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Congress Needs To Address Deeper Issues Hurting Health Care, Pearl Says

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:03am

Rachel Martin talks to Dr. Robert Pearl, who has been watching congressional efforts to overhaul health care. Pearl is CEO of health care insurer and provider, The Permanente Medical Group.

Kushner Family Business Pitch In China Prompts Questions About Investor Visas

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 5:38pm

Jared Kushner's sister recently pitched a New Jersey project to investors in China. Such investors could get a crack at an immigration visa to the United States in exchange for $500,000.

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Austrian Court Rules Facebook Must Delete Hate Speech

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 4:41pm

The decision could have global consequences: The court ruled that the harsh words against an Austrian politician must be deleted from Facebook worldwide.

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Sinclair Broadcast Group Has Deal To Buy Tribune Media's TV Stations

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 4:21pm

Sinclair's holdings are already vast and the deal, which needs federal approval, would give it stations in seven of the top 10 markets. It would further propel consolidation in the industry.

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After Decades Covering It, Tech Still Amazes Walt Mossberg

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 4:08pm

He began covering personal technology in the 1990s, when he says tech columns were written "by geeks for geeks." As he retires, Mossberg reflects on how tech has evolved, often in unexpected ways.

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Restaurants With Low Yelp Ratings Suffer Under Higher Minimum Wages

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 3:29pm

Minimum wage increases in the San Francisco Bay Area have had an impact on the local restaurant industry, according to a study released by Harvard Business School. Restaurants with low or middling Yelp reviews have become more likely to go out of business. Places with high reviews have been unaffected. The study doesn't attempt to determine whether the wage increases have been good for employees or the local economy overall.

Coach Announces It Is Buying Kate Spade In $2.4 Billion Deal

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 2:43pm

The news confirms months of rumors that the two New York-based brands were in talks to join forces, as Coach tries to attract millennial customers. Both boards unanimously approved the deal.

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Public Restrooms Become Ground Zero In The Opioid Epidemic

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 11:33am

People often turn to public restrooms as a place to get high on opioids. It has led some establishments to close their facilities, while others are training employees to help people who overdose.

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Life Expectancy Can Vary By 20 Years Depending On Where You Live

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 10:29am

Geographic inequality in lifespan is growing in the United States, with people in some counties living more than 20 years longer than those in others.

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Google Moves In And Wants To Pump 1.5 Million Gallons Of Water Per Day

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 4:00am

The company says it needs that much water to cool its servers at a South Carolina data center. Now, community leaders are having to balance economic benefits with environmental impact.

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Have The 'Miserable' Airlines Finally Reached A Tipping Point?

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 4:00am

"We're a bunch of tuna crammed into a can and it's miserable," said one traveler. Now, airlines hope they can get past the perception that they put profit over passenger comfort.

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Kushner's Sister Suggests Family Can Help Chinese Get U.S. Visas In Business Exchange

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 5:31pm

Washington Post's William Wan talks to NPR's Lakshmi Singh about accusations that Nicole Meyer, sister to senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, used her family ties to peddle business in Beijing.

Health Care Services Is A Big Concern For Puerto Ricans In Current Economy

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 5:31pm

NPR's Lakshmi Singh talks to Associated Press reporter Danica Coto about how Puerto Ricans are responding to austerity measures meant to address the island's billion-dollar debt.

Puerto Rico Government Looking At Different Ways To Reduce $120 Billion Debt

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 5:31pm

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló talks about the dire economic situation on the island. Last week it sought a special form of protection from creditors.

Kushner Companies' Pitch To Chinese Investors Raises Conflict Of Interest Questions

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 4:50pm

The sister of President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, highlighted her powerful brother as she sought financing for the family firm's real estate project in New Jersey to Chinese investors.

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The Call-In: Answering Your Air Travel Questions

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 7:16am

This week on The Call-In: airline travel. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Wall Street Journal columnist Scott McCartney and former flight attendant Gailen David.

The 'Oracle of Omaha' Condemns Republican Health Care Bill At Berkshire Meeting

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 10:23pm

At what's become an annual tradition that some call a "Capitalist Woodstock," Warren Buffett held forth on a wide range of issues, including Wells Fargo's scandal, tax cuts and driverless cars.

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The Case Against 'Maximizing Shareholder Value'

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 6:48am

Bloomberg View writer Joe Nocera talks with NPR's Scott Simon about what happened when American Airlines gave its employees a raise — and Wall Street complained.

3 Men, One Skyscraper And A Conflict-Of-Interest Concern In Foreign Policy

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 6:26am

"It all just looks really bad," said anti-corruption expert Stuart Gilman. "It looks like Trump is trying to simply protect his properties."

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Businesses Push Back On Paid-Sick-Leave Laws

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 6:15am

Dozens of states and cities require businesses to offer paid sick leave. But some employers are looking for ways to pre-empt those requirements, including at the federal level.

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