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Ringling Bros. Curtain Call Is Latest Victory For Animal Welfare Activists

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 4:00am

After decades of working on animal rights, some activists believe the movement has finally hit the mainstream, in part fueled by social media. It's changing American culture and the economy.

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New Laws In The U.K. And EU Further Restrict Tobacco Industry

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 3:18pm

An EU directive goes into force today, with new rules regulating the tobacco industry. The U.K. is going further: Cigarettes must now be sold in plain green packaging with graphic health warnings.

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In Google's Vision Of The Future, Computing Is Immersive

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 7:01am

Point your camera at a flower and your phone identifies it. Walk into a store and your phone leads you to the item you're looking for. It's part of a future world blurring the virtual and the real.

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'A Kingdom On Wheels': The Hidden World That Made The Circus Happen

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 6:00am

Awe-inspiring feats of logistics. Incredible strength of community. As the "Greatest Show on Earth" plays its final act, the cast and crew are saying goodbye to more than just a livelihood.

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Episode 772: Small Change

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 4:28pm

How fast is the world really changing? The answer has implications for everything from how the next generation will live to whether robots really will take all our jobs.

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Google Is Investing In 'Immersive Technology'

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 4:10am

Google is making a push into virtual reality with a headset that doesn't require a user to connect to a phone or computer. Amidst massive hype, virtual reality has been slow to take off.

Public To EPA On Cutting Regulations: 'No!'

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 3:38am

The Environmental Protection Agency asked for public input on "job-killing regulations" and has now received more than 28,000 comments, many of which urge the agency not to roll back protections.

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U.S. Treasury Department Imposes Sanctions on Venezuelan Supreme Court

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 7:19pm

By freezing the justices' assets, "the [U.S.] is supporting the Venezuelan people in their efforts to protect ... democratic governance in their country," said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

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Fact Check: 'We Don't Have Health Care In This Country,' Trump Says

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 6:05pm

The president said on Thursday the Affordable Care Act is "dead. It's gone." The Senate is considering repeal legislation passed by the House, but Obamacare isn't faring as badly as Trump suggests.

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Energy Companies Urge Trump To Remain In Paris Climate Agreement

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 5:32pm

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden says he wants the U.S. to remain in the 2015 Paris climate accord. Energy companies like Exxon Mobil and BP have also urged President Trump to continue supporting the deal.

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Roger Ailes, Founder Of 'Fox News,' Dies At 77

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:48pm

Roger Ailes, the founding visionary of Fox News who propelled it to great profits and ratings but resigned in disgrace last summer, has died at 77.

As Trump Built His Real Estate Empire, Tax Breaks Played A Pivotal Role

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:48pm

President Trump says he wants to simplify the tax code, but his own record as a real estate developer suggests he's not above taking advantage of a good property tax abatement.

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Amid Panic Over Worthless Cash, Some In India See Opportunity

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:48pm

When the prime minister of India declared most of the cash in the country worthless, most people and businesses in the country panicked. But some saw opportunity.

Amid Low Inventory, U.S. Homes Sell At Fastest Pace In A Decade

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:48pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Chris Herbert, managing director at Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies, about recent trends in the housing market.

Ford Layoffs Represent Latest Loss For Auto Industry After Record Sales

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:48pm

Ford Motor Company is reducing it workforce. The move comes as General Motors fends off activist investors, Volkswagen plans layoffs, and Toyota predicts a second year of losses. NPR takes a look at why this is happening when car makers just came off of two record years.

Government Confirms A Surge In Foreign Guest Workers On U.S. Farms

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 1:59pm

Government statistics show a big increase in the number of foreign guest workers approved to work on American farms this year. It's up 36 percent over the same period last year.

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Trump Administration Says It Will Launch NAFTA Renegotiation

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 1:40pm

The U.S. trade representative formally notified congressional leaders in a letter Thursday that the president intends to begin negotiations with Canada and Mexico "as soon as practicable."

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FCC Votes To Begin Rollback Of Net Neutrality Regulations

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 12:33pm

The vote begins a months-long process to collect — once again — public comment on how the government should regulate Internet service providers. The FCC is repealing Obama-era rules.

4 Car Companies Settle Takata Airbag Lawsuit for $553 Million

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 12:15pm

The settlement does not cover claims of personal injury or property damage. But it would resolve a class-action suit against Toyota, Subaru, BMW and Mazda.

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Dutch King Reveals Secret Life As Part-Time Pilot On KLM Airline

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 11:36am

For more than two decades, King Willem-Alexander has regularly served as a co-pilot on commercial flights. He is rarely recognized, he told De Telegraaf newspaper.

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