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A Boeing-Iran Deal Could Be On President-Elect Trump's Chopping Block

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 3:50pm

Boeing says its $17 billion deal with Iran Air will help support thousands of U.S. jobs. But the deal, made possible through the Iran nuclear agreement, is under threat with the incoming president.

Trump's Potential Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson Is A Titan In The Oil Industry

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 3:50pm

President-elect Donald Trump may nominate ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state. The oil executive is a giant in the business world, but not as well known in political circles.

Carrageenan Backlash: Food Firms Are Ousting A Popular Additive

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 3:35pm

Food manufacturers are under pressure to replace carrageenan, an ingredient that's widely used in products — from protein drinks to sliced deli meat. The organic industry just moved to ban it.

International Monetary Fund Chief Christine Lagarde's Negligence Trial Begins

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 10:05am

Lagarde, who appeared in court in Paris, is accused of negligence in connection with her oversight of a 2008 case when she was finance minister. She has led the IMF since 2011.

IKEA Launches New Marketing Campaign

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 5:39am

The Swedish home goods store is giving products nicknames based on what personal problems they solve. A pair of scissors is listed under, "My son plays too much computer games."

United's 'Basic Economy' Aims To Compete With Discount Airlines

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 3:54am

United Airlines will offer extra low fares to passengers willing to board last and carry only one bag that fits under the seat. Critics say this "basic economy" class could worsen flying for everyone.

Outlining Trump's Potential Conflicts Of Interest

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 4:18pm

On Dec. 15, Donald Trump is expected to make an announcement regarding his business interests. The wide range of his dealings leaves him open to potential conflicts of interest.

D.C. Family Leave Proposal Moves Forward, But Remains Controversial

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 4:18pm

Only a few American states offer paid family leave for workers. Washington, D.C. city council member Elissa Silverman and small business owner Jonathan Cho discuss the measure proposed in D.C.

Venezuela Seizes Nearly 4 Million Toys, Saying They're Overpriced

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 3:23pm

"Boys and girls of the country will have a happy Christmas," says Venezuela's national superintendent for the defense of socioeconomic rights.

Boeing And Iran Air Sign Jetliner Contract Worth $16.6 Billion

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 10:59am

U.S. officials approved the deal in September, months after Iran emerged from sanctions.

Reports: Trump Leaning Towards Exxon Mobil CEO For Secretary Of State

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 8:59am

Rex Tillerson, a 64-year-old oil executive, has no government experience. His longtime ties to Russia, including President Vladimir Putin, are already drawing scrutiny from critics.

Behold A Robot Hand With A Soft Touch

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 7:17am

Using light-conductive materials, researchers have built a robot hand that can sense shapes and textures. Soft robotics holds promise for better prosthetics or machines with a more "human" touch.

After Trump Roundtable Invite, Silicon Valley Considers Post-Election Role

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 7:10am

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to venture capitalist and Hillary Clinton supporter Chris Sacca about a reported meeting this week between Silicon Valley technology leaders and President-elect Trump.

Economist Says Manufacturing Job Loss Driven By Technology, Not Globalization

Sat, 12/10/2016 - 7:27am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to economist Michael Hicks about how most of the manufacturing jobs lost in this country are due to increased use of technology and not outsourcing to foreign countries.

Trump Transition Asks Energy Dept. Which Employees Work On Climate Change

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 8:05pm

The president-elect's team has sent 74 questions to the federal agency, including many about climate-change-focused personnel and programs. The department's lawyers are examining the request.

Economists Chart 'Index Of The American Dream' In 'The New York Times'

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 3:40pm

New economic research shows Americans are no longer as likely to make more than their parents did at the same age. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to New York Times columnist David Leonhardt about what he calls the "Index of the American Dream."

Washington State Dairy Workers Challenge Their Exemption From Overtime Pay

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 3:33pm

The dairy industry runs 24/7, but federal law excludes its workers from overtime pay. A new class-action lawsuit in Washington state is the latest challenge to that law.

U.S. Kids Far Less Likely To Out-Earn Their Parents, As Inequality Grows

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 1:39pm

"It's basically a coin flip as to whether you'll do better than your parents," a Stanford economist says.

Trump's Continued Ties To 'Celebrity Apprentice' Raise More Conflict Questions

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 1:13pm

The disclosure of the president-elect's involvement on the NBC show instantly raised questions on twin grounds — that it could serve as a distraction and represent one more conflict of interest.

Black Santa Claus Is A Hit At The Mall, But Faces An Online Backlash

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 4:35am

Larry Jefferson was the first black Santa Claus at the Mall of America in Minnesota. He was popular with the kids, but he sparked on online backlash from people who felt Santa can only be white.

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