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Low Gas Prices Lead Millions Of People To Plan Summer Travel

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:33pm

Gas prices are the lowest for summer in more than decade, and that's leading millions of people to plan to load up the kids in the minivan or SUV and hit the road this summer.

New Rules Against Animal Cruelty Raise The Stake For India's Beef Wars

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 2:21pm

The rules ban cattle sale for slaughter at livestock markets and come at a time of escalating tensions between Hindu extremists and beef-eating minorities. They could also hurt India's beef exports.

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Hong Kong's Last British Governor Criticizes Beijing 20 Years After Handover

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 10:50am

On the anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China, Chris Patten has harsh words for Beijing's heavy-handed approach to the governance of the territory.

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Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 10:06am

A curious warning from the White House to Syria about further use of chemical weapons was just one of the big global news stories this week.

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Will My High Premiums Go Down? More Q&A About The GOP Health Plan

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 9:19am

We're answering more questions about the Republican plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, including what the proposed changes would mean for healthy young people and for taxes.

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Opioids As The New Big Tobacco

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:58am

A wave of litigation by state attorneys general against the biggest opioid manufacturers and distributors feels reminiscent of lawsuits brought by states in the 1990s against the tobacco industry.

How Hong Kong's Banks Turned Chinese

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:58am

As China celebrates the 20th anniversary of Great Britain's handover of Hong Kong to Chinese control, it can celebrate another type of takeover: the city's financial sector.

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How Hong Kong's Banks Turned Chinese

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:58am

As China celebrates the 20th anniversary of Great Britain's handover of Hong Kong to Chinese control, it can celebrate another type of takeover: the city's financial sector.

(Image credit: Rob Schmitz/NPR )

Researchers Analyze Economic Impact Of Climate Change In The U.S.

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

A team of scientists and economists claims they've come up with the most thorough analysis of the cost of climate change in the U.S. Most of the country will suffer economic loss in addition to higher mortality from heat waves and loss of agriculture productivity by 2100. But like all predictions far into the future, this one has a wide range of outcomes and could be overshadowed by new technology still to be invented.

Mapping The Potential Economic Effects Of Climate Change

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 1:43pm

Scientists and economists predict what parts of the U.S. may get hit hardest by climate change. A new study goes county by county to gauge the potential cost of global warming.

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French Bank BNP Paribas Accused Of Complicity In Rwandan Genocide

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 12:30pm

Three civil society organizations in France have filed a lawsuit against French banking giant BNP Paribas, accusing it of complicity in the 1994 genocide that killed more than 800,000 people.

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Sony Will Start Making Vinyl Records Again In Japan, After Nearly 30-Year Hiatus

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 8:14am

Sony says it's meeting new demand from young people who buy records they've heard on streaming services. The company stopped pressing vinyl in 1989.

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In China, A Cashless Trend Is Taking Hold With Mobile Payments

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 6:16am

Consumers there are finding convenience and security in using smartphones to pay. An estimated $5.5 trillion was spent through mobile platforms in 2016, about 50 times the amount in the U.S.

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Listen Up! How Recognizing Sounds Can Help With Car Repairs

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

Sounds leave cues about the wear and tear on cars, power tools and other devices. By identifying the sounds a startup aims to improve the repair and performance of vehicles, traffic signals and more.

GOP Health Plan Vote Delayed, But Sen. Rounds Will Vote 'Yes'

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

Steve Inskeep talks to Republican Senator Mike Rounds of South Dakota about why he supports the GOP Senate health care bill.

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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