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5:43 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Business Groups Win After Senate Passes Fast-Track Trade Bill

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 12:49 pm

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All Tech Considered
4:09 am
Thu June 25, 2015

For Online Video Stars, YouTube Is No Longer The Only Stage

Anna Akana, a bespectacled, 25-year-old comedian who writes, directs and stars in skits about everything from personal stories, to friendship and even dealing with anxiety, says she is sort of over YouTube.
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Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 4:04 pm

When it comes to online video, the world is glued to YouTube. People watch billions of videos on it every day. And that huge share of online eyeballs is why other companies are trying to chip away at its dominance and lure some of its biggest stars away from the service.

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NPR Story
4:09 am
Thu June 25, 2015

3 Economists Answer This Question: What Keeps You Up At Night?

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 11:01 am

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It's All Politics
4:03 am
Thu June 25, 2015

What If The Supreme Court Had Gone The Other Way On Obamacare?

U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, speaks during a Tea Party Patriots rally against the Affordable Care Act in front of the U.S Supreme Court on March 4 in Washington, D.C.
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Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 11:50 am

This post was updated at 12:15 p.m. ET to reflect the Supreme Court's ruling.

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that state-based subsidies under the Affordable Care Act are legal. A different decision could have affected the health care of millions of Americans. In King v. Burwell, the court chose to allow the exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare, to many) to continue operating as-is. It could have ended the subsidies in most states allowing many lower-income Americans to afford the insurance offered through those sites.

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The Two-Way
6:20 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

New York Agency Says Whole Foods Overcharged Customers In City

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 9:02 am

New York City's Department of Consumer Affairs announced an ongoing investigation into Whole Foods after finding the grocery store routinely overstated weights and therefore overcharged customers in the city for prepackaged food.

The overcharging ranged from 80 cents for a package of pecan panko to $14.84 for a package of coconut shrimp, the agency said in a statement. The agency's investigation looked at the city's eight Whole Foods stores.

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The Two-Way
4:23 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

OSHA Launches Program To Protect Nursing Employees

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 10:20 am

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will announce Thursday that it's going to crack down on hospitals, for the first time ever, to prevent an epidemic of back and arm injuries among nursing employees.

Nurses and nursing assistants suffer more of those debilitating injuries than any other occupation, and those injuries are caused mainly by moving and lifting patients.

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The Two-Way
3:50 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Senate Passes Fast-Track Trade Legislation, 60-38

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 11:03 am

The Senate handed President Obama a huge victory Wednesday afternoon, giving him final approval of legislation that enhances his power to negotiate trade deals.

The bill needed just 51 votes, but passed 60-38, making it look almost easy.

But earlier this month, the legislation granting Trade Promotion Authority seemed likely to die because of fierce opposition from many Democrats and some Republicans. Various legislative maneuvers were employed to set back the measure.

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The Two-Way
2:17 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

U.S. Slips In World Well-Being Rankings; Panama Is No. 1

Panama was found to have the most people with high well-being, and Afghanistan the least, in a new Gallup world index.
Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index, 2014

As a region, the Americas fare quite well in Gallup's new global index of personal well-being, but the U.S. fell from No. 12 to No. 23 worldwide. The top 10 includes Costa Rica, Belize, and Mexico.

Panama took the top spot for the second straight year in the Gallup-Healthways Country Well-Being report, with Costa Rica second. Switzerland was the top European country, in fourth. At No. 23, the U.S. is one spot behind Israel and one ahead of Canada.

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The Salt
11:14 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Survival Of The Greenest Beer? Breweries Adapt To A Changing Climate

The Smuttynose Towle Farm brewery in Hampton, N.H., has an invisible but tight envelope that keeps the interior temperature consistently cool or warm, prevents energy loss and ultimately saves money.
Courtesy of Smuttynose Brewing Company

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 3:05 pm

When you hear the words "green brewery," you might picture gleaming solar panels or aerodynamic wind turbines. But the most valuable piece of technology at the $24 millionheadquarters of Smuttynose Brewing Co. on the seacoast of New Hampshire isn't quite as sexy.

"The place you have to start is the building envelope," says Smuttynose founder Peter Egelston.

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The Salt
11:09 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Genetically Modified Salmon: Coming To A River Near You?

AquaBounty's salmon (background) has been genetically modified to grow bigger and faster than a conventional Atlantic salmon of the same age (foreground.)
Courtesy of AquaBounty Technologies, Inc.

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 3:25 pm

While the debate over whether to label foods containing GMO ingredients plays out across the country, another engineered food has long been waiting to hit grocery stores: genetically modified salmon.

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Shots - Health News
10:19 am
Wed June 24, 2015

When Does Workplace Wellness Become Coercive?

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 11:37 am

Christine White pays $300 a year more for her health care because she refused to join her former employer's wellness program, which would have required that she fill out a health questionnaire and join activities like Weight Watchers.

"If I didn't have the money ... I'd have to" participate, says White, 63, a retired groundskeeper from a Portland, Ore., community college.

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Business
5:35 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Confederate Flag Merchandise Is Delicate Topic For Retailers

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 1:55 pm

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Health Care
4:09 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Calif. Health Officials Aid People Facing Astronomic Drug Bills

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 12:54 pm

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Every day for six months last year, Mikkel Lawrence stood over his bathroom sink in Northern California and took two pills that were very expensive.

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Around the Nation
4:09 am
Wed June 24, 2015

S.C. Retailers Caught In The Middle Of Renewed Debate Over Confederate Flag

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 9:06 am

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All Tech Considered
5:33 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

What's Trending On Instagram? A Battle With Twitter

Instagram's latest update features curated photo collections and trending tags.
Instagram

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 6:35 pm

Consider yourself warned: Instagram rolled out an update Tuesday, and the photo-sharing app may be about to eat up a lot more of your time.

More substantial than other recent makeovers touting new filters, this change will transform Instagram into a stream of real-time updates from around the country. Following in the footsteps of Twitter and Facebook, Instagram wants to be a source for your news.

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