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Retail shakeout: Web stores on the rise

7 hours ago
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Mitchell Hartman

Brick-and-mortar retail is going through a substantial shakeout in 2016. While retail sales overall have held up moderately well (up 3.1 percent in 2015), growth has stalled over the past several years. Virtually all the recent expansion in retail has been in online sales, rising by double digits annually.

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Annie Baxter

A new report from the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization, Feeding America, points to a persistent problem of food insecurity: the socio-economic condition where people have limited or uncertain access to adequate food.

The report said food insecurity rates across counties remained high at 14.7 percent in 2014, the most recent year its data captured.

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, April 28, 2016

7 hours ago
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Marketplace

On today's show, we'll talk about the evolution of Facebook; chat with Philip Rosedale, founder of the virtual reality platforms "Second Life" and "High Fidelity"; and examine Germany's new flashing red LEDs to protect distracted pedestrians. 

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Kai Ryssdal

The House of Representatives voted today to make the bison -- the buffalo the national mammal of the United States.

Makes sense in that bald eagle kind of way.

Iconic. Brought back from the endangered list.

Also, buffalo were vital to the subsistence of Native Americans.

But well, aren't humans the national mammal of the United States?

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Tony Wagner

A city in Germany has given up on getting people to get off their phones when they cross the street. 

In Northwest farm country it’s pretty warm right now -- in fact record temps for spring. And that means tiny blueberry buds are plumping up early. But cold snaps at night could kill them until early June. In Washington state, blueberries should yield about a $100-million-dollar harvest this year. To save more of those money-bearing buds, blueberry farmers wage epic battles against biting cold frost at night.

Why SWIFT is a tempting target for hackers

20 hours ago

Back in February, hackers stole $81 million from the Bangladeshi central bank’s account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The fraudulent transfer request likely came through the SWIFT system, a messaging network used by more than 11,000 financial institutions to communicate and issue transfer instructions. It appears that hackers used compromised credentials to access the network and malware to cover their trail so they wouldn’t be immediately detected.

Click the player above to hear more about the attack and its implications.

 

McDonald's is testing a healthier Chicken McNuggets recipe

23 hours ago
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Reuters and Marketplace staff

McDonald's Corp. said it is testing new recipes for its staple Chicken McNuggets snack in some U.S. markets to cater to growing consumer demand for less-processed food.

The company said on Wednesday it started testing a "simpler" recipe for the snack in 140 restaurants in Oregon and Washington state last month. The nuggets being tested in Portland do not contain any artificial preservatives, the company said in an emailed statement to Reuters.

The looming worry of another interest rate hike

Apr 27, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about concerns over another interest rate hike; Facebook's efforts to expand to developing countries; and Georgia's plans to open its first oyster hatchery. 

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D Gorenstein

February is Black history Month. March: National Nutrition Month and April? April is Distracted Driving Month, so named to draw attention to something that is nothing short of a public health crisis.

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