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Critics Wonder Whether Pennies Make Sense Anymore

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 3:42am

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says the government is reviewing a proposal to stop making the penny. It actually costs nearly 2 cents to make a penny, so the government loses money.

Many Health Co-Ops Fold, Others Survive Startup Struggles

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 3:41am

Establishing a member-owned, nonprofit health co-op from scratch is tough; 12 of 23 that tried under Obamacare have closed after just one year. Sick patients poured in, and promised subsidies didn't.

Fine Brine From Appalachia: The Fancy Mountain Salt That Chefs Prize

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 4:24pm

An artisanal salt producer is processing brine from ancient ocean deposits below West Virgina's mountains. The company, J.Q. Dickinson Salt Works, ships to top chefs who value the salt's minerality.

Plunging Oil Prices Force Producers To Lay Off Skilled Workers

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 3:15pm

Gasoline prices have been plunging this fall, which is great for consumers. But it has been very hard on oil producers, who have been laying off legions of skilled workers. To hang on to their key employees, some companies are offering unpaid sabbaticals or trimming pay across the board to reduce labor costs without layoffs. But for many employers, times are so hard that they have no choice but to keep cutting employee ranks.

Once Prone To Danger On The High Seas, New System Protects Alaska Fishermen

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 3:15pm

When regulations were imposed to protect Alaska's fisheries it led to a dangerous race to catch fish as fast as possible. A new system to manage sustainable fishing is making the job safer.

Ecuador's Oil Bust Draws Parallels To 1990s Financial Crisis

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 3:15pm

Ecuador's economy is faltering thanks to a year of record low oil prices and fears of a "godzilla" El Niño forming in the Pacific Ocean. The situation is drawing bizarre parallels to the last major financial crisis to hit the small South American country in the late 1990s.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 12:41pm

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

Premiums Rise Faster For Flexible Health Plans Than For HMOs

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 8:48am

The cost of health plans that allow more choices of doctors and hospitals are rising almost twice as much as those with rigid networks, finds an analysis of markets around the country.

Low Energy Prices Force More Northeast Nuclear Power Plants To Shut Down

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 4:03am

The actions raise questions about nuclear's future in the U.S., including its role in reducing climate change. It's left the rural community that's home to one of the plants reeling.

Blue Origin Announces Successful Launch, Landing Of Rocket

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 3:20pm

Commercial space startup Blue Origin announced Tuesday the successful launch and landing of one of its rockets. NPR explores what the success means for space travel.

Local Charities Capitalize On Holiday Rush With Day Of Giving

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 3:20pm

There's Black Friday and Cyber Monday and, in some places, a single day dedicated to getting people to give to local nonprofits. In Lancaster County, Penn., they call it the Extraordinary Give — 24 hours of events designed to entice donations to arts groups, charities and other nonprofits.

We Tried A Futuristic Cranberry. It Was Fresh And Naturally Sweet

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 3:14pm

Cranberry breeders in Wisconsin have developed a berry that's tart but also sweet, like a Granny Smith apple. They say the variety isn't ready for production but could one day become a fresh product.

China's Greenhouse Gases Don't Seem To Trouble Most Of Its Citizens

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 2:39pm

The Chinese tend to ignore the dangers of global warming even though the country already suffers the consequences of pollution today and faces serious potential threats in the longer term.

Green Bean Casserole: The Thanksgiving Staple We Love — Or Loathe

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 2:25pm

The classic Midwestern casserole, which turns 60 this year, has come to mean more than just a mashup of processed food. Even those who grew up with it but can't abide it admit: It tastes like home.

Sweet Potato's Holiday Tradition Has Roots Literally In The South

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 4:32am

More than half of America's sweet potatoes were lifted by hand from the soil of North Carolina. It's some of the most back-breaking farm work to be found, and migrant laborers do most of it.

Behind Your Holiday Sweet Potato Dish, Hard Work In The Fields

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 4:32am

More than half of America's sweet potatoes were lifted by hand from the soil of North Carolina. It's some of the most back-breaking farm work to be found, and migrant laborers do most of it.

China Plans To Create A Nationwide Carbon Market By 2017

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 4:10am

China is building what could be the world's largest carbon market. Pilot programs are helping to lower emissions. But this is mostly due to slowing growth and the shift away from manufacturing.

California, An Environmental Leader, Eyes A Key Role In Climate Talks

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 4:03am

World leaders are set to meet in Paris, trying to agree on how to combat climate change. Also attending will be California Gov. Jerry Brown, who is spearheading his own international climate movement.

Pharmaceutical Companies Pfizer, Allergan To Merge In $160 Billion Deal

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 3:25pm

U.S. drug giant Pfizer and its rival Allergan have agreed to merge in order to lower its corporate taxes, creating the world's largest pharmaceutical company by sales.

5 Things To Know: FAA Task Force Recommends A Drone Registry

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 11:17am

A task force created by the Federal Aviation Administration recommends that people flying drones heavier than a half-pound should register with the government. Here are a few things to know.




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