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Missouri's Proposed Religious Freedom Amendment Sets Old Allies At Odds

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 3:23pm

The business community, including solidly GOP-leaning groups, oppose the bill, after seeing the effect of similar measures elsewhere. The blowback has surprised Christian conservatives in Missouri.

Israel's Health Minister To McDonald's: 'Not In Our Country'

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 11:37am

McDonald's is super popular in Israel — the chain even offers potato-starch buns for Passover. But now McD's is fighting back against government accusations that it's "junk food."

More Marketplace Health Plans Ease Access To Some Expensive Drugs

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 11:21am

Complaints from patient groups and increased regulatory oversight appear to be leading to changes in the way some marketplace health plans cover expensive drugs.

'Man, Oh Manichewitz': When The Jewish Wine Was Big With Gentiles, Too

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 9:18am

The wine associated with Jewish tradition was once a huge crossover success. Sammy Davis Jr. was its TV spokesman. At one point, the typical drinker was described as an urban African-American man.

(The Latest) Corruption Charges In Detroit's Struggling Schools

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 9:00am

Twelve principals in the Motor City are accused of taking kickbacks for school supplies — yet a further sign of struggle for the city's public schools.

Carnival Says Its Cruises To Cuba Can Now Include Cuban-Born Passengers

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 8:07am

The cruise company says Cuba has relaxed its ban on Cuban-born people returning to the island by boat.

Apple's Movies And Books Services Are Closed In China

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 7:09am

The closure was reportedly ordered by censors last week. According to local media, it comes just as a controversial — and banned — film is being released on Hong Kong's iTunes service.

Uber Settles 2 Lawsuits Over Whether Drivers Are Employees Or Contractors

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 4:10am

Uber will pay up to $100 million to settle the suits, and drivers will stay independent contractors, not employees, in California and Massachusetts, just as the ride-booking company had maintained.

Do Felons Make Good Employees?

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 4:10am

Employers often rule out applicants with felony convictions. Data show when the military made an exception and allowed people with felony convictions to enlist, they performed better than their peers.

Uber Settles Two Lawsuits, Won't Have To Treat Drivers As Employees

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 11:34pm

The company has agreed to settle two class action suits for $84 million dollars — and more if it goes public and its value increases by a certain amount. It won't have to pay drivers benefits.

FBI Paid More Than $1 Million To Access San Bernardino Shooter's iPhone

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 5:10pm

FBI Director James Comey said Thursday the bureau spent "more than I will make in the remainder of this job," which comes out to be more than $1 million.

New Overtime Rules May Put Squeeze On Caregivers For Those With Disabilities

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 4:46pm

The regulations, expected in the coming weeks, would require employers to pay such caregivers more. But many won't be able to comply because they rely on Medicare reimbursements, which won't change.

Volkswagen Reaches Deal With U.S. On Cars With Emissions Software

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 3:29pm

After months of negotiations, Volkswagen has reached a deal with U.S. authorities on most of the cars involved in its diesel emissions scandal. The agreement covers nearly 500,000 2-liter engine cars. Owners will get to choose between having VW buy back their vehicles or having their cars fixed. But owners still don't know how much VW will offer in the buyback, or what the terms of a fix will be.

Deadly Fentanyl Trade Linked To Chinese Companies

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 3:29pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with David Armstrong, senior enterprise reporter for the online health news site STAT, about the deadly opioid Fentanyl, and how it's being shipped into the U.S. and Canada from China in powder form, and pressed into pills that are sold on the street.

Federal Regulators Propose Tougher Rules Governing Wall Street Bonuses

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 1:37pm

Executives who get their firms in legal trouble could be forced to pay back bonuses retroactively.

What Will Volkswagen Do For Its Diesel Customers?

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 10:17am

Some car owners could get a cash payment of $5,000; others could receive an offer to buy their car back, according to early reports on a possible deal with U.S. regulators.

We're Having a Baby!? How To Feel The Joy, Without The Financial Fears

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 6:01am

With each baby comes a set of scary questions: how to pay for strollers, day care, even (gasp!) college? We joined a talk between a young couple and a financial adviser. Here's what we learned.

For Voters In Appalachian Region, Medical Care Is A Big Issue

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 3:59am

Tennessee's alternative to Obamacare is faltering. Steve Inskeep talks to Knoxville's mayor about health and political issues. Chris Green of Berea College weighs in on the area's political leanings.

A View From Appalachia: Living Below The Poverty Line

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 3:59am

Whitesburg, Kentucky, was an area once known for coal mining but most of those jobs have dried up. Limited opportunities force many residents to leave, but some are able to find their way back.

Appalachia Looks To Improve Its Future; Looks For Helpful Leaders

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 3:59am

We'll hear conversations from Appalachia — the mountain region that stretches from New York to the Deep South. This remains a region where incomes lag well behind the national average.

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