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A 24-Year-Old Designed A Self-Driving Minibus; Maker Built It In Weeks

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 9:27am

What if cars weren't mass produced? Local Motors, a small-batch auto manufacturer, relies on an online design community and a "co-creation" business model to bring new vehicles to market, really fast.

VW Owners Mull Options After Carmaker Settles Emissions Scandal Case

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 4:03am

Under the terms of the nearly $15 billion deal announced on Tuesday, Volkswagen will spend up to $10 billion to fix or buy back cars of nearly 500,000 owners.

Botswana's Economy Needs More Than Diamonds To Shine

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 4:03am

The world's second largest diamond goes on the auction block today for an expected $70 milllion. How much do diamond sales benefit Botswana's citizens?

Industry Finds Receptive Doctors At For-Profit, Southern Hospitals

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 4:00am

A ProPublica analysis shows that where a hospital is located and who owns it make a big difference in the share of its doctors take industry payments. Check the data for yourself.

Brexit Makes Investors Nervous, But U.K. Recession Isn't Certain

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 4:22pm

Last week's Brexit vote sent financial markets tumbling. It also raised questions about the future of the U.K. economy. Analysts now expect slower growth but not an immediate tumble into recession.

Volkswagen Dealer Reacts To Emissions Scandal Settlement

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 3:37pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Matt Welch, a Volkswagen dealer in Auburn, Washington, after the company announced a settlement related to its emissions scandal.

Volkswagen Reaches $14.7 Billion Settlement In Emissions Cheating Scheme

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 3:37pm

Volkswagen agreed to pay up to $14.7 billion to settle major claims in the U.S. against the company over its emissions cheating scheme.

Ikea Recalls Millions Of Chests, Dressers Because Of Tip-Over Hazard

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 11:23am

The furniture company began offering free wall-anchoring kits for tall dressers last year after two children died in accidents. Now, following a third death, it is recalling the dressers altogether.

$15 Billion Settlement Proposed In Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 11:18am

Two-thirds of the sum will be set aside to compensate U.S. owners of nearly 500,000 VW diesel cars. The company will also pay $2.7 billion into an environmental remediation fund.

Volkswagen Will Pay U.S. Diesel Car Owners Up To $10 Billion

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 10:04am

In a historic civil settlement, VW will buy back or repair cars sold as "clean" but that in fact polluted above legal levels. The company will also pay nearly $5 billion for environmental reparations.

Money, Hate And Hard Feelings: Brexit Fallout Continues In U.K., Europe

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 8:49am

The U.K.'s credit rating has been downgraded. British police say there's been a rise in reports of hate crime incidents. And passions ran high on the floor of the EU.

Click For Fewer Calories: Health Labels May Change Online Ordering Habits

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 6:00am

Will it be a hamburger or hummus wrap for lunch? When customers saw indications of a meal's calorie content posted online, they put fewer calories in their cart, a study finds.

Volkswagen Expected To Pay Billions To Settle Emissions Scandal

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 4:01am

An agreement settling U.S. lawsuits against Volkswagen is expected to be filed in court on Tuesday. VW admitted last September that diesel cars had been designed to cheat air-quality tests.

Obama Cautions Against 'Hysteria' Over Brexit Vote

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 4:00am

"I think that the best way to think about this is a pause button has been pressed on the project of full European integration," President Obama told NPR's Steve Inskeep.

Halfway Around The World, Brexit Hits Japan's Already Soft Economy

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 3:19am

The world's third largest economy is still struggling to gain traction under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The British decision to leave the European Union has delivered another blow.

Obama's New Clean Energy Goal For North America: 50 Percent By 2025

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 5:25pm

White House aides acknowledge that the plan, to be announced by President Obama and his counterparts in Canada and Mexico, is a "stretch goal." The commitment goes beyond the Paris climate agreement.

In Quest For Happier Chickens, Perdue Shifts How Birds Live And Die

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 4:09pm

Perdue Farms, the fourth-largest poultry company in the country, says it will change its slaughter methods and also some of its poultry houses. Animal welfare groups are cheering.

'This Is Going To Be Bad': Economist Reacts To Brexit Vote

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 3:28pm

In the campaign leading up to the Brexit vote, economist Tim Harford played the role of independent fact checker. Now that it has passed, he's letting out some strong feelings.

Nothing Says 'Hip' Like Ancient Wheat

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 1:49pm

Many consumers in North America and Europe are willing to pay a premium for nutritious, organic grains. That makes the market ripe for a revival of millennia-old bread wheat, some plant breeders say.

Expanded Panama Canal Debuts At A Difficult Time For International Shipping

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 4:00am

Troubled by delays and more than a billion dollars over budget, the new Panama Canal took more than a decade to build. Can the project payoff amid a changing and slumping shipping industry?

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