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Just Lost Your Job? COBRA May Be Your Best Health Insurance Strategy Now

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 4:30am

With the 2018 health insurance market still in play, you might want to extend your job-based insurance until this fall, when the outlines of the health law's marketplaces should become clearer.

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Coal Towns Face An Uncertain Future. What Is The Country Obliged To Do?

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 3:59am

As utilities transition away from coal power, what, if anything, do they owe the places that were built around supplying that coal? A Montana lawmaker is among those trying to make that case.

India's Tech Firms Face Fundamental Shift From IT To More Advanced Tech

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 3:55am

For decades India's IT talent has maintained the world's computers, databases and back offices. But new technologies are overtaking that old business model, and analysts predict massive layoffs.

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Trump Expected To Restrict Trade, Travel With Cuba

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 5:29pm

President Trump is preparing to announce changes in U.S. policy towards Cuba during a visit to Miami on Friday, possibly tightening restrictions loosened by the Obama administration.

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Jeffrey Immelt To Step Down As General Electric CEO

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 3:38pm

Longtime General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt announced he will step down this summer, as some investors put pressure on the company to cut costs.

Attorneys General In D.C., Maryland Sue Trump For Violating Emoluments Clause

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 3:38pm

Attorneys General for Washington, D.C., and Maryland are suing President Trump for violating the emoluments clause, which prohibits him from accepting gifts or benefits from foreign leaders. The suit hinges on Trump's decision to keep ownership of his business empire.

Uber Considers Leave Of Absence For CEO Travis Kalanack

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 3:38pm

Despite phenomenal growth and popularity with users, Uber's troubles are mounting. The ride hailing company has been rocked by a sexual harassment scandal, top executives have quit, and there are reports that CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanack may take a leave of absence. Employees and investors tell NPR that Uber faces a more challenging problem — its fractured relationship with drivers.

Notaries Are Starting To Put Down The Stamp And Pick Up A Webcam

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 3:23pm

Technology and new laws are taking notarizations digital, adding them to the list of things you can do on your phone or computer. However, America's 4 million notaries are split on the idea.

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Attorneys General Of Maryland And D.C. Sue Trump Over His Businesses

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 2:56pm

Another lawsuit has been filed to force President Trump to sell off his businesses. But this one is different: It was filed on behalf of attorneys general in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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Delta, BofA Drop Support For 'Julius Caesar' That Looks Too Much Like Trump

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:14pm

A New York production's Caesar has blond hair, a fondness for long ties and a wife who speaks with a Slavic accent. Delta said the assassination tale "crossed the line on the standards of good taste."

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This Baker Makes Internet Trolls Eat Their Words — Literally

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 10:12am

Tempted to respond back to Internet harassers? New York City baker Kat Thek does just that. Her company, Troll Cakes, will find your perpetrator and send them a cake with their words written on it.

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How To Earn Six Figures Without A Four-Year Degree

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 10:06am

An age-old practice with origins in medieval times, is now gaining traction again in the United States.

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A Drugmaker Tries To Cash In On The Opioid Epidemic, One State Law At A Time

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 7:57am

The maker of one medical treatment for opioid abuse has successfully lobbied statehouses around the country to pass policies that tilt addiction treatment practices in favor of the company's drug.

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D.C., Maryland To Sue Trump Over Foreign Payments

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 4:01am

Rachel Martin talks to Washington Post reporter Aaron Davis, who says Washington, D.C., and Maryland plan to sue President Trump over his failure to divest himself of his business interests.

Words You'll Hear: Dodd-Frank

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 4:45pm

This week NPR's Lakshmi Singh speaks with Raj Date, former Deputy Director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about the House bill to scale back Dodd-Frank financial regulations.

Activists On The Left Seek To Harness Spending As Part Of Their Anti-Trump Resistance

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 6:00am

Boycotts are a powerful and familiar form of protest and now it seems "procotts" — when shoppers seek out products that help support their political beliefs — among anti-Trumpers are on the rise.

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Why We Should Say Someone Is A 'Person With An Addiction,' Not An Addict

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 4:00am

Journalists should quit calling a person who uses drugs an "addict," according to The Associated Press Stylebook. This follows a trend toward "person first" descriptions of people with diseases.

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Town That Helped Power Northwest Feels Left Behind In Shift Away From Coal

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 7:01am

Colstrip, Mont., is home to the second-largest coal power plant in the West. The plant's customers in other states are turning away from coal, so locals are looking for support in making a transition.

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Uber Drivers Confront Challenges Working For A 'Faceless Boss'

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 3:38pm

While Uber says you can "be your own boss" — that's their viral tagline — hundreds of drivers tell NPR it's not true. They say Uber feels more like a faceless boss — setting strict rules and punishments, but eerily hard to reach, even in emergencies.

FDA Asks Drug Maker To Pull Opioid Opana ER Off The Market

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 3:38pm

The Food and Drug Administration requested drug maker Endo Pharmaceuticals stop selling Opana ER, which is an opioid. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, about the decision.

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