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In The Pacific Northwest, Oil Train Derailment Highlights Potential Dangers

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 3:31pm

The number of trains carrying oil along the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington could dramatically increase. There's a plan to ship more oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota to a proposed oil terminal in southwest Washington state. An oil train derailment earlier this year has shown the potential danger faced by the region.

More Women Step Forward To Accuse Roger Ailes Of Sexual Harassment

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 3:31pm

Roger Ailes lost his job as chairman and CEO of the Fox News Channel amid allegations of sexual harassment, and since his resignation, the scandal has grown in scope. On Friday, Fox also announced changes to the network's leadership.

Platform Check: Trump, Clinton Deliver Competing Economic Policy Speeches

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 3:31pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to economist Diane Swonk about the economic plans of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

New TV Series Rely On Nostalgia To Hook Viewers

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 4:05am

From Happy Days to The Wonder Years, television has long looked to the past for inspiration. Some new shows dig into 1980s and '90s nostalgia: The Get Down, Stranger Things and MacGyver among them.

2 Resign From Panel Set Up To Rehab Panama's Financial System

Fri, 08/12/2016 - 4:05am

Millions of documents — dubbed the Panama Papers — were released earlier this year that showed how a local law firm hid the money of the world's rich and famous in offshore accounts.

After Criticism, Trump Adds Women To His Economic Advisory Team

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 5:18pm

The new advisers include several longtime GOP fundraisers and critics of Hillary Clinton. The GOP presidential nominee's initial list last week consisted entirely of white men.

Huffington Post Founder Moves On To New Online Startup

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 4:45pm

Arianna Huffington, who established the news site in 2005, is going to focus on Thrive Global. She says it will address health and striking a balance between work and personal life.

Hillary Clinton Outlines Economic Policy In Rebuttal To Donald Trump

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 3:33pm

Hillary Clinton's economic speech Thursday in Michigan is intended to be a rejoinder to Donald Trump's earlier address on the same subject in the same state.

How Rural Farming Communities Are Fighting Economic Decline

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 12:25pm

The tiny farming town of Brookfield, Mo., isn't what it used to be. But local leaders are looking to revive it by encouraging small businesses and tempting young residents to stay in town.

Clinton To Lay Out Economic Plan In Contrast To Trump

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 10:58am

The Democratic presidential nominee will deliver her own speech about the economy at an advanced manufacturing plant in Warren, Mich., on Thursday afternoon.

In Battle Of Health Care Titans, Should Health Insurers Act Like Walmart?

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 9:29am

Evidence shows dominant insurers hold down hospital prices. Big insurers seeking to get bigger want to take that idea to the extreme. Hospitals and doctors object.

Working 'The Chain,' Slaughterhouse Workers Face Lifelong Injuries

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 7:00am

Workers at American slaughterhouses and meat processing plants perform thousands of repetitive motions every day. The work often lead to invisible, yet painful and lasting injuries to their bodies.

China Angered By Britain's Delay In Approving Nuclear Power Deal

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 4:04am

China warns Britain to stop delaying a nuclear power plant deal, which it says could cost the country future Chinese investment. Britain's new prime minister wants to examine the project.

Rep. Dingel Presses Clinton To Talk More About Trade Issues

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 4:04am

Hillary Clinton addresses the economy in a speech on Thursday. Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingel, who represents Michigan's12th district, who says trade is a big issue in her state.

Retired Professor Tries To Teach Robots To Sew Clothes

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 4:04am

Atlanta company SoftWear is trying to create a robot that can sew. If the project succeeds, it could have a huge effect on the global economy, and clothing manufacturing could return to the U.S.

In South Texas, Fair Wages Elude Farmworkers, 50 Years After Historic Strike

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 3:41am

Farmworkers in South Texas marched 200 miles for better wages and working conditions. But the strike ultimately failed, and workers today face the same problem: growers who systematically underpay.

There's A Home Renovation Boom, But Good Luck Finding A Contractor

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 3:40am

With rising home prices and low interest rates, Americans are spending a record amount of money fixing up their kitchens, bathrooms and man-caves. But a lack of skilled workers is limiting the boom.

Fines For Meat Industry's Safety Problems Are 'Embarrassingly Low'

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 5:54pm

Slaughterhouses, while safer than decades ago, are some of the country's most hazardous workplaces. They are fined by the government for safety violations, but those fines may not be big enough.

Social Security Data Errors Can Turn People Into The Living Dead

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 4:01pm

The government keeps track of who is alive and who is dead. But there can be errors. And when you're mistakenly ruled dead, it can be remarkably tough to convince people you're still among the living.

Slaughterhouses Often Face Meager Safety Violations, Critics Say

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 3:28pm

Hundreds of thousands of people go to work each day preparing the beef, pork and poultry that ends up on our dinner tables. Their workplace is among the most hazardous in the country. Slaughterhouses — while safer than they were decades ago — can exact a steep price from workers. As it tries to enforce safety rules, the government fines the businesses for violations, but one former official calls those fines ineffective and "embarrassingly low."




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