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Too Fast For Safety? Poultry Industry Wants To Speed Up The Slaughter Line

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 7:00am

The National Chicken Council says the move is needed to keep pace with international competitors. But worker and food-safety advocates say this could cause more stress and injuries.

(Image credit: Alice Welch/U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Journalist Mark Halperin Joins List Of Men Accused Of Sexual Harassment

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 4:05am

Political journalist Mark Halperin joins a small but quickly growing number of prominent figures in media and entertainment who face multiple accusations of sexual harassment.

Pharmaceutical Founder Arrested In Alleged Nationwide Opioid Scheme

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 5:44pm

John Kapoor, who co-founded Insys Therapeutics, has been charged with racketeering and fraud for allegedly bribing doctors to overprescribe the company's powerful opioid spray.

(Image credit: Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Twitter Says It Will Ban Ads From Russian News Agencies After Interference In 2016 Election

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 3:42pm

Twitter has said it will ban all ads from Russian news agencies effective immediately. The company made the decision as a result of role these agencies had in interfering with the 2016 election.

How Politics Have Complicated Business For Kushner Companies

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 3:42pm

Jared Kushner is both a Senior Advisor and son-in-law to President Trump, and, like the president, he and his family were in the real estate business before getting into politics. The Kushner Companies' troubled development on 5th Avenue in New York City shows how politics have complicated that business.

Celebrity Chef John Besh Leaves Company After 25 Allegations Of Harassment

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 3:42pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks to food critic Brett Anderson of The Times-Picayune about his reporting regarding sexual harassment in the prominent Besh Restaurant Group in New Orleans.

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Celebrity Chef John Besh Leaves Company After 25 Allegations Of Harassment

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 3:42pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks to food critic Brett Anderson of The Times-Picayune about his reporting regarding sexual harassment in the prominent Besh Restaurant Group in New Orleans.

(Image credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for NYCWFF)

How 5 Tech Giants Have Become More Like Governments Than Companies

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 3:20pm

New York Times tech columnist Farhad Manjoo warns that the "frightful five" — Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook — are collectively more powerful than many governments.

Mark Halperin Leaves Contributor Role At MSNBC Amid 'Very Troubling' Allegations

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 12:22pm

Shortly after five women told CNN that Halperin had sexually harassed them during his time at ABC News, the political journalist acknowledged he'd be taking a "step back from my day-to-day work."

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Congress Paves Way For Tax Legislation By Passing Budget Resolution

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 11:51am

The Senate-approved resolution passed the House narrowly on Tuesday, 216-212, with 20 Republicans voting no and House Speaker Paul Ryan even having to cast a rare vote to help ensure its passage.

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Wake Up, Sleepy Ikea Shoppers!

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 11:21am

In China, customers like to take naps on the sofas and beds. Ikea is trying to stop that. So is a Chinese comic — who this month posted videos in which he awakened the nappers.

(Image credit: Joy Ho for NPR)

Twitter Ends Russian State Media Advertisements, Citing 2016 Interference Efforts

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 10:50am

The San Francisco microblog service announced the move "effective immediately" ahead of a congressional hearing about Russia's use of social media in its influence campaign.

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Is The NCAA Equipped To Handle Scandals?

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 10:06am

It might be time to rewrite the rulebook.

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The Rise Of Halal Cuisine In An Age Of Islamophobia

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 5:13am

Food that meets Muslim dietary standards used to be hard to find in the U.S. But the market is booming in recent years — at the same time the country has seen a rise in Islamophobia.

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Morning News Brief: Opioid Crisis, Senate Budget Resolution

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 4:03am

President Trump is expected to make remarks Thursday on the opioid crisis. The House is slated to vote on the Senate's budget resolution, which is key for any movement on a tax bill.

Senate Repeals Rule Allowing Class-Action Suits Against Financial Firms

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 4:03am

Steve Inskeep talks to the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard Cordray, about why this is a setback for consumers.

How Important Is It Politically To Keep 401(k) Breaks Unchanged?

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 4:03am

Steve Inskeep talks to Stephen Moore, a Heritage Foundation fellow, about the way forward on the GOP's tax overhaul plan. He's also a former senior economic adviser to the Trump presidential campaign.

A Case For Tontines, A Morbid Mix Of Retirement Plan And Lottery

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 4:03am

An ancient financial arrangement, a death pact known as a tontine, may be relevant to today's understanding of insurance, and how it could be cheaper and more efficient.

Monsanto And The Weed Scientists: Not A Love Story

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 3:57am

Scientists are accusing the seed-and-pesticide giant Monsanto of denying the risks of its latest weedkilling technology. Monsanto has responded by attacking some of its scientific critics.

(Image credit: Dan Charles/ NPR)

Ex-Air Force Officer To Oversee Puerto Rico's Power Restoration

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 12:36am

The appointment of retired Col. Noel Zamot comes after a controversial $300 million contract to rebuild the island's power grid was awarded to a tiny company with little experience.

(Image credit: Ramon Espinosa/AP)

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