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The Salt

With Water In Short Supply, One California Farmer Grows Feed Indoors

Aug 31, 2016
The extended drought in California has farmers looking for ways to use less water. Among them, growing feed indoors using hydroponics. The new diet is making some Central Valley sheep very happy.
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Shots - Health News

Beyond Slurpees: Many Japanese Mini-Marts Now Cater To Elders

Aug 23, 2016
Convenience is in the eye of the generation. Increasingly, corner markets in Japan target the 27 percent of residents over 65 — offering nursing care advice and home delivery of meals and groceries.
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Around the Nation

20 Years Since Welfare's Overhaul, Results Are Mixed

Aug 22, 2016
The new program did work for millions of families. The idea was that people would be encouraged to find work if they knew their monthly checks would end, but instead, some have been left high and dry.
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Elections

Bringing Back Manufacturing Jobs Would Be Harder Than It Sounds

Aug 18, 2016
On the campaign trail, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump frequently promises to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. But how realistic is it to think he could do that, if elected?
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Shots - Health News

Will Your Prescription Meds Be Covered Next Year? Better Check!

Aug 15, 2016
Insurers have released the latest lists of prescription drugs they won't cover in 2017. Express Scripts is excluding 85 drugs and CVS Caremark, 131. Some drugs for diabetes and asthma are out.
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Business

There's A Home Renovation Boom, But Good Luck Finding A Contractor

Aug 11, 2016
With rising home prices and low interest rates, Americans are spending a record amount of money fixing up their kitchens, bathrooms and man-caves. But a lack of skilled workers is limiting the boom.
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All Tech Considered

Verizon's Metamorphosis: Can You See Me As A Tech Giant Now?

Aug 09, 2016
Verizon has transformed from a child of the Bell monopoly to parent of tech legends AOL and Yahoo. It wants to play with Google and Facebook — but don't expect a full transformation just yet.
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Business

CEO Marissa Mayer Treated Yahoo Like A Think Tank, Not A Sinking Ship

Aug 01, 2016
The Internet pioneer Yahoo just had its core business auctioned off to Verizon. Mayer was hired four years ago to turn around the company. We look back at the critical early months of her tenure.
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All Tech Considered

Tesla's Ambitions Run Into The Realities Of Making Cars

Jul 26, 2016
Tesla, which has roots in the tech world, is facing the challenge of becoming a successful car company amid scrutiny over its Autopilot technology.
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Business

What Verizon Will Get When It Buys Yahoo

Jul 25, 2016
Verizon is announcing a deal to buy Yahoo's Internet business on Monday. The telecom giant is eyeing Yahoo's content — and more opportunities to sell ads on it.
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Shots - Health News

Wellness Programs Take Aim At Workplace Stress

Jul 18, 2016
A recent poll shows stress tops the list for people concerned about the impact of their job on their health. Workplace wellness programs often address stress, but many employees don't sign up.
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Politics

Ryan Says He Believes Trump Is 'Going To Endeavor To Try' To Change

Jul 15, 2016
In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, Paul Ryan was optimistic that the presumptive GOP nominee would come around on free trade pacts, and the controversial tone he's used on the campaign trial.
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Shots - Health News

Workplaces Can Be Particularly Stressful For Disabled Americans, Poll Finds

Jul 13, 2016
Many disabled adults want to work — and many do. But a survey shows that a workplace can be particularly stressful for them, and workplaces may not be doing enough to lower the stress.
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Energy

Is Burning Trees Still Green? Some Experts Now Question Biomass

Jul 12, 2016
Biomass was rising a decade ago as a carbon-neutral energy. But the industry is sputtering as oil and natural gas booms, and some scientists are questioning if it's actually good for the environment.
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Shots - Health News

Hassle Of Being A Patient Can Turn Into A Crisis Without Sick Leave

Jul 11, 2016
A new NPR poll shows about a third of working adults have no sick leave, even as more people are living with chronic health problems that require regular care.
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The Two-Way

Brexit Bargains Abound As Loans And Gas Get Cheaper; Is That Good For Us?

Jul 07, 2016
By voting to exit the European Union, Britons increased fears of recession. That has caused many prices to fall. Now economists aren't sure whether cheaper goods and loans will help or harm Americans.
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The Two-Way

On A Tight Travel Budget? You'll Appreciate This Year's July 4 Bargains

Jul 01, 2016
Record numbers of Americans are expected to be traveling over the long holiday weekend. Both gasoline prices and airfares are down from 2015, making holiday trips more affordable for millions.
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Parallels

Halfway Around The World, Brexit Hits Japan's Already Soft Economy

Jun 28, 2016
The world's third largest economy is still struggling to gain traction under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The British decision to leave the European Union has delivered another blow.
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The Two-Way

Brexit Created Many Losers, But Some Winners Too. Which Are You?

Jun 24, 2016
Uncertainty generated by Brexit caused many investments to head south. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 3.39 percent. Still, there were some winners, like homebuyers seeking low-interest loans.
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Parallels

Big U.S. Companies Are Weighing In On This Week's 'Brexit' Vote, Too

Jun 21, 2016

U.S. firms that do business in the United Kingdom, such as Mars and Chase, are speaking out against the idea of the U.K. leaving the EU. They say it would complicate their operations in Europe.

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Politics

In 2016, Talking Politics Can Make Things Uncomfortable At Work

Jun 20, 2016
This presidential election, many workers and employers say political vitriol is carrying over into the workplace — making it a potentially hostile environment.
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Health

Invisibilia Season 2: Changing Social Norms Could Save Your Life

Jun 17, 2016
When McDonald's came to the Soviet Union in 1990, it insisted that workers smile. That didn't come easy. But customers grew to like it — and workers did, too. What happens when you change a norm?
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Your Money

With Payday Loans Burying Borrowers, Community Tries Alternatives

Jun 16, 2016
Some experts say there are better, cheaper alternatives for getting small dollar loans than payday loans, which are often cash sources of the last resort.
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Economy

Economic Asteroids! No Interest Rate Hike Expected From Fed Yet

Jun 15, 2016

As Fed Chair Janet Yellen tries to chart a course forward for the economy, there are some warning lights blinking on her radar. Wages are rising but there are worries that job growth may have stalled.

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Guilty And Charged

Court Fines And Fees Almost Delay Homecoming For Wrongly Convicted Michigan Man

Jun 14, 2016
Davontae Sanford spent nearly nine years in prison for crimes he never committed. But his release was almost stopped because of an unpaid bill he owed for his public defender.

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