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Nescafe Opens A Nap Cafe In Tokyo

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 6:01am

Patrons can snooze on reclining beds for up to two hours as long as they buy an item from the menu. And guests get a free cup of coffee.

U.S. Restricts Electronic Devices On Flights From 8 Muslim Countries

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 5:00am

Passengers on flights coming into the U.S. will be allowed to bring smartphones into the plane's cabin. But all larger electronic devices, like laptops and cameras, must be placed in checked baggage.

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GOP Health Plan Has Its Own Financial Stick To Prod People To Buy Insurance

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 4:00am

The GOP plan would fine insurance buyers who had a lapse in coverage of more than 63 days a year. The penalty? A 30 percent surcharge every month for 12 months.

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Among Trump Supporters, Conflicts Of Interest Aren't A Top Concern

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 3:42am

President Trump's decision to hold onto his many businesses while in office has generated criticism from ethics experts. But among his supporters, the issue doesn't seem to be registering much so far.

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Democrats Criticize Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch As Pro-Business

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 5:11pm

The case of the frozen trucker looms large in Democrats' objection to President Trump's nominee. Senate judiciary members argued that Neil Gorsuch would skew the court in favor of corporations.

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As Colorado Gets Ready To Allow Pot Clubs, Indoor Smoking Still An Issue

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 3:06pm

Recreational pot is legal in Colorado, but using it in public is against the law. Pot clubs are slated to open this summer, but the governor says he'll veto the bill if it allows indoor smoking.

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Finding A Pedicure In China, Using Cutting-Edge Translation Apps

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 2:46pm

On a trip to China, NPR's Aarti Shahani took a detour in search of a pedicure, with help from some of the latest voice translation apps. These tools could radically change how you travel abroad.

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David Rockefeller — Philanthropist, Banker And Collector — Dies At 101

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 2:41pm

The grandson of an oil baron, Rockefeller made his own name as the chief of Chase Manhattan Bank. But he was known nearly as well for his prodigious collections — of art, contacts and even beetles.

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Amid Massive Tainted-Meat Scandal, Brazil Assures Safety Of Its Food Exports

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 1:10pm

The country's federal police say that health officials were bribed to ignore outdated and adulterated meat. The European Commission has suspended imports from companies implicated in the allegations.

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British Low-Cost Airlines Rewards Travelers Who Are Respectful

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 5:58am

Customer service reps at Monarch Airlines have been given upgrades to hand out to customers who are super nice on the phone. The budget airline says it's encouraging chivalry, courtesy and respect.

Insurance Industry Worried By GOP Plan To Replace Obamacare, Consultant Says

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 4:10am

Steve Inskeep talks to Robert Laszewski, a health policy consultant, about how the Republican's plan to reform health care would effect insurers. Laszewski had a long career in the insurance industry.

Tax Credits, Penalties And Age Rating: Parsing The GOP Health Bill

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 3:56am

As the GOP bill to replace the Affordable Care Act begins to move through Congress, reporters for NPR and Kaiser answer your questions about what it might mean for your health plan.

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New 'Basic Economy' Airfares May Not Be As Cheap As You Think

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 3:46am

All three of the biggest U.S. airlines now offer no-frills, discounted fares called "basic economy." Now there's evidence that it's not any cheaper, but is a way to raise standard economy fares.

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After Short-Lived Tenure, Uber President Quits Amid Company Turmoil

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 8:40pm

Jeff Jones cited conflicting leadership approaches upon leaving the company after just six months. Uber's CEO had recruited the marketing expert to bolster the ride-hailing giant's reputation.

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At SXSW, Garth Brooks Sees The Constants In A Changing Industry

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 5:01pm

The music business has evolved dramatically since the country icon began his career. What hasn't changed, he says, is how artists connect with fans: "The music kinda lets you be in their life."

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Take A Peek Under The Helmet Of Virtual Reality At SXSW

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 5:01pm

VR was everywhere at the Austin festival. Todd Richmond, the director of advanced prototypes at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies breaks down the hype.

How Millennials Win And Lose Under The GOP Health Bill

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 4:03am

The Affordable Care Act covers 8 million millennials through Medicaid expansion, insurance exchanges, and the ability to stay on a parent's plan until age 26. The GOP health bill limits some options.

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At Mnuchin's First Big Meeting, G20 Shies From Endorsing Free Trade

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 2:16pm

The gathering of the world's largest economies, the group took a step back from its typically overt pro-free trade agenda. The cause of the change seemed to be pushback from the United States.

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Google Glass Didn't Disappear. You Can Find It On The Factory Floor

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 7:12am

When it was introduced a few years ago, Google Glass was labeled as the next big thing. But it flopped. Now, it's finding new uses with workers in manufacturing and other industries.

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The Legacy Of The Mississippi Delta Chinese

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 7:12am

Chinese immigrants came to the Mississippi Delta as agricultural laborers. Many moved on to become grocers in African-American neighborhoods. Some stores remain, but many folks have moved on and away.

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