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Airbnb Unites With NAACP To Expand Room At The Inn

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 5:50am

The partnership seeks to strengthen Airbnb's anti-discrimination efforts and encourage more people in communities of color to consider becoming hosts.

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Disney Will End Netflix Deal And Offer Its Own Streaming Services

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 5:32am

There will be one streaming service for sports and another for films and television shows, the company announced on Tuesday. But new Disney movies will still be available on Netflix until 2019.

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The Financial Crisis, 10 Years On

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 4:02am

On Aug. 9, 2007, we witnessed the first tremor of a financial earthquake. Ailsa Chang talks with David Wessel of the Brookings Institution about the economy, 10 years later.

'Financial Times' Issues 103-Year-Old Correction

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 6:40pm

In 1914, the newspaper reported that applications were "pouring in" for WWI war bonds. Researchers at the Bank of England, analyzing old records, have discovered that wasn't remotely true.

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After Viral Scandals, Airline Bumping Rates Hit Historic Lows

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 3:23pm

A marked decrease in the airline bumping rate started in April, according to new data from the Department of Transportation. That's the month a passenger was bloodied and dragged off a United flight.

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Google Memo Raises Questions About Limits Of Free Speech In The Workplace

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 3:22pm

Google moved quickly to fire the software engineer who criticized the company's diversity programs. The engineer, James Damore, told The New York Times he has a right to express his concerns and that he will likely sue Google over the issue.

'Washington Post' Reporters Record Comings And Goings At Trump's D.C. Hotel

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 3:22pm

The Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., has become a focus of questions surrounding conflicts of interest between the White House and the Trump family business. The hotel's records aren't public, so Washington Post reporters spent every day for a month in the lobby to chronicle the comings and goings. NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Jonathan O'Connell, the reporter who organized the project.

First Responders Spending More On Overdose Reversal Drug

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 3:09pm

With price hikes and rising demand, the drug naloxone, which can reverse an opioid overdose, is taking up an ever-larger share of emergency department budgets.

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Big Employers Say They Will Continue To Offer Health Plans To Their Workers

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 1:56pm

Three years ago, only about a quarter of the nation's large employers were "very confident" they would offer health insurance to their workers in 10 years. That number has now risen to 65 percent.

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Regulators Pull Plan To Test Truckers, Train Operators For Sleep Apnea

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:32pm

Two U.S. agencies are ending their push to screen truck drivers and train operators a year after saying the sleep disorder "can cause unintended sleep episodes and resulting deficits in attention."

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Google CEO Cuts Vacation Short To Deal With Crisis Over Diversity Memo

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:53am

CEO Sundar Pichai said he supported the right of workers to express themselves but that a senior engineer's memo had gone too far. The memo's author says he's reportedly weighing legal action.

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Google Fires Engineer Who Criticized Diversity Efforts

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 7:19am

The software engineer's internal memo created controversy after it was leaked. The memo, called "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber," criticized the company's efforts to diversify its workforce.

Trump Administration Revises Conservation Plan For Western Sage Grouse

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 8:03pm

A task force lays out changes that could loosen protections for the bird species renowned for its elaborate mating dance. The rules take into account "local economic growth and job creation."

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Google Engineer's Criticism Of Diversity Programs Sparks Controversy

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 3:16pm

A Google engineer's critique of the company's diversity programs is stoking controversy. The male engineer wrote that women aren't suited for tech jobs for "biological" reasons. Google executives are now trying to tamp down the furor as the memo ricochets around the tech industry and beyond.

Fox News' Seth Rich Story Echoes Previous Problems For Owner Rupert Murdoch

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 3:16pm

Revelations about Fox News' role in concocting a baseless story on the death of a young Democratic staffer has problematic echoes for the network's controlling owner, Rupert Murdoch, who had to shut down the biggest paper in the United Kingdom for outcry over its reporting on a dead British girl.

Shell Companies Enable North Korea To Dodge Economic Impact Of Sanctions

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 3:16pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Anthony Ruggiero of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies about how North Korean shell companies enable the country to circumvent the economic impact of sanctions.

Company's Line Of Rainbow-Themed Swastika T-Shirts Backfires

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 3:07pm

KA Designs introduced a "new" swastika, promising to reclaim the ancient symbol from the stigma of Nazi Germany. Not surprisingly, it didn't work.

Man Tax? It's An Option, Says Owner Of Cafe That Is 'By Women, For Women'

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 1:11pm

Despite a spirited discussion on social media, the shop reports a positive response from customers — including men who happily pay extra.

Google Grapples With Fallout After Employee Slams Diversity Efforts

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 10:36am

In a 3,300-word document that has been shared across Google's internal networks, an engineer at the company said "biological causes" are part of the reason women aren't represented equally.

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How An $89 Hoodie Could Change American Manufacturing

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 10:20am

The "insanely popular" hoodie by American Giant sells for a premium price, but zipper to seam, it's all made in the U.S.A.

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