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Trump Talks 'America First' In Asia

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 7:07am

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Wendy Cutler, a former U.S. trade representative, about President Trump's "America first" speech at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Vietnam.

The Startup That's Helping Bring Bikes Back To China's Streets

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 6:57am

MoBike, China's first bike-share company, is worth $3 billion. "I personally like riding bicycles," says the company's 35-year-old president Hu Weiwei. "I was thinking, 'How can I bring bikes back?'"

(Image credit: Mark Schiefelbein/AP for NPR)

German Consumers Fight Automakers For Compensation In Emissions Scandal

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 3:31pm

German automakers are under fire again, this time from European owners of vehicles linked to the diesel emissions scandal who, unlike American owners, have gotten no compensation.

How The Boom-Bust Oil Cycle Is Playing Out In North Dakota

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 3:31pm

The shale oil boom attracted thousands of oil workers to North Dakota, sending the population of some small towns soaring. In response, communities built up infrastructure projects — new wastewater facilities, schools, etc. But now they're facing hundreds of millions of dollars of debt that will take decades to pay off, not to mention continued uncertainty over whether they've built too much as they watch the boom-bust cycle of the oil patch.

GOP Tax Cuts Expected to Push Up Nation's Debt

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 3:31pm

Both tax proposals in the House and the Senate would add about $1.5 trillion to the nation's deficit over the next 10 years. That's a big concern for many economists and some lawmakers.

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Chinese Firm Buying Lip-Sync App Musical.ly For Up To $1 Billion

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 1:38pm

The teen-oriented app has had exponential growth since its 2014 launch — much like Bytedance, the Chinese tech company set to acquire it.

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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.

(Image credit: Julia Wang/Waymo via AP)

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.

(Image credit: Andrew Harnik/AP)

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.

(Image credit: Liam James Doyle/NPR)

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.

(Image credit: Alyssa Edes/NPR)

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.

(Image credit: Andrew Harnik/AP)

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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