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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.

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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.

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Fees To Enter Popular National Parks Would Skyrocket Under Interior Department Plan

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 7:23pm

Entrance costs would more than double at the country's 17 busiest parks. The park service says it needs to pay for deferred maintenance. But the increases may will make the parks less accessible.

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Next Fed Chair Will Determine Pace Of Interest Rate Hikes

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 4:31pm

President Trump could ask Janet Yellen to stay on as Fed chair, but other names are also circulating. Will the next chief lead the central bank to boost rates more quickly than currently planned?

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Senate Kills Rule On Class Action Lawsuits Against Financial Firms

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 3:37pm

Vice President Pence cast the tie-breaking vote last night in the Senate to repeal a rule that made it easier for Americans to sue their banks and credit card companies for wrongdoing. Wiping out the rule affects tens of millions of Americans who will be sent to arbitration on disputes over a credit card, checking account or prepaid card. It also dismantles the work of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has been working on this for years.

NAACP Issues Travel Advisory For American Airlines; Company Agrees To Meeting

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 3:16pm

The NAACP, citing "a pattern of disturbing incidents reported by African-American passengers," urged black travelers to avoid booking flights on the carrier.

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As Trump Proposes Tax Cuts, Kansas Deals With Aftermath Of Experiment

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 1:55pm

In 2012, the Kansas government passed massive tax cuts, which Republican Gov. Sam Brownback promised would deliver "a shot of adrenaline" to the economy. But the experiment did the exact opposite.

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Tesla Turns Power Back On At Children's Hospital In Puerto Rico

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 1:29pm

The hospital offers services to some 3,000 young patients. Tesla's solar system is reportedly providing the hospital with all the electricity it needs.

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Amazon's Newest Service Would Let Couriers Unlock Front Doors, Monitored By Cameras

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 11:29am

"Amazon Key," which requires a smart lock and Amazon's new "Cloud Cam" security camera, would allow Amazon deliveries to be placed inside. Eventually, service providers could use it to come indoors.

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Apps Have More People Tuning In To Police Chatter When Disaster Strikes

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 10:31am

The Las Vegas mass shooting and the California wildfires are the latest incidents that have drawn listeners to apps allowing the public to listen to police and fire frequencies. Why do people do it?

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Store No More: A Retail Reality Check

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 9:06am

Everything must go.

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Need Help In Puerto Rico? Here's $100

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 4:00am

If Karian Batista had $100, she would buy food. "I don't have enough for the kids," she says. Distributing cash, a growing trend in aid, gives people "dignity and choice," one organization says.

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Under Congressional Microscope, Twitter Vows New 'Transparency' On Ads

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 4:00am

The microblogging service has promised a new wave of disclosure about who uses it to advertise as the Hill continues probing the Russia imbroglio.

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Senate Kills Rule On Class-Action Suits Against Financial Companies

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 11:54pm

The rule, released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in July, was aimed at "forced arbitration" clauses in consumer agreements with banks and credit card companies.

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