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Nike Co-Founder Donates $400 Million To Stanford University

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The gift is one of the largest ever from an individual donor to a university. It will support a new major scholarship program aimed at tackling the world's biggest problems.

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Report Says Trade Deal Would Boost U.S. Economy, But Opponents Say No

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If Congress were to approve the TransPacific Partnership, the economy would expand by .15 percent by 2032, according to a report by the U.S. International Trade Commission.

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Researchers Find Surprising Results After Testing A New Way To Measure Poverty

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The study takes into account the hardship and deprivation faced by an individual or family: How often do they have trouble getting food, paying bills or getting help for a serious medical problem?

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Higher-Earning Households Tend To Spend More Time Alone

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A new study finds that wealthier people spend less time socializing. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks with Emily Bianchi of Emory University about how income levels affect how people spend their time.

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Student Art Project Gets Mighty High Appraisal

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Antique dealer Alvin Barr was surprised when a piece of pottery he owned was appraised at as much as $50,000 on Antiques Roadshow. So too was the pot's creator, Betsy Soule.

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How Ogden, Utah Has The Lowest Level Of Income Inequality

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Among America's larger cities, Ogden has the highest percentage of people in the middle class according to the Census Bureau. Mayor Mike Caldwell tells Melissa Block how they got that distinction.

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Are More U.S. Workers Beginning To Get Raises?

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As the U.S. job market continues to improve, there are hints that wages are finally picking up. Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution.

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Politics In Real Life: What Wage Stagnation Looks Like For Many Americans

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How the economy feels can be key in an election, and because of wage stagnation, the economic recovery doesn't feel real to many Americans, including Jennifer Kaiser of Indianapolis.

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First-Time Buyers Face Housing Crunch In Big Cities

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Despite low interest rates, it's a difficult time for people who want to buy a house for the first time. Skylar Olsen of Zillow explains why so few houses are available and why prices are so high.

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Does Raising The Minimum Wage Hurt Jobs?

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We examine how increasing the minimum wage impacts the overall economy and job sector.

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Earning $9 An Hour, Nearing Retirement

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We speak with Helen Cheeks, who works as an unaccompanied minor agent at Reagan National Airport.

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Rule Would Ban Class-Action Waivers

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Consumer groups say people should be able to join class actions if they feel they've been harmed. Industry groups say arbitration clauses are necessary to protect against frivolous lawsuits.

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Oprah Buys 10 Percent Share In Weight Watchers, Will Join Its Board

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Winfrey will also lend endorsements and share her own weight-watching journey as the company tries to shift its focus to meet changing dieting habits.

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Dell Says It's Buying Data Storage Company EMC, In Deal Worth $67 Billion

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Seeking to broaden Dell's information technology product line, its deal to buy EMC Corp. also gives EMC shareholders a stake in VMware, a cloud and virtualization company.

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The Downside Of Keeping Interest Rates So Low For So Long

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Some economists say the Federal Reserve should leave rates alone, but many say super-low rates have big risks, too. They argue that the central bank needs to push rates back up to historic norms.

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