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Game Show Creator And 'Gong Show' Host Chuck Barris Dies At 87

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 3:40am

Barris died of natural causes Tuesday at his home in Palisades, N.Y., according to publicist Paul Shefrin. Critics called Barris "The King of Schlock" or "The Baron of Bad Taste."

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Researchers Test Hotter, Faster And Cleaner Way To Fight Oil Spills

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:50pm

The Flame Refluxer is essentially a big copper blanket: think Brillo pad of wool sandwiched between mesh. Using it while burning off oil yields less air pollution and residue that harms marine life.

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Debate Over Silencers: Hearing Protection Or Public Safety Threat?

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 7:08pm

Legislation would loosen restrictions on gun suppressors, with proponents saying quieter guns protect shooters' hearing. But opponents say easier-to-get silencers are a risk to the public.

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New Device Restrictions On Some Flights: Few Facts, Many Questions

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 4:26pm

Homeland Security says most personal electronics won't be allowed in carry-ons on flights from some majority-Muslim countries. The U.K. has acted similarly. Why the abrupt change? It's far from clear.

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Ivanka Trump's Move To The White House Raises Questions About Ethics

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 3:58pm

Ethics experts say Ivanka's dual role as a business owner and a West Wing adviser raises concerns about nepotism and conflict of interest. Ivanka says she will comply voluntarily with ethics rules.

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Google Promises To Keep Ads Off 'Hateful, Offensive' YouTube Content

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 1:22pm

On Friday, a division of a global marketing group with a digital budget of more than $200 million put its dealings with Google on "pause," citing recent controversies.

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At Trump's D.C. Hotel, A U.S.-Turkey Relations Conference Stirs Up Ethics Questions

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 9:42am

Holding the event at the Trump hotel could be seen as a way to "purchase access to the Trump administration by enriching President Trump and his family," says government ethics scholar Kathleen Clark.

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Nescafe Opens A Nap Cafe In Tokyo

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 6:01am

Patrons can snooze on reclining beds for up to two hours as long as they buy an item from the menu. And guests get a free cup of coffee.

U.S. Restricts Electronic Devices On Flights From 8 Muslim Countries

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 5:00am

Passengers on flights coming into the U.S. will be allowed to bring smartphones into the plane's cabin. But all larger electronic devices, like laptops and cameras, must be placed in checked baggage.

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GOP Health Plan Has Its Own Financial Stick To Prod People To Buy Insurance

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 4:00am

The GOP plan would fine insurance buyers who had a lapse in coverage of more than 63 days a year. The penalty? A 30 percent surcharge every month for 12 months.

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Among Trump Supporters, Conflicts Of Interest Aren't A Top Concern

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 3:42am

President Trump's decision to hold onto his many businesses while in office has generated criticism from ethics experts. But among his supporters, the issue doesn't seem to be registering much so far.

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Democrats Criticize Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch As Pro-Business

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 5:11pm

The case of the frozen trucker looms large in Democrats' objection to President Trump's nominee. Senate judiciary members argued that Neil Gorsuch would skew the court in favor of corporations.

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As Colorado Gets Ready To Allow Pot Clubs, Indoor Smoking Still An Issue

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 3:06pm

Recreational pot is legal in Colorado, but using it in public is against the law. Pot clubs are slated to open this summer, but the governor says he'll veto the bill if it allows indoor smoking.

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Finding A Pedicure In China, Using Cutting-Edge Translation Apps

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 2:46pm

On a trip to China, NPR's Aarti Shahani took a detour in search of a pedicure, with help from some of the latest voice translation apps. These tools could radically change how you travel abroad.

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David Rockefeller — Philanthropist, Banker And Collector — Dies At 101

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 2:41pm

The grandson of an oil baron, Rockefeller made his own name as the chief of Chase Manhattan Bank. But he was known nearly as well for his prodigious collections — of art, contacts and even beetles.

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Amid Massive Tainted-Meat Scandal, Brazil Assures Safety Of Its Food Exports

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 1:10pm

The country's federal police say that health officials were bribed to ignore outdated and adulterated meat. The European Commission has suspended imports from companies implicated in the allegations.

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British Low-Cost Airlines Rewards Travelers Who Are Respectful

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 5:58am

Customer service reps at Monarch Airlines have been given upgrades to hand out to customers who are super nice on the phone. The budget airline says it's encouraging chivalry, courtesy and respect.

Insurance Industry Worried By GOP Plan To Replace Obamacare, Consultant Says

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 4:10am

Steve Inskeep talks to Robert Laszewski, a health policy consultant, about how the Republican's plan to reform health care would effect insurers. Laszewski had a long career in the insurance industry.

Tax Credits, Penalties And Age Rating: Parsing The GOP Health Bill

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 3:56am

As the GOP bill to replace the Affordable Care Act begins to move through Congress, reporters for NPR and Kaiser answer your questions about what it might mean for your health plan.

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New 'Basic Economy' Airfares May Not Be As Cheap As You Think

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 3:46am

All three of the biggest U.S. airlines now offer no-frills, discounted fares called "basic economy." Now there's evidence that it's not any cheaper, but is a way to raise standard economy fares.

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