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Venezuela Seizes Nearly 4 Million Toys, Saying They're Overpriced

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 3:23pm

"Boys and girls of the country will have a happy Christmas," says Venezuela's national superintendent for the defense of socioeconomic rights.

Boeing And Iran Air Sign Jetliner Contract Worth $16.6 Billion

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 10:59am

U.S. officials approved the deal in September, months after Iran emerged from sanctions.

Reports: Trump Leaning Towards Exxon Mobil CEO For Secretary Of State

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 8:59am

Rex Tillerson, a 64-year-old oil executive, has no government experience. His longtime ties to Russia, including President Vladimir Putin, are already drawing scrutiny from critics.

Behold A Robot Hand With A Soft Touch

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 7:17am

Using light-conductive materials, researchers have built a robot hand that can sense shapes and textures. Soft robotics holds promise for better prosthetics or machines with a more "human" touch.

After Trump Roundtable Invite, Silicon Valley Considers Post-Election Role

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 7:10am

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to venture capitalist and Hillary Clinton supporter Chris Sacca about a reported meeting this week between Silicon Valley technology leaders and President-elect Trump.

Economist Says Manufacturing Job Loss Driven By Technology, Not Globalization

Sat, 12/10/2016 - 7:27am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to economist Michael Hicks about how most of the manufacturing jobs lost in this country are due to increased use of technology and not outsourcing to foreign countries.

Trump Transition Asks Energy Dept. Which Employees Work On Climate Change

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 8:05pm

The president-elect's team has sent 74 questions to the federal agency, including many about climate-change-focused personnel and programs. The department's lawyers are examining the request.

Economists Chart 'Index Of The American Dream' In 'The New York Times'

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 3:40pm

New economic research shows Americans are no longer as likely to make more than their parents did at the same age. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to New York Times columnist David Leonhardt about what he calls the "Index of the American Dream."

Washington State Dairy Workers Challenge Their Exemption From Overtime Pay

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 3:33pm

The dairy industry runs 24/7, but federal law excludes its workers from overtime pay. A new class-action lawsuit in Washington state is the latest challenge to that law.

U.S. Kids Far Less Likely To Out-Earn Their Parents, As Inequality Grows

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 1:39pm

"It's basically a coin flip as to whether you'll do better than your parents," a Stanford economist says.

Trump's Continued Ties To 'Celebrity Apprentice' Raise More Conflict Questions

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 1:13pm

The disclosure of the president-elect's involvement on the NBC show instantly raised questions on twin grounds — that it could serve as a distraction and represent one more conflict of interest.

Black Santa Claus Is A Hit At The Mall, But Faces An Online Backlash

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 4:35am

Larry Jefferson was the first black Santa Claus at the Mall of America in Minnesota. He was popular with the kids, but he sparked on online backlash from people who felt Santa can only be white.

Poll: Trump Needs To Choose Between Presidency And His Business

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 3:51am

Two-thirds of Americans think Trump must avoid a conflict of interest, according to a Bloomberg poll. But only a slight majority are confident he'll put the country's interests ahead of his own.

How Your Cashmere Sweater Is Decimating Mongolia's Grasslands

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 3:35am

Mongolian goats produce the world's highest quality cashmere wool, and international demand has soared. There's a problem, though: these goats are turning the country into an ecological wasteland.

Slam Dunk: Michael Jordan Wins Trademark Dispute In China

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 4:07pm

China's top court has handed basketball legend Michael Jordan a victory in a long-running trademark dispute over the use of his name by a Chinese company.

'Your Kids Are Not An Experiment'; Surgeon General Says No Vaping For Young People

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 3:53pm

A report from the surgeon general warns that "nicotine is addictive and harmful for youth and young adults," and notes e-cigarettes are increasingly popular among people under 25.

Retired Coal Miners At Risk Of Losing Promised Health Coverage And Pensions

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 3:43pm

A fund guaranteeing health coverage and pensions to retired mine workers is about to run dry. Congress has been reluctant to pick up the tab. Democrats from coal country say it's time to act.

Trump Blasts Union Leader Who Criticized Carrier Deal

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 3:40pm

Donald Trump used his Twitter account to lash out at Chuck Jones, the union official in Indiana who said Trump lied about the Carrier deal. Jones thinks Trump took credit for saving some jobs that were never at risk.

Trump Expected To Select Fast Food Magnate Andy Puzder As Labor Secretary

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 3:40pm

Multiple news outlets are reporting that President-elect Trump has selected fast food magnate Andy Puzder as secretary of Labor.

Former Mich. Governor Outlines How To Convince Companies To Stay

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 3:40pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, about how she convinced companies to stay in the state during the economic recession by offering a package of tax incentives and other perks.

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