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This Year's Christmas Tree Shortage Has Roots In The Recession

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 4:23pm

This season, a tightened tree supply dates back eight to 10 years ago, when fewer trees were planted. Due also in part to an exodus of tree farmers in the industry, prices have more than doubled.

Labor Abuses After Harvey

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 6:46am

The rains after Hurricane Harvey flooded more than 100,000 homes in the Houston area. Now, thousands of day laborers are working nonstop and are also worried about getting paid.

What About Sexual Harassment On Wall Street?

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 5:03pm

Many of the recent sexual assault allegations have surfaced in industries dominated by men. NPR's Michel Martin talks to Wall Street executive Sallie Krawcheck about sexual harassment in finance.

Gaming The Tax Code

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 6:56am

Experts predict the new rules in the proposed tax overhaul will lead to many complexities in the tax code. And that likely means new opportunities for tax lawyers to find ways to game the system.

What's Behind Bitcoin's All-Time High Value

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 6:56am

The value of digital currency bitcoin has skyrocketed. But what is bitcoin and is it just a bubble? Timothy Lee of Ars Technica explains to NPR's Scott Simon.

Tax Bill Favors Adding Robots Over Workers, Critics Say

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:01pm

They say the Republican tax proposals encourage companies to buy robots instead of hiring people and creating jobs. Some employers and economist say the bill should promote training instead.

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FACT CHECK: President Trump's Record On Jobs And Stocks

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 1:54pm

President Trump bragged this week about job gains and a rising stock market. So what are the facts?

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Pentagon Announces First-Ever Audit Of The Department Of Defense

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:20am

The Defense Department has famously never been audited, despite receiving hundreds of billions of dollars annually and having more than $2 trillion in assets.

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November Jobs Report: Economy Adds 228,000 Jobs; Unemployment Steady

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 7:32am

U.S. jobs growth has averaged 174,000 per month so far in 2017, compared to an average monthly gain of 187,000 in 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.

Generation Z May Not Want To Own Cars. Can Automakers Woo Them In Other Ways?

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:11am

Selling cars to the group that follows the millennials won't be easy. Instead of just making cars, automakers are trying to make a move, whether it's car-sharing, ride-hailing or self-driving.

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'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer Accused Of Sexual Assault

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:29am

The director has been accused of forcing himself on a 17-year-old boy during a party aboard a yacht in Seattle in 2003.

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MPR Cutting Ties With Longtime Business Partner Garrison Keillor

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:38pm

Last week, Minnesota Public Radio announced it was severing ties with Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor. Separating long-term business arrangements also carries emotional baggage.

Florida Set To Launch Country's First Private High-Speed Train Service

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:25pm

The $3 billion project is the first privately funded high-speed rail system in the U.S. Trains will begin running along the state's busiest corridor from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale this month.

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Struggling Toys R Us Plans To Pay Executives Millions In Bonuses

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:32pm

The nation's largest toy retailer filed for bankruptcy in September but said it wants to motivate its top brass to turn around sales in the critical holiday shopping season.

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As GOP Lawmakers Eye Cutting Estate Tax, Will They Increase Income Inequality?

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:43am

As Republicans prepare to pass their a massive tax overhaul, they are planning to lessen, or even eliminate, the estate tax. But critics say the tax plays an important role in making the economy fair.

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Senior Volkswagen Executive Sentenced In Diesel-Emissions Scandal

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 5:01pm

Oliver Schmidt admitted to conspiring to defraud the United States by misleading federal regulators about the emissions of diesel cars and violating clean air laws.

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Airlines Restrict 'Smart Luggage' Over Fire Hazards Posed By Batteries

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 4:22pm

Today's suitcases can charge your phone, track their location and even propel themselves behind you. But concerns about their batteries igniting in cargo holds has led airlines to issue new policies.

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Bitcoin's Rising Value Could Be Good News, But Might Not

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 3:33pm

The price of Bitcoin has skyrocketed more than 1,200 percent this year. That's got people talking about the digital currency and wondering why it has climbed so high and whether its rise is a bubble which will burst.

Loopholes And Deficits

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 2:44pm

Republicans have been complaining about deficits forever. This was their big chance to do something. Why didn't they?

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Wildfires Exacerbate Chronic Homelessness In Northern California

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 1:36pm

Residents who lost homes in the wildfires two months ago are adding to the chronic homelessness problem in the city of Santa Rosa, where more than 3,000 people were already living on the streets.

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