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Travel Ban Puts Travel Industry On Edge

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 7:05am

To better understand how the Trump administration's travel ban is affecting the American tourism industry, NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Claudia Menezes, a tour operator based in Orlando, Fla.

Los Angeles Moves Closer To Legalizing Sidewalk Food Vendors

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 7:05am

A campaign to legalize street vending is gaining strength from local resistance to President Trump's immigration policies — and fears that infractions could lead to deportation.

Organizer Of Failed Bahamas Musical Festival Arrested For Fraud

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 11:37am

Billy McFarland has been accused of bilking at least two people who invested $1.2 million in the festival.

Is Seattle's Minimum Wage Hike Doing More Harm Than Good?

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:52am

A study suggests the most recent minimum wage hike in Seattle may be doing harm. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., about the impact of Seattle's push for $15/hour.

Unseasonable Winter Weather Takes A Bite Out Of Georgia's Peach Crop

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:52am

It may be hard to enjoy a Georgia peach, if you don't live in the state. A warm winter, followed by a March freeze wiped out most of this year's crop, and what's left may not leave the state.

(Image credit: Grant Blankenship/Georgia Public Broadcasting)

How Small Town Papers Have Kept Community Trust

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:52am

Distrust in the media has become a oft-cited trope in the cable news cycle. But one staple of American journalism seems to have avoided the "fake news" characterization — small-town newspapers.

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Unseasonable Winter Weather Takes A Bite Out Of Georgia's Peach Crop

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:52am

It may be hard to enjoy a Georgia peach, if you don't live in the state. A warm winter, followed by a March freeze wiped out most of this year's crop, and what's left may not leave the state.

(Image credit: Grant Blankenship/Georgia Public Broadcasting)

NPR Continues To Find Hundreds Of Cases Of Advanced Black Lung

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 5:00am

Black lung results from exposure to coal dust. PMF is an especially aggressive form of the disease blamed on inhalation of silica dust, which results from the cutting of quartz rock and coal together.

(Image credit: Howard Berkes/NPR)

A Total Eclipse Will Sweep The U.S. In August, And People Are Going Nuts For It

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:57pm

NASA says a partial eclipse will be visible throughout the country. But within a "path of totality" from Oregon to South Carolina, an eclipse industry is booming.

(Image credit: Gillian Flaccus/AP)

Low Gas Prices Lead Millions Of People To Plan Summer Travel

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:33pm

Gas prices are the lowest for summer in more than decade, and that's leading millions of people to plan to load up the kids in the minivan or SUV and hit the road this summer.

New Rules Against Animal Cruelty Raise The Stake For India's Beef Wars

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 2:21pm

The rules ban cattle sale for slaughter at livestock markets and come at a time of escalating tensions between Hindu extremists and beef-eating minorities. They could also hurt India's beef exports.

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Hong Kong's Last British Governor Criticizes Beijing 20 Years After Handover

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 10:50am

On the anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China, Chris Patten has harsh words for Beijing's heavy-handed approach to the governance of the territory.

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Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 10:06am

A curious warning from the White House to Syria about further use of chemical weapons was just one of the big global news stories this week.

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Will My High Premiums Go Down? More Q&A About The GOP Health Plan

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 9:19am

We're answering more questions about the Republican plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, including what the proposed changes would mean for healthy young people and for taxes.

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Opioids As The New Big Tobacco

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:58am

A wave of litigation by state attorneys general against the biggest opioid manufacturers and distributors feels reminiscent of lawsuits brought by states in the 1990s against the tobacco industry.

How Hong Kong's Banks Turned Chinese

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:58am

As China celebrates the 20th anniversary of Great Britain's handover of Hong Kong to Chinese control, it can celebrate another type of takeover: the city's financial sector.

(Image credit: Rob Schmitz/NPR )

How Hong Kong's Banks Turned Chinese

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:58am

As China celebrates the 20th anniversary of Great Britain's handover of Hong Kong to Chinese control, it can celebrate another type of takeover: the city's financial sector.

(Image credit: Rob Schmitz/NPR )

Researchers Analyze Economic Impact Of Climate Change In The U.S.

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 3:29pm

A team of scientists and economists claims they've come up with the most thorough analysis of the cost of climate change in the U.S. Most of the country will suffer economic loss in addition to higher mortality from heat waves and loss of agriculture productivity by 2100. But like all predictions far into the future, this one has a wide range of outcomes and could be overshadowed by new technology still to be invented.

Mapping The Potential Economic Effects Of Climate Change

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 1:43pm

Scientists and economists predict what parts of the U.S. may get hit hardest by climate change. A new study goes county by county to gauge the potential cost of global warming.

(Image credit: Hsiang, Kopp, Jina, Rising, et al./Science)

French Bank BNP Paribas Accused Of Complicity In Rwandan Genocide

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 12:30pm

Three civil society organizations in France have filed a lawsuit against French banking giant BNP Paribas, accusing it of complicity in the 1994 genocide that killed more than 800,000 people.

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