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Study Backs Getting Driverless Cars On The Road, As Waymo Ditches Backup Drivers

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 10:48am

A research report says more lives will be saved by putting autonomous cars on the road sooner rather than later, even if they're not perfect. Waymo deployed some in Arizona — without backup drivers.

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Uber Loses Appeal In U.K. As Tribunal Reiterates That Drivers Are Workers

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 9:58am

The ride-hailing giant maintains that drivers are self-employed and don't have a right to a minimum wage, but British authorities rejected the argument. Uber plans to appeal again.

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Oil Companies Dig Deep To Attract And Retain Minority Workers

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 4:02am

Oil and gas companies are struggling to replace an aging work force with a more diverse generation of workers. But a history of racism and sexism makes that difficult.

Trump Talks Tough On Trade At Summit In Vietnam

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 3:37am

In a speech that sounded at times like an airing of economic grievances, the president told APEC member nations that the U.S. will no longer tolerate unfair trade practices.

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Bruce Springsteen On Broadway Comes With An Economics Lesson

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 3:49pm

The hottest ticket on Broadway is for a one-of-a-kind, one-man-show. For a limited time, Bruce Springsteen is playing songs and telling stories in a 960-seat theatre. And those lucky fans are now learning a valuable, Nobel Prize Winning economics lesson. Something called: The Endowment Effect.

Congress Considers Mandating Sexual Harassment Training

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:23pm

Lawmakers are reviewing rules changes to mandate sexual harassment training for all employees on Capitol Hill. The move is in response to a recent wave of sexual harassment scandals and allegations.

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Senate Mandates Sexual Harassment Training; House Conducting Review Including Hearing

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:23pm

Lawmakers have been looking at how training and reporting is handled on Capitol Hill. The move is in response to a recent wave of sexual harassment scandals and allegations.

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As China Moves To Other Energy Sources, Its Coal Region Struggles To Adapt

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 9:52am

In Shanxi Province, coal is big business and a source of identity. Now China is closing and consolidating its coal mines under state ownership, and the region has not figured out how to rebound.

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Has Trump's Intimidation Power Affected The AT&T-Time Warner Merger?

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 4:04am

The Justice Department told AT&T to drop CNN and other TV channels if it wants approval of an $85 billion takeover of Time Warner. Is President Trump's anger at CNN driving the government's stance?

House GOP Tax Plan Is Little Help To High-Tax States Like New Jersey

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 4:04am

Being able to deduct local income and property taxes, evens things out — but the House Republican plan in the works eliminates most of those reductions, meaning no tax savings.

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Victims Of Sexual Harassment Speak Up, But Legal Fears Can Inhibit Them

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 4:04am

From Hollywood to the media world, more people have decided to publicly name their alleged perpetrators, effectively turning the tables for victims who say they endured shame in silence.

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Trump Touts 'Great Chemistry' With China's Xi As Leaders Agree To Closer Ties

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 2:04am

Despite the president's harsh words on China in the past, the leaders appear friendly and say they will cooperate on North Korea and work toward a balanced trade relationship.

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Some Twitter Users Embrace Longer Tweets; Some Stay Terse

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 9:39pm

Twitter has officially doubled its signature 140-character limit for all of its users. Not all users think longer is better.

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DOJ Set To Block AT&T Takeover Of Time Warner

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 5:50pm

The Justice Department has informed AT&T that it will oppose the company's planned $85 billion merger unless it sells off CNN — a network frequently derided by President Trump.

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Some Real Estate Investors Eager To Buy Houston Homes Damaged By Flooding

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 3:30pm

The flooding after Hurricane Harvey damaged at least 100,000 homes in the Houston area. Now many of those frustrated homeowners are now eager to sell and real estate agents and investors from around the country are ready to snatch them up.

Trainers, Lawyers Say Sexual Harassment Training Fails

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 3:30pm

The primary reason most harassment training fails is that both managers and workers regard it as a pro forma exercise aimed at limiting the employer's legal liability, trainers and lawyers say.

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Breaking Down The Concept Behind The Mortgage Interest Deduction

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 3:30pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Ben Lockwood, assistant professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, about how successful the mortgage interest deduction has been in encouraging home ownership in the U.S.

After Working To Avoid Taxes, What Could New Legislation Mean For Apple?

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 3:30pm

Apple has sought many ways to not pay taxes as the Paradise Papers revealed. First, it was using a tax strategy in Ireland, and then in an English Channel island called Jersey. So as Republicans in Congress try to come up with a bill that would sharply lower taxes for U.S. corporations what does that mean for the tech giant?

Chinese Lovers Of French Wine Are Snapping Up Bordeaux Vineyards

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 1:55pm

China's wine consumption has exploded in recent years. The Chinese are now the biggest foreign investors in Bordeaux, France's vaunted winemaking region. That's made some local residents uneasy.

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As The World Watches Trump In Korea, His New Jersey Golf Course Gets A Plug

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 10:51am

During a speech before South Korea's National Assembly, President Trump took the opportunity to praise his golf course in Bedminster. Ethics experts say Trump shouldn't tout his private businesses.

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