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Inside The Debate Over Repealing Curbs On Methane Leaks

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 4:07pm

A deadline is approaching for lawmakers to undo an Obama-era regulation that aims to limit the emissions of methane — a powerful greenhouse gas — from energy production sites on public lands.

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Federal Reserve Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 3:33pm

Central bank policymakers provided little guidance on the timing of a rate hike. They said slow growth in the first quarter it is likely transitory and that inflation is close to a goal of 2 percent.

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Washington Apple Growers Sink Their Teeth Into The New Cosmic Crisp

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:13pm

A new apple variety is on its way. It's called Cosmic Crisp, and farmers in Washington state are planting these trees by the millions. They're making a risky bet that consumers will like it.

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Facebook Plans To Add 3,000 Workers To Monitor, Remove Violent Content

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:03am

"If we're going to build a safe community, we need to respond quickly," Mark Zuckerberg wrote Wednesday. The hiring spree comes amid a spate of violent videos uploaded to the site by users.

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Is Pharrell, The First Man To Model A Chanel Bag, Pushing Any Boundaries?

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 8:30am

In promoting a $4,000 handbag, is the producer widening the boundaries of hip-hop fashion?

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Porn Star Plays New Role As Advocate For Industry

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 8:09am

This week on 'Brave New Workers': After 20 years working as a performer in the adult entertainment industry, Alana Evans is putting her efforts into organizing for the Adult Performers Actors Guild.

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Without A Special Visa, Foreign Startup Founders Turn To A Workaround

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 6:27am

Immigration advocates often tout how many startups are founded by foreigners. Yet the U.S. does not offer startup visas. Some entrepreneurs turn to a program started as an experiment in Massachusetts.

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How Canadian Dairy Farmers Escape The Global Milk Glut

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 4:13am

President Trump recently accused Canada of unfairly blocking imports of milk from the U.S. He was taking aim at a Canadian system that defiantly rejects the free market, and protects small farmers.

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Cokie Roberts Answers Your Questions About Presidents And Trade Policy

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 4:13am

In the #AskCokie segment, commentator Cokie Roberts talks with Rachel Martin and answers listener questions about the history and politics of trade agreements.

Many Working Women Won't See Themselves In 'Women Who Work'

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 4:00am

Ivanka Trump's new book — named after her brand's marketing campaign — is packed with anodyne advice borrowed from others, and a striking lack of awareness about economic and racial realities.

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A Guide To Ivanka Trump's Manual For 'Women Who Work'

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 4:00am

The first daughter's new book is billed as a resource for women trying to reach their dream professional lives, but it is fairly short and nonspecific about how to get there.

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Peter Navarro: A 'Bricklayer' Of Trump's Protectionist Wall

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 3:26am

Navarro, director of the new Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, discusses his mission to "defend American workers and domestic manufacturers." He says the administration is off to a good start.

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As U.S. Retailers Struggle, The End Is Near For Malls

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 3:30pm

Christopher Leinberger, chair of the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at George Washington University, says America's malls aren't just overbuilt, they're under bulldozed. He explains one model for the how shuttered malls can reinvent themselves, and points to a new model of store as showroom.

A Rapid Shakeup For Retailers As Consumer Habits Change

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 3:17pm

Nine U.S. chains have filed for bankruptcy this year. Store closures are accelerating, and 89,000 retail jobs have been lost since October. "The disruption is just unfolding," a former executive says.

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More Salt In School Lunch, Less Nutrition Info On Menus: Trump Rolls Back Food Rules

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 1:53pm

The Trump administration says it wants to remove burdensome regulation. On Monday it served up a taste of what that looks like when it comes to aspects of Obama-era food policy.

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Members Of Congress Are Annoyed By Air Travel, Too

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 1:19pm

At a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on airline customer service, representatives expressed their personal frustrations with the vagaries of flying on U.S. airlines.

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Tickets Sell Out To Japan's New Luxury Train, Despite Costing Thousands

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 1:14pm

If you want to travel on the Shiki-Shima train, you'll need to plan ahead: despite starting at nearly $3,000, tickets are sold out through next spring.

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United CEO Called Before Congress To Explain Eviction And Injury Of Passenger

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 6:39am

Oscar Munoz, United Airlines CEO, will testify before the House Transportation Committee today about an incident when a passenger was dragged by security guards off an overbooked United flight.

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McDonald's Unveils Frork, Which Is Different From A Spork

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 6:03am

What is a frork? It's a fork made of french fries. McDonald's, in a parody infomercial, calls the frork "desperately innovative."

Critics Oppose Executive Order Opening New Areas To Offshore Leases

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 4:10am

President Trump's executive order to try to expand offshore drilling is being met with cheers in the oil and gas industry. But in coastal states like Florida, there's bipartisan opposition.

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