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Feb 11, 2016

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Examining the two presidential candidates and their relationships with Wall Street; what Federal Reserve Chair Yellen told congress about the nation's financial conditions; and what does it take to keep 100,000 tons of pollution out of the air?

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Temperature disparity meant big business in the 19th century

Feb 11, 2016
How harvesting ice became a business venture

Dispatches from a Crude Collapse: Venezuela

Feb 11, 2016
How low oil prices are impacting politics in Venezuela

Wall Street's presidential politics

Feb 11, 2016
The street gives a lot of money to candidates, but what does it really get in return?
Presidential candidates like Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush have come under fire for how much money they get from Wall Street donations, but does it make that big of a difference?
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Janet Yellen's concern about "financial conditions"

Feb 11, 2016
The head of the Federal Reserve is wary of several trends in the economy
US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on February 10, 2016. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen warned that the US economy faces risks from tightening domestic financial conditions as well as global economic turmoil.
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How Sanders would tax Wall Street to pay for college

Feb 11, 2016
Some call it a "Robin Hood" tax, and the idea has been around for a while.
US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during the primary night rally in Concord, New Hampshire, on February 9, 2016.
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Whole Foods might include tattoo parlors in its new stores

Feb 11, 2016
Because every millennial just wants a new tat with their organic produce
Whole Foods will be rolling out their new smaller "Friends of 365" stores aimed at millennials 
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Inside a huge air pollution scrubbing unit

Feb 11, 2016
The Homer City Generating Station burns 16,000 tons of coal per day
The Homer City Generating Station in Indiana County, Pennsylvania is installing pollution controls designed to reduce dangerous emissions of sulfur dioxide and mercury by more than 90 percent.
Reid Frazier

Chinese demand wiping out forests of neighboring Burma

Feb 11, 2016
A town on China's border with Burma is at the crossroads of an illegal trade.
Workers in Pianma, China load logs from old growth forests in Burma onto trucks that will take the merchandise to Eastern China, where they'll be cut into furniture. Half a billion dollars' worth of timber have come across Burma's border into China.
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Examining the two presidential candidates and their relationships with Wall Street; what Federal Reserve Chair Yellen told congress about the nation’s financial conditions; and what does it take to keep 100,000 tons of pollution out of the air?

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