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Amazon Acquires Ring, Expanding Reach Into Home Security

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 7:34pm

The tech giant bought the smart-doorbell maker in a deal reportedly exceeding $1 billion on Tuesday. It marks another big step into the camera surveillance business for the online retailer.

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German Court Will Let Cities Ban Some Diesel Cars To Decrease Pollution

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 5:20pm

A German court has ruled that cities may bans diesel cars in order to bring down emissions levels.

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Pregnancy Rate Might Predict Future Recessions, Researchers Suggest

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 5:05pm

Conventional wisdom holds that fertility rates go down in response to an economic downturn. But a new study found that conception rates begin to drop before a recession actually begins.

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In Africa, War Over Water Looms As Ethiopia Nears Completion Of Nile River Dam

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 3:06pm

Ethiopia hopes the electricity generated by the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will boost economic development, while Egypt is concerned its neighbor will gain control over the flow of water.

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Why Diesel-Powered Cars Are Bigger In Europe Than In The U.S.

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 3:03pm

Diesel-powered cars are bigger in Europe and the rest of the world than in the United States, but why? A big part of it is the failure of U.S. carmakers to make a reliable diesel car in the 1970s, while another part of it is that diesel engines are nosier and pollute more.

Georgia's Lieutenant Governor Threatens Delta Airlines After Company Cuts Ties With NRA

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 3:03pm

After Atlanta-based Delta Airlines eliminated a special discount program for NRA members, Georgia's lieutenant governor has threatened to fight against a tax break for the company. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks about what's at stake with Georgia Public Broadcasting's Stephen Fowler.

Comcast Makes $31 Billion Bid For European Broadcaster Sky

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 3:03pm

In a bid that appears designed to scuttle a deal planned by rivals, Comcast has offered $31 billion for Sky, Europe's largest broadcaster. If the Comcast bid is successful it will destroy Rupert Murdoch's plan to turn many of his assets over to Disney at a premium price.

House Passes Bill To Crack Down On Online Sex Trafficking

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 3:03pm

The bill would give prosecutors and victims more power to hold websites accountable for sex trafficking on their platforms. Parts of the bill have riled some tech companies and digital rights groups.

Is It Real Diversity If Brands Don't Want The Opinions That Come With New Faces?

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 3:03pm

Beauty brands are being criticized for promoting one brand ambassador while shunning another. In Revlon's case the Israeli actress Gal Godot, a vocal supporter of the Israeli Defense Forces. In L'Oreal's the model Amena Khan, who was praised as the first hair-care ambassador in hijab, only to resign under fire for pro-Palestinian tweets.

The Case For Overshooting

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 3:02pm

We have a new Federal Reserve Chair. His name is Jay Powell. Here's what we can expect.

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Lawmakers Agree On Paid Family Leave, But Not The Details

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:16pm

Passage of paid family leave laws in states like Washington is spurring federal lawmakers from both parties to float their own proposals, but so far support is not bridging party lines.

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New Fed Chief Sees Interest Rates Continuing To Rise As Economy Strengthens

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 10:56am

The central bank remains on track to boost rates gradually, Jerome Powell told Congress on Tuesday in his first testimony as Fed chairman. He said he's seen the economy picking up since December.

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