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Red Palm Weevils Wreak Havoc On Palm Plantations Across The Globe

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 6:00am

Thanks to globalization and climate change, the pest has spread to 60 countries, attacking coconut, date and oil palm plantations, and costing millions of dollars in damages.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Mark Hoddle/Department of Entomology, University of California Riverside)

ExxonMobil Uses Carbon Tax Strategy To Its Advantage, Author Says

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:06am

ExxonMobil and several other oil companies are backing a Republican-led plan for a carbon tax. Steve Inskeep talks to Steve Coll, author of the book Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power.

Is It Realistic? Trump Budget Relies On 3 Percent Economic Growth

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:06am

President Trump's budget proposal assumes the U.S. economy will grow at 3 percent a year. Most economists call that improbable. We try to figure out what it would take to hit the magic 3 percent.

The Rise Of Wind Energy Raises Questions About Its Reliability

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:00am

As renewables make up a bigger share of the nation's energy grid, some worry about blackouts when the wind doesn't blow. But grid operators say they're getting better at balancing energy resources.

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Republicans' Proposed Medicaid Cuts Would Hit Rural Patients Hard

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:00am

Hundreds of rural hospitals are on the brink of closing. The House Republican health plan drastically reduces one of their key sources of funding and the Senate bill is expected to do the same.

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How Facebook Uses Technology To Block Terrorist-Related Content

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 3:55am

Social media firms are under pressure to block extremist activity on their sites. Facebook is hiring thousands more people to review content, but artificial intelligence also plays a role.

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What To Know About Saudi Arabia's New Crown Prince And The Issues He Will Face

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 5:22pm

Mohammed bin Salman is now first in line to the throne. At 31, he has already reshaped his country's role in the region. His biggest test will come as he tries to wean the kingdom off an oil economy.

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After CEO Resignation, Is Uber Kalanick-less Or Kalanick-free?

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 3:46pm

Few companies have had such a rapid fallout from such a vast number of crises stemming from the workplace culture perpetuated from the top, while appearing to be at the peak of its success.

(Image credit: Mike Windle/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

Diageo Buys George Clooney's Tequila Company For Up To $1 Billion

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 1:21pm

The company sold its first bottles in 2013, after Clooney and a friend created a tequila to serve in their vacation homes in Cabo San Lucas.

(Image credit: Diageo)

Intel Signs On As An Olympic Sponsor, Promising Virtual Reality And 360-Degree Video

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:07pm

Intel's CEO says it "will accelerate the adoption of technology for the future of sports on the world's largest athletic stage."

CEOs Say They'll Sell Health Insurance Next Year, But Are Flying Blind

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:52am

Health insurers have to let the government know Wednesday if they'll be selling policies on the federal exchange next year. But Congress has yet to tell them what those policies will cover.

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Uber Must Find A New CEO After Travis Kalanick Resigns

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 6:37am

Kalanick reportedly agreed to resign after a shareholder revolt and scandals involving the workplace environment. An ex-Uber engineer had blogged about how her sexual harassment case was mishandled.

Morning News Brief: Uber CEO Resigns, GOP Wins In Georgia, Russia Investigation

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 4:00am

Kara Swisher of Recode discusses the resignation of Uber's controversial CEO Travis Kalanick. Also, Republican Karen Handel won a special election in Georgia, dashing Democrats' hopes for an upset.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Resigns

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 4:00am

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned from his post after pressure from shareholders. His leadership at the company proved controversial. David Greene talks with Mike Isaac of The New York Times.

Uber Founder Resigns Under Pressure As CEO, Published Report Says

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 2:19am

Travis Kalanick has stepped down as CEO of the ride-hailing service, according to The New York Times. The paper says five of Uber's major investors demanded Kalanick resign immediately.

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Mattel Introduces New Diverse Ken Dolls; Hopes To Reverse Sales Slump

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:50am

The toymaker rolled out 15 new dolls Tuesday with an array of body types, hairstyles and skin tones.

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Carla Fendi, Former President Of Luxury Fashion Brand, Dies

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:11am

Fendi helped propel the label to international fame. She was 79.

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Why Is China Snatching Up Australian Farmland?

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 3:40pm

In the past year, Chinese investment in Australia's overall agricultural sector has skyrocketed, from $300 million to $1 billion. It's all to feed the world's largest, fastest-growing consumer class.

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Trump's Business Empire: An Update On His Sources Of Revenue

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 2:53pm

As a presidential candidate last year, Trump had to disclose his sources of revenues. Now in office, the president has voluntarily updated the information about the Trump Organization's businesses.

(Image credit: Alyson Hurt and Mollie Simon/NPR)

A Pioneer In 'Flat-Fee Primary Care' Had To Close Its Clinics. What Went Wrong?

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 2:38pm

Many patients liked the Qliance approach, which gave them unlimited access to a provider for a modest fee, and freed doctors from insurance paperwork. But critics say the approach may not be viable.

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