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Winds Of Change? Rhode Island Hopes For First Offshore Wind Farm

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 6:42am

Rhode Island is trying to have more success than a similar project off the coast of Massachusetts. However some residents worry the farm will disrupt the ocean view.

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Pacific Trade Pact In Limbo As Talks End Without A Deal

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:47pm

Disagreements remain among the 12 countries regarding drug patents, market access and more, and likely will delay congressional debate of any eventual agreement into 2016.

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Hillary Clinton To Release 8 Years Of Tax Returns

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:25pm

The returns will show that she and her husband Bill Clinton paid nearly $44 million in federal taxes since 2007, according to her campaign. "We've come a long way," she said.

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Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 2:45pm

Conventional farmers use millions of pounds of pesticides each year to protect crops from weeds and insects. When those chemicals drift to neighboring property, they can ruin crops on organic farms.

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Summer Olympics 2008 Host Beijing Awarded 2022 Winter Games

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 10:18am

The International Olympic Committee has selected Beijing as the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics. It's the first city ever to host both summer and winter games.

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WikiLeaks Docs Purport To Show The U.S. Spied On Japan's Government

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 7:27am

The documents also allege that the U.S. targeted Japanese banks and companies, including Mitsubishi.

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Why Peer Pressure Doesn't Add Up To Retirement Savings

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:08am

People often do what their neighbors do. A firm decided to get more people to sign up for retirement plans by telling employees how many of their coworkers had signed up. We examine happened next.

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Remembering When Driverless Elevators Drew Skepticism

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:08am

These days, the idea of a driverless car makes a lot of people nervous. Our "Planet Money" team goes back in time when automatic elevators made people just as worrisome.

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In Michigan, A Testing Ground For A Future Of Driverless Cars

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 3:50am

Automakers and researchers are using a 32-acre fake city at the University of Michigan to simulate a real-world environment for autonomous vehicles. How will such cars affect urban planning?

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To Get Big Rig Drivers, Senate Bill Would Give Keys To Teens

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 2:58am

Some trucking companies are having trouble finding enough interstate drivers. They say cutting the minimum driving age from 21 to 18 is a fix, but critics worry such a move would be a safety disaster.

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Shell Announces Plans To Eliminate 6,500 Jobs

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 3:31pm

Royal Dutch Shell has announced plans to eliminate 6,500 jobs as slumping oil prices force the industry to make adjustments. Shell's profits fell by more than 30 percent in the second quarter.

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Kazakhstan Promises 'Real Winter Wonderland' In Bid To Host 2022 Games

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 3:31pm

The International Olympic Committee will decide Friday whether to accept the bid by Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty, to stage the 2022 Winter Games, or instead offer it to rival contender Beijing.

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Despite Rising Costs, China Is Gung-Ho To Host 2022 Winter Olympics

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 3:31pm

Either China or Kazakhstan will be chosen on Friday as host of the 2022 Winter Olympics. European nations have been scared off by the cost of hosting the event, but China has the ambition and the money to match.

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Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 3:28pm

Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

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Obama Orders Development Of Supercomputer To Rival China's 'Milky Way'

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:18am

It is hoped that the new supercomputer, expected to go online by 2025, would be the first to "exascale" machine — some 20 times faster than today's fastest machine.

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Justice Dept. Hires Compliance Expert In Fight Against Corporate Crime

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:16am

The department says the new expert will play a big role in determining whether businesses targeted for prosecution have engaged in systemic misconduct or whether the criminal activity is limited.

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3 U.Va. Graduates Sue 'Rolling Stone,' Reporter Over Rape Article

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:03am

News of the lawsuit by former Phi Kappa Psi members comes along with word that Rolling Stone's managing editor, Will Dana, has resigned.

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You Say Striped Bass, I Say Rockfish. What's In A Fish Name?

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 6:03am

Legally, a single fish species can go by many names from sea to plate, and different fish can go by the same name. An environmental group says that hampers efforts to combat illegal fishing and fraud.

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Oculus Uses 'Henry' Premiere To Wet Appetites For Its Virtual Reality Headset

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 4:07am

The virtual reality company Oculus is close to releasing a headset for games, movies and other entertainment. The company premiered an animated short called Henry that will come with the headsets.

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Some Google Street View Cars Now Track Pollution Levels

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:28pm

Google's already tested three of the pollution-sensor equipped cars in Denver, and is currently trying them out in the Bay Area.

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