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Overwhelmed By Air Bag Troubles, Takata Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 10:24pm

Long crippled by lawsuits and recall costs over its faulty air bags, Takata, the Japanese auto parts maker, filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan and the U.S. on Sunday.

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Paid Line-Holders Find Worth In The Wait

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 7:06am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro asks Robert Samuel about Same Ole Line Dudes, his line-waiting business, and what New Yorkers want but don't want to wait in line for.

Insurance Companies Concerned About The Future Of Medicaid Under GOP Plan

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 7:06am

The Senate's healthcare bill would make big changes to the government's Medicaid program. Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with John Baackes, CEO of L.A. Care Health Plan.

What Would Human Resources Do?: Some Advice For Trump As He Recruits And Staffs Up

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 4:11am

Between President Trump being a newcomer to D.C. and a swirl of chaos, the White House is lagging behind other administrations in hiring. But experts NPR spoke to have some tips.

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Some U.S. States Relax Restrictions On Cladding Suspected In Grenfell Tower Fire

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 8:02am

Changes to building codes in some U.S. jurisdictions may allow the use of siding similar to that of Grenfell Tower in London. A fire at the apartment building killed at least 79 people last week.

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Drone Company Leaders Meet With Trump To Ask For More Clarity On Rules

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 7:01am

This week, U.S. drone companies met with President Trump to discuss industry regulations. NPR's Melissa Block talks with April Glaser of Recode about how these companies actually want more regulation.

Health Insurers Anxious Over Uncertainty Of What Comes Next

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 7:01am

Proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act mean an uncertain future for insurance companies on the exchange. While some areas are struggling, others are seeing insurers come into their markets.

A Serbian Farmer Wants To Protect The Balkan Donkey By Selling Its Pricey Milk

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 7:01am

Donkey milk is as rare as hen's teeth. And at $10 a cup, it's expensive, too. But a Serbian farmer has found a market for this elixir for use in cheese, infant formula, skin cream and even chocolate.

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How The Senate Health Care Bill Could Disrupt The Insurance Market

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 6:00am

In their Affordable Care Act repeal bill, Senate Republicans dropped the requirement that all Americans get health insurance. But they also kept the mandate that insurance companies cover everyone.

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Arkansas Tries To Stop An Epidemic Of Herbicide Damage

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 5:09pm

A weedkiller called dicamba, which farmers hoped could banish herbicide-resistant weeds, has become a plague itself in Arkansas. The state's regulators just voted to ban it for 120 days.

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Carrier Steelworker Responds To Movement Of Jobs To Mexico

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 3:32pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with T.J. Bray, a steelworker at the Carrier plant in Indianapolis where President Trump said he saved over 1,000 jobs. Last month, Carrier told the state that 600 people will be laid off, and those jobs will be transferred to Mexico.

Efforts Increase To Bring Health And Other Benefits To Independent Workers

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:48am

The vast majority of the estimated 54 million to 68 million contingent or independent workers in the U.S. don't receive employee benefits, though some firms and lawmakers are trying to change that.

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Monterey County Helps Former Flower Growers Switch To Marijuana

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 4:02am

Former flower growers in California have been devastated by cheap imported flowers from South America, so local officials in Monterey County passed an ordinance to help them grow marijuana instead.

What Uber's Leadership Change Means For Diversity In Tech

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 4:02am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to tech industry recruiter and consultant Y-Vonne Hutchinson about the resignation of former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, and the message it sends to Silicon Valley.

Real Estate Firm With Ties To Trump May Build The New FBI Headquarters

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 3:19am

Some critics say Vornado Realty Trust should recuse itself from bidding on the project because of its financial relationship to the president and his family.

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Facebook Changes Its Mission With Announcement About Groups

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 6:46pm

Facebook has nearly 2 billion users. But that's not enough. Now, in an effort to go deep, not just wide, the company will focus on users' activity levels.

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Man Accused Of Making Millions Of Robocalls Faces Biggest-Ever FCC Fine

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:05pm

FCC proposed a $120 million fine for a Miami resident said to be single-handedly responsible for 97 million robocalls over a three-month period, scheming to sell "discounted" travel packages.

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Farmers Take Out Millions In Loans To Raise Chickens For Big-Box Retailers

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 3:08pm

To slaughter 2 million birds per week, Costco is contracting poultry farmers. But this requires a major financial investment from small producers, and the payoff may not be guaranteed.

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Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 2:59pm

Senate Republicans are calling their health care bill the Better Care Reconciliation Act. It shares many provisions with the House's American Health Care Act, but goes further in cutting Medicaid.

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FCC Moves To Streamline Emergency 'Blue Alerts' For Threats To Law Enforcement

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:29pm

Created in 2015, Blue Alerts are similar to Amber Alerts, but aim to catch people who threaten or harm police officers. The DOJ asked the FCC to add a special code to the broadcast emergency system.

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