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Forget Starships: New Proposal Would Use 'Starchips' To Visit Alpha Centauri

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 12:41pm

Physicist Stephen Hawking and billionaire Yuri Milner have announced a $100 million mission to prepare for interstellar exploration — with a stamp-size spacecraft, light sails and enormous lasers.

5 Reasons Why The IMF Says Global Economic Growth Is Slowing

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 12:04pm

In January, International Monetary Fund's economists thought the global economy would grow 3.4 percent this year, but now they've back ratcheted that forecast.

Home And Garden Giant Ditches Class Of Pesticides That May Harm Bees

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 11:10am

Ortho is part of the Miracle-Gro family. The company says it decided to phase out neonics from its home and garden products after reviewing possible threats posed to bees and other pollinators.

Can Silly Patents Help Fight Frivolous Lawsuits?

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 6:30am

Critics of the patent system say it's too easy for people to save a slew of semi-realistic ideas, then sue when a firm separately tries to make something similar. A new website fights fire with fire.

Blind Hiring, While Well Meaning, May Create Unintended Consequences

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 4:03am

A growing number of companies are experimenting with blind hiring. It's a process that seeks to eliminate bias by hiding a job candidate's identity.

Boeing Explores Doing Business With Iran's Commercial Airlines

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 4:03am

Boeing officials were in Iran exploring the first sale of airliners there in decades. The nuclear deal allows such sales but remaining sanctions and Iranian missile tests could cloud their chances.

Al-Jazeera America Prepares Farewell Broadcast

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 6:18pm

Al-Jazeera America, the news network that was backed by the ruling family of Qatar and struggled to gain traction in the U.S., will sign off for good after a three-hour farewell broadcast on Tuesday.

Texas Attorney General, Already Facing Criminal Charges, Accused Of Civil Fraud

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 5:07pm

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton with securities fraud, alleging that he improperly recruited investors for a high-tech Texas startup.

A Real-Life Tax Scam: This Is What IRS Phone Fraud Sounds Like

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 4:37pm

It's tax season, which also means it's tax scam season. People around the country are getting phone calls from criminals pretending to be tax collectors. Here is one of them.

How Venture Capitalists Shaped The Golden State Warriors

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 3:30pm

The Golden State Warriors are just one win away from the best regular season record in NBA history. How was the team built? A lot like a Silicon Valley start up, actually. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Bruce Schoenfeld, who has written about the Warriors style of play.

British Parliament Grills David Cameron On Offshore Tax Connections

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 3:30pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Michael Wilkinson, a political correspondent at the Telegraph, about the British prime minister's offshore tax connections revealed in the Panama Papers leak.

Goldman Sachs Will Pay $5 Billion For Misleading Investors On Mortgage Assets

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 12:51pm

U.S. officials say the firm sold mortgage-backed securities based on loans that were a lot riskier than they were supposed to be.

It's Not Just What You Make, It's Where You Live, Study On Life Expectancy Says

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 11:15pm

A study of Social Security and tax records says poor people live longer in some cities than others, and it's not clear why.

When Should Companies Take A Stand On Social Issues?

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 4:11pm

Amid business boycotts in North Carolina and Mississippi, former Angie's List CEO Bill Oesterle reflects on his company's move to axe an expansion as a protest to Indiana's religious liberty law.

Mississippi 'Religious Freedom' Law Supporters Play Down Opposition

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 4:11pm

Mississippi continues to face political and economic backlash over the state's new "religious freedom" law. But supporters say it will have little impact on the economy.

What Happens When Fashion Becomes Fast, Disposable And Cheap?

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 11:30am

Fashion styles are churned out more frequently than ever, giving us more opportunities to buy. But this "fast fashion" trend increases trash — and some groups are trying to slow down the cycle.

What Happens When Fashion Becomes Fast, Disposable And Cheap?

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 11:29am

Fashion styles are churned out more frequently than ever, giving us more opportunities to buy. But this "fast fashion" trend increases trash — and some groups are trying to slow down the cycle.

Paid Family Leave Advocates Celebrate A Big Week, But The Battle's Not Over

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 8:42am

In New York and San Francisco, lawmakers have taken groundbreaking steps toward more generous leave policies. Still, some business leaders worry how much paid family leave will cost them.

Facing A Shaky Future, Nebraska Family Farm Ponders A Renaissance

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 7:24am

Even as the American agricultural industry is dominated by big operations, small family farms like the Jantzens' wonder what's next. So Katie, the family's eldest daughter, is eyeing a reinvention.

AdvoCare Responds To Scam Accusations

Sun, 04/10/2016 - 6:56am

The multi-level marketing company AdvoCare responds to last week's conversation between NPR's Rachel Martin and ESPN journalist Mina Kimes.

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