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You might have noticed higher prices at the pump this year, but gas isn't the only thing that will get more expensive with new sanctions on Iran. Plus: The big, nerdy business of "The Avengers" and gamer fashion.

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How gamers got their style

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Apr 25, 2019
From streetwear to designer labels, videos gamers have become one of fashion's biggest targets.
Twitch streamer and professional gamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins streams during Ninja Vegas '18 at Esports Arena Las Vegas at Luxor Hotel and Casino on April 21, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Blevins is playing against more than 230 challengers in front of 700 fans in 10 live "Fortnite" games with up to USD 50,000 in cash prizes on the line. He is donating all his winnings to the Alzheimer's Association.
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USMCA hurdles not all to do with U.S. politics

by Tracey Samuelson Apr 25, 2019
Mexico needs to pass promised labor reforms to boost the independence of its unions. Its lower house has already passed a bill that its Senate is expected to take up shortly. But passing these reforms likely won’t not be enough to convince…
The Mexican, US and the Canadian flags sit in the lobby where the third round of the NAFTA renegotiations are taking place in Ottawa, Ontario, September 24, 2017.
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What would Hollywood be without superhero movies?

by Marielle Segarra Apr 25, 2019
They account for about a quarter of box office revenue.
From left, President of Marvel Studios/producer Kevin Feige with "Avengers: Endgame" stars Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 23 in Los Angeles.
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Three months after the shutdown, some workers still feel its effects

by Maria Hollenhorst Apr 25, 2019
"There's still that insecurity. You want the cash on hand," said government contractor Sunny Blaylock.
Sunny and Seth Blaylock with their two kids, Stella and Tiger.
Sunny Blaylock

The market for customized goods is here, thanks to your data

by Kai Ryssdal and Liz Sanchez Apr 25, 2019
Companies have created a new form of convenience with personalized products.
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How rising oil price ripples through economy

by Mitchell Hartman Apr 25, 2019
Many products and services tend to cost more.
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CVS tries to gain customers ... with smiles

by , and Apr 25, 2019
CVS and SmileDirectClub have a lot to gain from partnering.
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Still D.R.E. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg
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Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Bridget Bodnar Producer
Daisy Palacios Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Assistant Producer