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America's Credit Rating On The Line As Debt Ceiling Deadline Approaches

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:30pm

Congressional leaders are trying hard to assure the financial markets the United States isn't about to default on its debts, but tweets by Trump suggest the vote may not go smoothly.

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Trump Continues To Brush Aside Conflicts Of Interest

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 3:52pm

Seven months after taking office, President Trump and his White House appear to have settled into a routine of brushing aside the ethics laws. So when he plugged his Charlottesville winery at a rally last week, his pitch hardly made headlines compared with past weeks' conflict of interest questions.

25 Years Later: How Hurricane Andrew Impacted Emergency Response

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 3:52pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with former FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate about the important changes inspired by the historic Category 5 storm, in computer modeling, housing codes and insurance.

Jeep: Why This American Icon Could Soon Be Part Of A Chinese Company

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 3:24pm

The Chinese company Great Wall Motor has expressed interest in acquiring the Jeep brand from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Sales of Jeep and other U.S. brands have been growing in China.

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Cars Are Starting To Remind Us Not To Leave Baby In The Back Seat

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 2:43pm

An average of 37 children die in hot cars each year. A new bill in Congress aims to address the problem by requiring all new autos to remind drivers to check the back seat when they leave the car.

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Amazon Takeover Of Whole Foods Gets Key Federal Approval

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 8:42am

The Federal Trade Commission says the online retailer's grocery deal would not hamper competition or provide an unfair advantage.

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Florida Lawmakers To Review Law Targeting Injured Undocumented Workers

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 7:01am

Employers and insurers were using the statute to deny workers' comp benefits, an NPR and ProPublica investigation found. Republican State Sen. Anitere Flores is now calling for action.

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For New England Farmers Looking To Make Ends Meet, The Sun Provides A Harvest

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:23am

Farmers in New England are renting parts of their land to solar energy developers, allowing the farmers to earn some much needed extra money. But not everyone is happy about the trend.

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Coal, Nuclear Power Would Benefit From Energy Department's Power Grid Study

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:02am

A controversial Energy Department report claims the U.S. power grid could become less reliable if too much electricity comes from renewable energy and natural gas. Environmentalists doubt the report.

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Convenience Store In Massachusetts Sells Winning Powerball Ticket

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 3:36am

Handy Variety in Watertown, Mass., sold the winning ticket for the $758.7 million Powerball jackpot. It's the largest grand prize won by a single lottery ticket in U.S. history.

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Justice Department Narrows Request For Visitor Logs To Inauguration Protest Website

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 6:51pm

Dropping a request for some 1.3 million IP addresses, the Trump Administration says its will instead focus "on evidence of the planning coordination and participation in a criminal act."

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#HappyBirthday: Quintessential Twitter Feature Turns 10

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 5:47pm

Originally envisioned as a method of organization, the hashtag has gone from an obscure idea to an indelible part of our communication landscape.

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New Yorkers Mourn End Of An Era As 'Village Voice' Ceases Print Edition

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 2:49pm

On Tuesday, the famed alt-weekly announced it would be ending its free weekly print edition. The publication was purchased by Peter Barbey in 2015.

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Headless Torso ID'd As Reporter Who Died Aboard Inventor's Personal Sub

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 12:02pm

Peter Madsen and the journalist set out alone in his submarine. Within days, the sub had sunk and Madsen had admitted that Kim Wall died aboard. Now, police say remains that washed ashore are hers.

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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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