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Billionaire Koch Aims For 'Better' When Giving To Political Causes

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:14am

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Charles Koch, the fourth-wealthiest man in America according to Forbes, and a conservative political financier.

San Diego Mulls Whether To Let City, Not Utility, Buy Alternative Energy

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:10am

It's the largest city in the U.S. to commit to using only renewable energy. And even though stakeholders are on board, trouble could be brewing over how to implement the plan.

Outlook For Wages Brightens, But Not So For Wall Street

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 4:37pm

The nation's business economists see higher wages coming for workers, but that good news did not cheer Wall Street investors on Monday. They continued to worry about supercheap oil prices.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Announces High Level Departures

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 3:13pm

There's been a shakeup in the executive ranks at Twitter. CEO Jack Dorsey is overhauling key parts of the company as he seeks to address financial problems that have left investors in a sour mood.

McDonald's Unveils Unexpectedly Strong Earnings Report

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 3:13pm

McDonald's unveiled a stronger than expected earnings report Monday morning that has analysts wondering if the fast food giant has finally pulled off a turnaround.

Oops. Tablet Outage In AFC Title Game Coincides With Microsoft Ad

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 2:30pm

After the Patriots' Microsoft Surface tablets briefly stopped working during the AFC Championship, the tech company is getting the wrong kind of publicity.

Homeowners Who Played The Odds On Oil Heating Costs Lose Out

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 4:11am

Many homes in the Northeast use oil heat, and many homeowners lock into a set price to avoid nasty surprises. But this year, that prudent step has backfired as oil prices plunge.

Fight To Lower Drug Prices Forces Some To Switch Medication

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 4:10am

Health insurers are trying to spark a price war by refusing to pay for some brand-name medications unless they get a big discount. This forces some people to change their prescriptions.

Meet The Most Pampered Vegetables In America

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 4:09am

Chef's Garden is a farm in Ohio growing vegetables to the specifications of the world's top chefs. It's a place where vegetables are artistic materials painstakingly tended and handled like jewels.

Analysts: Markets May Be Underestimating U.S. Economic Resilience

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 3:19am

Stock markets are often seen as a predictor of what's ahead for the economy. But some say this year's falling markets are crying wolf. "I think financial markets have overreacted," says one economist.

Move Over, Comic Book Guy: Philly Comics Store Prizes Diversity In Its Heroes

Sun, 01/24/2016 - 4:20pm

At Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse in Philadelphia, owner Ariell Johnson says diversity isn't just an afterthought. She tells NPR's Michel Martin that new faces keep the heroics interesting.

When A Chicken Farm Moves Next Door, Odor May Not Be The Only Problem

Sun, 01/24/2016 - 4:01pm

Large-scale poultry production is ramping up in North Carolina and getting closer to residential areas. Neighbors say the smells and pollution from these farms can make it hard to breathe.

As Debt Talks Hit An Impasse, What's Next For Puerto Rico?

Sun, 01/24/2016 - 4:01pm

Negotiations to restructure the U.S. territory's significant debt hit a speed bump Friday. As Congress considers its next step, economist Rosario Rivera explains the origins of the financial crisis.

Iraq Faces A Perfect Economic Storm

Sun, 01/24/2016 - 11:18am

Iraq's government is waging a costly war with the Islamic State while dealing with falling oil prices, millions of displaced citizens and staggering rebuilding costs.

California Regulators Order Company To Permanently Close Leaking Gas Well

Sun, 01/24/2016 - 10:47am

A well on the outskirts of LA has been spewing natural gas into the air for months. Once it's sealed off, regulators say, it can never be tapped again. Other new restrictions are also being imposed.

Billionaire Former N.Y. Mayor Bloomberg Eyeing Possible White House Bid

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 12:46pm

With a Ted Cruz or Donald Trump GOP nomination looking possible and Bernie Sanders gaining on the Democratic side, the former New York City mayor and billionaire is seriously eyeing a White house run.

For Self-Driving Car Tech, Companies Won't Go Zero To 100 Too Fast

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 7:13am

We take a ride with Micah Muzio of Kelley Blue Book to learn about the gradual evolution of autonomous driving.

$1.22 A Gallon: Cheap Gas Raises Fears Of Urban Sprawl

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 5:20am

Gas prices in Columbus, Ohio, are among the lowest in the country. Drivers appreciate the savings, but anti-sprawl advocates say cheap gas doesn't help their cause.

Regulators Recall Another 5 Million Vehicles Due To Faulty Air Bags

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 7:05pm

The latest death linked to Takata air bags was the ninth in the U.S. and the tenth worldwide. It involved the crash of a Ford Ranger. Other brands being recalled include Volkswagen and Audi.

IKEA Executive On Why The West Has Hit 'Peak Stuff'

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 3:11pm

IKEA's Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard tells NPR's Ari Shapiro how his company plans to keep expanding even while he says many in the Western world have lost their appetite for more stuff.

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