Business

6:18am

Sun April 29, 2012
NPR Story

Auto Manufacturing Gears Up For Chinese Consumers

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 10:31 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Let's stay in China now. With its growing population and economic rise, that country has become the world's largest car market. It's a distinction China has held for several years now. And it's an auto market that's becoming increasingly important to American companies. All that is on display at the Beijing Auto Show, which opened this past week. The big emphasis at the show this year is luxury cars with big chrome grilles and also very big price tags.

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4:25am

Sun April 29, 2012
Home Front: Soldiers Learn To Live After War

National Guard Members' Next Battle: The Job Hunt

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 10:31 am

The National Guard's 182nd Infantry Regiment returned home in March from a year in Afghanistan. One in three said they were unemployed or looking for work.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Before the soldiers of the 182nd Regiment of the Army National Guard came home, they were asked how many were unemployed or looking for work. The answer: about one in three.

As more soldiers return to civilian life, a civilian job may not be there waiting. Service members with the National Guard have the extra challenge of convincing employers to hire them when they may be called to active duty for a year or more. There are laws designed to protect vets from losing their jobs or promotions because of their service, but it's hard to prove when it happens.

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2:29pm

Sat April 28, 2012
National Security

Profiled By The TSA? There's An App For That

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 4:07 pm

The FlyRights mobile app, created by The Sikh Coalition, will be available for download on Androids and iPhones starting Monday, April 30.
Courtesy of The Sikh Coalition

More than a decade after 9/11, heightened security at U.S. airports has become routine, yet some religious and minority groups say they're unfairly singled out for even more screening. Well, now there's an app for that.

The mobile app is called FlyRights. Travelers who suspect they have been profiled take out their smartphone, tap a finger on the app and answer about a dozen questions. Then they hit "submit" and an official complaint is filed immediately with the Transportation Security Administration.

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3:20pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Economy

Mixed Signals: Weaker Growth, Higher Profits

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 4:05 pm

Consumers spent more than expected in the first quarter of 2012, partly because they dipped into their savings, but businesses spent less.
Don Ryan AP

The U.S. economy lost some steam during the first three months of the year. The Commerce Department said Friday that growth slowed to just 2.2 percent, down from 3 percent at the end of last year.

The good news was that the economy continued to grow during the first quarter of the year. But anyone who was waiting for growth to kick into a higher gear was disappointed once again. One reason for that was a slowdown in business investment — companies spent less on new equipment and software even though profits were surprisingly strong.

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2:21pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Business

Aspen Chamber Resort Association Cuts Ties to U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Chuck.Miser/Creative Commons

Citing a difference of opinion over climate change, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association decided to cut ties with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce earlier this week.

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