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The days are numbered for price-matching

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Ashley Milne-Tyte

Price-matching has been in the news this week: Amazon customers criticized the retail giant for ending its practice of matching cheaper prices. Amazon soon shot back it never had such a policy, except for TVs.

Now Wal-Mart is ending price-matching in 500 of its stores. Customers have traditionally been able to come in brandishing a cheaper rival’s ad – and get refunded the difference. As of June 9, they’ll be able to price check on an app and get a gift card back instead of cash.

Kim Adams

As the presidential race heats up, money is pouring into campaigns and super PACs. Immigration is one of the hot topics for this election, but not everyone with a stake in the issue can fully engage. For example, undocumented immigrants who are already living and working in the U.S.

Carlos Martinez is a database manager and does voter outreach  for the Advocacy Alliance Center of Texas (AACT). He hands out buttons and other voting swag, but can’t actually vote in the elections himself, or donate money to candidates he supports.

Travelers take a holiday from high gas prices

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Reema Khrais

More than 38 million Americans will travel over Memorial Day weekend, according to the American Automobile Association. That’s the highest number in more than a decade. 

Turner Batten, 26,  is one of those travelers. On Friday morning, he hit the road for North Carolina with his lab, Chipper. Batten is making the drive from Florida to spend time with his family and “relax, visit friends, play golf,” he said.

Batten, who hasn’t been home for Memorial Day in four years, said if gas prices were even a bit higher, he’d probably pass on the trip.

Marketplace Tech for Friday, May 27, 2016

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On today's show, we'll talk about the court battle between Google and Oracle over APIs; play this week's Silicon Tally with New York Times tech columnist Farhad Manjoo; and dive into the news that Microsoft and Facebook are joining forces to build the highest-capacity subsea internet cable ever.  

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, May 27, 2016

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On today's show, we'll talk about the possibility that North Korea may have ties to the recent cyber-attack on Bangladesh's central bank; travel mania this Memorial Day weekend; and how companies manage millennial employees.

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A germ that can't be treated with an antibiotic that is often used as the last resort has shown up for the first time in the United States.

Government scientists say the case is cause for serious concern but doesn't pose any immediate public health threat.

The germ was discovered in a 49-year-old woman in Pennsylvania with a urinary tract infection. The infection was caused by E. coli bacteria that had a gene that made them resistant to an antibiotic known as colistin.

The excruciating wait times at Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports the past couple of weeks have travelers fuming and some city officials looking for other options.

Chicago Alderman Ed Burke is calling on the city to do airport security the way it's done in Kansas City, San Francisco and several smaller airports around the country. He wants to hire a private company to staff the screening checkpoints.

The deep-sea researchers were surveying an ocean ridge off the coast of Hawaii in 2015 and amid ordinary ocean floor fare — a bit of coral, some volcanic rock — they came across something surprising.

"Where did this guy come from? Holy cow!" one researcher said to his colleague.