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Honda Fined $70 Million For Underreporting Safety Issues

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 3:12pm

Honda has agreed to pay a $70 million fine for failing to report more than 1,700 death and injury claims in the largest penalty levied against a carmaker by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Honda's violations were first disclosed last year during investigations into defective Takata airbags in Hondas and other vehicles. NHTSA did not specify the exact nature of what Honda failed to report. Honda blamed the matter of "inadvertent data entry or computer programming errors."

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United Attendants Battle Firing After Security Concerns

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 10:43am

The airline's former employees are filing a federal whistleblower complaint over their termination for refusing to fly after discovering what they said was threatening graffiti on an aircraft.

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Congressional Republicans Take Another Swing At Obamacare

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 4:01am

The House will debate, and likely pass a bill, that would make a change in the Affordable Care Act. It would raise the law's definition of full-time work from 30 hours to 40 hours a week

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Opponents To Canada's Tar Sands Prepare For A Long Battle

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 4:01am

Environmental groups that oppose the Keystone XL oil pipeline want to keep what they call Canada's "dirty tar sands oil" in the ground. They point to canceled or delayed projects as success.

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Obama, GOP To Face Off Over Keystone XL Pipeline

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 4:01am

The Obama administration has threatened to veto a bill that would allow immediate construction of a controversial oil pipeline. But that threat is not stopping Republican lawmakers.

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FAA Clarifies Fuel Tax Rule, Municipalities To Lose Needed Funds

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 4:01am

The FAA ruled that all jet fuel tax revenue collected by states or local units of government must be spent on airports or aviation related programs, and not on roads, schools or other uses.

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Nebraska Residents Weary Of Keystone XL Pipeline Debate

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 4:01am

As Congress and the president go toe to toe on the Keystone XL pipeline, that battle is resonating across oil country and especially in Nebraska, the state at the center of the controversial project.

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Will Low Oil Prices Affect Debate Over Keystone KL Pipeline?

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 4:01am

Oil prices continue their slide, falling below $50 a barrel. Does the slump factor into the debate over building the Keystone Pipeline which would carry oil from western Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast?

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'Charlie Hebdo' Laughed In The Face Of Violence; Will Future Satirists?

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 2:43am

The French magazine responded to the firebombing of its offices with a cover that showed a Muslim and an editor making out. Its lead editor, described by a peer as fearless, was killed Wednesday.

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Judge Maintains Gag Order In Coal Mine Disaster Trial

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 7:44pm

The federal judge rejected motions by NPR and other news organizations to allow lawyers and others involved to talk about the case. The judge has also restricted access to court documents.

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When It Comes To Smartphones, Are Americans Dumb?

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:11pm

If you paid top dollar for a top phone, Asian vendors at the International Consumer Electronics Show have a message: You paid for a brand, not quality. And this year, they want to sell to you.

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Growth In Manufacturing Tempered By Low-Wage Jobs

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 3:22pm

President Obama is touting growth in manufacturing jobs, but if they're low-wage jobs is that a good thing?

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Euro Falls To 9-Year Low Against U.S. Dollar

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 3:22pm

Europe may have a deflation problem. Eurozone consumer prices fell on an annual basis in December for the first time since the depths of the financial crisis five years ago. The decline was driven by a sharp drop in energy prices. The news is expected to increase pressure on the European Central Bank to come up with a more aggressive response to slow growth and high unemployment.

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For 'Charlie Hebdo,' A History Defined By Humor, Controversy — And Cartoons

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:46am

Renee Montagne talks to NPR's David Folkenflik about the provocative editorial stance adopted by the French satirical magazine, which was attacked by gunmen this morning in Paris.

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'Charlie Hebdo,' A Magazine Of Satire, Mocks Politics, Religion

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 9:14am

The magazine that was the target of a deadly attack today is part of a long tradition of French satire dating to the days before the French Revolution.

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Should Minnesota Bid Adieu To The Midwest, Hello North?

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 5:32am

A panel in Minnesota wants to establish a new region called the North. Supporters say it will help the area differentiate itself from other parts of the Midwest.

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Greek Opposition Party Seizes On Public's Anger Over Austerity Measures

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

We've been hearing a lot about economic anxiety in Europe lately. Much of that anxiety center's around Greece. Steve Inskeep talks to economist Platon Tinios about what's happening in Greece.

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ESPN, Other Networks To Be Streamed On Dish Network's Sling TV

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

Linda Wertheimer talks to John Ourand from Sports Business Journal about ESPN's decision to start a streaming service. The service is being done in partnership with Dish Network.

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Construction Begins On California's $68 Billion High-Speed Rail Line

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 9:53pm

Once completed, the line could travel faster than 200 mph and get people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than three hours. But the project has only a fifth of the funding it needs.

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DishTV's New Service Targets Cable Cord Cutters

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 3:53pm

DishTV is offering a new digital service for cord cutters — ESPN and a dozen other channels for just $20 a month. Does it lead to a cable-less future?

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