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Last Build Date: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:06:00 -0500

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Trump Transition Asks Energy Dept. Which Employees Work On Climate Change

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:06:00 -0500

The president-elect's team has sent 74 questions to the federal agency, including many about climate-change-focused personnel and programs. The department's lawyers are examining the request.

Economists Chart 'Index Of The American Dream' In 'The New York Times'

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:00 -0500

New economic research shows Americans are no longer as likely to make more than their parents did at the same age. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to New York Times columnist David Leonhardt about what he calls the "Index of the American Dream."

Washington State Dairy Workers Challenge Their Exemption From Overtime Pay

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:33:00 -0500

The dairy industry runs 24/7, but federal law excludes its workers from overtime pay. A new class-action lawsuit in Washington state is the latest challenge to that law.

U.S. Kids Far Less Likely To Out-Earn Their Parents, As Inequality Grows

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:39:00 -0500

"It's basically a coin flip as to whether you'll do better than your parents," a Stanford economist says.

Trump's Continued Ties To 'Celebrity Apprentice' Raise More Conflict Questions

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:13:00 -0500

The disclosure of the president-elect's involvement on the NBC show instantly raised questions on twin grounds — that it could serve as a distraction and represent one more conflict of interest.

Black Santa Claus Is A Hit At The Mall, But Faces An Online Backlash

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 05:35:00 -0500

Larry Jefferson was the first black Santa Claus at the Mall of America in Minnesota. He was popular with the kids, but he sparked on online backlash from people who felt Santa can only be white.

Poll: Trump Needs To Choose Between Presidency And His Business

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:51:00 -0500

Two-thirds of Americans think Trump must avoid a conflict of interest, according to a Bloomberg poll. But only a slight majority are confident he'll put the country's interests ahead of his own.

How Your Cashmere Sweater Is Decimating Mongolia's Grasslands

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:35:00 -0500

Mongolian goats produce the world's highest quality cashmere wool, and international demand has soared. There's a problem, though. These goats are turning the country into an ecological wasteland.

Slam Dunk: Michael Jordan Wins Trademark Dispute In China

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:08:00 -0500

China's top court has handed basketball legend Michael Jordan a victory in a long-running trademark dispute over the use of his name by a Chinese company.

'Your Kids Are Not An Experiment'; Surgeon General Says No Vaping For Young People

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:54:00 -0500

A report from the surgeon general warns that "nicotine is addictive and harmful for youth and young adults," and notes e-cigarettes are increasingly popular among people under 25.

Retired Coal Miners At Risk Of Losing Promised Health Coverage And Pensions

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:43:00 -0500

A fund guaranteeing health coverage and pensions to retired mine workers is about to run dry. Congress has been reluctant to pick up the tab. Democrats from coal country say it's time to act.

Trump Blasts Union Leader Who Criticized Carrier Deal

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:40:22 -0500

Donald Trump used his Twitter account to lash out at Chuck Jones, the union official in Indiana who said Trump lied about the Carrier deal. Jones thinks Trump took credit for saving some jobs that were never at risk.

Trump Expected To Select Fast Food Magnate Andy Puzder As Labor Secretary

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:40:00 -0500

Multiple news outlets are reporting that President-elect Trump has selected fast food magnate Andy Puzder as secretary of Labor.

Former Mich. Governor Outlines How To Convince Companies To Stay

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:40:00 -0500

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, about how she convinced companies to stay in the state during the economic recession by offering a package of tax incentives and other perks.

Trump Picks Fast-Food Executive Andrew Puzder As Labor Secretary

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:24:00 -0500

The chief executive of CKE Holdings, the parent company of Hardee's and Carl's Jr., is an outspoken critic of raising the minimum wage and increasing overtime and workplace safety regulations.