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Cirque Du Soleil Buys Blue Man Group

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 4:08am

Two of the most successful live performance franchises are joining forces. Cirque du Soleil announced that it is buying Blue Man Group.

Morning News Brief: Trump Meets Putin, Russia Probe Update, New Tesla Car

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 4:08am

President Trump meets with Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit. Also, an update on Robert Mueller's Russia probe, and a look at electric carmaker Tesla's new lower-priced car.

Who Would Enjoy Tax Breaks Under The GOP Health Care Proposals?

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 4:00am

The GOP health bills would eliminate many of the taxes that help pay for coverage under Obamacare. Wealthy individuals stand to gain the most. And customers of tanning salons.

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France Plans To Ban Sale Of Diesel And Gas Vehicles By 2040

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 5:25pm

Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot has announced a range of ambitious plans on Thursday that also include banning oil and gas drilling and doing away with coal-powered plants.

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In New Jersey, Sweeping Reforms Deliver Existential Threat To Bail Bonds Industry

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 3:31pm

Six months in, New Jersey's sweeping reforms have all but eliminated the use of cash bail in the Garden State. Advocates say that's good for low-income defendants. But it's an existential threat to the bail bonds industry.

Hobby Lobby Agrees To Renounce Smuggled Iraqi Artifacts

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Candida Moss, professor of New Testament at the University of Notre Dame and the author of Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby. After Hobby Lobby was fined for smuggling artifacts out of Iraq, Moss talks about Hobby Lobby's unique business mission: to promote the bible.

United Apologizes As Another Passenger Loses Seat, This One A Toddler

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 1:34pm

Shirley Yamauchi had to hold her 2-year-old on a flight from Houston to Boston, despite having bought him a ticket. United Airlines said it failed to properly scan the boy's boarding pass.

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QVC Plans To Buy, Merge With Rival Shopping Network HSN

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 11:53am

QVC already owns a substantial stake in its rival. Now it plans to buy the remaining stake, in a $2.1 billion deal.

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EU And Japan Strike Trade Deal, Call It 'Strong Message To The World'

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 11:15am

The European Union and Japan have reached an agreement in principle for a new free trade deal. It would lower barriers to trade between two of the world's most important economic areas.

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18 States Sue Betsy DeVos And Education Dept. Over Delay Of Borrower Defense Rule

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 10:45am

The rule was created to protect students from the fallout from abuses and failures by for-profit colleges. A new court filing says that the Education Department's delay of the rule is unlawful.

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Damage From Wayward Weedkiller Keeps Growing

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 4:01am

As many as 2 million acres of soybeans may have been harmed by a popular weedkiller drifting into neighboring fields. Arkansas' proposed ban on the herbicide, dicamba, is awaiting final approval.

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Hobby Lobby To Forfeit Smuggled Iraqi Antiquities

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 8:59pm

The company says its passion for historical Bibles and other artifacts led to "regrettable mistakes." It will pay a $3 million fine for improperly importing items such as ancient clay tablets.

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Volvo Moves To Phase Out Combustion Engine For Electric Motors Starting In 2019

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 3:29pm

With a pledge to move on from the internal combustion engine, Volvo announced Wednesday that it's going all electric. The company says all the vehicles it makes will be electric or hybrid starting in 2019. The development comes as Tesla prepares to sell its first mass market electric car later this month.

Top Performers Risk Being Undermined By Peers, Studies Shows

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 3:19pm

Studies highlighted in Scientific American indicate a propensity for less-well-performing employees to take aim at the efforts of their star coworkers.

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Congress Casts A Suspicious Eye On Russia's Kaspersky Lab

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 3:19pm

The renowned Russian cybersecurity firm's anti-virus software is used by millions of Americans. Congress does not want military service members to be among them.

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'The Sideways Effect:' How A Wine-Obsessed Film Reshaped The Industry

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 1:46pm

The 2004 movie about an obsessive wine snob helped boost California's pinot noir production by 170 percent.

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The 'End Of Loyalty' And The Decline Of Good Jobs In America

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 1:11pm

Author Rick Wartzman says that jobs offering security, decent wages and good benefits are becoming harder to find, in part because of automation, globalization and the weakening of unions.

Too Convenient? A Mobile Supermarket That Comes To You

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 10:36am

A concept called Moby Mart is being tested in China. Like 7-11 meets driverless tractor-trailer, the store could be summoned by an app and staffed by a holographic clerk. Are we entering WALL-E world?

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All New Volvo Models Will Be Electric Or Hybrid Starting In 2019

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 10:19am

Volvo will be the first traditional automaker to set a date to phase out cars powered only by internal combustion engines. Volvo's CEO called Tesla "a tough competitor" in the premium electric market.

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Airlines In Turkey And Dubai Cleared From Laptop Ban

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 5:18am

Emirates and Turkish Airlines announced they are now exempt from the ban on carrying electronics larger than a smartphone into the cabin on flights bound for the U.S.

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