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Pacific Northwest Winemakers Worry Wildfire Smoke Could Ruin Harvest

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 12:26pm

The smoke and ash hanging in the air from the still-burning Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge could easily transfer to the grapes, potentially changing the quality of the wine.

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FDA Moves To Rein In Drugmakers' Abuse Of Orphan Drug Law

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 12:20pm

Following an investigation by Kaiser Health News and NPR, the Food and Drug Administration has moved to close a loophole that let drugmakers skip pediatric testing of drugs to treat rare diseases.

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White House Takes An Aggressive Approach On Tax Overhaul

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 6:40am

President Trump is working on plan that could win bipartisan support. He'll meet with lawmakers on the topic Wednesday, and Tuesday night he hosted a bipartisan group of senators for dinner.

Organic Industry Sues USDA To Push For Animal Welfare Rules

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 4:02am

New rules — such as giving chickens more space to roam — were approved by the Obama administration, but put on hold under Trump. Now the organic industry is suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Why The Government Sells Flood Insurance Despite Losing Money

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 4:02am

The National Flood Insurance Program was operates like an insurance company in many ways except one: it just about always loses money. This piece originally aired on Morning Edition in January 2013.

Organic Industry Sues To Push Animal Welfare Rules

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 4:02am

The organic industry is suing the government, demanding that it implement tougher animal welfare regulations. It could force the largest organic farmers out of the organic industry.

How The Minimum Wage Affects Restaurant Hygiene

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 4:02am

An analysis of Seattle restaurants shows that as the city dramatically raised the minimum wage for restaurant employees and other workers, restaurants responded by lowering hygiene standards.

Department Of Transportation Rolls Out New Guidelines For Self-Driving Cars

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 8:19pm

Tuesday's report, the first such recommendations for manufacturers released under the Trump administration, trims some of the guidelines set out under Obama. Still, they remain voluntary.

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Florida Businesses Struggle To Reopen Without Power After Irma

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 4:02pm

Many are without power or phone service. Their ability to reopen depends on the restoration of electricity, but also on whether employees can get to work through blocked roads and downed power lines.

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Florida's Farmers Look At Irma's Damage: 'Probably The Worst We've Seen'

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 4:01pm

Hurricane Irma smashed through one of the country's top areas of fruit and vegetable production. The storm destroyed half of the citrus crop in some areas, as well as housing for seasonal workers.

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Apple Unveils Three New iPhones, But The Watch Sends Shares Up

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 3:59pm

Apple is freeing the Watch from the iPhone, giving it a direct cellphone connection. The special-release iPhone X ditches the home button, gets facial recognition and wireless charging.

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With Power Out, Many Florida Gas Stations Remain Closed

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 3:56pm

A lot of people evacuated Florida in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. Now they desperately want to come home, but the lack of fuel is making that tough.

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Apple Unveils Highly Anticipated iPhone 10 To Mark Device's Anniversary

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 3:31pm

Apple staged a big event Tuesday to unveil new products. The iPhone 10 debuts on the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and costs $1,000.

U.S. Census Bureau Records Improvements In Income, Poverty And Health Coverage

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 3:31pm

The U.S. Census Bureau released a trio of reports Tuesday on income, poverty and health insurance coverage. All three measures showed improvement. Real median household income increased by 3.2 percent in 2016 over the previous year, and now stands at just over $59,000. The official poverty rate fell for the second year in a row to 12.7 percent.

Tesla Remotely Expanded Car Batteries Near Irma's Path, And Questions Linger

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 2:03pm

It's not the first time Tesla has made over-the-air changes to its cars. The boost gave customers' cars an extra 30 to 40 miles — but the batteries will lose their extra juice this weekend.

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Trump Dinner Menu: Tax Cuts

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 1:28pm

President Trump is hosting a bipartisan group of senators for dinner Tuesday evening. He's looking to build support for a tax overhaul.

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PHOTOS: 'Slackers Unite' In Rallies Against Changes To French Labor Law

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 1:22pm

The show of opposition to President Macron's proposed labor law overhaul is seen as the first major test for the recently elected leader. In Paris, there were clashes between protesters and police.

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China's Two Largest Tech Companies Sign A Deal Over The West's Biggest Music

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 1:08pm

A deal between China's dominant tech companies reveals a lot about the country's approach to policing culture.

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Credit Check: Equifax And Your Financial Future

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 9:06am

Who's minding the bureaus that collect so much of our private information?

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Equifax Data Breach Gets The Attention Of Lawmakers On Capitol Hill

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 4:04am

David Greene talks to Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio about the breach which involves the data of more than 140 million people. Brown is the ranking member on the Senate Banking Committee.

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