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California Lawmakers Vote To Raise Smoking Age To 21

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 4:04pm

If Gov. Jerry Brown signs the bill, California will become the second state, after Hawaii, to raise the age limit for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21.

U.S. Attorneys Respond To Apple In Court, Call Privacy Concerns 'A Diversion'

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 3:52pm

The government says Apple has cited broad generalities in its refusal to help the FBI circumvent an iPhone's security features — and argues that the FBI's request is, in contrast, modest and specific.

FCC Proposal Would Limit What Internet Providers Can Do With Users' Data

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 3:44pm

On March 31, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on what could become first-ever privacy rules for Internet service providers, stemming from last year's net neutrality ruling.

Presidential Candidates Back Away From Supporting Free Trade

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 3:17pm

The issue of trade has been an important dividing line within both parties this year. Democratic and Republican candidates are backing away from supporting free trade amid voter concerns and a rising tide of populism.

Tiny Island Nation Kicks Off Trend Of Selling Citizenship

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 2:56pm

Countries are finding big money in an unlikely source — selling citizenship. The Planet Money team goes to the tiny island nation that started the trend to see what happens when passports become an export product like anything else.

Florida Tomato Pickers Become Part Of Democratic Debate

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 2:54pm

The fight to improve wages for Florida's tomato pickers hit the national stage over the past week, both in a Bernie Sanders campaign video and last night's debate in Miami.

U.S., Canada Announce Shared Goals For Fighting Climate Change

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 1:33pm

President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled goals for cutting methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by more than 40 percent by 2025, among other ambitious targets.

Ready For Fun? First Take Off Your Shoes And Wait In Long Airport Lines

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 7:00am

Airlines are expecting record numbers of spring break travelers. Both the industry and TSA are expecting airport screening checkpoints to have long lines. They urge travelers to arrive early.

Sluggish Economy Doesn't Dampen Shanghai's Housing Prices

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 4:12am

China's economy is struggling. The currency and stock market are down. Growth continues to slow. Yet in Shanghai, people are scrambling to buy apartments even as prices soar. Why?

Armed With An Index Fund, Warren Buffett Is On Track To Win Hedge Fund Bet

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 4:12am

Eight years ago, Warren Buffett made a $1 million bet with some hedge fund managers. We learn what the bet tells us about one of the most important questions in investing.

Where Melissa Harris-Perry Saw A New Direction, MSNBC Saw Temporary Shift

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 5:32pm

NPR's David Folkenflik spoke with the recently departed talk show host and with the president of MSNBC. Harris-Perry said her show was "taken"; her boss said it was "loved."

Top U.S. Volkswagen Executive Steps Down

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 5:27pm

Volkswagen announced Wednesday that its top U.S. executive, Michael Horn, is stepping down, effective immediately. A statement from the company said the decision was reached by "mutual agreement."

NFL Takes Bidders To Live Stream Regular Season Games

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 3:23pm

The NFL plans to sell the rights to live stream more than a dozen regular season football games next season. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Peter Kafka of ReCode about the NFL's plan.

New York Mayor's Plan To Ease Housing Shortage Faces Opposition

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 3:23pm

Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to rezone some neighborhoods to allow more construction. The plan is encountering opposition from some of the people hit hardest by the housing shortage.

In Kentucky, AT&T Looks To Slow Google Fiber's Expansion

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 3:23pm

In Louisville, Ky., a fight is brewing between Google and AT&T. Google wants to bring its ultra-fast fiber Internet service to the city, but it wants to use other utilities poles. The city allowed that to happen. AT&T says not so fast.

Trump Steaks, Wine, Water: Why Donald Doesn't Own Most Of Those Products

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 3:23pm

Donald Trump pushed back against attacks on his business prowess this week, showing off examples of Trump-branded water, wine and steaks. But Trump's own ties to those products may not be as strong as he suggested.

Medicare Looks To Cut Drug Costs By Changing How It Pays Doctors

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 12:38pm

The agency plans to reduce the incentive for doctors to use the most expensive drugs and link prices to patient outcomes, perhaps paying less when patients have to be admitted to a hospital.

Trump Doesn't Own Most Of The Products He Pitched Last Night

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 10:39am

Trump Water, Trump magazine, Trump Steaks. So much Trump and all on stage after his wins in Michigan, Mississippi and Hawaii Tuesday night. But almost none of them actually are Trump.

AI Program From Google Beats Human World Champ In Game Of Go

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 9:54am

"They were neck-and-neck for its entirety, in a game filled with complex fighting," according to a recap. The five-game match will continue through the weekend.

'Most Interesting Man In The World' Raises His Glass For Last Time

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 9:52am

He doesn't always shoot beer commercials ... at least, not any more. After a final ad sending Jonathan Goldsmith on a one-way trip to Mars, Dos Equis will replace him with a new star, Ad Age reports.

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