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Mixed Employment News: Job Growth Slowed In May; Joblessness Dropped

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 8:32am

Job growth was at a crawl in May, according to the government's monthly report released Friday; only 38,000 new jobs were added to payrolls. But unemployment fell to it's lowest level since 2007.

U.S. Economy Adds Just 38,000 Jobs In May, Far Short Of Expectations

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 7:44am

Economists had anticipated 160,000 new jobs, even factoring in a large strike by Verizon employees. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate declined because of people dropping out of the workforce.

In Aircraft Modelers' Friendly Skies, Drones Bring Turbulence

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 7:00am

Drones are the cool new flying toy, and if there's one group enthralled with things that fly, it's airplane modelers. But will the drone find a home in their hobby or lead to a regulatory crackdown?

Is The Economy Adding Jobs At A Steady Clip? Report Will Offer A Clue

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 4:08am

On Friday, the Labor Department releases May's jobs report. It's the final report before the Federal Open Market Committee's next meeting, at which some expect the federal funds rate will be raised.

The Search For Tastier Supermarket Tomatoes: A Tale In Three Acts

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 3:58am

Supermarket tomatoes have a terrible reputation. But the industry is evolving. More than half of supermarket tomatoes now are grown in greenhouses or "shade-houses," and flavor is improving.

New U.S. Ban On Ivory Sales To Protect Elephants

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 6:05pm

New regulation will ban almost all sales of African elephant ivory in the U.S. The changes will allow sale and transport of musical instruments, guns and other items made with small amounts of ivory.

Chinese Consumers Embrace New Balance's 'Made In USA' Label

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 3:28pm

Most New Balance sneakers are made in Asia, but many in China want the ones made in American factories. They say the quality is better. And the company's U.S. factories are happy to fill the demand.

Former AIG Chief Hank Greenberg Must Stand Trial For Fraud, N.Y. Court Rules

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 2:36pm

The decision by New York State's Court of Appeals is a victory for state officials, who filed charges against the insurance industry icon 11 years ago.

Defective Takata Air Bags Still Being Installed In New Cars

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 9:29am

A report from Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., says at least four automakers have continued to equip vehicles with the type of air bag responsible for deaths and injuries.

Nonprofit Hospital Forgives Debts And Stops Suing So Many Poor Patients

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 7:00am

Scrutiny by Sen. Charles Grassley and an investigation by NPR and ProPublica led a Missouri hospital to give $17 million in debt relief. Will other nonprofit hospitals follow suit?

New Jerseyans Chew Over What To Call Their Favorite Pork Product

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 4:04am

In North Jersey, it's called Taylor Ham and in South Jersey, it's pork roll. The governor and legislature are taking sides. Even President Obama brought it up during a visit to the Garden State.

New Rules To Ban Payday Lending 'Debt Traps'

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 11:01pm

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Thursday is announcing new proposed regulations which aim to stop some predatory lending practices.

Net Worth Of Theranos' Elizabeth Holmes Plunges To $0 In New Forbes Estimate

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 4:52pm

One year after Elizabeth Holmes topped the magazine's list of the wealthiest self-made women with a worth of $4.5 billion, Forbes now values her fortune at "nothing."

Obama Returns To Booming Elkhart To Highlight Manufacturing Jobs

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 3:57pm

The president went back to the Indiana town to highlight its economic rebound. Since he first visited in early 2009, the unemployment rate has plunged from about 19 percent to around 4 percent.

Obama Returns To Elkhart, Ind., To Tout Economic Recovery

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 3:32pm

President Obama returns to Elkhart, Ind., the first town he visited as president and a symbol of the recession. He went on Wednesday to tout economic recovery with an eye toward his successor.

Documents Reveal High-Pressure Sales Environment Inside Trump University

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 3:32pm

A federal judge released hundreds of documents related to Trump University, which is being sued for fraud. They show a high-pressure sales environment where employees were taught how to keep selling expensive packages of real estate classes, even when customers balked.

FDA Guidelines Target The Sodium Hiding In Our Diets

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 1:52pm

Most of the salt we consume is in our food before it hits the table. So the FDA is leaning on the food industry to voluntarily reduce sodium in dozens of processed foods — from bakery goods to soups.

Raise A Glass To Perry, Craft Cider's Pear Cousin

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 10:33am

Cider made from perry pears is delicious - it rivals apple cider, but is sweeter. Long revered in England and Normandy, France (Napoleon was a fan), perry is now getting its due in the U.S.

On-Demand Services Challenge AAA's Roadside Assistance Program

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 4:07am

AAA is one of the best-known names in roadside assistance. Start-up companies now change flat tires, charge batteries and tow cars on demand. And this new model is making AAA rethink its business.

Doctor Outlines Plan To Battle Antibiotic Resistance In 'The Washington Post'

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 3:28pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Ezekiel Emanuel, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, about his opinion piece in the Washington Post that argues the cheap price of antibiotics has led to their overuse and has also discouraged drug companies from developing new antibiotics.

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