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In Houston, Thousands Remain Displaced As Harvey Recovery Continues

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 1:37pm

Thousands of residents are still living in hotels and rental housing while they await insurance money to help them rebuild their homes that were flooded in Hurricane Harvey this summer.

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How The Glitch Stole Christmas: S.C. Lottery Says Error Caused Winning Tickets

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 12:01pm

As word got out on Christmas Day about the sudden proliferation of winning tickets, a frenzy reportedly ensued. The state has suspended sales and validations of the game while it investigates.

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Power Outage At Disneyland Shuts Down Several Attractions

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 5:20am

Those stuck on the "It's a small world" ride were very unlucky. A generator kicked in and the ride's notoriously grating music played for 30 minutes. Power was restored to the park a short time later.

Walmart Tests Personal Shopping Services

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 4:02am

Walmart is hiring for a New York City-based "highly personalized shopping experience" run by the former co-founder of Rent the Runway. The company wants to expand beyond its traditional customer base.

The White House Wants To Overhaul Entitlements

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 4:02am

Overhauling entitlements could mean cuts to Medicaid, which serves more than 70 million Americans. Noel King talks to Caroline Pearson of Avalare Health about the potential impact of cuts.

Mexican Peso Falls To Its Lowest Level Since March

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 4:02am

Mexican consumers are feeling the pinch as the national currency continues to struggle against the dollar. Worries over the U.S. corporate tax cut seem to have dealt the latest blow to the currency.

FDA Takes Too Long To Recall Tainted Food, Federal Investigators Say

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 3:00am

The inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services raised significant concerns regarding the Food and Drug Administration's removal of tainted food from store shelves.

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New York Vineyard Takes A Risk On Ice Wine For A Sweet Reward

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 3:33pm

Most of the ice wine in the Unites States comes from Canada and Germany. But now, American wineries in places like upstate New York and Michigan are also starting to produce some of their own.

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Accidentally Killing Birds Isn't A Crime, Says Trump Administration

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 3:30pm

A legal memo from the Department of the Interior declares that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act only applies to purposeful actions that kill migratory birds.

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Our Indicators Of The Year

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 3:02pm

Despite all the protectionist rhetoric, global trade grew really quickly this year. Also: a crazy, 80-year ride from sun god to TMI.

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Tesla Will Build An Electric Pickup Truck, Elon Musk Promises

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:36pm

In the sort of tease at which he is an expert in delivering to Tesla's faithful, Musk said the truck could be bigger than Ford's F-150, "to account for a really gamechanging (I think) feature."

Episode 544: The M&M Anomaly

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:05pm

David Kestenbaum noticed that a pack of Milk Chocolate M&M's weighs 1.69 ounces, but a pack of Peanut Butter M&M's weighs 1.63 ounces. He had to know why. But the confectionery world has its secrets.

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California Says Nestle Lacks Permits To Extract Millions Of Gallons Of Water

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 11:14am

California regulators say Nestle lacks the legal permits for millions of gallons of water it extracts from the San Bernardino National Forest and sells under the Arrowhead brand.

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The Tax Law's New Way Of Measuring Inflation Could Take A Toll On Taxpayers

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 4:00am

The tax overhaul uses an alternative measure of inflation that will show less upward pressure on prices. That means tax brackets will adjust upward less often, making many people pay more.

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New Tax Overhaul Law Has Serious Implications For Nonprofits

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 3:58am

Noel King talks to Larry Lieberman of the organization Charity Navigator, who explains why the increase to the standard deduction could cause a drop in charitable giving.

Library Of Congress Will No Longer Archive Every Tweet

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 4:56pm

The library says that as of Jan. 1, it will only acquire tweets "on a very selective basis." By 2013, the archive had already amassed more than 170 billion tweets.

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Holiday Season Seems To Have Helped Struggling Retail Industry

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 3:34pm

Americans spent freely over the holidays, making it the best Christmas shopping season in years. Sales picked up as the economy continues to recover, with unemployment down and consumer confidence up. Weather and a favorable shopping calendar also boosted the fortunes of retailers.

Why Homeowners Are Scrambling To Prepay Their 2018 Property Taxes

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 3:34pm

Some homeowners around the country are scrambling to prepay their 2018 property taxes. That's because the tax overhaul President Trump signed into law last week limits the amount of state and local taxes deducted on people's federal returns next year.

Measurement Tool Used In New Tax Bill Will Impact Deductions And Brackets

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 3:34pm

The government tracks prices on consumer goods — eggs, shoes, gasoline, etc. But when prices rise, people often make substitutions, like buying chicken if beef gets expensive. So economists have come up with the notion of "chained inflation" to take substitutions into account. That's the measurement the new tax bill uses, and it makes the consumer price index smaller, with an impact on deductions and brackets.

Recently Signed Tax Overhaul Bill Provides Challenges To The IRS

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 4:05am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to tax lawyer Greg Jenner about how the IRS will translate the tax bill into actual rules that individuals and businesses can follow in order to properly file their taxes.




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