Business

12:08pm

Thu February 7, 2013
The Two-Way

NTSB Says Regulators Should Reconsider Approval Of Dreamliner Battery

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 12:26 pm

Pieces of damaged electrode coils from a battery cell that resulted in a fire aboard a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplane at Logan International Airport in Boston.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

7:44am

Thu February 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Funny Excuses: I Was Late Because My Wife Froze My Truck Keys

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 8:08 am

Kike Calvo AP

That well-worn excuse — "The dog ate my homework" — lasts well into adulthood, according to a new survey by online job website, Careerbuilder.com. The survey asked hiring officials and workers why employees were tardy, and found a little more than 25% of workers are late to work at least once a month. Most explanations were straightforward, such as heavy traffic, inclement weather or problems with daycare.

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6:57am

Thu February 7, 2013
The Two-Way

366,000 New Claims For Jobless Benefits, Down Only Slightly

There were 366,000 first-time clams for unemployment insurance last week, down just 5,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration reports.

Of note: that number from the previous week — 371,000 — is an upward revision. A week ago, the agency estimated there had been 368,000 claims over that period.

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5:01am

Thu February 7, 2013
Business

As Drought Lingers, Colorado Tries to Prevent Economic Dryout

Aerial views of drought-affected Colorado farm lands in July 2012, 83 miles east of Denver. Green areas are irrigated, yellow areas are dryland wheat crops
Lance Cheung U.S. Dept of Agriculture

4:00am

Thu February 7, 2013
Business

Business News

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 1:07 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with Boeing's battery problem.

Boeing's new fleet of Dreamliner 787 aircraft is grounded. But there is one in the air right now. The FAA cleared the plane's flight this morning from Fort Worth, Texas to Seattle. Engineers at the Boeing factory there will study the plane's lithium ion batteries and look for ways to reduce fire risk. Regulators around the world grounded the Dreamliner last month after batteries overheated on two planes. Only crew are aboard the 787 currently on its way to Seattle.

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