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Beyond Fake News: 2016's Most Disruptive Media Moments

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 6:00am

This year was the most chaotic year America's mainstream news media have faced in a long time — and not just because of the presidential election, or the prevalence of fake news stories.

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For Many, Fewer Obamacare Choices Doesn't Mean Higher Prices

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 4:00am

One in five people getting health care through the Affordable Care Act no longer have a choice of insurers. But those markets don't have significantly higher prices than areas with competition.

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Evaluating Whether 2016 Was A Good Year For The U.S. Economy

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 3:59am

For a check on the economy, Rachel Martin talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution and a contributing correspondent to The Wall Street Journal.

U.S. Markets Move Higher On Otherwise Slow Day

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 6:51pm

The Nasdaq closed at a record high of 5,487 points, and the Dow inched closer to a record high of 20,000.

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Big Newspapers Are Booming: 'Washington Post' To Add 60 Newsroom Jobs

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 4:04pm

After a record-setting year, the Post newsroom will grow by more than 8 percent. Other papers, including The New York Times, have also seen subscriptions soar since Donald Trump's election.

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Outsourced: In A Twist, Some San Francisco Tech Jobs Are Moving To India

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 3:10pm

Companies in San Francisco pay six-figure salaries to entry-level tech workers. But a public university there is laying off some of its own IT staff and sending the jobs to a contractor in India.

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When Residents Take Ownership, A Mobile Home Community Thrives

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 3:08pm

A neighborhood in Minnesota is proving that there's a potential solution to run-down mobile home parks: The residents banded together democratically and purchased their community.

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Episode 744: The Last Bank Bailout

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 1:27pm

The man who ran the last bank bailout has a plan to prevent the next one.

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New Jersey Banking On Shift From Bail Money To Risk Assessment

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 3:43am

Next month, courts in New Jersey will all but stop using a money-based bail system. Advocates say the new approach is fairer to poor defendants, and could be a national model. But what about the cost?

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For Trump Presidency, Old Ethics Laws Meet New Money-Making Methods

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 3:42am

Federal ethics laws were written to cover 20th century wealth, such as stocks and bonds. But President-elect Donald Trump derives much of his fortune from his name. What now?

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In Spain, New Year's Eve Is All About The Grapes — Save The Bubbly For Later

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 3:42am

As the clock strikes midnight, people in Spain gobble 12 grapes in quick succession, with wishes for the new year. Then, they go out to party all night long with cava, a Spanish sparkling white wine.

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After 8 Decades And Countless Pastrami Sandwiches, New York's Carnegie Deli Folds

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 3:42pm

The iconic deli in midtown Manhattan is closing its doors after nearly 80 years in business. Its oversized sandwiches defined a certain kind of New York restaurant.

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Boxing Day's Roots: Why Some Celebrate The Day After Christmas

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 3:25pm

Monday is Boxing Day in the UK and Ireland, as well as many former British colonies. We learn about the origins of the holiday and how it is marked now.

Experts Hope Trump Makes Cybersecurity An Early Priority

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 12:43pm

From state-sponsored hacking of government systems to criminal enterprises stealing credit card numbers, strengthening the nation's cyber defenses is taking on growing importance.

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Mobile Home Park Owners Can Spoil An Affordable American Dream

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 12:32pm

Water and sewage problems at an Idaho mobile home park illustrate how manufactured housing communities owned by outsiders are often kept in a state of disrepair.

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For Christmas Thrills Without The Spills, More Decorators Turn To Lasers

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 6:08am

It's a new way to deck the house for the holidays. Laser lights project decorations without a need of a ladder, but Christmas light purists say they don't compare to the old-fashioned bulbs.

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Lawyer Shortage In Some Rural Areas Reaches Epic Proportions

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 4:00am

In Nebraska alone, there are 11 counties without a lawyer — leaving those seeking legal help in the lurch. Efforts are underway to recruit law students to come back home.

For Global Investors, 'Uncertainty' Over Business Climate Under Trump

Sun, 12/25/2016 - 4:00pm

The U.S. has long enjoyed a solid reputation as a trustworthy place to do business. But President-elect Trump's potential conflicts of interest around the globe could challenge that reputation.

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November Sees Biggest Home Sale Surge In Almost A Decade

Sun, 12/25/2016 - 7:47am

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to Nationwide Mutual Chief Economist David Berson about what's behind the recent rise in home sales.

The Economy Trump Will Inherit

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 7:34am

Donald Trump calls the impact of trade deals on the US a "disaster." But what kind of economy is he really inheriting and how might he affect it? Economics blogger Megan McArdle weighs in.

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