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Google A.I. Clinches Series Against Humanity's Last, Best Hope To Win At Go

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:13pm

Ke Jie is a wunderkind — the 19-year-old undisputed master of what might well be the world's most complex game. And he just soundly lost a best-of-three series to an artificial intelligence program.

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A Proposed New Tax, Mainly On Latinos, To Pay For Trump's Border Wall

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 6:28am

It's called "The Border Wall Funding Act of 2017." And it would place a new tax on money being wired to Latin America and the Caribbean.

United Airlines Has Happy Shareholders, Unhappy Workers

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 4:12am

United Airlines' shareholders don't seem too worried about the long-term impact of a passenger being violently dragged off a plane. But workers for United's contractors are protesting low wages.

Should The Police Control Their Own Body Camera Footage?

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 4:00am

There is a growing perception that body cameras, now generating millions of hours of footage, are there less to keep tabs on police, and more to keep tabs on the public.

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Trump Said He Would Donate Foreign-Government Profits; Docs Suggest Limited Effort

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 4:00am

The Trump Organization told staff that asking guests if they represent a foreign government would impede privacy. The House Oversight Committee's top Democrat says the policy raises "grave concerns."

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Boom Time Again For U.S. Oil Industry, Thanks To OPEC

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 5:46pm

The oil industry is coming out of a two-year slump after OPEC cut production. In oil-rich North Dakota, there are more energy jobs than available workers and local businesses are seeing a revival.

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Episode 773: Slot Flaw Scofflaws

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 4:24pm

As long as there have been casinos, people have tried to cheat them. The latest attempt was by a group of hackers who tried to take down slot machines using math, iPhones, and a whole lot of swiping.

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CBO: Republicans' AHCA Would Leave 23 Million More Uninsured

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 3:41pm

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the GOP's Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill would also reduce the deficit and leave some sick Americans unable to buy coverage.

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The Reclusive Hedge Fund Billionaire Behind Trump's Campaign

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 3:30pm

Robert Mercer, a reclusive hedge fund manager, is widely seen as a major force behind the Trump election and administration. But many wonder what he wants in exchange from Trump.

Vermont's Governor Vetoes Recreational Pot Bill

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 3:21pm

The governor said he is "not philosophically opposed" to legalization, and that he'll work with the legislature to change some points. The bill resembles D.C.'s "home-grow" approach to marijuana.

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Fox News Retracts DNC Staffer Conspiracy Story, But Hannity Keeps It Alive

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 9:49am

Fox News retracted a story about the death of a Democratic National Committee staffer that was based on a groundless conspiracy theory. But host Sean Hannity, who pushed the theory, stood by it.

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Congress and Farmers Are Shocked By Proposed USDA Cuts

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 4:21pm

The Trump administration wants to cut both food aid to the poor and subsidies for the nation's farmers. Supporters of both programs are joining forces to fight the cuts in Congress.

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U.S. Looks To Get Mortgage Giants Fannie And Freddie Out Of Conservatorship

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:31pm

Many years have passed since Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac got into financial trouble and had to be placed in conservatorship. The mortgage giants are stable now, but nine years later there is still the question of how to get these companies out of conservatorship and on their own again.

Data-Driven Traders Begin To Dominate Financial Markets

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Greg Zuckerman of The Wall Street Journal, about the rise of using algorithms and computers in stock trading by investors on Wall Street.

Trump's Budget Relies On Optimistic Economic Forecasts, Critics Say

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:31pm

President Trump's budget proposal calls for eliminating the federal deficit within 10 years. It depends on deep cuts to safety-net programs such as food stamps and Medicaid, and relies on rosy forecasts for economic growth that critics call unrealistic.

Trump Budget Plan Relies On Optimistic Growth Assumptions, Analysts Say

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:23pm

President Trump's proposed budget released Tuesday rests on a key assumption: the economy will grow much faster than it has in recent years — and at a more robust pace than most analysts predict.

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As Store Layoffs Mount, Retail Lags Other Sectors In Retraining Workers

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 5:01am

Many retail workers are losing their jobs amid major technological shifts. And while some industries invest to retrain their workers with new skills, retail largely hasn't succeeded in doing that.

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Virginia Food Bank Aims To Tackle Root Causes Of Hunger

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 4:12am

Food banks face limited supplies. A food bank in Roanoke, Va., is working with local community members, health care providers and other nonprofits to explore new ways to address hunger.

Morning News Brief: Manchester Blast, Russia Probe, Trump Budget

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 4:12am

The latest on the deadly attack at a concert in Manchester, England. Also, new developments in the FBI and congressional probes into Russian meddling and the Trump budget for 2018 is revealed.

White House To Release 'Taxpayer First' Budget Plan, With Cuts To Safety Nets

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 8:01pm

The White House is unveiling a proposal that aims to eliminate the federal deficit within a decade. It calls for significant cuts to Medicaid and food stamps, and it assumes robust economic growth.

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