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California Insurance Marketplace Aims To Kick Out Poor-Performing Hospitals

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 4:00am

Doctors, hospitals and insurers are balking at a Covered California proposal to eject providers of care that have inordinately high costs and low quality from its networks.

Major Automakers Agree To Install Automatic Braking Systems

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 3:18pm

Major automakers have agreed to install automatic braking systems on nearly all models by 2022. Federal regulators say the technology will prevent thousands of crashes. Through the use of sensors, the systems detect imminent crashes and apply the brakes even if drivers don't react.

After 14 Years Of Lawsuits, Argentina Reaches Settlement To Repay Debt

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 3:17pm

Argentina is paying up. After a lengthy legal battle that could change how countries borrow money, Argentina has come to a settlement with its most stalwart creditors.

SeaWorld To End Orca Breeding Program In Partnership With Humane Society

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 3:06pm

SeaWorld announced it will end it's orca breeding program, phase out orca performances and partner with the Humane Society of the U.S. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with SeaWorld President and CEO Joel Manby and Humane Society President and CEO Wayne Pacelle.

Opening The Books On Donald Trump's Business Deals In Atlantic City

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 12:14pm

Washington Post reporter Robert O'Harrow dissects Trump's acquisition of the Taj Mahal casino/hotel, which went into bankruptcy a year after it opened.

Automatic Braking Systems To Become Standard On Most U.S. Vehicles

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 10:17am

Automatic brakes are designed to stop a vehicle before it collides with a car or another object. Some 20 carmakers have agreed to make it a standard feature on nearly all new cars in the U.S. by 2022.

SeaWorld Agrees To End Captive Breeding Of Killer Whales

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 4:59am

In an agreement with The Humane Society of the United States, the theme park will also phase out the use of the giant marine mammals in theatrical shows.

FCC Proposal Would Let Consumers Weigh In On Internet Privacy

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 4:21am

The Federal Communications Commission is proposing, for the first time, privacy regulations for Internet service providers. The goal is to let consumers decide what information about them gets collected and how it's used.

International Investigators Grapple With Real-Life 'Oceans Eleven'

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 4:21am

There are more developments this week in a bizarre international bank heist that involves a sophisticated cyberattack into the central banking system of Bangladesh. Hackers siphoned out $100 million before they were stopped.

Submit Your Questions On The Dispute Between Apple And The FBI

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 4:21am

The FBI wants Apple to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. Morning Edition wants to hear what questions listeners have about the ongoing legal dispute, and we'll answer them on a later show.

Campus Food Pantries For Hungry Students On The Rise

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 4:21am

As students face tough money choices, the number of on-campus food pantries is growing. These nonprofits take donations from stores, usually food that's about to be thrown out. That's sparking debate over what "needy" really means.

Medical Debt Rains Pain On Families, Even In the Sunshine State

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 4:02am

More than 30 percent of Floridians report having serious financial problems, compared with 26 percent of adults nationwide. Digging into those poll numbers shows large medical bills can be ruinous.

Drug-Company Payments Mirror Doctors' Brand-Name Prescribing

Thu, 03/17/2016 - 4:00am

An analysis of Medicare data shows that the more money a doctor gets from pharmaceutical companies, the more likely he or she is to prescribe brand-name medications. And that influences cost.

Academy's Apology For Asian Jokes At Oscars Falls Flat

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 6:03pm

Prompted by a letter signed by more than 20 academy members of Asian descent, the academy apologized Tuesday for offensive jokes about Asians during the awards ceremony, but for some it came up short.

Federal Reserve Decides To Keep Interest Rates Low A While Longer

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 2:59pm

The Federal Reserve decided Wednesday to hold interest rates steady. The nation's central bank is watching for signs of overheating, but for now, says the economy is growing at a sustainable rate.

FCC Chair: Proposal Would Let Consumers Set Cost Of Internet Privacy

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 2:26pm

The top telecom regulator says his privacy proposal, a first of its kind for Internet providers, would empower consumers to have a say in how their data gets used and how it's valued.

Senate Blocks GMO Labeling Bill, For Now. But The Battle Isn't Over

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 2:11pm

The bill would have created a national voluntary labeling standard — and prevented Vermont's mandatory labeling law from going into effect July 1. A compromise might yet be reached.

How Do You Start Mapping Unmapped Streets?

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 11:59am

With cameras and smartphones, volunteers are snapping pictures as they cruise Dar es Salaam's dirt roads.

Medicare To Experiment With Tying Drug Costs to Effectiveness

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 8:39am

The goal is to rein in drug price increases while increasing the chance that patients will get the medication that works best for them. It's an idea that's getting increasing private-sector traction.

Washington D.C. Metro Shuts Down For System-Wide Safety Inspection

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 4:11am

The Washington, D.C. metro rail system will be out of service for 29 hours due to potential faults in the electrical system. The subway is key for commuters, many of whom staff the federal government.

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