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California Voters May Force Meat And Egg Producers Across The Country To Go Cage-Free

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 3:45pm

California voters will soon decide whether to ban the sale of all veal, pork and eggs from farm animals raised in cages, even when raised in other states.

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Is It Time For The Fed To Say Goodbye To The Phillips Curve Theory?

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 3:28pm

The U.S. economy is in a sweet spot, with unemployment at a near 50-year low and an inflation rate that's low and stable. But that combination — low unemployment and low inflation — has economists at the Fed wondering if a theory they've had about how the economy works is still relevant.

Judgement Bonds

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 3:02pm

Municipalities are increasingly going to the bond market to pay their court settlement costs.

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Are You Looking For The Smartest Way To Invest Your Retirement Savings?

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 1:56pm

NPR is doing a series of personal finance stories, with some focused on the best way to invest for retirement. We want to hear about your experiences and your questions.

World's Biggest Pork Producer Pledges To Cover Manure Ponds

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:22pm

Smithfield Foods says it will pay farmers to cover their manure ponds with plastic on more than 1,000 U.S. farms. Those "lagoons" have become increasingly controversial.

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In Major Acquisition, IBM Will Acquire Open-Source Software Company Red Hat

Sun, 10/28/2018 - 4:42pm

IBM will acquire Red Hat for $190 per share, in a deal worth approximately $34 billion. Both companies took pains to say the Red Hat ethos and commitment to open source would continue.

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A Look At Gab, The 'Free Speech' Social Site Where Synagogue Shooting Suspect Posted

Sun, 10/28/2018 - 2:24pm

The website where the synagogue shooting suspect posted anti-Semitic messages has served as a home for the far-right online in Gab's quest to have few restrictions on speech.

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Lotteries And Happiness

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 3:46pm

We assume that winning the lottery will make us happier. In some ways it does, in others — not so much.

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Should Self-Driving Cars Have Ethics?

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 3:36pm

To design a "moral machine," researchers updated a classic thought experiment for the autonomous vehicle age. But do we really want artificial intelligence making decisions on who lives or dies?

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U.S. Economy Continues To Grow At Strong Pace, But There Are Signs Of Potential Trouble

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 3:30pm

The U.S. economy grew at a strong 3.5 percent in the third quarter, powered by free spending consumers. The economy is on pace to grow at more than 3 percent this year for the first time since 2005.

U.S. Economy Grew At A 3.5-Percent Rate In 3rd Quarter

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 7:13am

The economy expanded at a 3.5 percent rate in the third quarter. That's slower than the second quarter's blockbuster 4.2 percent but puts the economy on pace for the fastest annual growth in 13 years.

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Bronx Food Revival Is Rewriting The Playbook On Gentrification

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 7:02am

It's a prime example of "gentefication," economic revival led by people with roots in the community. The cultural mix is a culinary celebration: African, Albanian, Caribbean, Italian, Latino and more.

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Caught Between Trump's Tariffs And Tax Changes, Soybean Farmers Face Uncertain Future

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 3:54am

A daunting trifecta is threatening many Midwest farmers' profit margin: wet fields, stubbornly low crop prices exacerbated by a trade war with China — and some twists from the new tax law.

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Soybean Farmers Face Shorter Profit Margins

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 3:54am

This harvest season in the Midwest adds wet weather to ongoing tariffs for soybeans and even changes to the tax code. And that's after several years of falling prices for major U.S. crops.

'Today' Drops Megyn Kelly

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 3:54am

NBC news host Megyn Kelly will not be returning to NBC's Today show following Kelly's remarks earlier this week that seemed to defend white people wearing blackface.

Planet Money: Netflix And Amazon Stream Into India

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 3:54am

Amazon and Netflix are trying to take India's streaming market. But so far, success in the country has proved elusive.

Megyn Kelly Out At NBC's 'Today' Show, Source Says

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 4:20pm

Megyn Kelly is on her way out from the Today show on NBC, a source tells NPR; talks about her likely exit continue. This comes after she made offensive remarks about blackface Halloween costumes.

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Difficulty With The Deficit

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 3:32pm

The deficit normally shrinks when the economy is strengthening, but not now.

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Corruption, Scandal And The Multi-Billion Dollar Business Of College Basketball

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 12:10pm

Writer Michael Sokolove explains how college basketball programs manipulate young athletes for the benefit — and profit — of adults. His new book is The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino.

"I Started With A Million Dollar Loan." Taking Apart Trump's Taxes

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 9:06am

A New York Times investigation shows the president received over 410 million dollars from his father.

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