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Amid Panic Over Worthless Cash, Some In India See Opportunity

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:48pm

When the prime minister of India declared most of the cash in the country worthless, most people and businesses in the country panicked. But some saw opportunity.

Amid Low Inventory, U.S. Homes Sell At Fastest Pace In A Decade

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:48pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Chris Herbert, managing director at Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies, about recent trends in the housing market.

Ford Layoffs Represent Latest Loss For Auto Industry After Record Sales

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:48pm

Ford Motor Company is reducing it workforce. The move comes as General Motors fends off activist investors, Volkswagen plans layoffs, and Toyota predicts a second year of losses. NPR takes a look at why this is happening when car makers just came off of two record years.

Government Confirms A Surge In Foreign Guest Workers On U.S. Farms

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 1:59pm

Government statistics show a big increase in the number of foreign guest workers approved to work on American farms this year. It's up 36 percent over the same period last year.

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Trump Administration Says It Will Launch NAFTA Renegotiation

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 1:40pm

The U.S. trade representative formally notified congressional leaders in a letter Thursday that the president intends to begin negotiations with Canada and Mexico "as soon as practicable."

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FCC Votes To Begin Rollback Of Net Neutrality Regulations

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 12:33pm

The vote begins a months-long process to collect — once again — public comment on how the government should regulate Internet service providers. The FCC is repealing Obama-era rules.

4 Car Companies Settle Takata Airbag Lawsuit for $553 Million

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 12:15pm

The settlement does not cover claims of personal injury or property damage. But it would resolve a class-action suit against Toyota, Subaru, BMW and Mazda.

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Dutch King Reveals Secret Life As Part-Time Pilot On KLM Airline

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 11:36am

For more than two decades, King Willem-Alexander has regularly served as a co-pilot on commercial flights. He is rarely recognized, he told De Telegraaf newspaper.

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Roger Ailes, Former Fox News CEO, Dies At 77

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 7:50am

Former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has died, the network says, citing a statement from the late executive's family. Ailes resigned from his post leading Fox News last July.

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Will The Government Help Farmers Adapt To A Changing Climate?

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 7:00am

The livelihoods of farmers and ranchers are intimately tied to weather and the environment. But they may no longer be able to depend on government research to help them adapt to climate change.

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Dow Industrials Drop On Worries Over Political Turmoil In Washington

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 5:50pm

Questions including what President Trump said to former FBI Director James Comey before firing him have put the administration's pro-business legislative agenda in question, notably proposed tax cuts.

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Episode 606: Spreadsheets!

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 4:01pm

The creation of the electronic spreadsheet transformed industries. But its effects ran deeper than that.

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Dow Jones Drops By 300 Points As Trump Remains Embroiled In Controversy

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 3:32pm

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down about 300 points Wednesday as questions mounted about President Trump's ability to get his agenda through Congress.

Puerto Rico Begins Hearings To Restructure Billions Of Dollars In Debt

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 3:32pm

In San Juan, Puerto Rico, a federal judge Wednesday held a hearing to begin restructuring the U.S. territory's $74 billion public debt. It's a process akin to bankruptcy, in which bondholders, public employees and retirees owed pensions are all fighting for what's owed to them.

Leaving Timber Behind, An Alaska Town Turns To Tourism

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 3:32pm

Timber used to be the economic engine of Ketchikan, Alaska, but after the pulp mill there closed in the '90s, the town turned to tourism.

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Baltimore's Pro Stadiums Are Rescued From Lien Sale; Overdue Water Bills Blamed

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 1:30pm

The unusual circumstances could have exposed Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium to possible foreclosures over less than $70,000 in debt.

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Puerto Rico Embarks On Historically Huge Debt Protection Hearings

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 12:00pm

Between its public-sector debt and what it owes pension funds, the U.S. territory's bills exceed $120 billion. That makes for some difficult decisions in court, which opened hearings Wednesday.

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A Publisher Tries Podcasts As A Gateway To Audiobooks

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 4:02am

Audiobooks are the fastest growing segment of the publishing industry, while podcasts are also finding new audiences. One science fiction publisher is experimenting with a new path to the market.

Female Broadcaster Set To Make NFL History

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 4:17pm

Play-by-play announcer Beth Mowins is set to become the first-ever woman to call an NFL game televised nationally — the Los Angeles Chargers vs. Denver Broncos game on Sept. 11.

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For China's 'New Silk Road,' Ambitious Goals And More Than A Few Challenges

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 3:48pm

The multibillion-dollar "plan of the century" aims to create a network of trade routes, rail lines, ports and highways, linking countries on four continents. Nearly 70 countries have signed on.

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