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Walmart, Google Join Forces In Online Fight Against Amazon

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 11:16am

The world's largest retailer will hawk its products on Google Express for the first time in a play to get a bigger chunk of the growing voice-enabled shopping market currently dominated by Amazon.

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Unlikely Allies Join Fight To Protect Free Speech On The Internet

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 4:00am

After big tech companies took action to take down white supremacist content, there have been calls for the government to step in to protect free speech from the right and left.

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Why Donald Trump Likes To Surround Himself With Generals

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 4:00am

High-level military brass may be able to bring discipline and order to an administration that sometimes has appeared to lack them.

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Harvesting Salt By Hand Is Making A Comeback In France

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 4:00am

Since the seventh century, salt has been raked in and collected from shallow pools in marshes on the French coast. Refrigeration almost killed the industry, but the local food movement is reviving it.

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Trump Administration Unveils Sanctions To Curb North Korea's Weapons Program

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 6:24pm

Ten Chinese and Russian companies and six individuals are targeted. Many were tied to the rogue country's coal and resource trade and its efforts to send workers abroad.

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Dakota Access Pipeline Owner Sues Greenpeace For 'Criminal Activity'

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 5:30pm

Energy Transfer Partners alleges Greenpeace and other "eco-terrorist groups" tried to block its pipeline with "campaigns of misinformation." Greenpeace says the suit is a bid to "silence free speech."

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Scientists Hope To Farm The Biofuel Of The Future In The Pacific Ocean

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 4:59pm

International research labs are using seaweed to make biofuel, but little progress has been made in the U.S. Now scientists in California are developing a prototype to enable vast open-ocean farming.

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$417 Million Awarded In Suit Linking Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder To Cancer

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 3:39pm

A California court has awarded a woman more than $400 million in a lawsuit claiming she got ovarian cancer from talcum powder made by Johnson & Johnson. NPR explores the science behind this claim.

Does Baby Powder Cause Cancer? A Jury Says Yes. Scientists Aren't So Sure

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 3:39pm

Scientists have found an association between talc and ovarian cancer, but they don't agree on exactly what that means.

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In Alaska, One Man Fights To Save Oil Fund As Reserves Dry Up

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 3:39pm

For 40 years, Alaska has been putting its oil money into a giant savings account. But now the oil — and the money — are drying up.

Does 'Sustainability' Help The Environment Or Just Agriculture's Public Image?

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 2:41pm

Big food companies like Walmart want farmers to reduce greenhouse emissions from nitrogen fertilizer. But the best-known program to accomplish this may not be having much effect.

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'Smart' Pill Bottles Aren't Enough To Help The Medicine Go Down

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:56am

Lots of people forget to take their medicine on time. Now firms are selling "smart" pill bottles that send patients reminders through the internet. But maybe the real problem isn't forgetfulness.

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In Solar Trade Dispute, Will Proposed Tariffs Cost Industry Jobs?

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 4:01am

Testing President Trump's promise to get tough on trade, two U.S. solar panel manufacturers are seeking to impose a tariff on panels made overseas. But many in the industry warn it could cost jobs.

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List Of Charities Shunning Trump's Mar-A-Lago Resort Keeps Growing

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 6:25pm

Many of the groups cited controversy about recent comments by President Trump that "both sides were to blame" for the violence that occurred during a white supremacists' rally in Charlottesville, Va.

Famed Inventor Says He Buried Reporter 'At Sea' After His Homemade Sub Sank

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 4:18pm

Peter Madsen pushed off in his submarine with a Swedish journalist, but by the time he was rescued, she was gone. Now, he says she died onboard — but the admission is stirring even more questions.

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States Work To Help Marijuana Industry Reduce Power Costs

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 3:34pm

Growing marijuana takes a lot of energy, which comes into conflict with state efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. Now, some places are helping the pot industry to become more energy efficient.

Uber Hires Harvard Business School's Frances Frei To Address Leadership Issues

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 3:34pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Frances Frei, Uber's new vice president of leadership and strategy, about what she plans to bring to the ride-hailing company after more than dozen executives left this year.

Can Anyone, Even Walmart, Stem The Heat-Trapping Flood Of Nitrogen On Farms?

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 3:34pm

Walmart has promised big cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases. To meet that goal, though, the giant retailer may have to persuade farmers to use less fertilizer. It won't be easy.

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Wealthy Collectors Show Off Their Cars Along Pebble Beach Golf Course

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 3:57am

Some of the most expensive cars in the world are displayed and auctioned off at a week of car shows in Monterrey, California. It's a beauty contest for cars. We travel there to see what it's like.

PHOTOS: Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Showcases Most Exotic, Rare, Expensive Cars

Sun, 08/20/2017 - 8:51pm

This year's Concours features 204 of the best cars that have ever been made. The 67th annual event caps off a week of intensive, obsessive car love in Monterey Peninsula, Calif.

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