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President Trump, Congress Reach 2-Year Budget Deal

2 hours 15 min ago

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Susan Davis and Jason Furman, who was the Council of Economic Advisers chairman in the Obama administration, about the plan and whether it's fiscally responsible.

Missouri Firm With Silicon Valley Ties Faces Medicare Billing Scrutiny

4 hours 28 min ago

A federal audit and a whistleblower lawsuit allege Medicare Advantage plans from the St. Louis-based Essence Group Holdings Corporation have significantly overcharged taxpayers.

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Equifax Reaches Up To $700 Million Settlement Over Massive Data Breach

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 3:27pm

The credit bureau Equifax will pay up to $700 million in fines and monetary relief to consumers over a massive data breach two years ago. The agreement settles claims by federal and state authorities.

As Manhattan DA, Morgenthau Pursued Drug Dealers And Crooked Banks Alike

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 2:41pm

Robert Morgenthau, the patrician lawman who a former aide said spent four decades "making mischief for people who engaged in bad conduct," died Sunday at age 99.

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Equifax To Pay Up To $700 Million In Data Breach Settlement

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 8:25am

The credit reporting agency will pay up to $700 million in fines and monetary relief to consumers over a massive 2017 data breach that affected more than 148 million people.

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The Success Of Streaming Has Been Great For Some, But Is There A Better Way?

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 5:00am

Chastened since the turn of the millennium, the streaming revolution has now revivified the recording industry — at least, those at the top of it. What are the alternatives, then?

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ProPublica Report: Black Americans Lose Big Under Longtime Property Provision

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 4:14pm

NPR's Sarah McCammon speaks to ProPublica reporter Lizzie Presser about heirs property, a form of land ownership that has cost black Americans billions of dollars in land loss.

Why Taquerias Are Making Guacamole Without Avocados

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 3:09pm

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with journalist Javier Cabral of L.A. Taco about taquerias using avocado-less guacamole.

Does Facebook Need A Humanitarian Partner For Its New Digital Currency?

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 12:30pm

The aid group Mercy Corps believes that the new Libra currency could help funnel aid to the poor. But critics wonder why the charity has teamed up with a controversial company.

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KLM Airlines Was Asked: Which Seats Are The Safest In A Crash?

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 5:51am

KLM responded that seats in the middle are better. The seats at the ends are worse. Some people were baffled that the airline would bring up plane crashes at all.

Instagram Slowly Tests Hiding The Number Of Likes On A Post

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 4:04am

Instagram is experiment hiding the number of likes on posts. The company says it wants people to be more comfortable expressing themselves and less focused on their tally of likes.

Toys"R"Us Is Coming Back But With A Different Approach

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 8:57pm

More than a year after filing for bankruptcy, the chain is relaunching in Texas and New Jersey. Its new stores will feature spaces for toy demonstrations and events.

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'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli Loses Appeal, Will Stay In Prison

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 1:07pm

In addition to ordering Shkreli to stay in prison, a federal appeals court also affirmed that he must forfeit more than $7.3 million and pay restitution of $388,336.

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Democrats Issue Warnings Against Viral Russia-Based Face-Morphing App

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 10:44pm

FaceApp's surge in popularity has driven Sen. Chuck Schumer to call for a federal investigation into the St. Petersburg-developed app over potential "national security and privacy risks" to Americans.

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'No Meaningful Oversight': ICE Contractor Overlooked Problems At Detention Centers

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 4:48pm

Public scrutiny of the health and safety conditions at immigration detention centers is growing. But the contractor ICE hired to inspect those conditions is accused of ignoring problems for years.

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Car Shopping, Handbags And Wealthy Uncles: The Quest To Explain High Drug Prices

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 2:10pm

Trump administration officials say drugs' list prices are like cars' sticker prices — easily negotiated. But in the life and death world of medicine, health economists say, that analogy falls apart.

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EU Investigates If Amazon Hurts Competition By Using Sellers' Data

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 10:11am

The European Union's antitrust arm will evaluate Amazon's role as both a retailer and a marketplace for others. One focus will be on Amazon's use of data collected from third-party sellers.

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This Economic Theory Could Be Used To Pay For The Green New Deal

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 4:02am

Liberal Democrats have embraced an obscure brand of economics — "Modern Monetary Theory" — to make the case for deficit-financed government programs like the Green New Deal for clean energy and jobs.

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Federal Judge Orders Release Of Dataset Showing Drug Industry's Role In Opioid Crisis

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 6:36pm

As addiction has soared, drugmakers, distributors and pharmacies profited off opioids. Newly released data details who made the pills, where they were sold, and which communities were hit hardest.

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Google's Search Bias On Trial In Washington

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 3:00pm

A Senate panel is looking to see if the company is keeping conservative media and bloggers out of top search results. Google has previously denied political bias.

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