Jul 31, 2017

07/31/2017: The winners in America’s big retail slump

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Apple is taking some data security software out of its app store in China. Known as virtual private network apps, these services could be used by consumers to thwart government censors. The BBC's Theo Leggett explains the incentive Apple has…

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As Apple gets ready to announce earnings, analysts look at how the next iPhone might be priced

Jul 31, 2017
Apple’s earnings are out Tuesday amid speculation about its next iPhone offerings. One possibility: that the next iteration will include a souped-up, expensive model that could even break the $1,000 price tag. What features could lure customers to pay that kind…

Retail discounters flourish as traditional department stores struggle

Jul 31, 2017
Off-price retailers have become a bright spot amidst the doom and gloom of widespread closures of brick-and-mortar stores and online shopping’s growing dominance.
A former Macy's store in North Hollywood, California is fenced off from public access. The Laurel Plaza shopping center location closed its doors in October 2016, one of 68 Macy's stores nationwide to close through Spring 2017. 
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Despite enacting a budget, Illinois has a financial struggle ahead

Jul 31, 2017
In two years with no budget, Illinois racked up $10 billion in unpaid bills — and now spends $2 million a day on interest.
The historic Illinois State Capitol building. 
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EPA turns to environmental cleanup, away from climate change

Jul 31, 2017
Tomorrow , the Senate subcommittee that oversees the EPA’s Superfund program is scheduled to hold a hearing on the program’s work. That’s the initiative, begun in 1980, that cleans up sites contaminated with hazardous materials. Under EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt,…

07/31/2017: What to expect from the next iPhone

Jul 31, 2017
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Apple is taking some data security software out of its app store in China. Known as virtual private network apps, these services could be used by consumers to thwart government censors. The BBC’s Theo Leggett explains the incentive Apple has to remove these VPNs. Afterwards, we’ll discuss how the EPA’s focus on environmental cleanups may be a way to shift the agency’s focus away from climate change, and then look at the success of discount chain stores as retailers struggle.

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Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC