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Toyota's Top Female Executive Arrested In Japan On Drug Charges

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 8:03am

Julie Hamp, who became the automaker's head of public relations in April, allegedly mailed herself a package containing oxycodone pills, declaring the contents to be a necklace.

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Researcher Sees Gradual Movement On Issue Of Paid Parental Leave

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 4:03am

The U.S. is the world's only developed country that doesn't mandate paid parental leave. Renee Montagne asks Jane Waldfogel of Columbia University about why the U.S. is reluctant to add the benefit.

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U.S. Diplomats To Hold Talks With Their Chinese Counterparts Next Week

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 4:03am

Steve Inskeep talks to Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel about the U.S. relationship with China on cybersecurity, the South China Sea and global trade.

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How A Tax On Chicken Changed The Playing Field For U.S. Automakers

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 4:03am

German families in the 60s loved cheap American-raised chicken. And Americans loved cheap VW Beetles. We hear how a trade dispute over frozen chicken parts changed the American auto industry.

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Q&A: Shigeru Miyamoto On The Origins Of Nintendo's Famous Characters

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 4:03am

Shigeru Miyamoto created many of Nintendo's iconic video game franchises. In an NPR interview, he spoke about how his famous characters came to be and how his life experiences inspire his creations.

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The Legendary Mr. Miyamoto, Father Of Mario And Donkey Kong

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 4:03am

Super Mario Bros. turns 30 this year. NPR's Laura Sydell met up with the video game's famed creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, who was in Los Angeles this week at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

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Battle Over New Oil Train Standards Pits Safety Against Cost

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 2:30am

Against the backdrop of several fiery derailments, safety advocates are questioning whether new federal rules meant to prevent incidents go far enough. Opponents say the new rules are too costly.

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NBC Names Lester Holt New Anchor Of Nightly News

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 3:26pm

TV Anchor Brian Williams will not be returning to the NBC Nightly News. He's officially being replaced by Lester Holt. Williams will move to cable on MSNBC.

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Congress Breathes Life Into President's Fast-Track Trade Plan

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 2:16pm

In a close vote, the House approved fast-track authority, but the fate of the trade measure is still to be determined.

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Woman To Share Marquee On $10 Bill With Alexander Hamilton

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 1:47pm

A redesign of the denomination will add the portrait of an as-yet-undetermined famous American woman beginning in 2020.

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It's Official: Brian Williams Out As 'NBC Nightly News' Anchor

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 1:17pm

He's being replaced by interim anchor Lester Holt. Williams will return to MSNBC, where he was an anchor from 1996 to 2004. There, he will anchor breaking news and special reports, the network said.

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How Democratic Trade Rift Could Give Rise To 'Tea Party' Of The Left

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 12:56pm

Intra-party turmoil could spill over into the next election, with labor groups threatening primaries against members — even those who sit in swing districts — who sided with the president.

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FCC Fines AT&T For False Data Plan Promises

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 4:08am

Wireless carrier AT&T got hit with a $100 million fine — the largest ever proposed by regulators at the FCC. The company is accused of falsely promising "unlimited" data plans, which it disputes.

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Reports: Brian Williams Out As 'Nightly News' Anchor But Will Stay With NBC

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 4:08am

Several reports indicate Brian Williams will remain at NBC but will no longer anchor the Nightly News. Williams was suspended after it turned out some of the stories he told about himself were false.

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FCC To Fine AT&T For False Data Plan Promises

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 4:08am

Wireless carrier AT&T faces a possible $100 million fine — the largest ever proposed by regulators at the FCC. The company is accused of falsely promising "unlimited" data plans, which it disputes.

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Redesigned $10 Bill To Feature Female Face, Treasury Announces

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 4:08am

It's the first time a woman will be on U.S. paper currency since the late 1800s, when Martha Washington was on a special $1 bill. The Treasury will announce who'll be on the $10 bill later this year.

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Fact Check: Could Jeb Bush Really Grow GDP At 4 Percent? It's Hard To See How

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 4:03am

The Republican candidate says he can create 4 percent GDP growth as president, but there's little evidence that a president really can cause that kind of growth alone.

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Washington Berry Pickers Push For Elusive Union Contract

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 4:57pm

Only about 2 percent of farm workers in the county are part of a union, and few have successfully negotiated contracts with farms. Workers at the Sakuma Brothers Farm are trying for both.

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As Fitbit Goes Public, It Will Have To Outrun Competition

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 4:55pm

Amid the buzz around wearables, Fitbit heads to the NYSE. The fitness tracking firm faces challenges from smart watches, but it may get a boost from companies that want to keep tabs on workers.

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Disney Suddenly Cancels Layoffs For Technology Employees

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 4:02pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Patrick Thibodeau, a senior editor at Computerworld, about why a round of layoffs for some 30 technology employees at Disney-ABC Television Group was suddenly canceled.

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