Alina Selyukh Alina Selyukh is a business correspondent at NPR, where she follows the path of the retail and tech industries, tracking how America's biggest companies are influencing the way we spend our time, money, and energy.
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"Walking off the job, you're taking on your boss head-on, and that sounds like some pretty scary stuff, right?" says fast-food worker Terrence Wise, shown here at a 2013 strike in Kansas City, Mo. "But I always thought, what am I more afraid of? Taking on my boss or being homeless again with my three little girls?" Courtesy of Fight for $15 and a Union hide caption

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'Gives Me Hope': How Low-Paid Workers Rose Up Against Stagnant Wages

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President Trump meets with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (center) and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at the White House on June 19, 2017. The Pentagon has selected Microsoft for a $10 billion cloud computing contract also sought by Amazon. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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British Airways Flight 112 flew from New York to London in under five hours, setting a new record. Courtesy of Flightradar24 hide caption

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British Airways Sets Record, Crossing The Atlantic In Under 5 Hours In Strong Winds

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A sign alerts customers that cash is not accepted at a shop in San Francisco last year. The city subsequently banned businesses from rejecting cash. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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Cities And States Are Saying No To Cashless Shops

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In a photo taken in May, customers enjoy their drinks at a Starbucks in Beijing. The U.S.-based coffee chain has decided to close more than half its stores in mainland China due to the coronavirus outbreak. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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Casper changed mattress shopping with the promise of a 100-night "risk-free" trial and easy returns. Now the cost of those returns is being scrutinized as the online company prepares to go public. Yana Paskova/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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The Cost Of Free: Casper Pays A Price For Generous Mattress Returns

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New Federal Overtime Rule Takes Effect Jan. 1

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The Ultimate Procrastinator's Guide To Gifts

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Shopping For Sustainability

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A surprising number of cultural themes brought the scrunchie its new mass appeal — boosted by an Internet teen subculture. Mhari Shaw/NPR hide caption

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Scrunchies Are Cool Again. Hair's How They Staged A Comeback

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McDonald's workers and supporters rally in Chicago in 2015 in what organizers at the time called the biggest-ever mobilization of U.S. workers. M. Spencer Green/AP hide caption

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Get It Low? 'Frozen 2' Merch Was Among Hot Products As Black Friday Tradition Cools

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People walk by a Black Friday promotional at Cookie's department store Friday in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

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Doorbusters Busted: Shoppers Rethink Black Friday

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Grocery Delivery Services May Rescue Thanksgiving Dinner

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