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California Is On Its Way To Having An Avocado Crop Year-Round

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 2:15pm

Americans ate 2 billion pounds of avocados last year; many came from Mexico. That's because avocados grow year-round in Mexico's climate, but not California's. Researchers are working to change that.

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Homegrown Indian Beverage Industry Takes On Cola Giants With Nostalgic Flavors

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 9:38am

A handful of new Indian beverage companies are offering traditional Indian tastes in neat, hygienic packs and bottles. The industry is growing fast and already competing with big soda companies.

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Flight Overbooked? Perfect: These Frequent Flyers Want To Get Bumped

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 8:27am

A select group of travelers spends considerable effort trying to get bumped from overbooked flights. The payoff: vouchers that can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

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United Airlines Will Now Pay Voluntarily Bumped Passengers Up To $10,000

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 6:24am

United Airlines promises to cut down on overbooking and raise the maximum incentive for passengers to skip a flight to $10,000.

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Trump's First 100 Days: Too Soon To Claim Big Job Gains?

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 5:01am

There's an argument to be made that presidents shouldn't take credit for a role in job creation until well into their first term. Trump touts 600,000 jobs created — about double the official count.

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ProPublica Investigation Finds Nursing Homes Waste Tons Of Prescription Drugs

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 4:09am

A ProPublica investigation reveals nursing homes waste millions of dollars in prescription drugs every year. NPR's Steve Inskeep speaks with ProPublica's Marshall Allen about his reporting.

Different Economic Perspectives On Trump's Tax Outline

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 4:09am

Former economist for Vice President Biden Jared Bernstein and conservative economist Peter Morici of the University of Maryland discuss President Trump's plans to overhaul the U.S. tax code.

Questions Linger About Trump's Foreign Business Ties And The Emoluments Clause

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 4:00am

As the president's 100th day in office approaches, he still is facing questions about garnering business profits from foreign sources.

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Trump Tells Canada And Mexico He Will Renegotiate, Not Withdraw From NAFTA

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 2:27am

The White House said that President Trump spoke by phone with the leaders of Canada and Mexico Wednesday, and "agreed not to terminate NAFTA at this time."

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Episode 767: Georgetown, Louisiana, Part Two

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 9:04pm

In 1838, the Maryland Jesuits sold 272 people, slaves, to pay the debts of Georgetown University. We talk with the descendants about what - if anything - they're owed.

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Opposing French Presidential Campaign Strategies Clash At Whirpool Factory

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 3:45pm

The French presidential race has changed into a head-to-head contest between centrist Emmanuel Macron and a far-right candidate.

Nordstrom Makes Down-To-Earth Appeal To High-End Market With $425 Fake Mud Jeans

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 3:45pm

A pair of $425 men's jeans is getting heat online for it's Americana feel with "crackled, caked-on muddy coating." Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan explains that these pants are a part of the fashion industry's desire to be authentic and edgy.

Cord-Cutting Leads ESPN To Target On-Air Personalities In Massive Layoffs

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 3:45pm

ESPN has lost 10 million subscribers since 2011. Today, to cut costs, the sports network is expected to lay off 100 employees. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal.

Trump Administration Calls For 'Massive' Tax Cut

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 3:45pm

President Trump spelled out his opening bid in what's likely to be a lengthy debate over tax policy. Trump wants what he calls a "massive" cut in tax rates, but even some Republicans warn that could balloon the federal deficit.

FCC Chief Begins Rollback Of 'Net Neutrality' Regulations

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 3:00pm

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a free-market proponent, wants to repeal Obama-era regulations that treat Internet service providers like utilities. "Nothing about the Internet was broken in 2015," he said.

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The High Price Of Fake Authenticity: $425 'Muddy' Jeans Inspire Mockery

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 2:31pm

This week, the Internet discovered that Nordstrom sells premium denim with a "crackled, caked-on muddy coating" — that is, fake dirt. Former Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe had some thoughts about that.

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Trump Administration Proposes 'Massive' Tax Overhaul And Tax Cut Plan

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 1:42pm

The details of the measure will be worked out in talks with Congress; the effect on the deficit is unknown.

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ESPN Layoffs Begin, And Some 100 Employees May Lose Jobs

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 1:41pm

The cuts have already hit some well-known names, including veteran NFL reporter Ed Werder, college football analyst Danny Kannell, and college basketball reporter C.L. Brown.

Tyson Foods Promises Better Conditions And Safety For Meat Workers

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 1:36pm

Meat-processing employs more than a half-million people. An investigation found they've got some of the most dangerous factory jobs in America and suffer from injury, low pay and lack of work breaks.

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WTO Says Mexico Can Seek Millions From U.S. In Dolphin-Safe Tuna Dispute

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:54pm

The World Trade Organization deems U.S. labeling rules for dolphin-safe tuna are unfairly restrictive to Mexico. It says Mexico may seek $163 million annually from the U.S. in retaliatory measures.

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