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Preference Or Prejudice? Central Europeans Ask Why They Get Cheaper Ingredients

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 7:00am

Fish sticks with less fish. Lunchmeat with less meat. Central European nations say packaged foods sold there have lower quality standards than the same brands in the West. They want the EU to step in.

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Marijuana Shortage Prompts Emergency In Nevada; Tax Officials Weigh Changes

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 6:56am

After a booming first week of legal retail sales, Gov. Brian Sandoval endorsed a statement of emergency and regulators are looking to boost distribution.

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Denmark Wants To Lead The World In Green Growth

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 3:54am

Google may soon join Apple and Facebook in building a data center in Denmark. Thanks to easy access to renewable energy, big corporations can say their Danish data centers have zero emissions.

Documents Show Backpage.com Controls Sex-Related Ads

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Washington Post reporter Tom Jackman about the discovery of new documents showing that Backpage.com, a website with classified ads, controls sex-related ads on its site. The company has claimed it does not control the ads people post.

In Texas, People With Mental Illness Are Finding Work Helping Peers

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 2:23pm

Giving people who have serious mental illness peer support has proved so helpful that some states are starting to pay these peer specialists to bridge the gap when there aren't enough professionals.

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Is The Justice Department Shying Away From To Prosecuting Corporations?

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 1:28pm

ProPublica reporter Jesse Eisinger says that the government undermines the notion of equity and fails to deter crime when it allows large corporations to settle lawsuits by paying fines.

In 'Most Regressive' State, Seattle Passes Tax On Highest Incomes

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 12:20pm

The tax on individuals earning over $250,000 will generate an estimated $140 million in new annual revenue. Seattle's mayor says it will help replace funds cut by President Trump's "austere budget."

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Eric And Donald Trump Junior: The Sons Also Rise

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 9:06am

Neither Donald Jr. nor Eric Trump shies away from the public — but when defending their dad, are they doing more harm than good?

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Internet Companies Plan Online Campaign To Keep Net Neutrality Rules

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 7:01am

Dozens of websites — including large ones like Netflix, Facebook and Amazon — join an online advocacy push Wednesday, urging regulators and lawmakers not to weaken regulations for Internet providers.

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Ivanka Trump Pushes To Expand Her Brand In China

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 5:25am

Trump has applied for a dozen new trademarks in China since her father became president, but will she be successful?

Credit Agencies To Ease Up On Medical Debt Reporting

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 4:00am

Starting in September, the three main credit agencies will wait 180 days before including medical debt on a credit report, giving consumers time to resolve disputes with insurers.

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Reading, Writing And Fracking? What The Oil Industry Teaches Oklahoma Students

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 3:51am

Oklahoma's oil industry is spending millions on science lessons for public schools. But environmentalists say omitting climate change leaves students unprepared.

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New Rule Clears The Way For More Class-Action Lawsuits Against Banks

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 3:51am

At issue are so called "arbitration clauses" that companies have used to block customers from joining class actions.

Some Employers Are Rethinking Telework, Citing A Need For Better Collaboration

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 3:51am

Some companies find that real-time technology demands have forced them to curb their work-from-home policies, even as a growing number of employers continue to embrace remote work.

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Microsoft Courts Rural America, And Politicians, With High-Speed Internet

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 11:01pm

In rural America, 23.4 million people do not have high-speed Internet. Microsoft plans to change that, in an effort that uses cheap technology and appeals to the lowest common denominator in politics.

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New Rule Opens Credit Card Companies, Banks To Class-Action Suits

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 4:33pm

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said the new regulation, set to take effect in 60 days, would prevent financial institutions from requiring that disputes be settled by arbitration.

U.S. Distillers Brace For Possible EU Backlash Against Bourbon

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 4:15pm

The Financial Times reports that, if President Trump decides to limit U.S. steel imports, EU officials might retaliate against whiskey. EU member nations buy more than half of U.S. bourbon exports.

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American Cruise Companies Stand To Benefit From U.S. Changes To Cuba Policy

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 3:35pm

U.S. cruise operators are among those who stand to benefit from President Trump's changes to the Obama administration's Cuba travel policies. The new rules don't affect cruises, and may help them by requiring most Americans to travel there in groups.

Zapping Noxious Weeds On Organic Farms Is Harder Than You Think

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 2:57pm

There are few inexpensive and low-labor options to control the aggressive field invaders, which sometimes encroach on neighboring farms and potentially cut into their profits.

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Wells Fargo To Pay $142 Million To Customers Hurt By Bogus Accounts

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 1:56pm

The bank could pay customers more if an independent expert overseeing the compensation process deems it necessary.

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