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At CES, New Robots Deliver More Coos Than Utility

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 3:57am

Robots may be in our future, but the future isn't quite here.

Chinese Stocks Plunge; Trading Halted For Second Time In A Week

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 12:17am

Chinese markets have lurched up and down as regulators gradually withdraw emergency measures imposed after the main stock index plunged in June following an explosive rise.

Macy's To Cut 4,800 Jobs After Dismal Holiday Sales

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 12:12am

The nation's largest department store chain is slashing jobs, a harbinger of hard times for retailers after a holiday season that saw a noticeable shift to online shopping.

Company Behind Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Sues U.S. Government

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 5:35pm

TransCanada's lawsuit claims President Obama exceeded his authority when he rejected the pipeline in November. It is also filing a $15 billion suit under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

If You Like Cheap Gasoline, January May Be Your Lucky Month

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 4:38pm

Prices already are averaging less than $2 a gallon nationwide. But a new report shows gasoline inventories are surging. Experts say that sets the stage for more price drops in coming days.

One Step Closer To Collective Bargaining, Some Temp Workers Unionize

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 3:33pm

The workers at Bob's Tire Co. in New Bedford, Mass. recently voted 65-5 to unionize. Labor advocates say the move is historical, but are undocumented workers protected from enforcement?

Global Oil Prices Fall To 11-Year Low

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 3:33pm

Global oil prices dropped again, falling to an 11-year low on Wednesday as investors worried about weak demand for refined petroleum products. New government data show U.S. stockpiles of gasoline and distillates, including diesel fuel and heating oil, soared in recent days, offsetting a decline in crude supplies. Taken together, crude and refined products are now at a record high, and that glut is driving retail prices lower.

Concerned Workers Face Dwindling Industry And Layoffs With A Steely Resolve

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 3:33pm

Steelworkers in Birmingham, Ala., are trying to figure out a new future now that U.S. Steel, one of the last major steel-making operations in the South, has closed.

#WhereIsRey? She's On Her Way, Says Hasbro

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 1:33pm

The newest Star Wars Monopoly game featured Finn, Kylo Ren, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader — but not the latest film's heroine, Rey. Hasbro says it will add her to the game this year.

Chipotle Faces A Criminal Investigation Into Its Handling Of A Norovirus Outbreak

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 12:37pm

More than 200 employees and customers were sickened last August at a restaurant in California. A grand jury subpoena requires Chipotle to produce a range of documents in connection with the outbreak.

You've Got Dung! Amazon Is Delivering Cow Pies In India

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 11:32am

Cows are holy in the Hindu religion, and so is their dung. That's why Amazon in India is selling cow dung cakes to city dwellers.

Obama Aims To Expand Background Checks To Online Gun Sales

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 4:18am

Gun control advocates say that will tighten a big loophole allowing guns to change hands illegally. Gun rights groups say the president's executive order will mostly penalize law abiding gun owners.

Lawmakers In The House Try Again In 2016 To Repeal Obamacare

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 4:18am

House Speaker Paul Ryan announced on Tuesday that the first order of business will be putting a bill on the House floor that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, also referred to as Obamacare.

Despite Latest Saudi-Iran Conflict, Oil Prices Drop

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 4:18am

Oil prices have declined even though tensions have risen between the 2 oil producers. That would have been unthinkable years ago. An oil glut due largely to U.S. production changed the price equation.

Visiting New York City, Bernie Sanders Attacks Clinton, 'Greed' Of Wall Street

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 4:00am

"Will the folks will on Wall Street like me? No. Will they begin to play by the rules if I am president? You better believe it," Sanders said Tuesday.

Troubles Are Up In The Middle East, But Oil Prices Are Down. Huh?

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 5:07pm

In the past, when political tensions increased, oil prices went up too amid supply risks. But now OPEC's power is down and U.S. oil supplies are much greater, helping hold prices steady.

Automakers Mark Moves Into Tech With Expanded Presence At CES

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 3:37pm

Consumers love gadgets and they're demanding more of them in their cars. At the Consumer Electronics Show, automakers are unveiling hints of the increasingly automated car of the future.

Automakers Mark Moves Into Tech With Expanded Presence At CES

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 3:37pm

Automakers have a larger presence at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. So far Ford and GM have announced ventures into the ridesharing business. NPR explores the automakers' moves into tech.

Will Obama's Action Create A Market For 'Smart' Guns?

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 2:43pm

Supporters of "smart" gun technology hope that President Obama's initiative will prompt federal agencies to put in big purchase orders, unleashing the new market. Will it make us safer?

After Chipotle Outbreaks, Will 'Food With Integrity' Still Resonate?

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 1:41pm

Chipotle's rise was fueled in part by its image as a healthy, ethical choice. After foodborne illnesses sickened hundreds, analysts say it won't be easy for the chain to win back customers' trust.

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