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Along South Africa's East Coast, Locals Take On Mining Industry

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 3:25pm

A 14-mile stretch of sand dunes along South Africa's breathtaking east coast is the battleground between big mining interests and the local community. The dunes hide a wealth of titanium.

Why Does Random Chance Decide Who Gets Housing Subsidies?

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 4:15am

When the federal government gives out social benefits such as food stamps, if you qualify, you get them. But housing vouchers are often distributed through a lottery.

Hedge Fund Founder Would Support Trump If He Wins GOP Nomination

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 4:15am

Steve Inskeep talks to hedge fund manager Anthony Scaramucci of SkyBridge Capital about his willingness to support Donald Trump in spite of Trump's knocks on the hedge fund sector.

Politics In Real Life: Rising Health Care Costs Weigh On Voters

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 3:36am

When Renee Powell's premiums exceeded her mortgage payments, it was upsetting. But it's just one way health care costs rise for her many voters.

Uber Plans To Kill Surge Pricing, Though Drivers Say It Makes Job Worth It

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 3:36am

Uber is using machine learning to predict high demand, which would allow the app to schedule extra drivers instead of hiking rates at busy times. But such a change would hurt driver pay.

Backing 'Brexit,' A Salmon Smokehouse Says It's Been Swimming Upstream

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 3:34am

Mom-and-pop businesses are considering how a British exit from the EU could affect them. The owner of Britain's oldest salmon smokehouse, who wants out, says EU membership dilutes British culture.

Trade Opponents Leak Documents They Say Show Corporate Influence

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 5:35pm

Environmentalists opposed to a US-EU trade deal say documents they leaked prove corporations have too much say. But EU officials say that's "flatly wrong."

'Mick Jagger' Of Auctions Recalls Life In High End Art Trade

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 3:26pm

Simon de Pury has been called both the Mick Jagger and the Peter Pan of auctions. Dealer, collector, curator, schmoozer, his clients include billionaires, rock stars and royalty. He dishes plenty about the art market in his new book, The Auctioneer, and he explains the rise and fall of his own auction house, Phillips de Pury.

Ringling Brothers Officially Retires Circus Elephants

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 3:26pm

On Sunday night, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus featured elephants for the last time. The circus elephants are retiring to Florida.

Puerto Rico Defaults On $422 Million Debt Payment

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 3:26pm

Puerto Rico's governor has issued a debt moratorium on a $422 million payment that the U.S. territory was supposed to pay off on Monday.

As Factory Jobs Slip Away, Indiana Voters Have Trade On Their Minds

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 3:26pm

Indiana state has been steadily losing manufacturing jobs for years. The issue is already playing a big part in the presidential campaign, and it could drive a lot of people to the polls on Tuesday.

Left Behind In The Mobile Revolution, Intel Struggles To Innovate

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 3:25pm

As PC sales fall, the Silicon Valley giant is struggling to remake itself to keep up with cloud computing and mobile. Intel recently announced the layoff of 11 percent of its workforce.

Starbucks And Steel: The Divergent Directions Of China's Economy

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 3:21pm

China is now home to two economies — one fading and industrial, and the other, a more thriving service sector. A steelworker, a Starbucks executive and a former banker explain.

Halliburton, Baker Hughes Kill $28 Billion Merger Amid Regulator Opposition

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 2:17pm

The two oilfield-services companies faced pressure from U.S. and European regulators concerned that a merger would stifle competition. The Justice Department filed suit in April to stop the deal.

A 'Tough Decision': Puerto Rican Governor Says Island Will Miss Debt Payment

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 11:28am

"I've decided that your basic needs come before anything else," Gov. Alejandro García Padilla said, adding that he will not close hospitals in order to pay the island's debt.

Biotech's Theranos Offers A Cautionary Tale For Silicon Valley

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 11:16am

The blood-testing startup led by Elizabeth Holmes soared on hype and celebrity boosters. Now it's under federal scrutiny. It could show that Silicon Valley's success model doesn't work in biotech.

Under Attack, Commodity Promotion Programs Try To Hide Their Emails

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 11:12am

Federal programs that collect money from farmers in order to promote pork, beef and eggs have been under attack. They now want to exempt their documents from the Freedom of Information Act.

Bitcoin's Maker Revealed? Australian Man Says He Is 'Satoshi Nakamoto'

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 7:38am

Craig Wright, 45, is an entrepreneur whose name has often been mentioned in conversations about Bitcoin's creator; in recent months, he was also investigated by tax authorities.

Australian Man Says He Is Bitcoin's Founder

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 6:55am

Australian entrepreneur Craig Steven Wright has come forward as the elusive founder of bitcoin, a fact that has been in question for years. Rachel Martin talks to Ludwig Siegele of The Economist.

If There's A Surplus Of Cheap Crude, Why Do Oil Wells Keep Pumping?

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 4:02am

Months of low prices have failed to stop oil producers from slowing their pumps. New drilling has slowed but producers need to keep the oil flowing through existing wells, or risk running out of cash.

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