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Uber Considers Leave Of Absence For CEO Travis Kalanack

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 3:38pm

Despite phenomenal growth and popularity with users, Uber's troubles are mounting. The ride hailing company has been rocked by a sexual harassment scandal, top executives have quit, and there are reports that CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanack may take a leave of absence. Employees and investors tell NPR that Uber faces a more challenging problem — its fractured relationship with drivers.

Notaries Are Starting To Put Down The Stamp And Pick Up A Webcam

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 3:23pm

Technology and new laws are taking notarizations digital, adding them to the list of things you can do on your phone or computer. However, America's 4 million notaries are split on the idea.

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Attorneys General Of Maryland And D.C. Sue Trump Over His Businesses

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 2:56pm

Another lawsuit has been filed to force President Trump to sell off his businesses. But this one is different: It was filed on behalf of attorneys general in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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Delta, BofA Drop Support For 'Julius Caesar' That Looks Too Much Like Trump

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:14pm

A New York production's Caesar has blond hair, a fondness for long ties and a wife who speaks with a Slavic accent. Delta said the assassination tale "crossed the line on the standards of good taste."

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This Baker Makes Internet Trolls Eat Their Words — Literally

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 10:12am

Tempted to respond back to Internet harassers? New York City baker Kat Thek does just that. Her company, Troll Cakes, will find your perpetrator and send them a cake with their words written on it.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Troll Cakes)

How To Earn Six Figures Without A Four-Year Degree

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 10:06am

An age-old practice with origins in medieval times, is now gaining traction again in the United States.

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A Drugmaker Tries To Cash In On The Opioid Epidemic, One State Law At A Time

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 7:57am

The maker of one medical treatment for opioid abuse has successfully lobbied statehouses around the country to pass policies that tilt addiction treatment practices in favor of the company's drug.

(Image credit: Kim Ryu for NPR)

D.C., Maryland To Sue Trump Over Foreign Payments

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 4:01am

Rachel Martin talks to Washington Post reporter Aaron Davis, who says Washington, D.C., and Maryland plan to sue President Trump over his failure to divest himself of his business interests.

Words You'll Hear: Dodd-Frank

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 4:45pm

This week NPR's Lakshmi Singh speaks with Raj Date, former Deputy Director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about the House bill to scale back Dodd-Frank financial regulations.

Activists On The Left Seek To Harness Spending As Part Of Their Anti-Trump Resistance

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 6:00am

Boycotts are a powerful and familiar form of protest and now it seems "procotts" — when shoppers seek out products that help support their political beliefs — among anti-Trumpers are on the rise.

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Why We Should Say Someone Is A 'Person With An Addiction,' Not An Addict

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 4:00am

Journalists should quit calling a person who uses drugs an "addict," according to The Associated Press Stylebook. This follows a trend toward "person first" descriptions of people with diseases.

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Town That Helped Power Northwest Feels Left Behind In Shift Away From Coal

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 7:01am

Colstrip, Mont., is home to the second-largest coal power plant in the West. The plant's customers in other states are turning away from coal, so locals are looking for support in making a transition.

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Uber Drivers Confront Challenges Working For A 'Faceless Boss'

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 3:38pm

While Uber says you can "be your own boss" — that's their viral tagline — hundreds of drivers tell NPR it's not true. They say Uber feels more like a faceless boss — setting strict rules and punishments, but eerily hard to reach, even in emergencies.

FDA Asks Drug Maker To Pull Opioid Opana ER Off The Market

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 3:38pm

The Food and Drug Administration requested drug maker Endo Pharmaceuticals stop selling Opana ER, which is an opioid. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, about the decision.

It's Checkmatey For Pirate Joe's: Canadian Grocery Reseller Lowers Its Sails

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 3:35pm

Break out the pirate pun of your choice, for an era has come to a close: After five years buying Trader Joe's products in the U.S. and reselling them in Vancouver, Pirate Joe's is shuttering the shop.

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Taylor Swift Returns To Spotify, Amends Her Relationship To Streaming

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 11:17am

The pop superstar announced her 'return' to streaming, but it's more complicated than that.

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Canada's Tech Firms Capitalize On Immigration Anxiety In The Age Of Trump

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:46am

"We feel that Canada has a window of opportunity here to be able to attract the best and the brightest," says one Canadian tech leader.

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Want More Traditional Chinese Fare? Panda Express Says: Give Us A Try

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:33am

The fast-food chain is often knocked for its Americanized spin on Chinese food. But as American palates expand, it wants to keep up by offering more traditional Chinese recipes ... to an extent.

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A Little-Known Climate Fund Is Suddenly In The Spotlight

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 8:10am

It's the Green Climate Fund. It was called out by President Trump last week, who said he'd cut off U.S. "billions." What does it do, exactly, and what will be the impact of the cutback?

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The Faceless Boss: A Look Into The Uber Driver Workplace

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 6:10am

To recruit drivers, company leaders are fond of saying that at Uber, you can "Be Your Own Boss." But NPR found that many Uber drivers feel controlled by a boss that is both always there, yet faceless.

(Image credit: Lucas Carter for NPR)

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