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Justice Department To Move Away From Using Private Prisons

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 4:06am

The Justice Department says it will, over time, stop housing federal prisoners in private prisons. The department says private prisons aren't as safe or effective as their federally run counterparts.

Viacom CEO Out As Redstone Family Reasserts Control

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 12:43am

Renegade executive chairman, president and CEO Philippe Dauman leaves in exchange for a $72 million payout.

Federal Judge Throws Out Uber Driver Class-Action Settlement Offer

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 8:02pm

Uber drivers claims that they should be compensated as employees, not independent contractors, get a boost. Negotiators for the drivers had okayed the deal but the judge wasn't satisfied.

Gawker.com Shutting Down As Univision Buys Associated Sites

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 3:28pm

Gawker.com will shut down next week, as the company's other sites are in the process of being sold to Univision. Gawker Media filed for bankruptcy in June after a judge ordered it to pay $140 million in the Hulk Hogan privacy case.

Uber To Roll Out Self-Driving Cars In Pittsburgh

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 3:28pm

Uber will roll out self-driving vehicles for customers in Pittsburgh within the next few weeks. The riding hailing company aims to be the first to make driverless vehicles available for commercial use. Uber says it will put 100 Volvo SUVs on the road for trips within the city. The vehicles will have an Uber helper in the passenger seat in case something goes wrong.

Uber To Roll Out Self-Driving Cars In Pittsburgh

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 3:28pm

The ride-hailing company expects to include a human in case something goes wrong, but the driverless vehicles would be the first available for commercial use. They could be on the road in a few weeks.

Gawker.com Shutting Down, Associated Sites Being Sold To Univision

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 1:51pm

The flagship site of Gawker Media is closing next week. The company went into bankruptcy protection after a suit by Hulk Hogan resulted in a $140 million judgment against the site.

T-Mobile, Sprint Vie For New Customers With Unlimited Data Plans

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 1:39pm

It's a bit of a renaissance for unlimited plans, which went all but extinct in recent years. But do people really need that much data?

Shrimp Grown In Tanks Make A Splash, Coming To A Market Near You

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 1:05pm

The U.S. appetite for shrimp is often fed in unsavory ways, with seafood produced unsustainably, sometimes with slave labor. In New York's Hudson Valley, an indoor aqua farm is raising an alternative.

As College Costs Soar, Critics Question Open Curriculum Courses

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 4:05am

College students heading back to campus may find some obscure course offerings such as: Zombies in Popular Media. Some argue every class has its merit; others worry they are a waste of time and money.

Bringing Back Manufacturing Jobs Would Be Harder Than It Sounds

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 3:45am

On the campaign trail, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump frequently promises to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. But how realistic is it to think he could do that, if elected?

Ford Looks To A Fleet Of Driverless Cars

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 8:46pm

They'll be on the road by 2021, the company says, and will build on automation already available for help with parking and avoiding traffic. The vehicles could be used for ride sharing, Uber-style.

Target Announces Expansion Of Bathroom Options In U.S. Stores

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 7:36pm

The retail giant denies that a backlash to its policy of opening bathrooms to transgender choice has caused a slide in sales.

With Demand For Its Products Down, Cisco Will Cut Workforce

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 6:38pm

The company says it will lay off 5,500 employees and, like other Silicon Valley pioneers, move into different types of business.

Oil #3: How Fracking Changed the World

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 5:07pm

Third of five episodes. The Planet Money oil faces a test, we sell it, and we meet the man who set off the fracking boom in America.

Airline Pilots Pump The Brakes On Plans To Speed Up Flights

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 4:11pm

American Airlines is urging pilots and crews to fly faster and take shorter routes to decrease delays. The pilot union says this "pilot pushing," as they call it, will thin the margins of safety.

Aetna CEO To Justice Department: Block Our Deal And We'll Drop Out Of Obamacare

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 12:08pm

A July letter from Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini to the Justice Department said the company would pull back from health insurance exchanges if the government opposed the company's merger with Humana.

Distilling The Story Of California Wine, One Label At A Time

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 9:52am

At the world's largest wine research library — inside UC Davis — librarians are crowd-sourcing their archives to understand the forces that shaped California's wine industry into a global powerhouse.

Florida Keys Opposition Stalls Tests Of Genetically Altered Mosquitoes

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 4:06am

The Food and Drug Administration has approved release of genetically engineered mosquitoes in an effort to halt the spread of Zika virus. But residents of the Florida Keys aren't keen on the concept.

Opposition In Florida Puts Tests Of Genetically Altered Mosquitoes On Hold

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 4:06am

As Miami struggles to control the Zika virus, the FDA approved a tool to fight the spread of the disease: genetically engineered mosquitoes. Will communities in Florida allow them to be used?

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