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WATCH: What Makes Japan No. 1 In Toilet Technology

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 4:05am

In NPR's Elise Tries series, correspondent Elise Hu tries out new experiences in East Asia. In this episode, Japanese toilets: so automated and comfortable, you might never want to leave the bathroom.

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Trump Adopts Harder Line On Cuba

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 8:00pm

President Trump is imposing new restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba. Individual travelers may have to join tour groups. And business ties with the Cuban military will be sharply curtailed.

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The Investor Who Took On Uber, And Silicon Valley

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 4:52pm

In Silicon Valley, you're supposed to build businesses unapologetically. You're not supposed to speak out against injustice. Freada Kapor Klein breaks those rules.

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Kushner Firm Gives Up On Getting Tax Break For Jersey City Development

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 3:20pm

Kushner Companies tried to win a 30-year tax break for the project in New Jersey. But that effort generated opposition, and now the firm run by the family of Jared Kushner is abandoning its request.

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Judge Delivers Blow To Trump Administration In Dakota Access Fight

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 10:37am

This ruling does not order the pipeline to cease operations. But it opens the door to that possibility. The federal judge found the Trump Administration failed to follow environmental procedures.

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'Supersizing Urban America': How U.S. Policies Encouraged Fast Food To Spread

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 7:00am

A new book examines how federal government policies made it easier for minorities to open fast-food franchises than grocery stores. Today the landscape of urban America reflects this history.

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Polgreen Aims To Transform The Perception Of 'HuffPost'

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 6:33am

Huffington Post founder and editor Arianna Huffington has left the company after a corporate restructuring. Lydia Polgreen, the editor of the rebranded HuffPost, talks about her plans for the site.

Chinese Businessman Disappears

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 4:13am

The disappearance of one of China's most well-known tycoons is the least of his company's problems. Anbang, the insurance company has headed, has made very risky investments.

Senate Votes To Limit Trump's Power To Lift Russia Sanctions

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 4:13am

Secretary of State Tillerson wants flexibility as he tries to improve ties with Russia. The Senate wants to make sure the Trump administration doesn't change course without congressional buy in.

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Federal Reserve Raises Benchmark Interest Rate

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 3:35pm

As expected, the central bank voted to increase the rate a quarter point, following its two-day meeting. Though rates are still historically low, the hike means higher borrowing costs for consumers.

Anonymous Buyers Account For Majority Of Trump Property Sales

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 3:35pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with USAToday reporter Nick Penzenstadler about how the number of anonymous buyers of Trump real estate has jumped to a dramatic 70 percent since the president's nomination.

Fed Raises Key Interest Rate For The Fourth Time Since 2015

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 1:15pm

The quarter-point increase in the Federal Reserve's benchmark rate was widely expected. Rates are still near historic lows, but the increase will mean higher borrowing costs for consumers.

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Will Fish Get A Humanely Harvested Label? These Brothers Bet $40 Million On It

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 12:24pm

Beef and poultry get labels designating humane treatment; seafood doesn't. Two fishermen want to change that. Their state-of-the-art ship makes fishing safer for crew and minimizes pain for fish.

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How To Sell Things And Influence People

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 10:18am

Twitter, Instagram and Facebook have changed the way we interact with advertising. What risks are involved, and how has social media become social marketing?

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A Pesticide, A Pigweed And A Farmer's Murder

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 4:11am

One farmer's improper use of a Monsanto pesticide damaged another's field and led to a shooting. The dispute reveals divisions among neighbors and economic tradeoffs over the right way to farm.

Democratic Lawmakers Sue Trump, Handing The President Another Legal Challenge

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 11:01pm

Members of Congress say President Trump is violating the Constitution by profiting from foreign governments — without congressional consent. The more than 190 Democrats want the court to make it stop.

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Diesel Vehicles Stay Alive Despite Constant Drama For Car Companies

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 3:31pm

Diesel vehicles have caused more than their fair share of drama in the last few years. They have cost Volkswagen billions in fines and judgments. Chrysler is defending itself against allegations of cheating on emissions, and several other companies are still under investigation. But diesel manages to hang on.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Resigns As Verizon Completes $4.5 Billion Purchase

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 3:31pm

Verizon has completed its $4.5 billion purchase of Yahoo, and, as expected, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is resigning. She's turning over control to Tim Armstrong, the former CEO of AOL who is now the head of Oath, a digital media brand that combines the Internet assets of AOL and Yahoo. Verizon sees the acquisition of media content as a way to expand beyond its core wireless business.

Eric Holder Recommends Broad Set Of Changes To Uber's Company Culture

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 3:31pm

Uber released recommendations from former Attorney General Eric Holder about how the company should change its workplace culture. Holder was hired by Uber following an explosive blog post by a female engineer who was propositioned and harassed repeatedly. Her complaints to senior management and human resources were ignored.

Despite Falling Unemployment, U.S. Wages Stay Stagnant

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Peter Coy, economics editor for Bloomberg, about why pay isn't rising in the U.S., despite a falling unemployment rate.

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