischief Under The Mistletoe: Office Partygoers Behaving Badly
Partying with co-workers can lead to awkwardness and worse. And, HR experts say, alcohol is often to blame. "If people used common sense, I wouldn't have a job," says employment attorney Jon Hyman.
Obamacare 'Glitch' Puts Subsidies Out Of Reach For Many Families
The health care law gives subsidies to those whose employers' insurance isn't affordable, but that's based on the cost of worker-only coverage. Adding family to a plan can send prices out of reach.
German Government May Say 'Nein' To After Work Emails
In a country that strives to protect work-life balance, there are calls to ban employers from sending work email after business hours. Some big companies are already doing that.
Mega-Rich Invest In Works By Living Artists
Renee Montagne talks to art sociologist and writer Sarah Thornton about how the habits of the 1 percent reverberate across the art world. She is the author of 33 Artists in 3 Acts.
Louisiana Woos Movie Industry With Tax Credits
Louisiana has been dubbed "Hollywood South" for the high volume of film production there. Producers are lured by generous tax credits — so plentiful, that there's a big market for those tax credits.
Holiday Shopping Ads Are Geared Toward Brain's Reward Center
Black Friday and the whole holiday season are designed to tap into a very ancient part of our brains. What happens to our brain when we shop during the holidays?
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.
Cable News Channel Fusion Searches For Its Audience
ABC and Univision launched Fusion a year ago. The channel was designed to appeal to young Hispanics who consume content in English. Fusion pivoted immediately, hoping to appeal to all millennials.
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