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Obamacare Is First Item On Congress' Chopping Block

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 4:02am

Republicans in Congress have vowed to repeal the health care law as soon as they get back to work. But they don't have a replacement ready, and insurers fear that could cause the market to collapse.

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Coal Miners Hope Trump Will Help Struggling Industry

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 4:09pm

Stricken by layoffs in the coal industry, Greene County, Pa., went for Donald Trump this election. Many think he will help the industry, despite disagreeing with some of Trump's rhetoric.

Coal Country Picked Trump. Now, They Want Him To Keep His Promises

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 2:06pm

Voters in coal country overwhelmingly chose Donald Trump. They liked his promises to create jobs, even if they didn't like his other rhetoric. Now, they're waiting to see if coal can make a comeback.

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Financial Advisor To American Cities Turns Attention To Troubled Puerto Rico

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 7:41am

Richard Ravitch has advised many American cities on how to get out of economic troubles. Now he's advising Puerto Rico. He speaks with NPR's Ailsa Chang about the U.S. territory's financial situation.

After Experimentations, Where Are We On No-Tipping Restaurant Policies?

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 7:41am

Ailsa Chang talks with restaurateur Danny Meyers about how a no-tipping policy at Union Square Hospitality Group's restaurants, which include Gramercy Tavern and The Modern, has fared a year in.

Barbershop: 2016 Is Almost Over, But Was It Really The Worst?

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 4:08pm

NPR's breaking news reporter Nate Rott, former political reporter Sam Sanders and senior business editor Marilyn Geewax talk about what happened in news during 2016.

French Law Giving Workers 'The Right To Disconnect' Goes Into Effect

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 4:02pm

As of Jan. 1, French companies with more than 50 workers will be obligated to allow their employees to ignore work emails outside of work hours.

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Despite Recent Production Boost, Wyoming Coal's Long-Term Outlook Is Dim

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 6:38am

In 2016, the collapse of the coal industry hit the epicenter of U.S. production: Wyoming. Miners reflect on hard times, and how they're hedging their bets in a shrinking industry.

In The Service Industry, New Year's Is Often About Just Getting By

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 6:38am

Linda Tirado spent 15 years working in the service industry, at gas stations, restaurants and bars. She says New Year's resolutions aren't really for people working dead-end jobs.

By Returning To Farming's Roots, He Found His American Dream

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 6:00am

David Fisher's farm is a kind of American Dream. Not the conventional one of upward economic mobility. This is the utopian version, the uncompromising pursuit of a difficult agrarian ideal.

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For Whistleblowers, Repercussions Are Felt Beyond Wells Fargo

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 3:44pm

Former workers at Wells Fargo who resisted pressure to push banking products on customers who didn't want them say the bank retaliated against them by docking their permanent record, sabotaging future job prospects.

High Demand, Low Supply: Colorado River Water Crisis Hits Across The West

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 3:31pm

After years of drought and dropping water levels, the Colorado River is reaching a crisis point. Communities at either end of the river are looking at a variety of measures, from storage to sharing.

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U.S. Ethics Chief Was Behind Those Tweets About Trump, Records Show

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 1:17pm

Trump-style tweets from the Office of Government Ethics urging divestitures made many suspect a hack of this typically staid agency. New records shared with NPR show the author was the agency chief.

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QUIZ: Test Your Knowledge Of NPR's Tech Stories From 2016

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 10:05am

A bar owner who wants patrons to put away their phones, Internet users tracking down a vandal, a project to analyze hundreds of Rembrandt paintings — can you remember (or guess) what happened?

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Creator Of Red Solo Cup, Robert Hulseman, Dies At 84

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 6:57am

You might not know Robert Hulseman by name but there is a good chance you've held his invention. The Red Solo Cup is the go-to drinking vessel for picnics, parties and keggers.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Solo Cup Co.)

In Pro-Brexit English City, A Jobs Crisis Is Averted — But For How Long?

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 2:49am

The town of Sunderland, where jobs depend on a foreign employer, Nissan, voted resoundingly for Britain to leave the EU even though that could work against its economic interests.

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From 'No Way,' To Global Success: The Inspired Journey Of GM's Design Chief

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 5:32pm

A lover of cars since he was a little tyke who later trained as a sculptor, Ed Welburn has shaped the physical world we live in as the longtime head of design for General Motors.

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2008 Bank Bailout Chief Has A Plan To Prevent The Need For Another One

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 4:11am

At 35, Neel Kashkari was in charge of the bank bailout program. He's now the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and has a plan to make future bank bailouts much less likely.

Wages Are Increasing, But What's Behind It?

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 3:52am

It's taken years since the Great Recession, but wages are showing signs of climbing — though not very quickly. Economists say there are reasons to believe wage growth could continue into 2917.

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Trump Speaks Briefly To Reporters, Reversing Obama Criticism And Touting New Jobs

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 5:30pm

Trump touted the creation of 8,000 new jobs, tied to investments from the Japanese firm SoftBank, which pledged big investments in American jobs after Trump was elected.

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