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Facial Recognition In China Is Big Business As Local Governments Boost Surveillance

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 9:40am

"The government is pushing the need for this technology from the top, so companies don't have big obstacles in making it happen," says an executive at a major Chinese artificial intelligence company.

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As Trump Attacks Amazon-Postal Service Ties, He Fails To Fill Postal Governing Board

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 9:31am

The Postal Service, criticized by Trump for charging Amazon "so little," has lacked a quorum on its governing board since 2014. The board needs at least four new members; Trump has nominated three.

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Who Wins A U.S.-China Trade War? Maybe Australia

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 6:25am

Australia has strong trading ties with China and produces many of the things on Beijing's list of U.S. products that will be hit by stiff tariffs.

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New York Businessman Protests Cigarette Tax Decision

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 6:19am

Eric White says he shouldn't have to pay taxes on the Native American cigarettes he sells. As a protest, he hired a crew to build an exit ramp on the New York State Thruway to his shop.

Social Science Researchers Examine The Peter Principle

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 4:03am

Workers with a strong sales record were likely to be promoted into managerial positions, yet they tended to be worse at managerial jobs than those who were low-performing workers.

Trade Tariffs And Tech Sector Worries Bring Down Stocks

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 4:03am

The stock market saw a major sell-off Monday, with technology companies seeing particularly steep declines. The tech-heavy Nasdaq index lost 2.7 percent.

Why A French Attorney Is On A Digital Privacy Crusade Against Tech Titans

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 4:03am

A Europe-based movement is underway to stop disinformation on the Internet. One Paris man is at the center of the push to make Google clean up its search results.

Warm Relations With Trump Appears To Benefit Sinclair Broadcasting

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 4:03am

Sinclair owns more TV stations than any other company in the country. Critics say the company favors President Trump and that in exchange, the FCC has eased restrictions on its efforts at expansion.

Fatal Crash, Stock Slide Keep Tesla's Name In The Headlines

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 4:03am

Tesla's stocks has been falling after a fatal crash involving one of its vehicles was operating on autopilot Adding to its troubles, its CEO tweeted an April Fools' joke that the company was bankrupt.

Health Savings Account Change In 2018 Could Trip Up Some Consumers

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 4:00am

The new calculation reduces by $50 the amount a family can put into these HSA accounts this year. Anyone who has already funded the account at a higher level will need to adjust, or risk IRS scrutiny.

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The Scarcity Trap: Why We Keep Digging When We're Stuck In A Hole

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 8:00pm

Have you ever noticed that when something important is missing in your life, your brain can only seem to focus on that missing thing? Two researchers have dubbed this phenomenon "scarcity."

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EPA Moves To Weaken Landmark Fuel Efficiency Rules

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 4:11pm

The EPA is rejecting landmark fuel efficiency rules for automobiles, a key part of President Obama's efforts to address climate change. The move could lead to another legal battle with California.

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What Chinese Tariffs Targeting American Crops Will Mean For Farmers

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 4:11pm

Newly announced Chinese tariffs will raise prices on many U.S. crops. How will that affect American farmers? NPR's Mary Louise Kelley spoke with Jim Zion, a Californian nut distributor, to find out.

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Sinclair Broadcast Group Forces Nearly 200 Station Anchors To Read Same Script

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 3:20pm

The largest broadcaster in the country is forcing its anchors to read a promotional script that warns viewers about "fake news" on other stations and media. Its among the Sinclair Broadcast Group's now infamous "must-run" segments that include conservative commentary and reports about terrorism.

China Imposes Tariffs On Long List Of U.S. Produced Goods

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 3:20pm

China has imposed tariffs on a long list of U.S. produced goods in retaliation to U.S. imposed tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum. Beijing's list is long on fruits and nuts, but also includes pork products and some manufactured goods.

China, Tariffs, And The Hogs Of War

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 3:19pm

The tariffs China just imposed on American-made items will cost the U.S. about 3 billion dollars a year. That's not much to the nation, but it's a big deal if you make one of the products on the list.

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U.S. Stocks Tumble Amid Nervousness Over Tech Sector, China Trade War

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 1:53pm

The Dow fell more than 700 points before recovering slightly as major indexes were down about 3 percent. Amazon tumbled more than 5 percent after President Trump criticized the company in tweets.

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Trump Official Wants To Put Tight Leash On Consumer Watchdog Agency

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:18pm

As a Republican congressman, Mick Mulvaney sponsored legislation to abolish the agency. Now that he's running it, he wants Congress to put the independent watchdog on a short leash.

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Video Reveals Power Of Sinclair, As Local News Anchors Recite Script In Unison

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 10:47am

Sinclair Broadcast Group owns more than 190 local TV stations across the country. They recently began instructing local anchors to read a script denouncing "fake" news.

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Can President Trump Win A War With Amazon?

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 4:06am

President Trump is picking a fight with Amazon. Steve Inskeep talks to Forbes magazine contributor Pamela Danziger about why it might be a battle he can't win.




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