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Trump Nominees' Financial Reports Slow To Arrive For Ethics Review, Document Shows

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 3:38pm

A document obtained by NPR illustrates the complexity of the nominees' financial holdings — and how slowly they are being reported for federal ethics vetting, compared with the Obama administration.

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Experts Say White House's Conway Response Raises Major Ethical Questions

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 3:37pm

In the White House's letter to the Office of Government Ethics this week about Kellyanne Conway, there's a passage that is potentially far more significant than a clothing endorsement.

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The Soaring Stock Market And Your Nest Egg

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 3:14pm

Stocks continue to be on an absolute tear lately, with the Dow topping 21,000. Investors wonder if the bulls will keep running. Experts offer tips on what to keep in mind and whose advice to trust.

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One Big Winner Of Snap's Even Bigger IPO: A School That Raked In Millions

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 10:21am

In 2012, Saint Francis High School put up $15,000 in seed money for the founders of a fledgling Snapchat. By the time the company went public Thursday, the school turned it into a $24 million return.

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Amazon And The $150 Million Typo

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 9:53am

Amazon said a mistyped command caused part of the company's cloud computing service to go down for hours on Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal reported the outage caused millions of dollars in losses.

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Why Do Nintendo Switch Game Cartridges Have A Bad Taste?

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 5:48am

The company used a bitter chemical on the small cartridges to discourage people — presumably small children — from swallowing them. Which doesn't explain why adults are tasting their video games.

Calls To Boycott Trump's Wines Haven't Seemed To Hurt Sales

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 4:08am

Some opponents of President Trump's policies have been using social media to promote a boycott of Trump wines. But supporters have been urging people to buy. So far, it appears sales are strong.

From Critic To Helping Trump Shoulder Challenges For Hispanic Businesses

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 4:08am

David Greene talks to U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President Javier Palomarez, who was critical of President Trump during the election. Palomarez is now an informal adviser to the administration.

Calls To Boycott Trump's Wines Hasn't Seemed To Hurt Sales

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 4:08am

Some opponents of President Trump's policies have been using social media to promote a boycott of Trump wines. But supporters have been urging people to buy. So far, it appears sales are strong.

Rick Perry Sworn In As Energy Secretary

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 7:41pm

The former Texas governor was confirmed Thursday by a 62-37 vote in the Senate. While running for president in 2011, Perry pledged to eliminate the department, but he says he's changed his mind.

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Snapchat Goes Public In Largest Tech IPO Since Alibaba

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 3:35pm

The popular video messaging service Snapchat went public Thursday under the name Snap Inc. It's the largest tech IPO since Alibaba in 2014. But Snap faces big obstacles, including how to broaden its audience, boost advertising sales and fend off competitors.

Republicans Plan To Roll Back Dodd-Frank Financial Regulations

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 3:35pm

Republicans in Congress plan to roll back parts of Dodd-Frank, the legislation Congress passed after the financial crisis. They say doing so would ease regulatory burdens on small banks. But the plan also eases rules on big banks — the ones that caused the financial crisis.

Federal Search Of Caterpillar Facilities May Relate To Tax Evasion Allegations

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 2:50pm

Three of Caterpillar's facilities in Illinois, including its headquarters, were searched by federal agents. The company said it believes the searches are related to a foreign subsidiary.

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Federal Agents Execute Search Warrant At Caterpillar Facilities In Illinois

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 2:50pm

Agents with the Internal Revenue Service and the Commerce Department were part of a multiagency search. A Caterpillar spokeswoman says the company is cooperating.

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Someday Disposable Drones May Deliver A Payload, Then Vanish

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 6:01am

DARPA, the Pentagon's R&D agency, is working with partners to develop low-cost gliders that travel about 100 miles and disappear within hours. The vehicles could have humanitarian and military uses.

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To Diversify The Farming Landscape, Diversify Who Works It

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 6:00am

The people working on farms and elsewhere in agriculture often don't reflect the nation's demographics. Changing that is becoming a priority, in hopes that new people will bring fresh ideas.

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Loses Bonus And Stock Award Over Security Breach

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 4:10am

A probe by an independent board found that Yahoo senior executives failed to "properly comprehend or investigate" a 2014 security breach. There was a separate breach in 2013.

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Amid Trump Attacks And Snubs, Zucker's CNN Reclaims Newsy Mission

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 4:08am

Jeff Zucker helped make Trump a TV celebrity while at NBC, and some argue the cable network's blanket campaign coverage helped get him elected. But CNN has become a lead target for Trump's criticism.

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America's 'Complacent Class': How Self-Segregation Is Leading To Stagnation

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 4:08am

Economist and author Tyler Cowen worries that Americans' desire to keep changing has gone away. "The forward march of progress," he says, "is not the main story today."

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New Research Looks At Ways To Help Stop Airbnb Racial Discrimination

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 4:08am

Airbnb has come under fire in the last year following reports that hosts are less likely to rent to African-Americans compared to whites. New research looked at ways to address the discrimination.




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