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H-1B Visa Debate: Are Foreign Tech Workers Hired Over Americans?

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 4:12am

Many employers say they need H-1B workers because of a talent shortage among U.S. tech companies. But some Americans say the program that allows foreigners to be hired has put them out of work.

These Days, Business Travel By Trump's Sons Is Costly And Complicated

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 3:47am

With the Trump family "so involved in international business, the logistical issues, costs and security risks are more substantial than we're used to seeing," says an expert in presidential travel.

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Does Nintendo's New Console Signal A 'Switch' For The Video Game Market?

Sun, 03/05/2017 - 4:25pm

There's hype surrounding Nintendo's first home-to-handheld hybrid console, Switch. Wall Street Journal technology reporter Nathan Olivarez-Giles says this could be a make or break moment for Nintendo.

Buford: Come for the Coffee, Stay ... To Keep The Tiny Town Open

Sun, 03/05/2017 - 5:01am

The self-proclaimed smallest town in America, Buford, Wyo., population one, is in danger of losing its last resident and being removed from the maps completely.

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As Amazon Moves In, A Local Bookseller Hopes To Thrive With A Personal Touch

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 7:01am

Amazon has opened its latest brick-and-mortar bookstore — the first on the East Coast. But an independent bookseller in the Boston suburb says: "I think that we're going to be OK."

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Episode 757: Strong Feelings About Dodd-Frank

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 8:57pm

President Trump does not like Dodd-Frank, the 2010 law that transformed banking regulation. On today's show, we ask: What are the key parts of the law? And how are they likely to change?

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A Dip In Global Prices Creates Cocoa Crisis For Ivory Coast's Farmers

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 3:50pm

Ivory coast is the world's largest cocoa producer. But a bumper crop combined with a fall in the global demand for chocolate and a dip in cocoa prices are hurting the country's cocoa farmers.

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Trump Nominees' Financial Reports Slow To Arrive For Ethics Review, Document Shows

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 3:38pm

A document obtained by NPR illustrates the complexity of the nominees' financial holdings — and how slowly they are being reported for federal ethics vetting, compared with the Obama administration.

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Experts Say White House's Conway Response Raises Major Ethical Questions

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 3:37pm

In the White House's letter to the Office of Government Ethics this week about Kellyanne Conway, there's a passage that is potentially far more significant than a clothing endorsement.

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The Soaring Stock Market And Your Nest Egg

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 3:14pm

Stocks continue to be on an absolute tear lately, with the Dow topping 21,000. Investors wonder if the bulls will keep running. Experts offer tips on what to keep in mind and whose advice to trust.

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One Big Winner Of Snap's Even Bigger IPO: A School That Raked In Millions

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 10:21am

In 2012, Saint Francis High School put up $15,000 in seed money for the founders of a fledgling Snapchat. By the time the company went public Thursday, the school turned it into a $24 million return.

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Amazon And The $150 Million Typo

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 9:53am

Amazon said a mistyped command caused part of the company's cloud computing service to go down for hours on Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal reported the outage caused millions of dollars in losses.

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Why Do Nintendo Switch Game Cartridges Have A Bad Taste?

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 5:48am

The company used a bitter chemical on the small cartridges to discourage people — presumably small children — from swallowing them. Which doesn't explain why adults are tasting their video games.

Calls To Boycott Trump's Wines Haven't Seemed To Hurt Sales

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 4:08am

Some opponents of President Trump's policies have been using social media to promote a boycott of Trump wines. But supporters have been urging people to buy. So far, it appears sales are strong.

From Critic To Helping Trump Shoulder Challenges For Hispanic Businesses

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 4:08am

David Greene talks to U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President Javier Palomarez, who was critical of President Trump during the election. Palomarez is now an informal adviser to the administration.

Calls To Boycott Trump's Wines Hasn't Seemed To Hurt Sales

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 4:08am

Some opponents of President Trump's policies have been using social media to promote a boycott of Trump wines. But supporters have been urging people to buy. So far, it appears sales are strong.

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