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SpaceX Moves To Launch First-Ever Private Mission To The Moon

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 3:32pm

SpaceX claims it will launch the first ever private moon mission in 2018, which would send people to the moon for the first time in 45 years. The announcement may signify the start of a new race to the moon, this time between NASA and the private space industry.

Trump Aims To 'Eliminate' Clean Water Rule

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 2:14pm

The Obama-era "Waters of the United States" rule defines which small bodies of water are subject to U.S. authority. Opponents such as farmers, homebuilders and golf course owners say it goes too far.

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Samsung Chief Charged With Bribery And Embezzlement

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 1:25pm

South Korean authorities charged the acting head of Samsung and four other executives at the company in connection with a corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of the country's president.

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What 4 Voters Want To Hear From President Trump In His Address

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 1:04pm

Three voted for Trump, one did not. The St. Louis residents all battled to come back from job losses in the wake of the Great Recession, and that experience shaped their view of the new president.

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In U.K., A Veggie Shortage Inspires Funny Headlines And Serious Thoughts

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 12:25pm

Bad weather in southern Europe caused a brief shortage of veggies in the U.K. Prices went up and people panicked. Now they are thinking harder about where their food comes from.

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Trump May Weigh In On H-1B Visas, But Major Reform Depends On Congress

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 12:15pm

President Trump has said he wants to crack down on abuses and protect American workers. But it's Congress that holds the power to fundamentally reform the program, and work there is underway.

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PHOTOS: In Sri Lanka's Tea Paradise, A Social Enterprise Is Brewing

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 6:00am

The island nation is one of the world's biggest exporters of tea, an industry that employs a sizable part of the population. We visit one organic tea farm that shares revenues with its workers.

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Authors Hire Sensitivity Specialists To Avoid Offending Readers

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 4:03am

When authors portray a culture that's not their own, inadvertent errors can be offensive. Some writers are turning to "sensitivity readers" who will look for details that don't ring true.

A Carbon Tax Gains Traction Among Some Conservatives

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 4:02am

A long-shot idea has received recent attention: a plan that would set a price on carbon to encourage energy efficiency and limit the impact of climate change. Even the new CEO of Exxon Mobil backs it.

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What We Know About The Trump, House GOP Tax Plans So Far

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 4:01am

Sweeping tax cuts, for businesses and individuals, will be at or near the top of the list for both the White House and the Republican-controlled Congress. A tax on imports may also be on the table.

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Trump's 'America First' Agenda Marks Sharp Break In U.S. Economic Policy

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 3:55am

President Trump's plans, a rebuke of the prevailing push toward globalization, may overlook what's under the hood when it comes to manufacturing.

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This CEO's Small Insurance Firm Mostly Turned A Profit Under Obamacare. Here's How

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 3:43am

The health law just needs a tuneup, says the CEO of Molina Healthcare, which operates in 12 states and Puerto Rico. The California-based insurer has seen profits, while Humana and Aetna struggled.

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Takata Pleads Guilty In Air Bag Scheme, Will Pay $1 Billion In Penalties

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 2:49am

Takata Corp., a Japanese auto parts maker, on Monday pleaded guilty to fraud and agreed to pay $1 billion for concealing a deadly defect in millions of its air bag inflators.

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For Construction Projects, 'Buying American' Means Higher Costs

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 2:03am

Trump has spoken about his commitment to "buy American and hire American." But what exactly does that mean? Some say it could mean higher costs for construction projects.

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SpaceX Announces Plans To Send Two Customers To The Moon

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 5:13pm

It would be the first time humans have traveled beyond low-Earth orbit since the days of Apollo. The mission would be manned and financed by two private, anonymous customers.

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Rexnord Finalizes Plans To Move Indianapolis Jobs To Mexico

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 3:37pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with John Feltner, a machinist at the Rexnord plant in Indianapolis, which is moving operations to Mexico. President Trump took credit for preventing a Carrier plant, which is one mile away from the Rexnord plant, from moving some jobs to Mexico.

New FCC Chairman Plans To Block Privacy Regulations

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 3:37pm

The Federal Communications Commission's new chairman wants to block a rule approved by his predecessor requiring Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon adhere to new privacy standards.

Repeal Of Anti-Corruption Rule May Hurt National Security, Critics Warn

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 3:29pm

The repealed Securities and Exchange Commission rule required oil, gas and mining companies to disclose overseas payments. It was meant to promote transparency in countries riddled with corruption.

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Minus The U.S., Asian Economic Powers Meet To Form Trade Deal

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 7:52am

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, seen as China's response to the rival TPP, has benefited from a shift in American politics.

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How The Media Are Using Encryption Tools To Collect Anonymous Tips

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 3:59am

Technology has made for more ways to leak scoops to the press than ever before. And newsrooms across the country are taking advantage of that.

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