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Forget Self-Driving Cars. Self-Driving Chairs Have Arrived

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 1:17pm

Nissan unveiled the ProPilot chair, a high-tech self-driving seat that the automaker says makes waiting in line "easy and fun" by using technology designed for semi-autonomous cars.

Are Golden Tickets That Speed Drugs Through FDA Worthwhile?

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 1:16pm

A voucher awarded to a company that finds a treatment for a rare childhood disease can be sold to the highest bidder and then used to fast-track the review of another drug. Are the prizes worth it?

Phone Emergency Alerts Will Begin Including Links, Phone Numbers

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 12:46pm

Regulators have voted to expand cellphone alerts to 360 characters from the previous cutoff at 90, and to begin including clickable URLs and phone numbers over the next year or so. But no photos, yet.

Americans Unconvinced Of Potential Good Of Self-Driving Cars, Study Finds

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 11:27am

Most Americans say they should always have the option to drive themselves. That's despite the fact the average driver is excited by driverless technology.

Watch Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf Face House Panel Over Fake Accounts

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 9:37am

Questions for Stumpf include one about his sale of $13 million in stock, which Rep. Carolyn Maloney calls "by far the largest open-market sale of Wells Fargo stock" in the CEO's tenure.

'Working: Then & Now': Black Chicago Police Officer

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 4:09am

In 1971, Studs Terkel interviewed Renault Robinson, one of the city's few black officers. Robinson spoke bluntly about the role of race in urban policing. Thanks to Radio Diaries podcast and Project&.

Tech Group To Set Industry Standards For Artificial Intelligence

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 4:09am

Artificial intelligence is increasingly becoming part of everyday life: think Apple's Siri. Major tech firms formed a group to help the public understand AI and develop standards so it isn't misused.

FCC To Vote On Controverisal Set-Top-Box Plan

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 4:09am

The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on a proposal to free you from having to rent your set-top box in order to watch cable TV. But the idea is not without controversy.

The Scandal That Envelops Wells Fargo Keeps Growing

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 4:09am

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf goes before the House Financial Services Committee on Thursday to further respond to questions about the misuse of customer accounts. Former employees are suing the bank.

'Cup Noodles' Turns 45: A Closer Look At The Revolutionary Ramen Creation

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 3:48am

Today instant ramen is consumed in at least 80 countries around the world and even considered popular currency in American prisons.

California Imposes Sweeping Sanctions On Wells Fargo Amid Scandal

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 6:06pm

California's state treasurer has announced he is suspending major parts of the state's business relationship with Wells Fargo because of a scandal involving unauthorized customer accounts.

Tech Giants Team Up To Tackle The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 5:15pm

Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and IBM form a group to set the first industrywide best practices for the technology already powering many applications, such as voice and image recognition.

Yay, It's Time For My Performance Review! (Said No One Ever)

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 4:46pm

At many companies, annual reviews are being transformed as the nature of work changes. And instead of ranking their employees, firms are turning to more frequent, less formal evaluations.

The Case Of The 'Clawback': What's Next For The Wells Fargo Board

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 3:00pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Richard Bove, a longtime banking analyst and vice president of equity research at Rafferty Capital Markets, about Wells Fargo's recent sales scandal.

Austerity Measures In Cuba Spark Fears Of A Return To Dark Economic Times

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 3:00pm

Since July, authorities have cut work hours, electricity and gas supplies. Those measures have prompted fears of a return to austere economic times. Meanwhile, Venezuela has cut subsidies to Cuba.

Austerity Measures In Cuba Spark Fears Of A Return To Dark Economic Times

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 3:00pm

Since July, authorities have cut work hours, electricity and gas supplies. Those measures have prompted fears of a return to austere economic times. Meanwhile, Venezuela has cut subsidies to Cuba.

We're No. 3: U.S. Infrastructure, Education Faulted In Global Competitiveness Index

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 1:55pm

The last time the U.S. ranked No. 1 in a key economic index was 2008. Key issues cited in the 2016 report: America's problems with its infrastructure, health and primary education systems.

Whales, Sea Turtles, Seals: The Unintended Catch Of Abandoned Fishing Gear

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 1:17pm

An endangered whale was found dead over the weekend, entangled in derelict fishing gear. Such incidents have been on the rise in recent years. A new California law aims to combat the problem.

Journalist Says Trump Foundation May Have Engaged In 'Self-Dealing'

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 12:56pm

Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold says the Trump Foundation doesn't operate like a typical charity: "[Trump] doesn't seem to have understood that a charity isn't set up to benefit you."

Suspended Host's Lawsuit Casts Shadow Over Fox News' New President

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 9:54am

Suspended Fox News host Andrea Tantaros has accused former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes of sexually harassing her. She says Ailes' former chief deputy, Bill Shine, acted to shut down her complaints.




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