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Dozens Charged With Scamming 15,000 Victims Through Fake IRS Calls

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 10:36am

The U.S. government alleges that a fraud scheme used operators at Indian call centers, impersonating IRS or immigration officials, to scam thousands of people out of more than $300 million.

Twitter Is Laying Off 9 Percent Of Employees

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 8:58am

The social media company posted stronger-than-expected revenue of $616 million in the third quarter — even as revenue growth continued to slow. To be more efficient, it'll cut around 350 jobs.

In Fight Over N.D. Pipeline, Tribe Leader Calls For Peace And Prayers

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 3:44am

Protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline have been raging. Tribe leader Dave Archambault II says he's telling supporters "not to react to any form of aggression that law enforcement brings."

Tesla Surprise: It's A Profit

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 8:51pm

The company posted a profit of nearly $22 million for the third quarter, the first quarterly profit since 2013. Tesla attributes the good results in part to new stores.

After A Long Day Of Fighting Climate Change, This Grain Is Ready For A Beer

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 3:00pm

Kernza is a kind of grassy wheat that traps more carbon in the soil than crops like wheat and rice. Now, a West Coast brewery is using the grain in its new beer called Long Root Ale.

For First Time, U.S. Abstains On U.N. Resolution Criticizing Cuba Embargo

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 2:49pm

The U.S. has always opposed the annual U.N. resolution calling for an end to the U.S. embargo on Cuba, but it abstained this time. The White House opposes the embargo and has taken steps to ease it.

Google Fiber Won't Accept Any New Cities For Its Superfast Internet Network

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 2:47pm

Google says it will honor its existing commitments to support or deploy gigabit-speed Internet. But it's scaling back the work on fiber optics to focus on "new technology and deployment methods."

29 Countries Want A Trade Deal — And Wallonia Is Still Blocking It

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 2:43pm

Thursday was to be signing day for a major trade pact between Canada and the European Union. But Belgium's small Wallonia region remains opposed.

Trump Often Uses The Campaign Spotlight To Promote His Own Brand

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 2:37pm

Donald Trump's attendance at the grand opening of his hotel in Washington, D.C., is just the latest example of the GOP nominee bringing media attention to his businesses.

Settlement Deal Reached In 2014 West Virginia Chemical Spill

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 2:04pm

Residents affected by a leak of coal-washing chemical into the Elk River reached a deal with a chemical company. A class action suit against a water company was set to move forward in federal court.

Italian Intellectuals Appeal To UNESCO For Help With 'Siege' By McDonald's

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 11:19am

Rome is under attack — by fast food joints, cheap souvenir shops and pubs, an open letter says. The "barbarism" has led hopeless Romans to beg the U.N. agency for help preserving cultural landmarks.

An Alternative To The EpiPen Is Coming Back To Drugstores

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 7:31am

The Auvi-Q epinephrine injector was pulled from the market in 2015 because of quality concerns. Now, the drug's maker says the problems have been solved and Auvi-Q will be available again in 2017.

Social Media Company Twitter Struggles Financially

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 4:06am

Steve Inskeep talks to Emily Bell, director for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, about the challenges Twitter faces.

Twitter's Dual Challenges: Taming The Trolls, Attracting More Users

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 4:06am

Twitter is a powerful platform for news and conversation, but lingering problems with hate speech hamper its struggle to grow, says Emily Bell of the Columbia Journalism School.

AT&T-Time Warner Deal Raises Profile Of CEO Randall Stephenson

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 4:06am

Just a year and a half after closing a deal to acquire DirectTV, Randall Stephenson is at it again. Stephenson, the CEO of AT&T, is attempting a takeover of Time Warner.

What's More Distracting Than A Noisy Co-Worker? Turns Out, Not Much

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 3:36am

Open offices are often said to promote teamwork and communication, but the benefits come with a drawback. Office workers are also distracted by coughs, loud conversations and other annoying noises.

Poll: Cost Of Child Care Causes Financial Stress For Many Families

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 3:35am

The most common challenge parents face when looking for child care is the high cost. At an average cost of $10,000 a year, infant child care rivals a year's tuition at a state college or university.

Volkswagen Agrees To $14.7 Billion Settlement In Emissions Cheating Scandal

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 3:23pm

Nearly 500,000 dirty diesel vehicles could be taken off the roads under a settlement approved by a judge in the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal. VW has agreed to pay up to $14.7 billion to resolve claims from consumers and the U.S. government. Customers will be compensated under a VW buyback program, and the company will also pay to offset the pollution caused by the rigged diesel vehicles.

Applying A Silicon Valley Approach To Jumpstart Medical Research

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 3:14pm

Neuroscientist Cori Bargmann is leading the new Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's $3 billion effort to cure or prevent "all diseases" by the end of this century. She talks about that daunting task.

AT&T Deal For Time Warner Casts Renewed Attention On CNN

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 11:36am

AT&T's chief promises to maintain CNN's journalistic independence after parent Time Warner merges with the telecom giant. CNN got a $100 million boost this year, propelled by coverage of Donald Trump.




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