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Businesses Follow 'Public's Will' In Denouncing 'Religious Freedom' Laws

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 3:00pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with business strategies consultant Susan McPherson about reactions by corporations to the "religious freedom" law passed in Mississippi and similar laws in other states.

Former Coal Executive Don Blankenship Sentenced To 1 year In Prison

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 1:24pm

The former Massey Energy CEO also must pay a $250,000 fine for his role in a 2010 mining disaster that killed 29 miners.

Puerto Rico Passes Bill To Freeze The Island's Debt Payments

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 11:17am

The measure would delay payments on Puerto Rico's debt load, which is now more than $70 billion, until January 2016. Creditors say the measure violates prior agreements and the island's constitution.

All-Natural But Still 'Imitation'? The Strange Case Of The Skim Milk Label

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 11:00am

A Florida dairy farmer has had to dump hundreds of gallons of skim milk from her creamery because she doesn't add vitamins back in. Legally, that makes it an "imitation milk product."

Pfizer Calls Off $150 Billion Merger With Allergan

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 6:40am

U.S. drug company Pfizer announced it has terminated its merger agreement with Ireland-based Allergan. Pfizer says the decision was driven by anti-inversion rules introduced by the U.S. Treasury.

Pfizer, Allergan Call Off Their $150 Billion Merger

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 6:11am

Pfizer announced that the planned merger between the two pharmaceutical companies has been terminated because of a recent change in U.S. tax rules.

White House To Financial Advisers: Put Savers' Interests First

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 5:00am

The White House on Wednesday rolled out rules to force financial advisers to take on fiduciary duties. That means they must put savers' interests ahead of fees. Critics say the rules are too complex.

WhatsApp Adds End-To-End Encrytpion To Its Communication Services

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 4:08am

That means only the sender and recipient of a message can view it. The people who run the popular messaging service cannot, and they cannot hand data over to law enforcement.

WhatsApp Adds End-To-End Encryption To Its Communication Services

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 4:08am

That means only the sender and recipient of a message can view it. The people who run the popular messaging service cannot, and they cannot hand data over to law enforcement.

Industry Group Weighs In On New Fiduciary Rule

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 4:08am

The Labor Department rule regarding retirement planning is opposed by Wall Street. Renee Montagne talks to Jules Gaudreau, president of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

Obama Administration Wants Savers To Keep More Of Their Retirement Money

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 4:08am

The Labor Department unveils a rule imposing limits on how financial advisers and brokers may offer advice to people saving for retirement. The rule changes how these advisers can earn commissions.

Uber Drivers In Nairobi Discover Not All Taxi Drivers Welcome Competition

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 4:08am

After steady complaints by taxi drivers in Kenya that the ride-sharing service Uber is stealing their business, six men were arrested last week and charged with attempted murder of an Uber driver.

Panama Papers Shed Light On Tax Havens, Shell Corporations

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 4:08am

For years global organizations have been trying to rein in the abuse that cost governments hundreds of billions of dollars a year. Some progress is being made but there's a lot of work to do.

Wedding Cake Baker Finds Fault With Mississippi's Religious Objections Law

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 4:08am

The law allows individuals and groups to refuse services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, if it violates their religious beliefs. Renee Montagne talks to baker Mitchell Moore.

Big Seed: Consolidation Is Shrinking The Industry Even Further

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 4:07am

Over the past century, small-town seed businesses have given way to global enterprises. The story of one small seed company in Nebraska helps explain what drove the transformation.

Before Hollywood, The Oil Industry Made LA

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 4:42pm

Los Angeles can seem like a company town, dominated by the movie business. But the area is dotted with oil wells — landmarks of a key industry in the region. Now plunging prices are taking their toll.

Better Late Than Never: Olympic Champion Greg Louganis Gets His Wheaties Box

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 4:41pm

The openly gay gold-medal winner said the box "means so much more to me than it would have then because I feel like I'm being embraced as a whole person, not just for my athletic achievements."

How Will Trump The Brand Survive Trump The Candidate?

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 4:32pm

There's some evidence Trump is losing favor with the high-end customers his businesses target.

Panama Papers Leak Is The Result Of Unprecedented Media Collaboration

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 3:25pm

NPR's Ari Shaprio interviews Gerard Ryle, director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Ryle coordinated with over one hundred media organizations around the world to read and analyze the 11.5 million files from the Panama Papers leak.

In Exposing Offshore Accounts, Panama Papers Could Catch Money Launderers

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 3:25pm

NPR's Audie Cornish interviews Robert Mazur, a former U.S. drug agent who investigated the money laundering practices of drug lords, about how the Panama Papers could help catch money launderers.

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