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Senate Health Bill Needs To Change Dramatically, AARP Says

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 4:13am

Steve Inskeep talks to David Certner, legislative policy director for government affairs at AARP, about why his organization wants the Senate to scratch the GOP health care bill and start again.

America's Growing Taste For Mezcal Is Good For Mexico's Small Producers

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 3:29am

Oaxaca is the heart of mezcal country, where the pungent booze is made from the same plant as tequila by traditional distillers. As U.S. drinkers embrace mezcal, investors are flocking south.

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Trump Picks Republican Lawyer For FCC Commissioner Seat

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 2:55am

President Trump will name former telecom attorney and current FCC lawyer Brendan Carr to serve as an FCC commissioner. He's expected to back Chairman Ajit Pai's efforts to undo net neutrality rules.

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Paul Manafort's Firm Received $17.1 Million From Ukrainian Political Party

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 4:15pm

President Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, has retroactively filed forms showing that his firm received $17.1 million over two years from the political party that dominated Ukraine – at least until its leader fled to Russia in 2014. Manafort is one of many Trump associates being investigated by the Special Counsel Office for ties to Russia.

Why Whole Foods' Small Suppliers Think Amazon Will Be Good For Them

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:25pm

The small companies that gave Whole Foods its local-food image are relieved to see Amazon taking over. But their hopes may collide with the online retailer's cost-cutting tactics.

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Seattle's Fight For $15, Three Years Later

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 9:06am

A new study is making waves after finding that the city's minimum wage hike actually hurt its workers.

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Petya Ransomware Hits At Least 65 Countries; Microsoft Traces It To Tax Software

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 8:00am

An updated version of Petya has the ability to worm through computer networks, gathering passwords and credentials and spreading itself.

Hospital Official Waits To See When Senate Votes On GOP Health Bill

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 7:07am

The vote has been postponed until after the July 4 holiday. Steve Inskeep talks to Dr. Rod Hochman, CEO of Providence St. Joseph Health, which has hospitals in seven states including Washington.

European Union Fines Google $2.7 Billion

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 4:04am

The European Union has fined Google $2.7 billion over what it calls anti-competitive practices. Steve Inskeep talks with Adrianne Jeffries of The Outline.

Sarah Palin Sues 'New York Times,' Says Editorial Defamed Her

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 1:23am

The Times editorial, which was corrected later, linked one of Palin's political action committee ads to the mass shooting in January 2011 that severely wounded then-Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords.

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Labor Department Rethinking Obama-Era Overtime Pay Rule

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 6:11pm

On Tuesday the Labor Department formally requested information from the Office of Management and Budget, setting the stage for scaling back a rule that would make more workers eligible for OT.

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Supreme Court To Consider New Jersey's Bid To Legalize Sports Betting

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:41pm

New Jersey's bid to offer legalized sports betting is going to the Supreme Court. The state wants to allow legal sports betting in its casinos and racetracks, but major league sports are united in their opposition.

Beekeepers Feel The Sting Of California's Great Hive Heist

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 2:54pm

This year authorities uncovered a "beehive chop shop:" nearly $1 million in stolen hives in a field in Fresno County. There's money to be made by renting out bees to orchards, and thefts are rising.

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CNN Resignations A Sign Of The High Stakes In Covering Trump's Administration

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 2:12pm

Three investigative journalists have quit after the network retracted a story about a congressional inquiry into a link between Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci and a Russian investment fund.

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From Film Stars To Naturalists, These Lives Have Become Boozy Inspirations

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:32am

Breweries and distilleries are collaborating with artists and fashioning their drinks after influential people to try to better connect with customers or bring attention to the drink's origin.

Large Cyberattack Hits Ukraine, Snarling Electric Grids And Banks

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:59am

"There is no way to restore your data without a special key," a red screen tells users whose computers were taken over by malware Tuesday. The attack targeted Ukraine's government and infrastructure.

Google Fined Record $2.7 Billion In EU Anti-Trust Ruling

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 8:26am

The European Union says Google unfairly abused its power over search results to promote its own over competitors. It's the biggest fine the EU has ever given a single company in an anti-trust case.

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