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Bruce Springsteen Cancels Show in North Carolina To Protest 'Bathroom Bill'

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 4:37pm

The Boss is standing with opponents of the law that says transgender people must only use bathrooms that correspond with their sex at birth. The musician says he is supporting "freedom fighters."

In Rare Move, U.S. Postal Service Will Reduce Prices

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 3:26pm

For the first time in a century, the U.S. Postal Service will have to reduce its prices because a temporary price hike is expiring. That is going to compound financial problems for an already deeply troubled USPS.

Apple-Justice Department Standoff Over iPhone Access Goes On, In New York

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 1:19pm

The Department of Justice says it will keep pressing for Apple's help unlocking a different iPhone seized in a drug investigation in New York.

Wearing VR Headsets In Public Is Now A (Very Awkward) Thing

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 12:25pm

What would Emily Post say? If you can't stand people who walk down the street while texting, get ready for your newest pet peeve: people wearing virtual reality headsets on the bus, train or plane.

Good News For Procrastinators: 3 Extra Days To File Taxes

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 9:52am

This is all because of an overlap of federal and state holidays with the usual April 15 IRS deadline.

The View From Here: Peoria, Ill., Home To Caterpillar

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 4:07am

Caterpillar is one of the world's largest heavy machinery manufacturers. If you ask anyone in Peoria if they have confidence in the economy, you may as well ask if they have confidence in Caterpillar.

Why Wyoming's Laws Make It An Easy Tax Haven

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 4:07am

The Panama Papers data leak revealed how millionaires and others may be hiding assets in shell companies. Wyoming's secretary of state says 24 of the businesses mentioned are registered in the state.

Gun Lovers And Critics Agree: They're Not Sold On Smart Guns

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 4:07am

Suppose there were a new kind of gun that might reduce accidental shootings. Such a smart gun exists, but you can't buy one in the U.S. There is a lot of opposition to smart guns.

4 Fed Chairs Talk Publically For The First Time About The Job

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 4:07am

One of the most powerful and controversial jobs is head of the Federal Reserve. What the Fed chair does has an impact not just in the United States but around the world.

Unable To Compete On Price, Nuclear Power On The Decline In The U.S.

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 4:28pm

Nuclear power is carbon-free and remains the source of about 20 percent of U.S. electricity. But natural gas, wind and solar are often cheaper, and unprofitable reactors are being shut down.

NASA To Test Inflatable Room For Astronauts In Space

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 4:20pm

On Friday a supply rocket is scheduled to send an inflatable module to the International Space Station. The expandable technology is being developed by a private firm.

Is Samoa's Obesity Epidemic A Harbinger For Other Developing Nations?

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 3:38pm

Obesity and type 2 diabetes are becoming more common all over the world. But the tiny Samoan islands now have the highest rates. An epidemiologist blames changes in diet brought on by globalization.

Panama Papers Reveal Off-Shore Accounts Held By Chinese Elites

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 3:24pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Alexa Olesen, a reporter with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, about the Chinese elite off-shore accounts revealed in the Panama Papers.

Are Grad Students Employees? Labor Board To Again Weigh In

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 3:24pm

It's a labor issue familiar to regulators. For decades, the National Labor Relations Board held that students were not employees, then ruled in favor of students in 2000, then reversed again in 2004.

Private Investors Eagerly Enter Addiction Treatment Business

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 3:24pm

The cry for more substance abuse treatment beds has not missed the ears of some private investors. They're eager to get in on the estimated $35 billion treatment business.

'Star Wars' Alert: The 'Rogue One' Trailer Is Here

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 8:18am

The first teaser trailer for this year's Star Wars movie has arrived. The film — set after the end of the prequels, but before the original series — is the first stand-alone movie of the franchise.

For Nontraditional Families, The Tax Code Can Be Especially Confusing

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 3:40am

Tax Day falls three days later than usual this year, on April 18. Some families may need that extra time. Experts say changing family demographics are making filing taxes more complicated.

Judge Dismisses Kesha's Hate-Crime Claims Against Producer Dr. Luke

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 5:16pm

The pop star said the producer sexually and emotionally abused her. In addition to the hate-crime claim, the judge also dismissed the human-rights claim brought by Kesha.

Encore: Planet Money Sets Up An Offshore Company In A Tax Haven

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 3:35pm

The Panama Papers highlighted the world of offshore tax havens. Planet Money wondered how hard these shell companies are to set-up. This story originally aired on July 27, 2012 on Morning Edition.

Former Energy CEO Don Blankenship Sentenced To 1 Year In Prison

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 3:35pm

A former coal executive was sentenced Wednesday to a year in prison and fined $250,000. In December, ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was found guilty of conspiring to violate federal mine safety laws.

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