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The Doctor Will Video Chat With You Now: Insurer Covers Virtual Visits

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 3:27pm

Medical consultation via video is going mainstream. UnitedHealthcare says it will cover doctors' visits by live video on smartphones, tablets and computers. Will people overuse it and boost costs?

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Can't Get A Job Because Of A Criminal Record? A Lawsuit Is Trying To Change That

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 2:26pm

People convicted of minor crimes years ago are suing to overturn a Pennsylvania law that bars them from working full time in nursing homes, locking them out of a fast-growing sector in the economy.

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Why We Can't Take Chipotle's GMO Announcement All That Seriously

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 2:09pm

Chipotle says providing "food with integrity" means dropping genetically modified ingredients. But critics say the company's new policy is inconsistent and even dishonest.

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Baltimore Unrest Reveals Tensions Between African-Americans And Asians

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 4:15am

In West Baltimore's Sandtown neighborhood, Asian immigrant shopkeepers cleaned up the damage caused by rioters. Also in need of repair: their relationship with their African-American customers.

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Your Tough Job Might Help Keep You Sharp

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 6:10pm

In an 8-year study of older people, those who had held mentally demanding, stimulating jobs tended to retain their mental agility better than people whose work was less stimulating.

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SEC Rule Would Link Executive Pay To Performance

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 4:33pm

The rule, which grew out of the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul bill, says companies have to disclose whether executive pay tracks their financial performance. But it's unclear what impact it will have.

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Japan's Abe Pushes The Pacific Trade Deal Onto Center Stage

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 4:01pm

The Japanese prime minister used his time in the spotlight in Washington to promote the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying it would create both prosperity and peace. Democrats remain skeptical.

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When You Make Kids' Meals Healthier By Default, They Still Eat 'Em Up

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 3:29pm

When a restaurant chain revamped its kids' menu, making items like strawberries and salad the default sides instead of fries, it improved the healthfulness of meals ordered — by a lot, a study finds.

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SEC Proposes New Rules For Linking Executive Pay With Firm Performance

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 3:23pm

The Securities and Exchange Commission introduced new rules Wednesday that will make it easier for shareholders to link executive pay with a firm's financial performance.

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Pope Francis Calls Gender Pay Gap A 'Pure Scandal'

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 1:00pm

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports that Francis' remarks, at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, are some of his most forceful statements yet in favor of women.

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Lumber Liquidators Says DOJ Seeks Criminal Charges Over Imports

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:12am

The revelation in a regulatory filing follows a 60 Minutes report last month that said the company's Chinese laminate flooring products have unsafe levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen.

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Will Slower U.S. Economy Make Fed Wait To Raise Rates?

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:08am

The economy posted its weakest performance in a year, growing at a 0.2 percent pace in the first quarter. Analysts say that could affect the central bank's timetable for boosting rates.

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Bud Light Pulls Label With Message That Sparked Backlash

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 9:47am

Bud Light was touted as "the perfect beer for removing 'no' from your vocabulary." But that's precisely the word that occurred to many people who saw it.

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Florida's Legislature Quits Early, At Impasse Over Medicaid Expansion

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 2:54am

Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Scott sued the federal government Tuesday, accusing it of coercing Florida to accept the expansion, or lose funding for other health programs for the poor.

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Obama Confident In Asia Trade Pact, But Track Record For Deals Is Spotty

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 2:52am

Following a South Korean trade pact in 2012, the U.S. deficit with that country widened by 80 percent. But some argue that if the U.S. doesn't create trade rules, there won't be any.

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Twitter Shares Slide After Disappointing Earnings

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 5:02pm

The social media site continued to bring in new users, but its ad revenue didn't measure up to expectations. Twitter shares were down 18 percent at the close of trading Tuesday.

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Union Head Presses Candidates, Clinton On Trade

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 4:56pm

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, said presidential candidates can't "hedge their bets" when it comes to trade. But that's exactly what Hillary Clinton has done so far.

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Europe May Be On Sale, But The Ticket To Get There Isn't

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 4:43pm

The euro has dropped in value against the U.S. dollar by more than 20 percent since last summer. But even as Americans find bargains in Europe, flights to get there remain pricey for a few reasons.

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Months After Scandal, Will Brian Williams Return To NBC News?

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 3:55pm

The professional fate of Brian Williams remains up in the air after a scandal led to his six month suspension as chief anchor of NBC News. What path could lead him back to the anchor's chair?

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NFL Announces It Will Forgo Its Tax Exempt Status

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 3:27pm

The NFL has decided to forgo its tax exempt status. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to author Gregg Easterbrook, who's book The King of Sports: Football's Impact on America talks about the NFL's surprising tax status.

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