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GM Says Car With No Steering Wheel Or Pedals Ready For Streets In 2019

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 4:19pm

The car company said Friday that it has filed a petition with the Department of Transportation to deploy its fourth-generation Cruise AV. GM says the vehicle has no manual controls.

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New Rules May Make Getting And Staying On Medicaid More Difficult

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 4:12pm

Indiana is one of the states poised to get permission to require Medicaid recipients to work. Advocates say work requirements may be good politics but they're bad policy.

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Wal-Mart Closes 63 Sam's Club Stores, Leaving 11,000 Employees Without Work

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 3:16pm

Without notice 63 Sam's Club stores closed Thursday, leaving up to 11,000 employees without work. Sam's Club is owned by Wal-Mart, which announced yesterday a raise in employee wages. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Business Insider reporter Hayley Peterson, who broke the Sam's Club closure story yesterday.

Trump's Budget Proposal Inducing Anxiety For Idaho's Timber Industry

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 3:16pm

President Trump kicked off the new year by renewing promises to be a champion for rural America. But his budget proposal to cut rural economic development grants and loans and other programs is causing anxiety in at least one remote corner of Idaho's timber country that's been struggling to diversify its economy.

The Recession Predictor

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 3:03pm

There's a warning sign for the economy with an amazing track record. It's not flashing now, but it's close enough to make us nervous.

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Fearing Deportation, Food Vendors Are Leaving New York City's Streets

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:26am

Many of the city's street vendors are undocumented immigrants. Some vendors say they've lost a significant portion of their income – and customers – in the wake of stepped-up immigration enforcement.

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Tesla Faces Complaints Over Harassment And Racial Tensions

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 4:02am

Tesla has created a cutting-edge image with its bold approach to building electric cars. But it has faced criticism over how it handles complaints about workplace harassment and discrimination.

Facebook Rolls Out New Plan For News Feed: More Posts From Friends And Family

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 12:38am

CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the social media giant wants to emphasize more "meaningful" content on users' feeds to "bring us closer together with the people that matter to us."

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Carrier Loses 215 Employees In Latest Round Of Layoffs

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 3:16pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Drew Daudelin of member station WFYI about Carrier's most recent round of layoffs. On Thursday, 215 employees will finish their shifts at the plant in Indianapolis, and walk out of the factory doors for good.

Wal-Mart Says It Will Boost Wages, Give Bonuses With New Savings From Tax Law

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 3:16pm

Wal-Mart plans to share part of its savings under the new tax law with its employees. The giant retailer announced today it is boosting its starting wage to $11 an hour and handing out bonuses to most of its employees.

Such Cryptocurrency. So Amaze.

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 2:57pm

Dogecoin, a bitcoin spinoff created as a joke, is now worth $1.4 billion. The coin's creator tells us how the joke became real — and explains why he has mixed feelings about the whole thing.

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Citing New Tax Law, Walmart To Raise Starting Wages, Expand Parental Leave

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 8:14am

The retail giant says the changes are a way to share tax savings with hourly workers. Starting wages will rise from $10 to $11 an hour, and employees will also be eligible for one-time bonuses.

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YouTube Limits Relationship With Logan Paul After His Video Depicting Dead Body

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 7:04am

More than a week after Paul removed a post showing him laughing beside an apparent suicide victim, YouTube has pulled the star from its top-tier advertising program and shelved his original projects.

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Montana Barley Fields Become Front Line For Climate Change And Beer

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 7:00am

Barley, the "king of malt," needs a precise recipe of water and sunshine to thrive — too much of either will cause it to wither and die. And amid a changing climate, that's exactly what's happening.

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California Woman Returns Christmas Tree For A Refund

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 5:20am

She showed up at Costco and demanded a full refund because her tree was dead. And even though she was shamed by other customers in line, would you believe she actually did get her money back.

Established Automakers Announce Bold Moves In Electrification

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 4:01am

Tesla has grabbed headlines for innovating electric cars and driverless technology. Companies such Toyota, GM and Mercedes may not have the trendy cache of Tesla, but they do have deep pockets.

Subsidized Housing My Help School Districts Retain Teachers

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 4:01am

Indianapolis Public Schools lose about 400 teachers each year. In an attempt to stem that, a new housing project in the city is targeting teachers.

Establish Automakers Announce Bold Moves In Electrification

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 4:01am

Tesla has grabbed headlines for innovating electric cars and driverless technology. Companies such Toyota, GM and Mercedes may not have the trendy cache of Tesla, but they do have deep pockets.

Federal Immigration Authorities Target 7-Eleven Stores

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 4:01am

Agents swept nearly 100 of the convenience stores across the country — seeking undocumented immigrants. The action was the largest employer-targeting operation under the Trump administration.

Other States Ask For Offshore Drilling Exemption Like Florida's

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 4:01am

In Florida, some are calling the Trump administration's announcement that the state is exempt from a plan to expand offshore drilling a political stunt to help Gov. Rick Scott.

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