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Jan 17, 2014

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The NSA announcement is sucking up a lot of the oxygen today – but what should we be more worried about, the government holding data – or the likes of Target? Next,  we look at the cost of the nickel, which the U.S. Mint says hovers around ten cents. Changing the formula could cost the zinc folks, the vending machine vendors, and other coin-operated industries. Finally, California has gotten through a number of dry years without much fuss, thanks to the Sierra snowpack. But last year’s rainfall was the lowest since 1877, it hasn’t rained at all yet this "rainy season," fire watch started in January, and the snowpack isn't there to melt. There's a drought emergency in this giant agricultural state.

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Can Phoenix un-suburbanize?

Jan 17, 2014
A Phoenix developer says new plans could bridge high-rise downtown and the Latino barrio of Grant Park.

Which spies scare you more?

Jan 17, 2014
The NSA announcement is sucking up a lot of the oxygen today. But what should we be more worried about: the government holding data – or the likes of Target?
A couple of shoppers leave a Target store on a rainy afternoon in Alhambra, California.
Frederic J. Brown

What's in a nickel (hint: not just nickel)

Jan 17, 2014
It costs almost 10 cents to make a nickel, so the US Mint may change the formula for making it. We look at the cost of the nickel – and the cost to some industries of changing it.
New U.S. nickels are shown on display at an unveiling ceremony January 12, 2006 in Washington, DC.
Alex Wong/Getty Images

No high-fives in Washington, despite budget deal

Jan 17, 2014
President Obama signed the $1.1 trillion spending bill that funds the federal government through the end of September.

They're telling junior bankers to work less, but will they listen?

Jan 17, 2014
The big banks are telling young workers they're required to take time off, as some talent leaves Wall Street for tech or other fields.

Amazon's crazy-scary "anticipatory shipping"

Jan 17, 2014
Amazon could start shipping you stuff before you order it.

The NSA announcement is sucking up a lot of the oxygen today – but what should we be more worried about, the government holding data – or the likes of Target? Next,  we look at the cost of the nickel, which the U.S. Mint says hovers around ten cents. Changing the formula could cost the zinc folks, the vending machine vendors, and other coin-operated industries. Finally, California has gotten through a number of dry years without much fuss, thanks to the Sierra snowpack. But last year’s rainfall was the lowest since 1877, it hasn’t rained at all yet this “rainy season,” fire watch started in January, and the snowpack isn’t there to melt. There’s a drought emergency in this giant agricultural state.