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From Mozart To Adele To Chance The Rapper, Measuring Album Sales Means Being Specific

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:48pm

In 2016, the album that sold the most physical CDs worldwide wasn't anywhere near the top of the charts — and one of the best-charting records of the year couldn't be bought at all.

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Volkswagen Announces Tentative $4.3 Billion Settlement Deal

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 3:36pm

Volkswagen announced Tuesday it is in advanced talks with the Justice Department on a settlement agreement to end a criminal probe into its diesel cheating scheme. The company said it would pay civil and criminal fines of $4.3 billion.

Before The White House, Jared Kushner Must Sort Out His Financial Holdings

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 3:36pm

Jared Kushner has a monster job ahead of him, even before he accepts the role of senior adviser to the president. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Susanne Craig of The New York Times about Kushner's significant business and financial holdings.

What Is Driving The 'Unbanking Of America'?

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 12:39pm

Author Lisa Servon says a growing number of Americans are giving up on traditional banks and relying instead on alternatives, including prepaid debit cards, check-cashing centers and payday lenders.

Backpage Shuts Down Adult Ads In The U.S., Citing Government Pressure

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 10:23am

The online classified website disabled its space for adults seeking sexual partners. A Senate report last year accused the website of being a forum for child sex trafficking.

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A Raise Can Wreak Havoc With Your Health Insurance Subsidy

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 9:19am

Health insurance subsidies are pegged to personal income estimates. But if those are too low, a person may have to repay the government later on.

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Yahoo Will Become 'Altaba' If Verizon Buys Its Internet Business

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 9:11am

If the $4.8 billion deal goes through, more than half of the company's current board members, including Yahoo's CEO, Marissa Mayer, will step down.

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Humans Worry About Self-Driving Cars. Maybe It Should Be The Reverse

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

Self-driving cars will perform rationally. For example: stop when someone is in their way. Research suggests humans will take advantage, and step into an intersection when they know they shouldn't.

Castaneda Reminds The U.S. Of The Benefits Of A Friendly Southern Neighbor

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

Former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda says Mexico has the leverage to push back against President-elect Donald Trump's plans regarding Mexican trade, immigration and a border wall.

Trump Names Son-In-Law Jared Kushner As White House Senior Adviser

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 3:08pm

The appointment of the president-elect's son-in-law to a senior role could run into legal and ethics issues related to nepotism. Kushner plans to largely divest from his sizable business interests.

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Bears Ears Monument Is A Win For Tribal Food Sovereignty. Will Trump Undo It?

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 11:51am

The newly created monument preserves 1.3 million acres in Utah where natives have foraged for millennia. But critics who point to the land's energy extraction potential want the designation undone.

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Annual Auto Show Kicks Off In Detroit

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 4:01am

The 2017 North American International Auto Show opened over the weekend in Detroit. A diverse lineup of new vehicles are vying for attention.

Decision Expected Soon In Florida Golf Course Suit Involving Trump

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 4:01am

A federal judge will rule on a 2013 lawsuit involving the Trump National golf course in Jupiter, Fla. Trump bought the club in 2012 and has refused to return $6 million to members wanting refunds.

Electronic Health Records May Help Customize Medical Treatments

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 3:59am

Most people's doctors put their health information in an electronic health record. Scientists are mining those records for clues to what treatments work best for individuals.

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HUD's Castro Worries That Housing Rule Could Be Rolled Back

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 3:47am

HUD secretary Julian Castro hopes his likely successor, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, will come to support many of HUD's programs, but worries whether he'll roll back a new fair housing rule.

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Low Pay In State Legislatures Means Some Can't Afford The Job

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 3:02am

State legislators in 30 states make $30,000 a year or less. New Mexico doesn't pay lawmakers at all, while those in New Hampshire make just $200 per two-year term.

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SeaWorld Ends Its Orca Theatrics In San Diego, But Critics Aren't Convinced

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 2:59pm

The One Ocean show, which has come under criticism for the treatment of its star orcas, has its finale Sunday at SeaWorld San Diego. Yet some doubt the park sincerely means to change its program.

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