Jan 10, 2017

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Confirmation hearings for the Trump administration are underway on Capitol Hill. We'll look at what to expect from Wilbur Ross and Rex Tillerson in the coming days. Plus, the trials of the marijuana and magazine businesses, and the problem of…

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Where Trump's Secretary of State falls on climate change

Jan 10, 2017
An oil CEO may seem dire for climate change, but he has some moderate leanings.
Exxon Mobil chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson gestures while speaking at a discussion organized by the Economic Club of Washington on the energy innovations that have led to a new era of energy abundance for North America in Washington, DC on March 12, 2015. 

 
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Brand identity is the key for magazines

Jan 10, 2017
Glossy and costly is a winner for some in the magazine industry.
Magazines are on display at a newsstand on February 25, 2015 in Lille. 

 
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The real estate industry smells big money in marijuana

Jan 10, 2017
Right now could be a very good time to own a big commercial space in California. Why? Marijuana.
An employee with medicinal marijuana plants in the flowering room at Tweed INC. in Smith Falls, Ontario, on December 5, 2016. 

 
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What a 48-team World Cup means for FIFA — and soccer fans

Jan 10, 2017
Soccer's international governing body hopes to move past its corruption scandal and expand the World Cup. Will it generate more money in the process?
Daniel Sturridge of England beats goalkeeper Craig Gordon of Scotland to score their first goal during the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifying match between England and Scotland at Wembley Stadium on November 11, 2016 in London, England. 
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New York to shutter huge nuclear energy plant

Jan 10, 2017
Big challenges on the horizon for replacing nuclear power.

Will Wilbur Ross be good for trade?

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Jan 10, 2017
Update: After this story aired, Ross’ hearing was delayed to January 18. The original audio appears above. Wilbur Ross, president-elect Trump’s pick for Commerce Secretary, is scheduled to begin his confirmation hearings next week. Ross has decades of experience as…

Clemson University won, but was prepared for the worst

Jan 10, 2017
An insurance policy allowed them to save more than $1 million after the championship victory, to make sure coaches received their bonuses.
Deshaun Watson of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game 35-31 at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. 

 
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What killed U.S. productivity?

Jan 10, 2017
Northwestern University economist Robert Gordon argues that new technology can't improve living standards as dramatically as it did 100 years ago.
When productivity slows, employers generate less extra capital from their business activities to boost workers’ pay.
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Confirmation hearings for the Trump administration are underway on Capitol Hill. We’ll look at what to expect from Wilbur Ross and Rex Tillerson in the coming days. Plus, the trials of the marijuana and magazine businesses, and the problem of American productivity. 

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