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How To Buy A Car: Start With Some Patience

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 5:34pm

A car is one of the larger purchases most people make. How can you make sure that purchase isn't a mistake? Don't "buy it today." Do your research. Don't panic. Easy, right?

The Environmental Cost Of Growing Food

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 4:53pm

Economists are working on ways to put a price on the environmental damage of growing food. Take sugar: Half of what we eat comes from beets, half from cane. Each has an impact, in very different ways.

When States Entice Companies To Move, Workers Are Left Behind

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 3:31pm

Cities and states spend huge sums of money to entice businesses to come and "create jobs." But in today's economy, there's little guarantee businesses will stay. NPR meets some of the workers left behind when a business moves on.

KFC Unveils Edible, Chicken-Flavored Nail Polish In Hong Kong

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 1:25pm

We don't know what to think, but the company is insisting this is a thing. There are three flavors that could potentially go into mass production: original, spicy and hot. Ew?

New Rule Would Make It Easier For Consumers To Sue Banks

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:19pm

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed banning financial firms from forcing arbitration to avoid lawsuits. But industry officials say the rule will lead to frivolous legal action.

After Moore's Law: Predicting The Future Beyond Silicon Chips

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 10:29am

Scientists are preparing for the day when powerful computing can no longer rely on chips getting smaller and faster. One of them offers a sneak peek at some of the new/old ideas that may save the day.

FDA Acts To Regulate E-Cigarettes And Cigars For The First Time

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 9:18am

The Food and Drug Administration has issued sweeping new rules that tighten its control over e-cigarettes, banning their sale to minors. The agency is also expanding its regulation of tobacco.

KFC Launches Edible Nail Polish In Hong Kong

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 6:03am

The two edible nail polishes are based on the company's Original and Hot & Spicy recipes. The Hong Kong test group is being asked to choose a nail flavor that will be massed produced.

Sanders Reminds Appalachia Voters He Has Championed Their Cause

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 4:07am

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump will be in West Virginia on Thursday ahead of its primary on May 10. Appalachia is an important region for Sanders, who has done well among the white working class.

Jobs Tug Of War: Kansas City Businesses Poached By Kansas, Missouri

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 4:07am

Kansas and Missouri offer incentives to locate within their borders. Politicians call this job creation. But is it really creating a job if it came from a few miles away across the state border?

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Rule Would Ban Class-Action Waivers

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 4:07am

Consumer groups say people should be able to join class actions if they fell they've been harmed. Industry groups say arbitration clauses are necessary to protect against frivolous lawsuits.

What Wage Stagnation Looks Like For Many Americans

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 3:06am

Figures show the U.S. economy is on an upswing but wages haven't gone up and many say their standard of living has flat lined or declined. It's a feeling the presidential candidates are tapping into.

DOT Announces Recall Of Up To 40 Million More Takata Air Bag Inflators

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 4:09pm

Takata, the Japanese auto parts supplier, now must fix up to 40 million more faulty air bag inflators. The U.S. Department of Transportation says this is the biggest safety recall in history.

Takata Airbag Recall Expands To 40 Million More Vehicles

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 3:34pm

Federal regulators have dramatically increased the number of vehicles to be recalled because of defective airbags made by Takata Corporation. An additional 35 to 40 million airbag inflators will need to be replaced, according to regulators. The vehicles will be recalled in five stages between now and December 2019.

Major Chains Sports Authority, Sport Chalet Close Hundreds Of Stores

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 3:34pm

Two large sporting goods chains, Sports Authority and Sport Chalet, are in the process of closing hundreds of stores nationwide. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Jim Peltz, who has been covering this story for the Los Angeles Times.

Frozen Food Fears: 4 Things To Know About The Listeria Recall

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 2:47pm

The FDA issued a massive recall of frozen fruits and vegetables this week. Here's what you need to know about the nasty bug that's causing all the problems.

Panama Papers Fallout Hurts A Reputation Panama Thought It Had Fixed

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 2:25pm

Panama has improved transparency in its banking and legal sectors, and its economy is a bright spot in Latin America. But the Panama Papers have hurt the country's reputation.

How A Cheese Factory Is Transforming The Landscape Of Northern Colorado

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 1:03pm

Leprino's is the largest mozzarella manufacturer in the world. Now that the company is expanding, Colorado dairy farmers are beefing up their operations. The changes don't come without costs.

TSA Boosts Number Of Security Staff, Aiming At Airport Bottlenecks

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 11:26am

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson hopes that adding staff to security checkpoints will prevent longer wait times that had been projected for this summer.

10-Year-Old Boy From Finland Hacks Instagram; Gets Rewarded

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 6:10am

Facebook, which owns Instagram, pays people who find bugs on its services. When a young hacker found a way to delete other people's comments, he emailed Facebook, and then received $10,000.

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