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Japan Has Half Of Asia's Golf Courses, But The Game's Popularity There Is Flagging

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 3:10pm

In the 1980s, Japan built thousands of golf courses and the game became baked into its business culture. Those days are over. Golf participation in Japan has dropped by 40 percent since 1996.

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EPA Moves To Shield Older Semi Truck Engines In 'Gliders' From Emissions Rules

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 2:37pm

A new rule would cover "glider vehicles" — made by combining a new truck body with a salvaged diesel engine. The EPA says it sees them differently now than it did under the Obama administration.

Chairman Steps Down As NPR Grapples With Harassment Crisis

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 2:25pm

As NPR addresses fallout of a sexual harassment scandal that claimed its chief news executive, the network's board chairman has stepped down and an editor has been placed on leave.

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Struggling For Investments, Silicon Valley Women Reluctant To Speak Out On Harassment

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 6:15am

In Silicon Valley, it's difficult for women to come forward if they want to join the ranks of its richest. Some think the best way to fight harassment is to tread carefully and get to the top.

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Supreme Court Ruling Could Limit Workplace Harassment Claims, Advocates Say

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 5:02am

Recent sexual harassment allegations highlight the power of victims coming forward and revealing patterns of bad behavior. But cases before the Supreme Court could curb such claims in the workplace.

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Business Councils Remain Sidelined, But White House Gets Some CEO Guidance

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 5:02am

Three months ago, President Trump ended both his business advisory councils. Without reconstructing any of the boards, White House says the administration is talking to business leaders informally.

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House Lawmakers Scheduled To Vote Thursday On Tax Overhaul

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:04am

The House tax plan differs significantly from the version being sculpted in the Senate. Both plans seem to agree that a big corporate tax cut is needed. The president wants a tax measure by Christmas.

News Brief: Tax Plan Vote, 2 Women Describe Moore's Advances

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:04am

House Republicans hope to vote Thursday on their tax overhaul legislation. The Senate's measure is working its way through committee. And, Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore faces new allegations.

Da Vinci Portrait Of Christ Sells For Record-Shattering $450 Million

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 12:17am

The sale at Christie's of Salvator Mundi, which dates from around 1500, easily tops previous records set in 2015 for a Picasso sold at auction and a Willem de Koonig sold privately.

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Head Of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau To Step Down

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:42pm

Richard Cordray, the head of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is stepping down at the end of the month. The bureau was created in the wake of the financial crisis and has recovered $12 billion from financial firms on behalf of consumers, but Republicans have fought Cordray and the bureau, claiming its very existence is illegal and that it has harmed consumers by stifling lending.

'Times' Reporters Describe How A Paper Trail Helped Break The Weinstein Story

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:35pm

Investigative reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey say they used legal and financial records to build a timeline of settlements with Harvey Weinstein's accusers.

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Episode 805: War And Peace And Cows

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 2:02pm

In South Sudan, there is a kind of money that works even through bank failures and unstable governments. But when war struck, it upended a whole economy: the economy of cows.

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Richard Cordray Stepping Down As Head Of U.S. Consumer Protection Agency

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 11:35am

The embattled director of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says he will resign by the end of November. Cordray was a frequent target of Republican lawmakers for his tough stance on banks

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Senate Plan Now Makes Individual Tax Cuts Temporary, Keeps Corporate Cuts Permanent

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 11:35am

Amendments proposed overnight by Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch would effectively eliminate the Obamacare individual mandate.

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Pioneers Of High-Quality Near Beer Are Banking On Non-Drinking Binges

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 7:00am

Even if you're staying sober, sometimes you might just miss the taste of a really good beer. But the market for high-end booze-free brews has gone largely untapped. That's starting to change.

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Oceans May Host Next Wave Of Renewable Energy

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:11am

Researchers say there's huge potential for harnessing ocean waves to create electricity. The Energy Department is backing one effort in Oregon.

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Hurricane Damage To Manufacturers In Puerto Rico Affects Mainland Hospitals, Too

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:09am

The island is a major center for drug and medical device manufacturing. After Hurricane Maria, those products, including small IV bags, are running short throughout the U.S.

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When It Comes To Sexual Harassment Claims, Whose Side Is HR Really On?

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:01am

Many employees feel that when it comes to sexual harassment claims, human resources departments work "for the company, rather than for the employees."

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House GOP Tax Plan Would Hit Grad Students With Massive Tax Hike

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 1:21pm

The plan would raise taxes on graduate students, who make very little money to begin with. Analysts say the provision could discourage students from seeking advanced degrees, hurting economic growth.

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Ex-Pharmaceutical Executive Chosen To Lead HHS

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 6:50am

President Trump has picked Alex Azar to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. Steve Inskeep talks to former HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson. Rising drug prices are hot political issue.

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