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FCC Chief Calls For Investigation Of Florida Cellphone Service Outages

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 6:47pm

One cellphone company says it already had begun crediting customers for the lack of service due to outages in Florida counties hit by Hurricane Michael.

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How The Sears Catalog Was Revolutionary In The Jim Crow Era

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 3:29pm

Retail giant Sears has filed for bankruptcy. Historian Louis Hyman of Cornell reflects with NPR's Mary Louise Kelly on the impact the Sears catalog had for African-Americans during the Jim Crow era.

Major Corporations Distance Themselves From Saudi Arabia After Journalist's Disappearance

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 3:29pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin about his coverage of the Saudi conference losing big name attendees as news of a missing journalist makes headlines.

A Snapshot Of Poverty In America

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 3:09pm

The Supplemental Poverty Report provides a more accurate and nuanced picture of poverty in America

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After Paul Allen Co-Founded Microsoft, He Changed Brain Science Forever

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 2:32pm

In 2003, Paul Allen created an institute to figure out how the human brain works. That institute has already made contributions that may turn out to be part of his greatest legacy.

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Beer Prices Could Double Because Of Climate Change, Study Says

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 11:17am

The price of a six-pack in the U.S. could rise by $1 to $8 because of drought and heat. As one of the researchers says, it's "another way climate change will suck."

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Veteran Newspaper Editor Nancy Barnes Named NPR's Top News Executive

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 10:32am

Barnes, executive editor at the Houston Chronicle, was named as NPR's chief news executive. She fills a vacancy triggered by sexual harassment allegations against former NPR news head Michael Oreskes.

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Remembering Paul Allen of Microsoft

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 9:15am

Paul Allen, co-founder of computer giant Microsoft, has died of complications from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Allen used his fortune to fund his many business and philanthropic interests. He was 65.

After Journalist Disappears, Companies Reconsider Saudi Investment

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 4:02am

U.S. executives are pulling out of an investment conference scheduled to take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, next week — as controversy swirls around the disappearance of a missing Saudi journalist.

News Brief: Trump Sends Pompeo To Riyadh, New NPR Poll

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 4:02am

Weeks after a Saudi journalist went into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and never came out, Secretary of State Pompeo wants answers. A NPR poll finds rural Americans worry about addiction and jobs.

NPR Poll: Rural Americans Are Worried About Addiction And Jobs, But Remain Optimistic

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 4:01am

What's on people's minds in rural America? A new poll shows that the addiction crisis and economic issues have people worried. But many retain an upbeat outlook about the future of their communities.

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Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Dies At 65

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 7:00pm

Paul Allen, who co-founded tech giant Microsoft with Bill Gates, has died from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Seattle Times reporter Matt Day.

Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Dies At 65

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 5:34pm

Allen died from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in Seattle on Monday, according to his company, Vulcan Inc.

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Retail Giant Sears Files For Bankruptcy

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 4:20pm

Sears has filed for bankruptcy protection, formally acknowledging the lowest moment in the 130-year history of the conglomerate that shaped how Americans shop.

Critic Of Federal Public Lands Management To Join Department Of The Interior

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 3:47pm

The Department of the Interior has chosen a prominent property rights attorney in Wyoming as their new deputy solicitor. Its a controversial appointment for environmental groups.

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If Your Medical Information Becomes A Moneymaker, Could You Could Get A Cut?

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 3:45pm

Sometimes discoveries derived from patients' medical data become the foundation of new profit-making companies. A fledgling industry wants to help patients get a cut of the cash.

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Overrated/Underrated: Nobel Prizes, Conversations, And Our Descendants

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 3:29pm

Tyler Cowen rates Nobel prizes, blogs, and the importance of weirdness in conversation

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Cities Made Millions Selling Taxi Medallions, Now Drivers Are Paying the Price

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 3:28pm

Hundreds of San Francisco taxi drivers purchased medallions for $250,000 to drive in the city. Taxi incomes have plummeted after Uber and Lyft took over the streets, and drivers are saddled with debt.

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Will Americans Embrace A Zeal For Eel? This Maine Entrepreneur Hopes So

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 7:02am

Most catches are exported to unagi-loving Asian nations, which pay up to thousands of dollars per pound. But one woman is raising and marketing eels for U.S. buyers: "Why not keep that value at home?"

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Bankruptcy Protection May Be Sears Last Chance For Survival

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 6:27am

Once a dominant retail chain, Sears has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company has been struggling for several years, drowning in debt.

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