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Scalia's Death Changes Corporate Responses To Lawsuits

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 4:17pm

Dow Chemical has settled a class-action lawsuit. The company said Justice Scalia's death means it's no longer likely to win in court. Other corporations may make the same calculation.

China Stares Down Economic Concerns

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 4:17pm

At the G-20 summit in Shanghai, Chinese officials are trying to reassure foreign finance ministers that the government can handle the country's turbulent economy.

Is An Un-Great America Headed For The Abyss? Warren Buffett Says 'No'

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 2:57pm

The billionaire investor used his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shareholders to say, in effect, relax. The U.S. may face obstacles, but predictions of doom are "dead wrong," Buffett wrote.

Apple-FBI Fight Signals A Need For New Political Precedent

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 6:52am

There's a showdown coming between Apple and the FBI over privacy rights. But this case may be less about privacy than it is about the tech industry's willingness to defy the government.

In Fighting FBI, Apple Says Free Speech Rights Mean No Forced Coding

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 4:21am

Legal precedent says writing software is protected speech, and Apple wants to use that to deny federal authorities a program that would unlock an iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooters.

Economists On Candidates' Proposals: Mostly Bad

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 4:42pm

We took a sample of the most novel economic proposals and asked a panel of economists: Are they good or bad?

Fact Check: Donald Trump Can't Release His Taxes While Being Audited?

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 3:59pm

"I will absolutely give my return, but I'm being audited now for two or three years, so I can't do it until the audit is finished, obviously," Donald Trump said this week.

When Beef Is Off Limits, Beaver And Muskrat Make It To Lenten Menu

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 1:35pm

Medieval theologians used to distinguish between land vs. water creatures, not mammals vs. fish. That's good enough for some restaurants — and parishes — in places with large Catholic populations.

Zuckerberg Tells Facebook Staff To Stop Crossing Out 'Black Lives Matter'

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 11:18am

In a note to employees, Zuckerberg says replacing the slogan on walls on the Facebook campus with "all lives matter" is disrespectful, deeply hurtful and — given his earlier warning — also malicious.

Report: More Pollinators Species In Jeopardy, Threatening World Food Supply

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 11:13am

About 40 percent of invertebrate pollinator species such as bees and butterflies are facing extinction, according to the global assessment.

Lawyer For Apple: 'What In The Law Requires Us To Redesign The iPhone?'

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 8:50am

Former Solicitor General Ted Olson is one of the most prominent lawyers in America. He's taken up Apple's fight against the FBI over an encrypted iPhone.

Government Encryption Request Would Make iPhone Vulnerable, Olson Says

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 6:37am

Ted Olson represents Apple in its fight with the federal government over unlocking an iPhone that belonged to a shooter in the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, Calif.

Smell Dating Service Is Off To A Good Start

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 6:04am

How it works: You pay a fee, they mail you a T-shirt, you wear it for three days and send it back. Then you receive used T-shirts of other people. Registration for the first round is filled.

Apple's CEO Takes A Stand — And A Risk

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 6:01am

In challenging the FBI, Tim Cook has put himself and Apple front and center in a national debate on digital privacy. But a look at his record makes his confrontation with the government inevitable.

San Bernardino Police Chief Weighs In On Whether Apple Should Unlock Shooter's Phone

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 4:19am

The terrorist attack sparked a battle between Apple and the FBI. San Bernardino police chief Jarrod Burguan tells Steve Inskeep his opinion on the legal feud, and the consequences for fighting crime.

What It Means For Apple To Get Around iPhone's Encryption

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 4:19am

Steve Inskeep talks to Matthew Green, a computer science professor at Johns Hopkins University, to find out what breaking into an iphone's encryption really means.

Inside The Anonymous World Of Caffeine

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 4:15am

Millions want caffeine removed from their coffee. Millions more want caffeine added to their soda. Little-known caffeine factories, scattered across the world, satisfy both desires.

Why Apple Says It Won't Help Unlock That iPhone, In 5 Key Quotes

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 5:07pm

A magistrate, at the FBI's request, has ordered Apple to help investigators work around the iPhone's security features. Apple says that's judicial overreach — and a violation of constitutional rights.

Fast Food Wars: The Unseen Battle In Franchise Businesses

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 3:24pm

When you pay for a meal at a fast food chain, such as McDonald's or KFC, most of the time your money is divided between two different businesses. There's corporate headquarters, and the individual restaurant owner, known as a franchise. The Planet Money team takes a look at the unseen battle between those two groups.

Soccer Fans Skeptical New FIFA President Will Bring Needed Reform

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 3:24pm

World soccer's much-maligned governing body picks a new president this Friday. Much of the soccer-loving public disdains FIFA and is skeptical a new president will bring about positive change.

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