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Don't Surrender, Reinvent: The New Mantra Of Small Biz In Puerto Rico

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 4:01am

Facing an uncertain future and dim prospects of financial relief, small businesses get support and strength from each other.

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Reporter Pulls Blanket Off Cozy Ties Between Mattress Companies And Reviewers

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 3:35pm

Shoppers go online for reviews of the products they want to buy — like mattresses. But one reporter found out that reviewers often have cozy business deals with the companies they're reviewing.

Nivea Ad For 'Visibly Fairer Skin' Sparks Controversy In West Africa

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 2:35pm

The billboard and TV spot shows a Nigerian beauty pageant winner using a product called Natural Fairness Body Lotion. Critics are describing the ad as "colorist" and tone deaf.

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Rep. Tom Cole Weighs In On Bipartisan Health Plan

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 4:00am

A bipartisan health care deal was introduced in the Senate. While there's a chance it could pass there, it faces a tougher time in the House. Rachel Martin talks to Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma.

After Ikea Dresser Recall, Another Toddler Reportedly Died In Tip-Over

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 5:31pm

Last June Ikea recalled millions of dressers over the risk of tip-over accidents. But the parents of Jozef Dudek, who was crushed by a Malm dresser this May, were not aware of the recall, lawyers say.

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California Wildfires Leave Seasonal Agricultural Workers In Limbo

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 4:02pm

The devastating wildfires in Northern California and killed scores of people and left thousands homeless. They've also left many seasonal agricultural workers without jobs or income.

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What You Need To Know About The Honest Ads Act

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 3:16pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks to Democratic Sen. Mark Warner about the Honest Ads Act, a proposal to regulate online political advertising the same way as television, radio and print.

Amazon's Second Headquarters: Cities Make Their Final Pitches

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 3:16pm

Cities across the U.S. and Canada will be making their final pitches Thursday to Amazon - begging for a chance to become the new second headquarters. The prize winner will get 50,000 high-paying jobs.

California Fires Spare Most Vineyards, But Marijuana Crops Go Up In Smoke

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 3:16pm

At least 30 marijuana farms in Northern California have suffered significant crop losses, while only a handful of vineyards in the Napa Valley experienced significant property loss.

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The 30th Anniversary Of Black Monday: A Day That Made Wall Street Quake

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:46pm

On Oct. 19, 1987, Wall Street had its single worst trading day ever. Even after three decades, Black Monday still marks the biggest one-day crash, and its impact continues to reverberate.

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After 55 Years, Target Will Finally Open A Store In Vermont

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 8:48am

The news prompted a "Breaking News" banner on the local paper's website. As they're saying over at Vermont Public Radio: "This is not a drill."

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Marijuana Farms In California Count Their Losses After Wildfires

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 4:04am

Medical and recreational marijuana use is legal in California. But under federal law, growing cannabis is illegal — which means growers don't have access to crop insurance.

North Korea's Cut From Small Businesses Goes To Its Nuclear Program

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 4:04am

North Korea is known as one of the most closed down socialist economies in the world. But even still, there is a small class of budding entrepreneurs. We learn how that works.

Emoluments Hearing Hints At What May Be At Stake: Trump's Tax Returns

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 5:00pm

If a federal judge lets the plaintiffs proceed with their lawsuit against the president, the next step would give them access to some of his financial documents — perhaps including tax returns.

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To Protect Children From Identity Theft, Parents Must Be Proactive

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:22pm

Experts say children's personal information is especially valuable for identity thieves, but there are steps parents and legal guardians can take to mitigate the risk of identity theft.

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After Equifax Hack, Calls For Big Changes In Credit Reporting Industry

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:19pm

The largest known theft of Social Security numbers in history has lawmakers, law enforcement and identity theft victims angry. They're calling for better security and other changes in the system.

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Episode 581: Free Money

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 2:33pm

Bob Peterson claims to have found the thing people have sought for thousands of years — an investment guaranteed to double in value. He keeps it in a storage locker in Utah.

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A Trump Golf Course Said It Gave Millions To Charity. Here's What The Numbers Say

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 1:41pm

Trump National Golf Club, Los Angeles, fell far short of its bold claims of philanthropic giving, according to an NPR analysis. The documents are no longer posted on the club's site.

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Diabetes Technology Moves Closer To Making Life Easier For Patients

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:49pm

While the technology is moving rapidly, insurance, regulatory, and supply challenges make it harder for patients to quickly access the latest medical advances to manage their condition.

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Nielsen Develops Ratings System To Measure Netflix Audience

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 5:02am

The TV ratings company says it can now estimate how many people watch individual shows on Netflix. Widespread knowledge of such information could transform the TV industry.

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