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Lawmakers Seek Better Count Of Advanced Black Lung Disease Cases

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:45pm

In response to an NPR investigation that shows 10 times the number of cases as currently reported, members of Congress are asking three federal agencies to work together to obtain an accurate count.

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India Wants To Go Cashless. But It's Easier Said Than Done

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 3:38pm

Paper money is scarce as a result of a government edict. But a couple of major obstacles stand in the way of the cashless society.

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Justice Department Announces Largest Corporate Bribery Penalty Ever

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 3:32pm

The Justice Department says two Brazilian companies have agreed to pay more than $3.5 billion for violating U.S. bribery laws in their dealings with Brazil's state-owned oil company, Petrobras.

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Why Aren't There More Women In Tech? A Tour Of Silicon Valley's Leaky Pipeline

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 11:23am

We start at an after-school program for middle-schoolers and end at tech companies that are supposed to be front-runners on diversity. Where do girls and women drop out from the tech talent pipeline?

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Revised Special Insurance Enrollment Rules Shift Burden To Consumers

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 9:53am

Consumers who want to sign up for health coverage on the federal marketplace after the usual deadline passes may need to do extra work to show they qualify for special enrollment later.

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Repeal Of North Carolina's HB2 Law Fails As Legislature Adjourns Special Session

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 9:40am

A deal between Charlotte leaders and state lawmakers called for the repeal of both a local ordinance and the controversial state law. The repeal failed a Senate vote, and the Legislature adjourned.

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Why Stock Prices Have Been Rising Steadily Since Election Day

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:06am

David Greene talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution and a contributing correspondent to The Wall Street Journal, about why stocks have been going up.

Obama Blocks Offshore Drilling In Atlantic, Arctic Areas

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:06am

President Obama has placed large sections of the Arctic and the Atlantic Oceans off limits to oil drilling. The oil industry wants President-elect Trump to overturn the order when he takes office.

Gingrich Says Trump Must Address Business Conflicts Soon; Urges Monitors

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:00am

Donald Trump should deal with how to handle his business holdings before he takes office, Newt Gingrich says. The former House speaker suggests a panel of experts monitor Trump's business conflicts.

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Soy, Almond, Coconut: If It's Not From A Cow, Can You Legally Call It Milk?

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 3:56am

Some members of Congress are calling on the government to crack down on food labels like soy milk or hemp milk. They say the "milk" label is legally reserved for only one beverage source: cows.

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Obama Designates Atlantic, Arctic Areas Off-Limits To Offshore Drilling

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 4:36pm

"These actions, and Canada's parallel actions, protect a sensitive and unique ecosystem that is unlike any other region on earth," the White House said in a statement.

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Proposed Fundraiser Featuring Trump's Sons Raises Questions

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 3:29pm

An online invitation to a charity event raised questions about exchanging huge charitable donations for face time with Trumps' oldest sons. The invitation was later removed from the event website.

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Obama Administration Issues Offshore Drilling Ban In Arctic And Atlantic

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 3:29pm

The White House ordered an indefinite ban on offshore oil drilling in large parts of the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. Officials say President-elect Trump will not be able to automatically overturn it.

How Running ExxonMobil Did (And Didn't) Prepare Rex Tillerson For Secretary Of State

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 12:44pm

New Yorker writer Steve Coll says that though Tillerson has conducted billion-dollar international deals as an oil executive, he has no government experience.

This Doll May Be Recording What Children Say, Privacy Groups Charge

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 9:30am

Privacy advocates have filed a complaint with U.S. regulators about the Internet-connected doll called My Friend Cayla. They say the toy can record and transmit everything children say to it.

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For Cash-Strapped Monks, Selling Fruitcakes Is A Saving Grace

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 6:00am

While monks aren't trying to dominate the fruitcake market, they have made enough money to help support their solitary way of life. And there might be a little competition between monasteries.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Assumption Abbey)

Trump's Doral Golf Course Highlights His Conflicts Of Interest

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 4:06am

Donald Trump owns many golf courses, which provide his family with lots of revenue. And as president, he'll be able to steer labor and environmental policies that could boost his own profits.

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Laser Lights: Modern Convenience Clashes With Holiday Tradition

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 4:06am

Drive down any suburban neighborhood and you'll see them. Homeowners are ditching strings of lights. Instead, projectors send hundreds of red and green lasers dancing across the outside of homes.

Trump's Immigration Plan Could Undermine Promise To Boost Economy

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 4:06am

Donald Trump says he will double the U.S. growth rate; that requires getting more people into the workforce. The president-elect also plans to limit immigration, the biggest source of new workers.

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The Richest Administration In History Just Got Richer

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 4:00am

President-elect Trump has selected billionaire businessman Vincent Viola to be Army secretary. Like other wealthy nominees, Viola could qualify for a tax break if he is forced to sell investments.

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