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Why The Stock Market's Rise Isn't Just A Trump Rally

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:24:00 -0400

All major stock indexes — including the Dow — are in record territory, even though the Trump administration has failed to deliver on key legislative promises. But other factors are at play.



Trump's Private Clubs In Florida Are Seeking Visas For Foreign Workers

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:23:00 -0400

President Trump is marking "Made in America" week to promote American labor. At the same time, his two Florida clubs are seeking visas to bring in foreign workers for low-wage jobs.



With So Many Obamacare Repeal Options In Play, Confusion Reigns

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:00:00 -0400

Congress has been trying to repeal and/or replace the Affordable Care Act for years. Now it's down to the wire, but there are multiple proposals on the Senate's table, and more could be on the way.



In Rural Oregon, Efforts To Bring In Large Data Centers Raise Housing Costs

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:43:00 -0400

In places like rural Oregon, politicians are working to bring in large data centers to town. It's great for folks who want good jobs but don't want to move away. But it's also raising housing costs.



The Side Effect Of That New Malaria Drug? American Jobs

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:16:00 -0400

The Trump administration wants to cut the U.S. global health budget. A new study puts a different spin on the spending.



What To Expect When The Biggest Oil Company In The World Goes Public

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:03:00 -0400

Saudi Aramco, the largest oil company in the world, is owned by the Saudi government. And it's set to go public in the coming year.



As Coal Jobs Fade, A Mining County Struggles To Redefine Itself

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Somerset County in southwestern Pennsylvania is deep coal country. For years, it's been looking to remake itself. Wind energy and health care may be its future — if it can attract qualified workers.



Uncertainty Over Obamacare Leaves Next Year's Rates In Limbo

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:50:00 -0400

While Washington ponders the future of the Affordable Care Act, health insurers need to decide right now what to charge people for health insurance in 2018. "It's insane," says one CEO.



Getting Really Smart About Artificial Intelligence

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:06:30 -0400

AI isn't on the way … it's already here.



U.K. Bans Credit Card Surcharges, Calling Them A 'Rip-Off'

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:32:00 -0400

In the U.S., at least 11 states forbid retailers from adding surcharges to credit card transactions. Several also allow discounts for customers paying via cash rather than plastic.



The YouTube Star Who's Teaching Kids How To Bake

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:18:00 -0400

Celebrity chef Rosanna Pansino hosts the YouTube show Nerdy Nummies and has more than 8 million subscribers. Among her fans are thousands of children who want to learn how to bake.



Here's What's In The House Republican Budget (And Why It Matters)

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

The House budget slashes safety net spending and boosts military spending, but arguably the most important thing it does is serve as a vehicle for tax overhaul.



Wall Street Thinks Netflix Is The Next Big Thing

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:48:00 -0400

Market analysts see parallels with Tesla and Amazon as the company spends big to grow its business ahead of immediate profits.



Chipotle Stock Dips After Some Va. Customers Report Illness

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:31:00 -0400

Chipotle temporarily closed a Sterling, Va., restaurant to sanitize it. A company representative told NPR that the reported symptoms were consistent with norovirus.



As Cities Raise Minimum Wages, Many States Are Rolling Them Back

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:39:00 -0400

Legislatures and city halls are battling over who gets to set the minimum wage, and increasingly, the states are winning. Business groups argue that complying with disparate city laws is too complex.