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In Kentucky Coal Country, A Mining Life In Flux

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 4:11am

The coal region of western Kentucky has managed to keep its mining industry alive through changing energy trends of the past few decades. That is, until now.

Obama To Highlight Auto Industry Success In State Of The Union

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 4:11am

During President Obama's administration, the auto industry hit record sales in 2015. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat from Michigan, says Obama has a right to a "victory lap."

ABC Family Channel To Change Its Name To Freeform Network

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 4:11am

The cable channel is dropping the word family from its title for the first time in more than 25 years. The move shows how competition has forced TV channels to hone in on their most important viewers.

Richard Thaler: Why Most Economists Might As Well Be Studying Unicorns

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 11:01pm

Shankar Vedantam talks to Richard Thaler — father of behavioral economics and author of Misbehaving -- about why we so often fail to act the way we should and how marshmallows can predict the future.

State Of The Obama Economy: Far Better, But Still With Many Troubles

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 4:59pm

The economy has improved dramatically in the Obama era. But problems still abound because of the soaring national debt, a deformed tax code, shrunken paychecks and a growing skills gap.

Self-Driving Cars Are Coming, But Are We Ready For Them?

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 4:15pm

Automakers and tech companies are racing to develop them. But is the public ready to give up control of their cars? The University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute has been evaluating.

Michigan Steps Up Efforts To Tackle Lead Crisis After Outcry

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 3:41pm

Flint residents are suffering from irreversible health effects of elevated lead levels, amid criticism that the government has been too slow to act.

'We Didn't Lie,' Volkswagen CEO Says Of Emissions Scandal

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 3:38pm

Speaking with NPR, Matthias Mueller blamed the problem on a misunderstanding of U.S. law and said the company doesn't have an ethics problem. Less than a day later, he asked to clarify those remarks.

Car Companies Show Off New Tech At Detroit Auto Show

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 3:23pm

For years, car geeks have talked a lot about self-driving cars. But this year is different, with record sales and potentially record profits, the industry invested billions on autonomous technology. The major sense in the car world is "we don't want to get disrupted out of business."

Supreme Court Weighs Changes That Would Hurt Public Unions' Bottom Lines

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 3:23pm

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday about whether public employee unions should be able to collect some dues from nonmembers. A majority of the justices seemed to be leaning against it.

New York Court Extends Temporary Stay For DraftKings And FanDuel

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 3:23pm

A panel of judges decided to extend the ruling issued last month that allows the daily fantasy sites to continue operations in the state while they appeal a lower court's order that they stop.

Our Favorite Banana May Be Doomed. Can New Varieties Replace It?

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 2:50pm

The Cavendish banana and other beloved varieties are threatened by a fungus that's spreading around the world. Scientists are trying to find new varieties that will be resistant to the disease.




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