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Women's Hockey Takes Stage As New Pro Sports League

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 3:55am

Founder Dani Rylan launched the league in October with teams in Boston, Buffalo, Connecticut and New York City. For girls who want to play pro, she says, the NWHL can turn dreams into reality.

Federal Workplace Law Fails To Protect Employees Left Out Of Workers' Compensation

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 3:53am

Companies that opt out of state workers' comp laws say the Employee Retirement Income Security Act will ensure injured workers get justice. But an NPR investigation found that may not be true.

Business Travelers Often Skip The Rental Car, Use Uber Instead

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 11:01pm

They increasingly are relying on ride-hailing services, more than car rentals or taxis, according to new data. Analysts say the car rental firms need to catch up, with more convenient features.

Creative Director Of American 'Vogue,' Grace Coddington, Steps Down

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:23pm

The 74-year-old stylist will scale back her role, becoming creative director at-large. She entered the fashion industry as a model at 17, then found an influential niche at the magazine.

As Oil Plummets, Cheap Jet Fuel Means Better Travel Deals

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 3:56pm

Cheap oil doesn't just mean cheaper gas prices; it also means cheaper jet fuel. That's led to a big drop in airfares. It's good news for travelers — and for airlines, which have struggled for years.

Diet Foods Are Tanking. So The Diet Industry Is Now Selling 'Health'

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 3:46pm

Consumers are increasingly disillusioned with diet products and programs. But they're also confused by new terms like gluten-free and non-GMO, industry analysts and nutritionists say.

Wall Street Has Another Brutal Day, As Stock Prices Plummet

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 1:57pm

Fears about slowing global growth have sent the Dow Jones industrial average down by about 10 percent this month since the start of the year.

VW Fix Should Be Less Emotional Than His Previous Cases, Feinberg Says

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:10am

VW recall administrator Kenneth Feinberg talks to Renee Montagne about the status of the process, and what VW needs to do to satisfy regulators. Feinberg most recently oversaw the GM ignition case.

Opioid Abuse Takes A Toll On Workers And Their Employers

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 3:35am

Many employers who test for drugs don't screen employees for opioids. Yet opioid abuse is linked to problems with workplace productivity and safety.

Gun Stocks Up, But Activists Move To Expand Anti-Investment Push

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 4:29pm

Instead of pushing for new gun laws, anti-gun activists want supporters to pull big gun retailers like Wal-Mart from their investment portfolios. But experts say it might not be effective.

Despite Slower Growth, China's Economy Is Undergoing Major Changes

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 4:11pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Yukon Huang, senior associate in the Asia program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, about how China's economy is changing.

In Oklahoma, Low Energy Prices Drive State Budget Crisis

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 3:34pm

Low energy prices are good for consumers but bad for some businesses — and the states that rely on them. Oklahoma lawmakers say there may be a "revenue failure" soon. The state has a $900 million budget hole.

Once Upon A Time, Congress Cut Deficits; Now CBO Says That's Over

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 3:01pm

Back in the old days, say 2011, political leaders talked about, and acted upon, worries involving federal borrowing. But a new CBO report shows deficits surging — even as political attention drifts.

IMF Lowers Its Growth Forecast For The Global Economy

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 9:01am

Advanced economies are doing OK, but a sharp slowdown is plaguing much of the developing world, the IMF's latest report says.

China Reports Slowest Economic Growth In 25 Years

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 6:20am

Not since the fallout from the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre has China's economy grown at the pace it did last year, at just below 7 percent.

Area Satiric Publication The Onion Sold To Univision (Seriously)

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 5:23am

The Spanish-language network gets a 40 percent, controlling stake in The Onion and related sites, including the AV Club and Clickhole. The move comes as Univision tries to reach more millennials.

Alaska Faces Budget Deficit As Crude Oil Prices Slide

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 4:18am

Alaska may overhaul the way it spends its oil wealth. While the state has a lot of oil, the price of oil has dropped so much that the state now has a $3 billion deficit in a $5 billion state budget.

'Dark Money': Koch Brothers' Donations Push Their Political Agenda

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 4:18am

Steve Inskeep talks to author Jane Mayer about her new book Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right.

What The Drop In Commodity Prices Means For The U.S. Economy

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 4:18am

Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution, about the long-term precipitous declines in commodity prices.

Social Science Research Examines The Generosity Of The Wealthy

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 4:18am

Self-made billionaires are bigger philanthropists than those who inherit their wealth, research says. That might explain why the self-made wealthy plan to donate much of their wealth to charity.




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