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Perdue Farms Signs Up For A Chicken Welfare Revolution

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 2:06pm

The poultry industry may be on the verge of adopting ambitious new animal-welfare standards, giving chickens more space and daylight, and even returning to older, slower-growing chicken breeds.

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Why The 'Trump Bump' Hasn't Happened

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 1:11pm

Friday's GDP report is expected to show a rebound from a weak first quarter. But the U.S. economy still isn't likely to sustain the 3 percent growth rate the Trump administration is promising.

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Mon Dieu! Burgundy Snails Aren't French Anymore

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 6:14am

Declining snail populations in France have led to imports of Burgundy snails from European countries. Consumers love them, but not French snail farmers, who want people to eat locally raised snails.

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Legal Dispute Threatens Future Of Fact-Checking Site Snopes

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 4:05am

A legal dispute has put the survival of Snopes.com in jeopardy. It's the fact-checking website that's been online since the 1990s. Steve Inskeep talks with co-founder David Mikkelson.

Electronics-Maker Foxconn Plans Wisconsin Factory

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 4:05am

Foxconn, a major electronics manufacturing company based in Taiwan, says it will build a manufacturing plant in Wisconsin. Reporter Todd Frankel of The Washington Post talks with Rachel Martin.

Morning News Brief: Health Care, Transgender Service Members, Foxconn, Charlie Gard

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 4:05am

Republicans continue debating health care plans while President Trump tweeted about transgender people in the military. Tony Romm of Recode discusses electronics-maker Foxconn's U.S. factory plans.

As Cost Of U.S. Health Care Skyrockets, So Does Pay Of Health Care CEOs

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 5:02pm

Compensation in recent years for the CEOs of the largest U.S. health care companies has far outstripped the wage growth of nearly all Americans, an investigation by the news site Axios has found.

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Filling Labor Board Vacancies Opens Door To Unwinding Obama-era Policies

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 3:53pm

As the Trump administration looks to fill Republican vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board, experts expect the rollback of Obama-era labor policies to intensify.

U.K. Bans Gas And Diesel Cars Starting 2040: Electric Cars Are The Future

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 3:53pm

Promoting a future of electric cars, the U.K. will ban sales of new gas and diesel vehicles by 2040. Many European politicians and regulators see electric autos as critical for reducing air pollution.

Federal Reserve Holds Interest Rates Steady

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 3:01pm

As expected, the Federal Reserve says it will hold interest rates in a range between one and 1.25 percent. It said job gains have been solid and the labor market continues to strengthen.

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Hospitals Face Growing Cybersecurity Threats

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 11:44am

Cyberattacks and data breaches are common at health care facilities, and they can put patients' health at risk. Hospitals are behind the curve in beefing up defenses, industry analysts say.

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Labor Department Starts To Roll Back Obama Overtime Rule

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 4:11am

The Labor Department has started to dial back an Obama administration rule that would have made more workers eligible for overtime pay.

Democrats Want To Probe Trump Ties To Deutsche Bank. GOP Says, No Thanks

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 4:58pm

President Trump has a special relationship with Deutsche Bank. Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee wanted a probe of the German bank. Republicans said no. Here's the back story.

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Michael Kors Buys High-End Shoe Retailer Jimmy Choo For $1.2 Billion

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 3:30pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Elizabeth Paton about Michael Kors buying shoe and bag retailer Jimmy Choo for $1.2 billion.

In Bid To Keep Drivers From Leaving, Uber Tries To Treat Them More Kindly

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 11:28am

Uber is changing its harsh termination policies and launching a new hotline for drivers in distress. Leaders at the tech company are trying to repair the relationship they say is "broken."

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To Keep Drivers From Leaving, Uber Tries To Treat Them Better

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 11:28am

Uber is changing its harsh termination policies and launching a hotline for drivers in distress. Leaders at the tech company are trying to repair the relationship they say is "broken."

(Image credit: Liam James Doyle/NPR)

Michael Kors To Acquire Jimmy Choo In $1.2 Billion Deal

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 10:18am

Michael Kors is trying to shore up declining demand for expensive handbags, and says it aims to double the annual sales of the smaller footwear and accessories brand.

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Magnitsky Act Supporter Bill Browder On Russia, Putin And American Security

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 9:20am

"We should be scared of Vladimir Putin. We should do everything possible to contain his evil intentions," says Bill Browder.

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A View From A Russian-American In Moscow

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 9:06am

"Obviously, it's a witch hunt," says Edward Lozansky, the pro-Putin, pro-Trump president of American University in Moscow.

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Hidden Brain: How Cigarette Taxes Affect Food Buying

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 4:00am

A new study shows a connection between cigarette taxes and food stamps. When cigarette taxes go up, smokers end up spending more of their income on cigarettes and that leaves less money for food.

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