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In Some Rural Counties, Hunger Is Rising, But Food Donations Aren't

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 3:35pm

Pantries in southwest Virginia — where poverty is rampant and coal jobs are vanishing — will take whatever they can get to stock bare shelves. Some also offer help with health care and job training.

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At 94, Lithium-Ion Pioneer Eyes A New Longer-Lasting Battery

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 2:50pm

In 1980, John Goodenough's work led to the lithium-ion battery, now found in everything from phones to electric cars. He and fellow researchers say they've come up with a faster-charging alternative.

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Planet Money: On Why India Made Most Of Its Money Worthless

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 4:04am

India's prime minister recently decided to make almost all of the cash in his country worthless. He said it was meant to stop corruption. It turns out, that idea came from a very surprising source.

Ford Motor Company To Name New CEO, Reports Say

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 4:04am

Ford Motor Company is expected to announce its CEO Mark Fields is leaving, to be replaced by Jim Hackett, who runs the company's work on autonomous vehicles.

Ford Replacing CEO Mark Fields In Management Shakeup

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 1:05am

Ford plans to announce on Monday that Jim Hackett, who heads the Ford Smart Mobility LLC subsidiary, will take over as CEO.

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Saudis And The UAE Will Donate $100 Million To A Fund Inspired By Ivanka Trump

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 5:22pm

As a candidate, President Trump regularly criticized the Clinton Foundation for taking money from Middle East despots. But these donations are different.

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Amtrak Is Under Fire For Delays At New York's Penn Station

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 6:13am

After a month of breakdowns and delays at Penn Station, Amtrak will be making major repairs to tracks, but leaders from New York and New Jersey are calling on Amtrak to give up control of the station.

Ad War Means Local TV Stations Win Big In Georgia's Special Election

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 6:00am

The special election in the Atlanta suburbs has become the most expensive U.S. House race in history. Although voters won't weigh in until next month, there's already one clear winner: TV stations.

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Feeling Sidelined By Mainstream Social Media, Far-Right Users Jump To Gab

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 5:46am

Criticized for being affiliated with the alt-right, the social site Gab now reports 170,000 users. It has found a niche among some conservatives and others who feel stifled by Facebook and Twitter.

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Ringling Bros. Curtain Call Is Latest Victory For Animal Welfare Activists

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 4:00am

After decades of working on animal rights, some activists believe the movement has finally hit the mainstream, in part fueled by social media. It's changing American culture and the economy.

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New Laws In The U.K. And EU Further Restrict Tobacco Industry

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 3:18pm

An EU directive goes into force today, with new rules regulating the tobacco industry. The U.K. is going further: Cigarettes must now be sold in plain green packaging with graphic health warnings.

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In Google's Vision Of The Future, Computing Is Immersive

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 7:01am

Point your camera at a flower and your phone identifies it. Walk into a store and your phone leads you to the item you're looking for. It's part of a future world blurring the virtual and the real.

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'A Kingdom On Wheels': The Hidden World That Made The Circus Happen

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 6:00am

Awe-inspiring feats of logistics. Incredible strength of community. As the "Greatest Show on Earth" plays its final act, the cast and crew are saying goodbye to more than just a livelihood.

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Episode 772: Small Change

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 4:28pm

How fast is the world really changing? The answer has implications for everything from how the next generation will live to whether robots really will take all our jobs.

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Google Is Investing In 'Immersive Technology'

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 4:10am

Google is making a push into virtual reality with a headset that doesn't require a user to connect to a phone or computer. Amidst massive hype, virtual reality has been slow to take off.

Public To EPA On Cutting Regulations: 'No!'

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 3:38am

The Environmental Protection Agency asked for public input on "job-killing regulations" and has now received more than 28,000 comments, many of which urge the agency not to roll back protections.

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U.S. Treasury Department Imposes Sanctions on Venezuelan Supreme Court

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 7:19pm

By freezing the justices' assets, "the [U.S.] is supporting the Venezuelan people in their efforts to protect ... democratic governance in their country," said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

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Fact Check: 'We Don't Have Health Care In This Country,' Trump Says

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 6:05pm

The president said on Thursday the Affordable Care Act is "dead. It's gone." The Senate is considering repeal legislation passed by the House, but Obamacare isn't faring as badly as Trump suggests.

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Energy Companies Urge Trump To Remain In Paris Climate Agreement

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 5:32pm

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden says he wants the U.S. to remain in the 2015 Paris climate accord. Energy companies like Exxon Mobil and BP have also urged President Trump to continue supporting the deal.

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Roger Ailes, Founder Of 'Fox News,' Dies At 77

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:48pm

Roger Ailes, the founding visionary of Fox News who propelled it to great profits and ratings but resigned in disgrace last summer, has died at 77.

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