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For Christmas Thrills Without The Spills, More Decorators Turn To Lasers

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 6:08am

It's a new way to deck the house for the holidays. Laser lights project decorations without a need of a ladder, but Christmas light purists say they don't compare to the old-fashioned bulbs.

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Lawyer Shortage In Some Rural Areas Reaches Epic Proportions

Mon, 12/26/2016 - 4:00am

In Nebraska alone, there are 11 counties without a lawyer — leaving those seeking legal help in the lurch. Efforts are underway to recruit law students to come back home.

For Global Investors, 'Uncertainty' Over Business Climate Under Trump

Sun, 12/25/2016 - 4:00pm

The U.S. has long enjoyed a solid reputation as a trustworthy place to do business. But President-elect Trump's potential conflicts of interest around the globe could challenge that reputation.

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November Sees Biggest Home Sale Surge In Almost A Decade

Sun, 12/25/2016 - 7:47am

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to Nationwide Mutual Chief Economist David Berson about what's behind the recent rise in home sales.

The Economy Trump Will Inherit

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 7:34am

Donald Trump calls the impact of trade deals on the US a "disaster." But what kind of economy is he really inheriting and how might he affect it? Economics blogger Megan McArdle weighs in.

You've Got Mail: Book Boxes Offer Novels And Novelty Items

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 6:00am

It's OK if you haven't heard of book box subscriptions. These relatively new services, available in all kinds of genres, deliver curated selections of books and extras to subscribers every month.

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'Wall Street Journal' Raises Possible Conflicts Of Interest For Rep. Tom Price

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 3:49pm

A report in the Wall Street Journal is raising questions about possible conflicts of interest for Rep. Tom Price, Donald Trump's choice to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. According to the newspaper, Price traded medical stocks while also working on health legislation in Congress. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Michelle Hackman of the Wall Street Journal.

European Banks Reach Multi-Billion Dollar Settlement Over Toxic Mortgages

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 3:49pm

In the waning days of the Obama administration, two European banks, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, agreed to multi-billion dollar settlements with U.S. authorities for selling toxic mortgages prior to the financial crisis. The combined payouts will be approximately $12.5 billion. A third bank, Barclays, balked at a deal and is being sued by the Justice Department.

Amid Trump Defense Spending Statements, His Plans Are Unclear

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 3:14pm

As President-elect Donald Trump tweets about expanding nuclear security and the cost of combat aircraft, some wonder whether his hardball posts are just "Art of the Deal" tactics to help the Pentagon.

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DOJ's Big Bank Settlements Remove Potential Conflict Of Interest For Trump

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 1:13pm

Regulators reached a $7.2 billion deal with Deutsche Bank over toxic mortgage securities. President-elect Donald Trump owes the bank hundreds of millions. Credit Suisse agreed to pay $5.3 billion.

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On Malta, Libyan Plane's Hijackers Surrender After Hours Of Negotiations

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 10:45am

The hijackers of a Libyan plane that landed on Malta were arrested and all passengers and crew were safely released Friday morning. Kyle Vidal, a journalist with iNews Malta, has the latest.

Libyan Commercial Plane Forced To Fly To Malta

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 9:12am

A Libyan passenger plane with 118 people on board was reportedly hijacked and forced to land in Malta. Steve Inskeep talks with aviation reporter Alex Macheras.

Trump Tax Proposals Are Terrific, Adviser Arthur Laffer Says

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 4:07am

Steve Inskeep talks to Arthur Laffer, tax policy adviser to Donald Trump and a leading advocate of supply side economics — the idea that cutting taxes increases government revenue by spurring growth.

Despite Pledges To Cut Back, Farms Are Still Using Antibiotics

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 5:12pm

Many meat producers say that they are cutting back on their use of antibiotics. Yet the latest government statistics show that sales of these drugs for farm use continues to grow.

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The Murky World of Secondhand Diabetic Test Strips

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 3:34pm

Test strips for diabetes can be pricey. Many diabetics are turning to the gray market to buy this necessary medical supply on the cheap. It's not exactly illegal, but it invites risk and uncertainty.

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Uber Pulls Self-Driving Cars From California Roads

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 3:28pm

Uber recalled its self-driving cars from California roads after facing regulations from the state.

Trump's Hotel Labor Disputes Underscore Conflict Of Interest With NLRB

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 3:28pm

As president, Donald Trump will get to name two people to the National Labor Relations Board, as well as the all important general counsel. Among the cases they will get to decide on are complaints involving the Trump Organization itself. Trump's casinos in Atlantic City and Las Vegas have been the target of a number of complaints over the years, and some of the cases are still open.

Ikea To Pay $50 Million Over 3 Toddler Deaths From Dresser Tip-Overs

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 8:03am

Unsecured MALM dressers, prone to tipping over, killed three children in three years. A wrongful death suit has been settled, lawyers for the families say; Ikea confirmed a "tentative" agreement.

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Holiday Turkey in Kolkata Takes A Village, Two Butchers And Three Cabs

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 8:00am

Turkeys aren't native to India. But these days in Kolkata, you can buy can buy a turkey for your Christmas dinner. But cooking a holiday turkey can still send you on a surreal adventure.

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Drug Firms Make Millions By Sending Opioid Pills To W.Va., Report Says

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 4:08am

Rachel Martin talks to Eric Eyre of the Charleston Gazette-Mail about revelations that drug wholesalers shipped hundreds of millions of opioid pills to West Virginia pharmacies over a six-year period.

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