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4:30 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Company Aims To Go Beyond Credit Cards

Credit card companies charge businesses 2 to 4 percent of each purchase with a credit card. (tom.arthur/Flickr)

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 5:29 pm

Businesses frustrated by the fees they pay to credit card companies are looking at a European Union proposal that would reduce the swipe fees merchants have to pay every time a customer pays with a card.

The EU proposal calls for a cap on the swipe fees of 0.3 percent of the amount charged to a card — far lower than the 2 to 4 percent typically charged now.

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4:30 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Obama-Era Stock Market Gains Surpass Reagan Era

A view from the Member's Gallery inside the New York Stock Exchange in August 2008. (Wikimedia Commons)

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 5:29 pm

President Obama has passed Ronald Reagan and is gaining on Bill Clinton, when it comes to how far the stock market has climbed during his time in office.

Under Obama, the S & P 500 has has jumped 120 percent. That beats Reagan’s 118 percent and is closing in on Bill Clinton’s 210 percent.

Is it fair to compare these presidents? And how much down the president have to do with the stock market, anyway?

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson asks Roben Farzad of Bloomberg Businessweek.

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3:49 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Perhaps Contraption: 'Twisted Brass, Avant Pop Marching Band'

(Perhaps Contraption)

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 4:18 pm

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3:49 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Looking Back At NYC Outages During Sandy

Pushcart Coffee in New York City drew many new customers during the Hurricane Sandy power outages, because it had a generator. (Jeffrey/Flickr)

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 4:18 pm

One year ago today, Superstorm Sandy left part of Manhattan completely in the dark and without cell coverage.

One coffee shop owner, just opening a new shop, drew many new customers because he had a generator.

Jamie Rogers, owner of Pushcart Coffee speaks with Here & Nows Jeremy Hobson about those days without power and how his generator idea has paid off.

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3:49 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Infosys Expected To Pay $35M Fine For Alleged Work Visa Fraud

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 4:18 pm

Indian software giant and outsourcing firm Infosys is expected to pay a $35 million fine to settle visa fraud charges — the largest fine of its kind in United States history.

The government is expected to announce tomorrow that a joint investigation by the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security found that the Indian company gamed the immigration system in order to increase company profits.

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4:47 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Visiting Staten Island A Year After Sandy

Jean and Mary outside Mary's home in Staten Island. (Robin Young/Here & Now)

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 8:56 am

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4:47 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

What Should the Fed Do To Stimulate Growth?

The Federal Reserve’s two-day policy meeting begins tomorrow. It’s unclear what action the Fed will take, given the sluggish economy, high unemployment and the effects of the recent government shutdown.

Some economists say inflation is just what the country needs. Meanwhile, Republican Senator Rand Paul is threatening to delay the confirmation of Janet Yellen as the next chair of the Federal Reserve.

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4:47 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Song Of The Week: 'Tourniquet' By Jeremy Messersmith

Jeremy Messersmith's latest single is "Tourniquet." (Cameron Wittig)

Jeremy Messersmith

This week, NPR Music writer and editor Stephen Thompson introduces us to a newly-released single by Jeremy Messersmith.

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3:55 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Appalachian Mountain Club Huts Turn 125

The Mizpah Spring Hut welcomes its visitors. (Chris Ballman/Here & Now)

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 4:43 pm

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3:55 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Blanket Of Smog In Chinese City Renews Coal Debate

The cloud of smog that smothered Harbin, China, as seen from space. (NOAA)

Cool winds are bringing relief to nearly 10 million residents of the northern Chinese city of Harbin, where thick smog caused schools, airports and businesses to shutter their doors earlier this week. Residents were ordered to remain indoors. At the pollution’s worst, visibility was only 65 feet.

The smog coincided with the first day residents fired up their heating systems in a city known for its cold temperatures and ice festivals.

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