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U.S. Steel To End Operations At Alabama's Fairfield Works Mill

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 4:22am

U.S. Steel says it plans to close a major operation in Birmingham, Ala. More than 1,100 people are expected to lose their jobs in an area that has long been a center of the region's steel industry.

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NRLB Rules Northwestern Football Players May Not Unionize

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 4:22am

The decision dismissed a ruling granting the students' petition to join the College Athletes Players Association. But it failed to answer the big question: are student athletes university employees?

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Bloomberg Columnist: Report On Amazon's Work Culture Not Surprising

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 4:29pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Justin Fox, columnist for Bloomberg View, about Amazon's work culture, following a scathing article in The New York Times.

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Northwestern Football Players Lose Bid To Form First Union For Athletes

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 3:20pm

Northwestern University football players will not be allowed to unionize after all. The National Labor Relations Board announced Monday it has dismissed a previous ruling by a Chicago regional office in favor of the student athletes. That ruling said scholarship football players at Northwestern fit the common law description of an employee, and as employees, they were entitled to join the College Athletes Players Association. There is no appeal for Monday's decision.

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To Boost Ridership, Houston Revamps Public Transit System

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 3:20pm

Over the weekend, the Houston public transit system completely changed. Every bus line, every route, everything is different. Transit officials are trying to create a better and more efficient system. The move is being watched across the country.

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Dismisses Claims In 'New York Times' Article

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 3:20pm

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is pushing back hard against a critical article about the company's workplace in The New York Times. The story said employees are often reduced to tears by harsh criticism and are encouraged to snitch on other workers to managers. Bezos says that is not the Amazon he knows and that anyone working in such a company would be crazy to stay.

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Papal Encyclical On Climate Change Puts Coal Country Catholics In Tough Spot

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 3:20pm

Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment is getting a thorough reading in Wyoming, which is the country's top coal-producing state. The letter presents a moral framework for approaching issues such as global climate change, but it's a difficult subject for Catholics in coal country.

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W.Va. Miners Face Uncertain Future As Demand For Coal Drops

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 3:20pm

Since 2008, the average price of a ton of U.S. coal has plunged, reflecting a dramatic drop in demand for coal. The industry's decline has also inflicted huge job losses. In a rural, southwestern part of West Virginia, laid-off miners must plan for an uncertain future.

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DIY Tractor Repair Runs Afoul Of Copyright Law

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 3:20pm

Like a lot of machines, tractors are increasingly run by computer software that has proprietary locks. But if farmers break those locks to fix their John Deere, they are also breaking the law.

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NLRB Denies Northwestern University Football Players' Bid To Unionize

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 2:11pm

Last year, a regional National Labor Relations Board director ruled that football players at the school could form the nation's first student-athlete union. That ruling was overturned Monday.

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U.S. Steel To End Steelmaking Operations At Storied Alabama Plant

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 1:28pm

The company is closing the blast furnace at the plant near Birmingham, which once rolled steel for ships during World War I and was the center of the city's steel industry.

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Jeff Bezos Responds To 'New York Times' Report On Amazon's Workplace

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 8:56am

Amazon's CEO says in a memo to employees that "anyone working in a company that really is like the one described in the NYT would be crazy to stay."

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China Devaluates Currency; Multiple Effects On Global Economy

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 4:10am

China's central bank surprised investors when it devalued its currency. David Greene talks to David Wessel, director of the Brookings Institution's Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy.

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Critics Question Monsanto's Plan To Buy Syngenta

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 4:10am

Monsanto, the world's largest producer of seeds, is trying to swallow up a competitor in pesticide production. The move could lead to fewer choices for farmers and further consolidate the industry.

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Epson Printer Promises Freedom From Overpriced Ink Cartridges

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 3:36am

Renee Montagne talks to Wilson Rothman, of The Wall Street Journal, about his reporting on Epson's new printer, which breaks the current "razor blade" business model of overpriced printer cartridges.

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The Trademark Woes Of Michael Jordan (And Many Others) In China

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 4:07pm

The NBA superstar's brand is one of many mired in copyright trouble in China. An unrelated shoe company with an Air Jordan-esque name and logo is making millions — and under Chinese law, it's legal.

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Report: AT&T Had Long, 'Highly Collaborative' Partnership With NSA

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 3:31pm

The New York Times and ProPublica examined documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. They reveal an extensive relationship between the spy agency and the telecom giant.

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Eurozone OKs Greek Bailout Deal, Extending Financial Lifeline

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 9:41am

Finance ministers for the 19-nation common currency union approved the first tranche of an 86 billion euro package, the third such emergency deal in five years.

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Through Watts Riots And Rodney King, Hawkins House Of Burgers Stands Strong

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 7:03am

Cynthia Hawkins leads a family business that endured the 1965 Watts riots, and the Rodney King riots in 1992. She praises the embattled neighborhood, and says strong community ties brought success.

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Chinese Currency Devaluation Could Mean Turmoil In U.S. Markets

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 6:41am

Gilliant Tett of the Financial Times tells NPR's Scott Simon what China's currency devaluation this past week will mean for the rest of the world.

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