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How Germany Wins At Manufacturing — For Now

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 4:03am

Manufacturing accounts for 24 percent of the German economy. In the U.S., it's only 11 percent. What makes German manufacturing so strong and resilient?

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Tax Changes Could Hurt Affordability At High End Of The Housing Market

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 4:51pm

Thanks to the tax overhaul, buying a home will get more expensive in some places in 2018. That's because of new restrictions on how much mortgage interest and property taxes homeowners may deduct.

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'Los Angeles Times' Newsroom Employees To Vote On Unionizing

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 3:13pm

This week newsroom employees at the Los Angeles Times will vote on joining a union. The paper has not fared well since it was first sold to the Tribune company in 2000, with rounds of layoffs and buyouts that continued under new ownership called Tronc. Now, fresh concerns are surfacing over the paper's new editor-in-chief, Lewis D'vorkin.

Vice Media Suspends 2 Executives After Allegations Of Harassment

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 3:12pm

In late December, The New York Times published a report alleging multiple instances of sexual harassment at the edgy company. Now its president and chief digital officer have been placed on leave.

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The Next Debt Crunch

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 3:02pm

The U.S. economy is doing great. Here's something to worry about.

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Hoda Kotb Named Co-Anchor Of 'Today' Show, Replacing Matt Lauer

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 12:53pm

Kotb has filled in for Lauer since he was fired in late November for inappropriate sexual behavior. Now it's official: Kotb and Savannah Guthrie are Today's first all-female anchor team.

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Ballet Master Retires Amid Sexual Misconduct Probe

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 3:00am

In his letter to the company's board of directors, Peter Martins, 71, continued to deny he sexually harassed or abused members of the company. He had been on a leave of absence since last month.

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Economists Are Saying We Will Have A Happy — Really Happy — New Year

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 4:03am

Economists and market analysts are optimistic about the outlook for the new year. Most are predicting continued job growth, rising stock prices and healthy profits. But slow wage growth could hurt.

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Minimum Wage Goes Up In 18 States On New Year's Day

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 4:03am

Those hikes in the minimum wage range from just four cents in Alaska, to a full dollar in Maine. Advocates argue that's good for low-wage workers, but skeptics say it will cost jobs.

Chief Justice Roberts Promises To Evaluate Sexual Misconduct Policies

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 1:53am

In his annual report on the federal judiciary, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said recent events have "illuminated the depth of the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace."

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Lawsuits Mount As Apple Manages Fallout From Revelation Of Slowed iPhones

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 7:12am

While Apple's apologies and response to its slowing down of older phones might help on the public relations front, the legal issues are another matter.

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Apple Issues Apology After Admitting To Slowing Down Older iPhones

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 3:49pm

Apple is doing damage control after iPhone owners expressed outrage when the company admitted to intentionally slowing down older phones to preserve battery life. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Will Oremus, who is covering the story for Slate, now that Apple has put out an unsigned apology.

The Potential Impact Of Increasing The Minimum Wage

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 3:49pm

People who work for the minimum wage in 18 states are getting a raise on Jan. 1. From Alaska to Maine, increases range from 4 cents to a dollar.

The 50-Year Newspaper

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 2:30pm

Daily news coverage gives us a lopsided view of the world. What would the top stories be if we only got a news update once every 50 years?

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Episode 815: The Rest of the Story 2017

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 1:08pm

Each year, we take a cue from radio legend Paul Harvey and bring you "The Rest of the Story." We check in on some of the episodes that we've done in the past year, and tell you what's changed.

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Apple Apologizes For Slowdowns, Lops $50 Off Battery Replacement Cost

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 12:16pm

"We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize," the company said in announcing a plan to help customers speed up their older iPhones.

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Homeowners Debate Whether To Prepay 2018 Property Taxes

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 6:29am

The IRS said Wednesday that homeowners shouldn't prepay next year's property taxes — leaving many of them in legal limbo. David Greene talks to David Harrison of The Wall Street Journal.

On New Year's Day, Many Low-Wage Workers Will Celebrate With A Raise

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 5:21am

The federal minimum wage is stuck at $7.25 per hour. But many states have pushed wage floors higher over the years. Now, 18 states and 20 localities will raise their minimum wage on Jan. 1.

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Why The Stock Market Soared In 2017

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 4:03am

Stock prices boomed this year all over the world, including the United States. It was the best year for the market since 2013. But many market-watchers say prices have probably topped off for a while.

New Wave Of Electric 2-Wheelers Hits U.S. City Streets

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 3:35am

As battery technology improves and cities get denser, some West Coast companies are targeting millennial and Gen X consumers by producing cheaper and greener mopeds, scooters and e-bikes.

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