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Why Your Health Insurer Doesn't Care About Your Big Bills

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 4:00am

Patients may think their insurers are fighting on their behalf for the best prices. But saving patients money is often not their top priority. Just ask Michael Frank about his hip surgery.

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NTSB: Uber Self-Driving Car Had Disabled Emergency Brake System Before Fatal Crash

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 7:48pm

The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report said that sensors saw the victim. But Uber says it's the driver, not its system, that was supposed to intervene to avoid the collision.

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Facebook Project Wants You To 'Buy Nothing' And Ask For What You Need

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 3:35pm

The Buy Nothing Project encourages people to share without money changing hands. In five years it has spread around the world on Facebook with the help of more than 3,000 volunteers.

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Trump Administration Considers Steep Tariffs Against Foreign Automakers

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 3:35pm

The president has suggested this will be good for U.S. autoworkers, but economists and industry executives warn the move could spark a destructive trade war that would hurt all countries involved.

Two Million Suspicious Transactions

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 3:27pm

Recent news has cast a spotlight on a little-known regulatory agency quietly working behind the scenes of our economy. What is FinCEN and why is it so important?

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Saved In The NECCO Time! Bankrupt Candy Company Sold At Federal Auction

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 2:56pm

The 171-year-old New England Confectionery Co. — known for its iconic wafers and Valentine hearts with witty phrases — was sold to the family-owned Ohio-based Spangler Candy Company for $18 million.

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Women Accuse Morgan Freeman Of Harassment, Inappropriate Behavior, CNN Reports

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 2:47pm

Eight people told CNN that they were victims of harassment or inappropriate behavior by Freeman, and eight others said they had witnessed such conduct by the Oscar-winning actor.

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3 Things You Should Know About Europe's Sweeping New Data Privacy Law

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 10:37am

The General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect Friday, but it also has implications in the U.S. Firms like Spotify and eBay now say you can ask them to delete data about you they've stored.

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The Billion-Dollar Discount Chain: How Dollar General Remade America

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 10:20am

There are more than 13,000 Dollar General stores in the United States.

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Sweeping Internet Privacy Protection Regulations To Take Effect

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 4:03am

One of the biggest changes in data privacy ever takes effect in Europe Friday. The rules, known as the General Data Protection Regulation, will have implications for U.S. consumers of social media.

Workers Are Losing Billions Of Dollars Because Of Time Theft

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 4:03am

Those lunch breaks that hourly workers never take start to add up and can be a major profit for employers. NPR's Planet Money team explores a concept known as time theft.

Efforts To Loosen Banking Rules Worries Fed Official Neel Kashkari

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 4:03am

Rachel Martin talks to Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari about moves by lawmakers and regulators to rollback rules for financial intuitions.

Trump Weighs Tariffs On Imported Cars

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 10:14pm

President Trump has instructed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to consider new protections for the domestic auto industry. He's relying on the same authority used to justify steel and aluminum tariffs.

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Opioid Crisis Takes A Toll On Economic Outlook For Many Americans, Fed Says

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 5:23pm

One out of five Americans say they personally know someone who has been addicted to opioids or prescription painkillers, according to a new report about the economic well-being of U.S. households.

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Most Inane Deduction?

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 3:50pm

The mortgage interest deduction is popular, but it has numerous distorting effects on the economy – and economists also say that it does exactly the opposite of what people think.

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Trump Can't Block Critics From His Twitter Account, Judge Says

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 2:34pm

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the president and his aides cannot block critics from seeing his Twitter account simply because they had posted caustic replies to his tweets in the past.

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Famed Vegas Casinos Could Be Hobbled As Thousands Of Workers Authorize Strike

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 11:24am

The union representing the hospitality workers says they could walk out as early as June 1 if their demands, including protection against sexual harassment and technology advances, are not met.

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In Taiwan, Debate Over History And Censorship As WWII TV Drama Is Canceled

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 6:01am

Jiachang's Heart, inspired by the story of a 17-year-old Taiwanese girl who volunteers as a nurse for the Japanese army, is taken off the air after criticism about its historical portrayal.

Sen. Chris Van Hollen On ZTE Sanctions

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 4:11am

Lawmakers spoke out against President Trump's suggestion to ease sanctions on Chinese telecom company ZTE. Maryland Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen talks with NPR's Rachel Martin.

Women in Bondland

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 3:38pm

Finance is notorious for being a boys club. Marilyn Cohen has worked in the bond market for 30 years. She talks about what it takes to succeed in her field and why there aren't more women.

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