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Google Selfies

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 3:00pm

Today's Indicator: Your face. It's worth money. It's the next big thing. And, if you're like most of us, you're giving it away.

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Facing Slumping Sales, Coke Hopes To Catch A Wave Of Fans With New Flavors

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 1:56pm

The beverage company hopes to entice young people and former soda drinkers with four new fruity versions of Diet Coke. The decline in sales reflects a shift toward bottled water and flavored seltzer.

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Kimberly-Clark Announces Layoffs, Along With $3.3 Billion In Operating Profit

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 1:43pm

Kimberly-Clark plans to cut up to 5,500 jobs — about 13 percent of its workforce — and get rid of 10 manufacturing plants, as its CEO cites "a challenging environment."

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Who's Trading Bitcoin? South Korea Wants To Know

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 9:25am

Seoul announced that beginning next week, all trading in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether must be traceable. Authorities also say digital currency exchanges in South Korea will be taxed.

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Rights Abuses Still 'Widespread' In Thailand's Fishing Industry, Report Says

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 8:06am

Migrant workers from Myanmar and Cambodia are often paid below the minimum wage, are not paid on time, and are held in debt, says a new Human Rights Watch report.

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World's Most Influential People Gather For Davos Economic Forum

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 4:03am

From Switzerland, Washington Post foreign affairs writer Ishaan Tharoor talks to Rachel Martin about what entrepreneurs, politicians, artists and thinkers are talking about this year.

Will Work For No Benefits: The Challenges Of Being In The New Contract Workforce

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 4:02am

A new NPR/Marist poll shows that more than half of contract workers don't get employee benefits. "We really don't have much of a social safety net, and that's terrifying," freelancer Matt Nelson says.

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Tax Credit Aims To Boost Availability Of Paid Family Leave, But Will It Work?

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 4:00am

Many specialists in family leave policy say the tax credits included in the new federal law are too small to persuade most employers to offer such benefits.

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5 Workers Are Missing After An Explosion At Oklahoma Drilling Rig

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 2:46am

One worker was taken to a hospital and 16 others made it out of the area safely. The fire was put out Monday night but rescue workers can't search for the missing until the site cools down.

Puerto Rico's Governor Announces Plan To Privatize Island's Troubled Electric Utility

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 2:13am

Gov. Ricardo Rosselló says it may take 18 months to sell off the beleaguered Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or PREPA, which has failed to fully restore electricity months after Hurricane Maria.

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Trump Slaps Tariffs On Imported Solar Panels And Washing Machines

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 8:18pm

The move has met with both praise and criticism from the solar energy industry. Manufacturers lobbied for the tariffs, while solar installers warned that American jobs will be lost.

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New York Daily News Exec Investigated After Harassment Complaint

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 7:53pm

Parent company Tronc opened the inquiry after a request for comment by NPR. Daily News Managing Editor Robert Moore is accused of pressuring women for attention and punishing those who object.

No Carts, No Cashiers: Amazon Opens Brick-And-Mortar Convenience Store

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 3:20pm

Amazon opened its new brick-and-mortar convenience store to the public on Monday in Seattle. There are no carts or cashiers, and it's BYOB situation, meaning customers have to provide their own bags.

Tech Companies Working On Fixes For Fake News As Midterms Approach

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 3:20pm

Fake news, hate speech and foreign interference are the notable examples of what went wrong online during the 2016 campaign. Facebook, Google and Twitter want to avoid a repeat in the 2018 midterms. They're working on fixes, but the solutions won't be easy.

I Can't Believe It's Not Budget

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 3:16pm

The government shutdown was a symptom of a bigger problem: Congress seems incapable of passing a proper budget.

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Is The Partial Government Shutdown Painful? It Depends Who You Ask

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 6:31am

The federal shutdown could affect millions of Americans, including hundreds of thousands of U.S. employees who will stop getting paid from the Defense Department to the Internal Revenue Service.

Amazon's Cashier-Less Seattle Grocery Opens To The Public

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 5:57am

The store, which had been open only to Amazon employees for the past year, uses a smartphone app and a network of cameras to track a customer's purchases.

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A Close Up Look At Contract Workers

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 4:04am

An NPR-Marist poll sheds light on a fast-growing workforce sector: contract workers. One out of every five jobs is held by a contract worker. While many enjoy the flexibility, the jobs are unsteady.

Voices Of America's Contract Workers: It's 'Feast Or Famine'

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 4:00am

One in five American workers identifies as a contract worker, according to a new NPR/Marist poll. The titles, salaries and locations vary, but the joys — and fears — are similar.

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Rise Of The Contract Workers: Work Is Different Now

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 4:00am

One in five workers is a contract worker, according to a new NPR/Marist poll. Within a decade, contractors and freelancers could make up half of the workforce, a shift with far-reaching implications.

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