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Diesel Rebate Fraud: Pilot Flying J Says It Is Repaying Millions

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Months after federal agents raided its Tennessee offices, Pilot Flying J’s CEO says it is working to pay companies who were cheated. Seven members of the truck-stop company’s sales staff have pleaded guilty to fraud charges.

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Winning Baseball Divisions On Thrifty Budgets

Monday, September 30th, 2013

In 2002, the Oakland A’s made the playoffs with a fraction of the budget of other clubs. The economics of the team became the foundation for Moneyball, the book by Michael Lewis and the film starring Brad Pitt. That same team is in the playoffs again, with perhaps an even thriftier roster. Host Arun Rath speaks with sports writer Allen Barra.

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JPMorgan In Talks To Avoid Criminal Charges

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

The financial giant is also facing civil charges and fines that could cost it $11 billion. JPMorgan is negotiating with the Justice Department over the company’s handling of mortgage-backed securities leading up to the housing crisis. Host Scott Simon talks with New York Times columnist Joe Nocera about the significance of the talks.

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Is The Fed Chair Succession Too Politicized?

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Federal Reserve chairmen used to be named without much fanfare. Not this time. A very public competition between former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers and the current vice chairman of the Fed Janet Yellen has made headlines and pitted the White House against liberal Democrats in Congress. It raises the question of whether the Fed succession has become too politicized — and whether it could ultimately hurt the economy.

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Freighter Makes First Of Its Kind Transit Of Northwest Passage

Friday, September 27th, 2013

The Nordic Orion’s journey across the Arctic, made possible by global warming, saved 1,000 miles and $80,000 in fuel, the ship’s operator says.

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