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Obama Pardons Famous Hotelier and Baseball Star

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 8:05pm

Among those receiving the president's clemency are a man who reigned over top nightclubs, and another who scorched fastballs. Both had run afoul of tax laws.

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Harvard Economist: History Will Judge Obama As A 'Great President'

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 3:40pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Harvard economist Kenneth Rogoff about President Obama's economic legacy.

More People Over 60 Are Struggling To Pay Off Student Loans, Report Finds

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 1:23pm

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found the number of people over 60 with student loan debt has quadrupled in the past decade. Most loans were taken out on behalf of a child or grandchild.

High Prices For Orphan Drugs Strain Families And Insurers

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 12:36pm

Three decades ago, Congress set up a system to encourage drug companies to develop treatments for rare diseases. The law has worked, but at a high cost.

(Image credit: Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News)

From Twitter To Treatment Guidelines, Industry Influence Permeates Medicine

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 10:00am

Several new studies document widespread conflicts of interest in medicine. The way we think about disease "is being subtly distorted" by financial ties, the authors of an accompanying editorial write.

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Brexit: Theresa May Lays Out Her Plan For A Clean Break With The EU

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 9:27am

The British prime minister said in a speech on Tuesday that she plans for the United Kingdom to walk away from the European Union's single market and unified court system.

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China's Xi Jinping Defends Globalization In First-Ever Speech At World Economic Forum

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 8:47am

"No one will emerge as a winner in a trade war," the Chinese president said in Davos, Switzerland. He responded to statements by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, without mentioning his name.

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Congressional Republicans Take Aim At Taxes On Imports And Exports

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 4:13am

Big box retailers and advocates for the poor are teaming up for what could be a fight with congressional Republicans who want to change the corporate tax code. At issue is the border adjustment tax.

Drugs For Rare Diseases Have Become Uncommonly Rich Monopolies

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 3:59am

Drugmakers have brought almost 450 orphan drugs to market and collected rich incentives by doing so. But nearly a third of the medicines aren't new or were repurposed many times for financial gain.

(Image credit: NPR, Kaiser Health News/Evaluate Pharma analysis for Kaiser Health News on Sept. 21, 2016)

Mexico's Front Seat In The Global Auto Industry

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 4:16pm

Mexico has become a crucial manufacturing hub for all the major global automakers. Access to markets and duty-free exports are a big reason why.

After The Brexit Vote, Why Has The U.K. Economy Proved So Resilient?

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 3:58am

British politicians warned a vote for Brexit would damage the economy of the United Kingdom. Six months after the referendum, its economy is doing much better than predicted. Why?

Arrest Warrant Sought For Samsung Heir In S. Korean Presidential Bribery Scandal

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 12:07am

Jay Y. Lee, the de facto head of Samsung Electronics, is accused of paying tens of millions of dollars in bribes to a confidant of President Park Geun-hye in a growing influence-peddling scandal.

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For People With Developmental Disabilities, Food Work Means More Self Reliance

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 5:59am

Finding a job and building a life of their own can be a monumental challenge for people with developmental disabilities. But food work can be a good fit for many of them.

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Trump Says He Won't Build A $2 Billion Golf Course In Dubai. He Has 2 Already

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 5:56am

Trump says he rejected a $2 billion deal to develop a golf course in Dubai. But he already has two golf courses in the works with the same developer.

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Episode 747: The Man Who Sued Iran

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 3:56pm

When Steve Flatow's daughter was killed in a terror attack, he wanted someone to pay. His target was the Iranian government. His quest would pit him against both Iran and the White House.

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Takata To Pay $1 Billion Over Air Bag Fraud; 3 Executives Criminally Charged

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 2:11pm

The settlement with the Justice Department is tied to a deadly defect in air bags that has been linked to at least 16 deaths. The associated recall is the largest in U.S. auto safety history.

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Miniaturized Nuclear Power Plant? U.S. Reviewing Proposed Design

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 2:05pm

A company has submitted a design for what it describes as a "modular" nuclear power plant — a radical departure from other nuclear plants. Each module would be small enough to fit on a flat-bed truck.

(Image credit: NuScale )

In China, A Shift Away From Trade In Ivory and Shark Fins

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 1:58pm

A week after China said it was cracking down on sales of ivory, the national carrier, Air China, said it would no longer allow shark fins to be transported as cargo on its flights.

(Image credit: Anthony Kuhn/NPR)

Pelosi Says Democrats Will 'Fight The Fight Again' Over Health Care

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

First on the Republicans' agenda is repealing the Affordable Care Act. But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Democrats will fight to preserve President Obama's signature health care reform.

The House Always Wins. Then He Came Along

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

Ed Thorp used math to become the first person to beat the casinos at blackjack. Then he changed the way Wall Street thinks about investing.

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