German Chemical Giant BASF Benefits From Cheap U.S. Natural Gas

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The Russian gas giant Gazprom's Adler thermal power plant in Sochi, Russia. Europe gets about one-third of its natural gas from Russia. Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Can Europe Wean Itself Off Russian Gas?

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A Boom In Oil Is A Boon For U.S. Shipbuilding Industry

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Jim Yong Kim joined the World Bank as president in 2012. Michel Euler/AP hide caption

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The World Bank Gets An Overhaul — And Not Everyone's Happy

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NPR's Jackie Northam on the Maersk McKinney Moller, a new container megaship that can carry about double what many other big cargo ships can carry. It's 20 stories high and four football fields long. Jackie Northam/NPR hide caption

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Hitching A Ride On The World's Biggest Cargo Ship

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A container ship docked at Port Elizabeth in New Jersey. No one on the pier knows for sure what exactly the containers carry — anything from frozen chicken to computers. Jonathan Blakley/NPR hide caption

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After A Downturn, Global Shipping Bets Big On Everything

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Chinese Tech Giant Lenovo Extends Its Reach In U.S.

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Paul Gibson works on the Geo-Spring hybrid water heater at General Electric's Louisville, Ky., plant. For many years, GE outsourced manufacturing of the water heater to a company in China. But in 2009, it decided to bring production back to the U.S. Jackie Northam/NPR hide caption

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As Overseas Costs Rise, More U.S. Companies Are 'Reshoring'

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The Japanese drinks company Suntory plans to buy Beam Inc., which includes Jim Beam and Maker's Mark bourbon. They are shown next to Suntory's Yamazaki and Hakushu whiskies at Suntory headquarters in Tokyo on Tuesday. The deal makes Suntory one of the world's leading drinks companies in an industry where a handful of companies increasingly dominate the global market. Issei Kato/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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A view of the Panama Canal last Thursday. The canal is being widened to accommodate larger ships, but the builders and the canal operators are locked in a dispute about who will pay the higher-than-expected costs to finish the project. Alejandro Bolivar/EPA /Landov hide caption

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As Costs Soar, Who Will Pay For The Panama Canal's Expansion?

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The Bombardier Challenger 300 is one of the most popular midsize business jets in production. Canada-based Bombardier has boomed in the two decades since the North American Free Trade Agreement was signed. Todd Williamson/AP hide caption

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NAFTA Opened Continent For Some Canadian Companies

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Freshly caught catfish wriggle in large nets in Doddsville, Miss. Jackie Northam/NPR hide caption

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Battle Of The Bottom Feeder: U.S., Vietnam In Catfish Fight

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A Norfolk Southern train pulls oil tank units on its way to the PBF Energy refinery in Delaware City, Del. As U.S. oil production outpaces its pipeline capacity, more and more companies are looking to the railways to transport crude oil. Jackie Northam/NPR hide caption

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Trains Gain Steam In Race To Transport Crude Oil In The U.S.

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Police display some of the jewelry recovered from the 2008 robbery of Harry Winston jewelers in Paris. Thieves snatched loot estimated to be worth $105 million. Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For European Gangs, A Gem Of A Growth Industry: Jewel Heists

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Trade Gets Sluggish As The Shutdown Leaves Agencies Shortstaffed

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