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Beyond Slurpees: Many Japanese Mini-Marts Now Cater To Elders

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 3:32am

Convenience is in the eye of the generation. Increasingly, corner markets in Japan target the 27 percent of residents over 65 — offering nursing care advice and home delivery of meals and groceries.

Craft Distillers Tap Pure Sugar Cane For A Southern Rum Renaissance

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 4:17pm

The South was once a hub for sugar plantations. Now, small rum-makers are turning away from molasses, culling fresh sugar cane itself to create smooth liquors with grassy, woody or floral flavors.

Rental Car Companies Face Challenges In Age Of Ride-Sharing Services

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 3:23pm

As more business travelers opt for services like Uber and Lyft, traditional car rental companies are facing new challenges. But companies are fighting back.

Uber Competitor In NYC Promises Drivers Benefits, Even Employee Status

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 11:44am

While Uber and Lyft both fight in courts to keep their workers as independent contractors, new ride-hailing startup Juno is moving to offer full employee status and other benefits.

Speedo Cancels Its Sponsorship Deal With Ryan Lochte

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 10:41am

Saying it can't condone Ryan Lochte's behavior in Rio, swimwear company Speedo says it's donating part of Lochte's fee — $50,000 – to Save the Children, earmarked for children in Brazil.

On Six Flags' Virtual Reality Coaster, The Ride Is Just Half The Thrill

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 4:02am

Magic Mountain in Southern California has a roller coaster in which riders put on VR goggles to see an imagined world while their bodies undergo the physical thrills. How is it? We get a review.

20 Years Since Welfare's Overhaul, Results Are Mixed

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 3:35am

Results are mixed 20 years after welfare reform was enacted. The new program did work for millions of families, but many are worse off. And assistance is very different depending on where you live.

George Curry, Legendary Political And Civil Rights Journalist, Dies At 69

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 4:19pm

Curry was the longtime editor of the magazine Emerge, a syndicated columnist and winner of numerous awards for his reporting and commentary. He died Saturday of sudden heart failure.

The Last Razor Repairman In Paris

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 4:05pm

In a tiny shop from a bygone era, Jacques Guillaume gets calls about more than razors because there's nobody to fix things anymore. "Today, manual work like this is passé and obsolete," he says.

Lou Pearlman, Boy Band Manager And Ponzi Schemer, Dies In Prison

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 12:46pm

Lou Pearlman, the impresario behind boy band giants such as the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC, has died in prison where he is serving a 25-year sentence tied to a $300 million Ponzi scheme.

The Financial Trials Of Child Care For Working Families

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 8:31am

It can be a major budget item for families. Rachel Martin talks to Rebecca Resman, a mother of two, who after trying out several different child care options, decided she couldn't afford to work.

Hopping On Hashtag Bandwagon, Host Rachel Martin Recounts Her #FirstSevenJobs

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 8:20am

Social media feeds have been peppered with the hashtag #firstsevenjobs for the past few weeks. NPR's Rachel Martin shares her list, from store window mannequin to English teacher in Japan.

Amid Industry Downturn, Global Shipping Sees Record-Low Growth

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 7:17am

The global shipping industry is suffering a huge downturn, thanks in part to China's sagging economy. "This is likely to be one of the worst years ever in terms of losses," says an industry expert.

Major Budget Cuts, Poor Ticket Sales Will Force Downsizing For Paralympics

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 7:17am

The International Paralympic Committee says there's not enough money to fund the games, which start next month. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with IPC spokesman Craig Spence about the financial crisis.

Rule 40: How The Brands Blackout Impacts Olympic Athletes

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 7:17am

An International Olympic Committee rule stipulates that only official sponsors can market around the Games. Oiselle CEO Sally Bergesen tells NPR's Scott Simon why she feels the rule hurts athletes.

Major Budget Cuts, Porr Ticket Sales Will Force Downsizing For Paralympics

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 7:17am

The International Paralympic Committee says there's not enough money to fund the games, which start next month. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with IPC spokesman Craig Spence about the financial crisis.

London Opens Up Long-Awaited 'Night Tube' Trains

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 7:17am

London begins all-night service on its underground railway system Fridays and Saturdays. The city hopes to draw creative talent who want to work in a city that never sleeps.

On The Demise Of Gawker.com: Unsparing, Satiric And Brutal

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 3:49pm

The Gawker Media site, which is to be shut down next week by its new owner, blurred the lines between public and private with "wit and venom."

How To Write A Resignation Letter In The Middle Of A Scandal

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 3:26pm

Is there a right way to write and handle a resignation letter when you're embroiled in a scandal? For many ousted bosses, "spending more time with my family" is the excuse of least resistance.

What Makes A Jam A Jam? Surge In Savory Spreads Presents Riddles For Purists

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 12:58pm

Savory jams tap into a love affair with foods that marry salt and sugar. They let people eat local fruits and vegetables year-round and lower the sugar levels found in traditional jams.

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