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EU Drops Its Antitrust Probe Over Amazon E-Book Contracts

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 2:45pm

The European Union's executive arm closed the investigation after accepting Amazon's promise to strip its publisher contracts of clauses that the commission feared were "harmful to consumers."

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Canadian Court Clears Activist Who Gave Water To Pigs

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 2:16pm

The case against Anita Krajnc, who founded the animal rights group Toronto Pig Save, has garnered international attention. She faced the possibility of jail time and thousands of dollars in fines.

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Trump 'Confident' About GOP Health Care Bill's Prospects In The Senate

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 10:54am

Passage in the House is the first step in fulfilling the GOP's longtime pledge to dismantle Obamacare. The president praised House Speaker Ryan as a "genius" for engineering the legislative victory.

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House Passes GOP Health Care Bill

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 10:54am

The vote is the first step in fulfilling the GOP's longtime pledge to dismantle Obamacare. Democrats said the bill had been hastily rammed through the House.

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San Bernardino Victims' Families Accuse Tech Giants Of Enabling ISIS

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 5:49am

Facebook, Google and Twitter have been accused in a new lawsuit of aiding terrorism. The suit was filed by family members of three of the victims in the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack.

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Republicans Scrap Rule For Small-Business Retirement Plans

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 4:05am

The Obama-era policy allowed states to offer retirement savings plans. Retiree and worker protection groups say the state-designed plans benefit employees of small businesses which lack 401(k) plans.

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The Daredevils Without Landlines — And Why Health Experts Are Tracking Them

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:01pm

It's official: A majority of U.S. homes only have mobile telephones. But who knew wireless-only households were into risky behavior? A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researcher explains.

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Episode 768: A Chat With Ben Bernanke

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 6:46pm

Ten years ago, two little-known hedge funds blew up, and the financial crisis was on its way. Today, we ask the person at the center of it all, former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, why it happened.

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Puerto Rico Makes Unprecedented Move To Restructure Billions In Debt

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 5:08pm

The territory, which is ineligible for bankruptcy, filed to begin a similar procedure tailor-made for its more than $70 billion debt crisis, which is likely to dwarf Detroit's 2013 Chapter 9 filing.

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Did You Get A Weird Invitation To Edit A Google Doc? It's Best Not To Click

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 4:50pm

The reason why: It's probably not legit. A vast phishing scam has been emailing malicious files masquerading as Google Docs. Does a recent edit invitation smell fishy to you? Just delete it.

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Inside The Debate Over Repealing Curbs On Methane Leaks

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 4:07pm

A deadline is approaching for lawmakers to undo an Obama-era regulation that aims to limit the emissions of methane — a powerful greenhouse gas — from energy production sites on public lands.

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Federal Reserve Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 3:33pm

Central bank policymakers provided little guidance on the timing of a rate hike. They said slow growth in the first quarter it is likely transitory and that inflation is close to a goal of 2 percent.

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Washington Apple Growers Sink Their Teeth Into The New Cosmic Crisp

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:13pm

A new apple variety is on its way. It's called Cosmic Crisp, and farmers in Washington state are planting these trees by the millions. They're making a risky bet that consumers will like it.

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Facebook Plans To Add 3,000 Workers To Monitor, Remove Violent Content

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:03am

"If we're going to build a safe community, we need to respond quickly," Mark Zuckerberg wrote Wednesday. The hiring spree comes amid a spate of violent videos uploaded to the site by users.

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Is Pharrell, The First Man To Model A Chanel Bag, Pushing Any Boundaries?

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 8:30am

In promoting a $4,000 handbag, is the producer widening the boundaries of hip-hop fashion?

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Porn Star Plays New Role As Advocate For Industry

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 8:09am

This week on 'Brave New Workers': After 20 years working as a performer in the adult entertainment industry, Alana Evans is putting her efforts into organizing for the Adult Performers Actors Guild.

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Without A Special Visa, Foreign Startup Founders Turn To A Workaround

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 6:27am

Immigration advocates often tout how many startups are founded by foreigners. Yet the U.S. does not offer startup visas. Some entrepreneurs turn to a program started as an experiment in Massachusetts.

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How Canadian Dairy Farmers Escape The Global Milk Glut

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 4:13am

President Trump recently accused Canada of unfairly blocking imports of milk from the U.S. He was taking aim at a Canadian system that defiantly rejects the free market, and protects small farmers.

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Cokie Roberts Answers Your Questions About Presidents And Trade Policy

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 4:13am

In the #AskCokie segment, commentator Cokie Roberts talks with Rachel Martin and answers listener questions about the history and politics of trade agreements.

Many Working Women Won't See Themselves In 'Women Who Work'

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 4:00am

Ivanka Trump's new book — named after her brand's marketing campaign — is packed with anodyne advice borrowed from others, and a striking lack of awareness about economic and racial realities.

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