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Global Stock Markets Open 2016 With Sharp Dive

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 3:19pm

It's the first trading day of 2016, and it's been a rocky one. Wall Street opened the day with a sharp dive — one of the worst opening days in decades. NPR explores the China factor and other issues adding to investors' worries.

Using Technology To Keep Carbon Emissions In Check

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 3:19pm

Renewable energy is only one of the steps toward achieving the goals set by the Paris climate deal. We take a trip around North America to explore other ways of keeping carbon out of the atmosphere.

Lyft, GM Teaming Up To Create Fleet Of Driverless Cars

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 1:53pm

As part of a new partnership, the two companies also announced that they're rolling out a service for the human drivers of today to rent vehicles, rather than use their own.

U.S. Files Lawsuit Against Volkswagen Over Emissions Trickery

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 12:13pm

Volkswagen has acknowledged that millions of its diesel cars worldwide relied on a ruse to skirt emissions controls. The EPA says the two sides haven't agreed on how to handle a recall.

7 Percent Drop Forces Chinese Stock Markets To Close Early On 2016 Debut

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 6:13am

Among the factors blamed: data showing economic contraction, and the looming lapse of a ban on large investors from selling their stakes in companies.

In London, Builders Dig Deep To Offer More Room

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 4:25am

The high cost of housing is encouraging Londoners to build down instead of up. They're digging out basements to create underground mansions — often to neighbors' dismay.

Texas Businesses Adapt To Open Carry Law

Sat, 01/02/2016 - 3:58pm

A new law in Texas allows the open carry of handguns. Some business owners, like restaurateur Jack Perkins, are apprehensive.

Cleveland Pressures Hospitals To Keep ERs Open To All Ambulances

Sat, 01/02/2016 - 6:54am

When you call an ambulance, you expect to go to the nearest hospital. But patients are often diverted to more distant emergency rooms. Cleveland wants hospitals to stop the practice.

Encore: Artist Makes It Big With Adult Coloring Books

Fri, 01/01/2016 - 3:26pm

As adult coloring books hit the bestseller list on Amazon, NPR's Audie Cornish talks to illustrator Johanna Basford. This story originally aired on April 1, 2015, on All Things Considered.

World's Largest Meatpacking Company Tests Out Robot Butchers

Fri, 01/01/2016 - 3:26pm

Slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants throughout the country employ a lot of people. About a quarter of a million Americans prepare the beef, pork and chicken that ends up on dinner tables. But some of those jobs could eventually be replaced by robots. The world's largest meatpacking company is looking at ways to automate the art of butchery.

ESPN's College Football Playoff Ratings Plummet On New Year's Eve

Fri, 01/01/2016 - 3:26pm

Did you watch the College Football Playoffs last night? ESPN really hopes you did. Despite grumblings from fans, the network stubbornly aired two semifinal games on New Year's Eve. NPR's Audie Cornish turns to John Ourand of Sports Business Daily to find out if the plan worked.

N.J. Factory Turns To Medicaid To Insure Lowest-Paid Employees

Fri, 01/01/2016 - 3:26pm

Starting Jan. 1, midsize companies must offer health insurance to their workers or risk a penalty. A firm that has already faced that problem is helping low-paid employees enroll in Medicaid, instead.

Ski Resorts See Slight Thaw After Chilling Effect Of Climate Change

Fri, 01/01/2016 - 3:26pm

California's historic drought provided a glimpse of what skiing might be like with climate change. Industry executives are counting on their customers being flexible in the years ahead.

Episode 674: We Cooked A Peacock

Fri, 01/01/2016 - 3:00pm

In the 1600s, a good spice rub was the ultimate display of wealth. People would risk their lives for a sack of cloves. On today's show, we cook a recipe from the spice trade days.

Episode 674: We Cooked A Peacock

Fri, 01/01/2016 - 3:00pm

In the 1600s, a good spice rub was the ultimate display of wealth. People would risk their lives for a sack of cloves. On today's show, we cook a recipe from the spice trade days.

New Year's Day Quake In Oklahoma City Amid Increasing Seismic Activity

Fri, 01/01/2016 - 2:43pm

The state of Oklahoma saw more than 800 earthquakes with magnitude of 3 or greater in 2015.

Support Grows For 'Los Angeles Times' To Return To Local Ownership

Fri, 01/01/2016 - 4:12am

The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and the Minneapolis Star Tribune have all been bought by billionaires. One of the country's most-read dailies, the Los Angeles Times, might join the list.

Maryland Startup Redirects River Of Rejected Gifts

Fri, 01/01/2016 - 3:55am

Returns of toys and gadgets add up to more than $260 billion every year. Optoro, a startup in Maryland, tries to reduce the cost to retailers, and the cost to the environment.

Like Night And Day: How Two States' Utilities Approach Solar

Fri, 01/01/2016 - 3:53am

As homeowners embrace solar, utilities are making less money and that's shaking up their business model. Companies in California and Georgia are handling the growth in dramatically different ways.

Record Water Levels Shut Down Miles Of Mississippi River

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 3:16pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition, about the effect of historic flooding on the Mississippi River on corn and soybean farmers.

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