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White Supremacist Site Is Banned By GoDaddy After Virginia Rally

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 7:30am

The Daily Stormer published a story mocking protester Heather Heyer and making light of the events in Virginia, prompting calls for GoDaddy, which hosts the site, to take the site down.

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Navigating The 'Aisle Of Confusion' To Whiten Your Teeth

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 3:58am

The whiter the smile the more attractive the person, research finds. Both men and women say white teeth matter when choosing a mate. This may be why whitening teeth is a $3.2 billion industry.

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Ashes to Ashes, Dust to ... Interactive Biodegradable Funerary Urns?

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 7:01am

Technology is fundamentally changing how we deal with death, memorials and human remains. One of the latest examples: A startup offers a smartphone-connected urn where ashes are used to grow a tree.

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Trump Pressures China On Trade; Executive Action Expected Monday

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 1:35pm

The president's staff insists the action, which calls for the consideration of an investigation into Chinese trade practices, is completely separate from national security risks posed by North Korea.

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Disney Settles Defamation Case With Beef Products Inc.

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 6:55am

Disney disclosed it paid $177 million to settle the "pink slime" defamation case involving the ABC network which it owns. NPR's Scott Simon talks to University of Michigan law professor Lenn Niehoff.

North Korea Has Markets Nervous But Not Panicked

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 3:55pm

Heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea sparked a sell-off this week on global stock markets, but the drop is less you might have expected given the potential stakes.

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The Art Of The Pitch: Vendors Hawk Items At The Ohio State Fair

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 3:25pm

Many people go to the fair to ride the tilt-o-whirl or eat funnel cake. NPR's Planet Money team traveled to the Ohio State Fair to witness the ancient art of product salesmanship.

Despite Fiscal Warning, Wisconsin Plans To Move Ahead With Foxconn Deal

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 2:54pm

An estimate made by the Wisconsin legislature's nonpartisan budget office found that the state wouldn't break-even on payments to Foxconn until 2043.

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SoundCloud Saved By The Bell Of A Big Chunk Of Financing

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 12:36pm

After a noisy month in the press and a significant round of layoffs, SoundCloud announced today it had secured its largest round of financing to date, ending speculation of its demise (for now).

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California Court Orders Venture Capitalist To Reopen Disputed Beach

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 12:30pm

"This is not simply a win for surfers in San Mateo County," said Surfrider Legal Director Angela Howe. "This is a win for all of the beach-going public.

For The Love Of Huckleberries: August Brings Out Hunters Of Elusive Fruit

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:41am

Every year, lovers of these tart, juicy berries trek into the forests of the Northwest to pick them at great effort. No one's managed to grow them commercially just yet, but their fans keep trying.

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Error Briefly Makes Chinese Education Firm World's Most Valuable Company

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 8:01am

Hailiang Education Group, which operates eight private schools, could briefly claim a market capitalization of $5.14 trillion on Thursday.

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Uncertainty Over Affordable Care Act Subsidies May Mean Higher Rates

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 4:00am

Rachel Martin talks to Marc Harrison, CEO of Intermountain Healthcare, about how the uncertainty around federal subsidies in the Affordable Care Act is complicating his business. Premiums could go up.

Conn. Bridge Replacement Would Be Disruptive, Businesses Say

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 4:00am

A century-old bridge that's crucial to the Northeast Rail Corridor is deteriorating and causing commuter problems. There's tension between state officials and residents over the plan to replace it.

Nebraska Could Still Keep Keystone XL Pipeline From Being Built

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 4:00am

When President Trump approved the Keystone XL Pipeline in March, many people thought that meant the controversial project would finally be built. But the pipeline still needs approval from Nebraska.

News Brief: Trump Speaks Out About North Korea, Opioid Crisis

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 4:00am

President Trump says his promise to meet Pyongyang's threats with "fire and fury" might have been too soft. And, he says he's ready to declare the nation's opioid crisis "a national emergency."

Google Cancels Town Hall After Employee's Controversial Diversity Memo

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 8:06pm

The meeting had been called to discuss fallout from the memo written by a senior software engineer who complained that "biological causes" explained why women were underrepresented at the tech giant.

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Seltzer's Popularity Bubbles Up In The U.S.

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 5:03pm

Seltzer sales have jumped 42 percent in the past five years. The bubbly water has inspired everything from tasting flights at restaurants to "LaCroix Boi," one rapper's parody ode to the drink.

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Colleges Have Increased Women Computer Science Majors: What Can Google Learn?

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 4:17pm

About half of Harvey Mudd College computer science graduates are women, up sharply in the past decade. It and other schools found success by adjusting their curriculums and making other changes.

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United Automobile Workers Confront Renewed Resistance In The South

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 3:27pm

It's been nearly 30 years since the United Automobile Workers started trying to organize at foreign-owned plants in the southern U.S. After a third drubbing at a Nissan plant, the UAW faces as much resistance in the South as it did in the late 1980s.

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