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Innovative Blood Testing Company Theranos Under Criminal Investigation

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 3:31pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Wall Street Journal investigative reporter John Carreyrou about the criminal investigation into the Theranos blood lab.

UnitedHealth To Leave Most Obamacare Exchanges In 2017

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 2:36pm

Blaming a lack of profitability, UnitedHealth says it will drop out of most health marketplaces insurance exchanges next year. The insurer's first quarter profits in 2016 were $1.6 billion.

Lawful Hacking: Should, Or Can, The FBI Learn To Overcome Encryption Itself?

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 2:25pm

A major theme in the latest congressional hearing on encryption was whether the FBI, rather than asking tech companies for cooperation, has focused enough resources to keep up with technology itself.

Do We Really Need Probiotics In Our Coffee, Granola And Nut Butter?

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 11:56am

It's not just kombucha and yogurt: Probiotics are now showing up in dozens of packaged foods. But what exactly do these designer foods with friendly flora actually offer — besides a high price tag?

Live-Streaming Of Alleged Rape Shows Challenges Of Flagging Video In Real Time

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:41am

An 18-year-old woman is accused of broadcasting the alleged rape of her 17-year-old friend online. The prosecutor said she told police she continued streaming because she "got caught up in the likes."

Live-Streaming Of Alleged Rape Shows Challenges Of Flagging Video In Real Time

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:41am

An 18-year-old woman in Ohio is accused of broadcasting the rape of her 17-year-old friend online. The prosecutor said she told police she continued streaming because she "got caught up in the likes."

To The List Of High-Stakes Tests In Korea, Add The Samsung SAT

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:03am

Samsung's rigorous aptitude test underscores the company's near-mythical status in Korean society. "I think this is only the way to be successful," says a test-taker before braving the entrance exam.

The Next Apple-FBI Question: Who Can Know How The iPhone Was Hacked?

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 3:38am

A third party helped the FBI unlock a phone linked to one of the San Bernardino shooters. Should Apple know how they managed to hack the phone or can the third party sell that information?

Seeking A Warmer Welcome, Gun Factory Moves Down South

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 3:35pm

Beretta decided to move to Tennessee after finding it has few allies in Maryland, which passed restrictive gun laws after the Newtown shootings. The new plant is expected to create 300 jobs.

Do You Yahoo? Despite Dismal Reputation, Many People Still Do

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 3:24pm

Yahoo goes on the block Monday. The tech company will accept bids for its Internet businesses, properties estimated to be worth billions of dollars. Despite its reputation as a digital dinosaur, Yahoo is the third most trafficked site on the web. NPR looks at users who have stuck with Yahoo.

A Rare Look Inside The 'Gigafactory' Tesla Hopes Will Revolutionize Energy Use

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 2:28pm

Tesla is building what it says is the world's largest battery factory. The scale is expected to drive down the cost of electric cars and batteries that homeowners can use to store surplus solar power.

Is Yellowstone National Park In Danger Of Being 'Loved To Death'?

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 2:12pm

Each year, the park attracts millions of visitors and provides a home to countless animal species. But journalist David Quammen warns that balancing tourism and preservation can be tricky.

Analysis: Modest Effect If UnitedHealth Withdraws From Exchanges

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 1:36pm

If UnitedHealth stops selling insurance on marketplaces across the country (and isn't replaced by rivals), premiums for exchange plans could rise modestly — about 1 percent on average.

China Killed 1 Million U.S. Jobs, But Don't Blame Trade Deals

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 6:01am

Candidates on the campaign trail have blasted NAFTA and the TPP. But the rhetoric has been wrong, says an MIT economist, noting it's trade with China that's done a number on U.S. manufacturing jobs.

OPEC Tried To Boost Price Of Oil, But Couldn't Agree On Production Cuts

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 5:50am

The oil-producing nations in the group gathered in Qatar to discuss the possibility of a production freeze, but Saudi Arabia balked at the idea of a freeze that didn't include Iran.

What Does Wall Street Want In A Presidential Candidate?

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 4:03am

How important is Wall Street's support to a presidential candidate? David Greene talks to Barry Ritholtz, chairman of Ritholtz Wealth Management and a frequent commentator on the world of finance.

Trade Matters In 2016; This May Help You Understand Why

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 4:00am

Candidates vying for president are talking a lot about trade. But trade is not a subject easily summed up in slogans. Here are resources to help you study up on trade and make your own decisions.

Why Candidates Are Out Of Sync With How Americans Really Feel About Trade

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 4:00am

Leading candidates have tried to channel Americans' frustration when they talk about trade, but on the whole polls show Americans think trade has been good for the U.S.

Why America's Schools Have A Money Problem

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 4:00am

How much money a school can spend on its students still depends, in large part, on local property taxes. And many states aren't doing much to level the field for poor kids.

More People Seek Genetic Testing, But There Aren't Enough Counselors

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 3:30am

After Angelina Jolie disclosed her genetic predisposition for breast cancer, demand for genetic tests went up. Counselors help interpret those tests, and demand for their services has increased, too.




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