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PHOTOS: In Sri Lanka's Tea Paradise, A Social Enterprise Is Brewing

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0500

The island nation is one of the world's biggest exporters of tea, an industry that employs a sizable part of the population. We visit one organic tea farm that shares revenues with its workers.

Authors Hire Sensitivity Specialists To Avoid Offending Readers

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:03:00 -0500

When authors portray a culture that's not their own, inadvertent errors can be offensive. Some writers are turning to "sensitivity readers" who will look for details that don't ring true.

A Carbon Tax Gains Traction Among Some Conservatives

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:02:14 -0500

A long-shot idea has received recent attention: a plan that would set a price on carbon to encourage energy efficiency and limit the impact of climate change. Even the new CEO of Exxon Mobil backs it.

What We Know About The Trump, House GOP Tax Plans So Far

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:01:14 -0500

Sweeping tax cuts, for businesses and individuals, will be at or near the top of the list for both the White House and the Republican-controlled Congress. A tax on imports may also be on the table.

Trump's 'America First' Agenda Marks Sharp Break In U.S. Economic Policy

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 04:55:00 -0500

President Trump's plans, a rebuke of the prevailing push toward globalization, may overlook what's under the hood when it comes to manufacturing.

This CEO's Small Insurance Firm Mostly Turned A Profit Under Obamacare. Here's How

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 04:43:00 -0500

The health law just needs a tuneup, says the CEO of Molina Healthcare, which operates in 12 states and Puerto Rico. The California-based insurer has seen profits, while Humana and Aetna struggled.

Takata Pleads Guilty In Air Bag Scheme, Will Pay $1 Billion In Penalties

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 03:49:00 -0500

The Japanese auto parts maker pleaded guilty Monday to fraud and agreed to pay $1 billion for concealing a deadly defect in millions of its air bag inflators.

For Construction Projects, 'Buying American' Means Higher Costs

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 03:03:00 -0500

Trump has spoken about his commitment to "buy American and hire American." But what exactly does that mean? Some say it could mean higher costs for construction projects.

SpaceX Announces Plans To Send Two Customers To The Moon

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:13:00 -0500

It would be the first time humans have traveled beyond low Earth orbit since the days of Apollo. The mission would be manned and financed by two private, anonymous customers.

Rexnord Finalizes Plans To Move Indianapolis Jobs To Mexico

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:37:27 -0500

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with John Feltner, a machinist at the Rexnord plant in Indianapolis, which is moving operations to Mexico. President Trump took credit for preventing a Carrier plant, which is one mile away from the Rexnord plant, from moving some jobs to Mexico.

Repeal Of Anti-Corruption Rule May Hurt National Security, Critics Warn

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:29:00 -0500

The repealed Securities and Exchange Commission rule required oil, gas and mining companies to disclose overseas payments. It was meant to promote transparency in countries riddled with corruption.

Minus The U.S., Asian Economic Powers Meet To Form Trade Deal

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:52:00 -0500

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, seen as China's response to the rival TPP, has benefited from a shift in American politics.

How The Media Are Using Encryption Tools To Collect Anonymous Tips

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:59:00 -0500

Technology has made for more ways to leak scoops to the press than ever before. And newsrooms across the country are taking advantage of that.

For Basketball Player Quinn Cook, A Big Step Closer To The Dream

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:12:00 -0500

It's the first regular season call up to the NBA for the 23-year-old point guard. For the past season and-a-half, he's been playing in the D-League — pro basketball's minor league.

Indonesia Wakes Up And Smells Its Own Coffee — Then Drinks It

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:18:00 -0500

Indonesia is the world's fourth-largest coffee producer, exporting more than it consumes. But that's changing, as demand from a rising middle class fuels entrepreneurship and connoisseurship.