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With Whitefish Deal Canceled, What's Next For Puerto Rico's Recovery?

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 6:41am

Puerto Rico is canceling the controversial $300 million contract for work rebuilding the island's electric grid. How does that affect recovery efforts, and who's now going to rebuild the power lines?

Southwest Airlines To Offer (Inflict?) Live Music On Select Flights

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 5:16am

Picture it. You've just settled in for your flight, ordered yourself a glass of wine. All of a sudden, your moment of plane zen is interrupted by a guitar. As in a band, on your plane, playing music.

Mattel Shelved Its 'Aristotle' Device For Kids Over Privacy Concerns

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 4:55am

What if the devices in your home got involved in raising your kids? The toy giant Mattel planned to market such a device but pulled the project when parents and pediatricians complained.

Harassment Scandals Shine Spotlight On Confidentiality Clauses

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 4:43am

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal, some states are considering barring nondisclosure agreements in the settlement of claims.

How Tariffs Could Help And Hurt The Solar Industry

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 4:00am

The U.S. solar industry is bracing for possible tariffs or quotas on imported solar panels. Such action could have very different consequences on different parts of the industry.

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Alexa, Are You Safe For My Kids?

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 3:51am

Talking to a device that talks back can be entertaining and educational for children. But psychologists say children can develop relationships with these devices that can be different than adults.

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Puerto Rico Power Authority Calls To Cancel Dubious $300M Grid Contract

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 5:23pm

The Puerto Rico Power Authority canceled a massive energy contract to rebuild the island's power grid. The contract had been with Whitefish Energy, a tiny Montana company with ties to the Trump Administration.

Are Social Media Sites Doing Enough To Combat Rumors And False News?

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 1:00pm

As they struggle with disasters and other crises, police, fire and other public officials are spending an increasing amount of time and resources knocking down rumors spreading on social media.

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Canada's Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Faces Opposition

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 7:07am

The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would triple the amount of oil moved from Alberta's tar sands to the coast. Environmental groups and First Nations in the U.S. and Canada oppose the project.

Canada's Balancing Act On Immigration

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 7:07am

Canada is taking advantage of the Trump administration's attitude toward immigration to attract foreign tech companies and workers. But there are unintended consequences to being open to immigrants.

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What's At Stake For Canada In NAFTA

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 7:07am

The NAFTA talks have not been going well and have left many concerned about the future of the trade deal. We look at what's at stake for Canada if an agreement can't be reached.

How Russian Propaganda Spreads On Social Media

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 6:05am

Experts say such propaganda sows divisions within society by confirming beliefs. Facebook, Google and Twitter officials are testifying this week about Russian influence on the 2016 election.

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The Russia Investigations: Countdown To The Big Show; Republicans Strike Back

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 6:00am

D.C. laces up for a social media marathon in Congress and an explosive Washington Post story helps the White House and GOP go on offense against Hillary Clinton.

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Hunting Conservation Group Objects To Arby's Venison

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 5:30am

Arby's has "got the venison" now and is marketing these new sandwiches to hunters. But an organization of hunters, anglers and conservationists has beef with it.

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Buffalo Area Warily Eyes The Renegotiation Of NAFTA

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 4:56am

Global trade has cost the region plenty of manufacturing jobs over the years, but today a lot of companies have learned how to take advantage of the trade agreement.

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Solar Industry Anxious Ahead Of Tariff Decision

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 7:09am

A U.S. trade commission next week will recommend whether to impose tariffs on cheap solar panels from Asia. The industry is divided over whether trade protection would cost jobs or create them.

Some Black Americans Turn To Informal Economy In The Face Of Discrimination

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 3:45pm

More than half of black Americans say they've experienced racial discrimination in hiring, promotions and pay, according to a new poll. For some, the answer is to become their own boss.

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How Consumers Could Be Affected If CVS And Aetna Merge

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 3:40pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Amanda Starc, associate professor of strategy at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, about the implications of a potential CVS and Aetna merger. She says that consumers will probably not see a reduction in their prescription drug prices, if the deal goes through.

Here's What's In That $300 Million Whitefish Contract

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 2:26pm

The contract with Puerto Rico's power authority says it was approved by FEMA. But FEMA says it did not approve the contract and has not paid any money on it yet.

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U.S. GDP Beats Expectations, Growing At 3 Percent

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 11:04am

Before catastrophic hurricanes hit the U.S., economists had been expecting an even stronger showing for the third quarter.

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