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As Trump Proposes Tax Cuts, Kansas Deals With Aftermath Of Experiment

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 1:55pm

In 2012, the Kansas government passed massive tax cuts, which Republican Gov. Sam Brownback promised would deliver "a shot of adrenaline" to the economy. But the experiment did the exact opposite.

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Tesla Turns Power Back On At Children's Hospital In Puerto Rico

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 1:29pm

The hospital offers services to some 3,000 young patients. Tesla's solar system is reportedly providing the hospital with all the electricity it needs.

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Amazon's Newest Service Would Let Couriers Unlock Front Doors, Monitored By Cameras

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 11:29am

"Amazon Key," which requires a smart lock and Amazon's new "Cloud Cam" security camera, would allow Amazon deliveries to be placed inside. Eventually, service providers could use it to come indoors.

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Apps Have More People Tuning In To Police Chatter When Disaster Strikes

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 10:31am

The Las Vegas mass shooting and the California wildfires are the latest incidents that have drawn listeners to apps allowing the public to listen to police and fire frequencies. Why do people do it?

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Store No More: A Retail Reality Check

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 9:06am

Everything must go.

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Need Help In Puerto Rico? Here's $100

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 4:00am

If Karian Batista had $100, she would buy food. "I don't have enough for the kids," she says. Distributing cash, a growing trend in aid, gives people "dignity and choice," one organization says.

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Under Congressional Microscope, Twitter Vows New 'Transparency' On Ads

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 4:00am

The microblogging service has promised a new wave of disclosure about who uses it to advertise as the Hill continues probing the Russia imbroglio.

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Senate Kills Rule On Class-Action Suits Against Financial Companies

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 11:54pm

The rule, released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in July, was aimed at "forced arbitration" clauses in consumer agreements with banks and credit card companies.

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New York Bans Vaping Indoors In Public: State Law Classes E-Cigs With Cigarettes

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 12:19pm

"These products are marketed as a healthier alternative to cigarettes but the reality is they also carry long-term risks," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

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Wine Organization Forecasts Historically Bad Year Due To Weather Events

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 11:56am

Europe, home to the world's leading wine producers, is making wine at significantly lower levels than usual – and that's because of weather such as frost and drought that have damaged vineyards.

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Why You Shouldn't Count On The Promised $4,000 'Raise' From GOP Tax Plan

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 11:52am

The White House's estimate of gains for the average American family rests on a lot of assumptions and is disputed by economists on the right and left alike.

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Congress Works On Tax Overhaul, Trump Says 401(k) Breaks Won't Change

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 4:05am

The president put the brakes on a GOP tax overhaul that would help balance the budget by sharply limiting pre-tax IRA contributions. Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution.

Money May Not Shield Prosperous Blacks From Bigotry, Survey Says

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 4:05am

A study by NPR, Harvard and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds African-Americans making more than $75,000 report experiencing higher levels of discrimination than those making less.

Limited Outreach, Shorter Sign-Up Time May Cause Insurance Headaches In 2018

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 4:05am

The silver (or gold) lining may be that changes in premium pricing may mean some people could sign up for a better health insurance plan that costs them less money.

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Fox News Knew About Allegations Against O'Reilly Before His Contract Renewal

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 5:34pm

Fox News knew about sexual harassment allegations against host Bill O'Reilly before it started negotiating his contract renewal. It also said other companies would have done the same.

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Republicans Could Affect Americans' Retirement By Targeting 401(k) Plans

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 4:26pm

Republicans in Congress are talking behind closed doors about a plan that would affect millions of Americans who are saving for retirement — and not in a good way according to many critics. The idea is to drastically lower the amount of money that Americans can set aside before taxes in their 401(k) accounts.

Las Vegas Works To Secure Tourism Industry After Music Festival Shooting

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 4:26pm

Las Vegas has moved quickly to try and tamp down any impact the recent massacre may have on its tourism lifeline, but with unknown success. One chapel owner says there have been wedding postponements, and tourism officials say there have been cancellations, but no conventions have pulled out.

Megyn Kelly Blasts O'Reilly, Says Silencing Of Women 'Has To Stop'

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 1:21pm

Bill O'Reilly denies allegations of serial sexual harassment and has said no one at Fox News filed complaints about his behavior. That's false, former Fox News star Kelly said Monday: "I complained."

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Like Magic: The Tech That Goes Into Making Money Harder To Fake

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 12:46pm

Imagine the Founding Fathers walking across the bills in your wallet. Like something out of Harry Potter, increasingly complex animation technology is being developed for use in paper currency.

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Trump Mulls Reappointing Janet Yellen To Another Term As Fed Chair

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 3:59am

Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution, who breaks down President Trump's possible picks for the next chair of the Federal Reserve.

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