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How Robots Are Helping A Furniture Shop Without Putting Workers Out Of Jobs

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 3:15pm

Furniture making is a job associated with old fashioned handiwork. But robots are coming to the field, not to replace workers but to help U.S.-based companies survive.

Hospitals In States That Expanded Medicaid Less Likely to Close

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 3:01pm

Hundreds of thousands of people gained health insurance in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. In those states, hospitals were less likely to close.

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What To Do About Inequality

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 2:53pm

A lot of popular plans for boosting middle-class wages don't work as well as as they used to. Here are a few ideas that might work now.

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Pfizer Halts Research Efforts Into Alzheimer's And Parkinson's Treatments

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 11:37am

The pharmaceutical giant said it would be abandoning its neuroscience development programs and allocating its spending elsewhere. The move also means the company will be laying off some 300 employees.

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A Life-Size Replica Of The Titanic Is Under Construction In China's Countryside

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 9:37am

Construction began in 2014. Once finished, the replica will be the centerpiece of a theme park that the developer hopes will attract millions of tourists from China and beyond.

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Tales From The Crypto: Bitcoin, Blockchain And The Future Of Money

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 9:06am

Bitcoin is big. But what is it?

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BBC Veteran Quits China Editor Post To Protest Gender Pay Gap

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 5:08am

Carrie Gracie, a highly respected 30-year veteran at the network, says the BBC has refused to match the pay of male colleagues who earn 50 percent more than her salary.

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Congress Changed 529 College Savings Plans, And Now States Are Nervous

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 5:01am

Why the dramatically new vision for the popular college savings plan could cost some states dearly.

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When The Cash Register Doesn't Take Cash

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 3:44am

A handful of restaurants around the country are giving up on cash. Paying for your meal with a credit card or electronically makes for better and faster service, they say.

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The W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Pledge To Fight Racism Starts With 'National Day Of Racial Healing'

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 5:01pm

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has dedicated itself to "ending structural racism." NPR's Michel Martin talks to the company president and CEO La June Montgomery Tabron about the foundation's initiatives.

Pennsylvania Coal Mine To Close

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 7:06am

In southwestern Pennsylvania, another coal mine is closing. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to county supervisor Blair Zimmerman about what this means for his community.

Encore: Automakers Work To Lure Generation Z

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 7:21am

Gen Z, the generation following millennials, is making automakers nervous and forcing them to rethink some of the products they offer.

Support For Marijuana In Coal Country

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 7:21am

In Meigs County, Ohio, some residents are turning to pot to help bring prosperity back to this former coal mining town.

Time To Make The Doughnuts Free Of Artificial Dyes, Dunkin' Decides

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 3:47pm

Dunkin' Donuts had previously pledged to eliminate the dyes by the end of 2018, and is still working on its other menu items.

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Why College Football Means Big Business In Certain States

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 3:17pm

Alabama and Georgia football is big business in those states. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Eben Novy-Williams, a sports business reporter for Bloomberg, to get a better sense of the numbers.

How California Plans To Fight Gender Pay Gaps

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 3:17pm

California has a new law intended to fight gender pay disparity by restricting companies from asking certain questions about salary history, and requiring them to reveal more about what they pay.

New Law In Iceland Aims At Reducing Country's Gender Pay Gap

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 3:17pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Icelandic activist Brynhildur Heidar og Omarsdottir about the new gender equity law in Iceland, which went into effect on Monday. The law requires employers with 25 workers or more to prove that they pay men and women equally for equal work.

Sears, Kmart And Macy's Will Close More Stores in 2018

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 2:47pm

2017 was bleak for retailers and 2018 is not starting off any better. Several major department stores, still hurting from declining sales, plan closures in locations nationwide.

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Hidden Gems of the Jobs Report

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 2:37pm

Here are three illuminating but largely overlooked numbers from today's jobs report.

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148,000 Jobs Were Added To U.S. Economy In December

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 7:31am

The unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, unchanged from November.

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