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Today โ€” April 20th 2018NPR Business

For One California Company, Trump's Tariffs Have Unintended Consequences

By Jim Zarroli
Cans are lined up at the Pacific Coast Producers plant in Oroville, Calif. The company, which cans fruits for sale in supermarkets, says new tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on steel imports will eat into its profits.

The administration says the steel and aluminum tariffs will raise costs just slightly. But in a low-margin business like canned goods, a little extra cost can take a deep bite out of profits.

(Image credit: Rick King Design)

  • April 19th 2018 at 23:01

AT&T CEO Says Proposed Merger With Time Warner Would Benefit Everyone

By David Folkenflik

The U.S. Justice Department is opposing the proposed merger of AT&T and Time Warner arguing it will weaken competition and harm consumers. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson took the stand Tuesday to argue that the merger will benefit both the companies and the public.

  • April 19th 2018 at 22:42
Yesterday โ€” April 19th 2018NPR Business

Amazon vs Trump Goes Postal

By Cardiff Garcia
Some boxes. Stacked. And in a photo.

President Trump's objection to Amazon's deal with the Postal Service is based on dodgy data.

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  • April 19th 2018 at 21:52

Veterans-Turned-Brewers Help Others Who Served Develop New Skills

By Rebecca Sheir
Steve Gagner fills one of the first barrels of bourbon from Danger Close Craft Distilling in St. Albans, Vt.

Vermont veterans cook up a brewery and a bourbon distillery that not only lifts spirits, but gives back to the community and creates a model that may encourage other vets to try entrepreneurship.

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  • April 19th 2018 at 17:35

Sanctions Targeting North Korea Ripple Into Russia

By Lucian Kim
Vladimir Baranov is still hoping to find passengers for the Man Gyong Bong ferry between Vladivostok and the North Korean port of Rajin, including Russian and Chinese tourists. But he can soon forget about the region

Sanctions require Russia to expel about 30,000 North Korean migrant workers. In this city in Russia's Far East, some business owners say they will be sorely missed.

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  • April 19th 2018 at 16:19

After Alert On Russian Hacks, Bigger Push To Protect Power Grid

By Marie Cusick
In the control room of PJM Interconnection, employees monitor a power grid that stretches across the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.

Homeland Security and the FBI have blamed Russia for a series of cyberattacks on U.S. power plants. The industry is stepping up efforts to protect the electric grid.

(Image credit: PJM Interconnection)

  • April 19th 2018 at 13:29

Facebook To Offer Users Opt-Outs That Comply With New European Privacy Rules

By Scott Neuman
Tabs on a Facebook app for, "Privacy Basics, More Settings, and Data Policy," are displayed on an iPhone.

The social media giant will ask users worldwide if they want to continue sharing data for ads as well as personal information such as political and religious leanings and relationship information.

(Image credit: Mark Lennihan/AP)

  • April 19th 2018 at 08:50

What Happened On That Southwest Flight

By David Schaper

A catastrophic failure on a Southwest Airlines flight killed one passenger and injured several others this week. It's prompted airlines around the world to inspect certain kinds of airplane engines.

  • April 19th 2018 at 13:13

FAA Orders Inspections Of Engine Type That Blew Apart On Southwest Flight

By Scott Neuman
National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

The Federal Aviation Administration says CFM engines, which power many Boeing 737s, need to be ultrasonically inspected after a certain number of takeoffs and landings.

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  • April 19th 2018 at 12:03

Parents Lose Their Daughter And Their Life Savings To Opioids

By Yuki Noguchi

Last year, we traveled to Muncie, Ind., to report on the economic impact of the opioid epidemic. We returned recently and discovered that economic losses don't tell the story of all that's being lost.

  • April 19th 2018 at 11:00

Women Find New Ways To Raise Venture Capital

By Sarah Gonzalez

Just 2 percent of all venture capital dollars go to women. Now women are finding a different way to fund their businesses.

  • April 19th 2018 at 11:00

Long Kept Secret, Amazon Says Number Of Prime Customers Topped 100 Million

By Alina Selyukh
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says more than 100 million people around the world pay for Prime membership.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has for the first time disclosed the number of paying members in a letter to shareholders. It also illustrates the vast multi-dimensional scope of Amazon's business.

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  • April 19th 2018 at 01:45

Bump Stock Manufacturer Is Shutting Down Production

By Vanessa Romo
Slide Fire Solutions announced Tuesday it will stop taking orders for its line of bump stock products on May 20.

Slide Fire will stop taking orders and halt manufacturing of the rapid-fire gun products. It is facing a class-action lawsuit for negligence, and the government is pursuing a ban on the devices.

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  • April 19th 2018 at 01:21

Payday Lenders Convening At A Trump Resort Are Met By Protesters

By Greg Allen
The Rev. Sekinah Hamlin (left) of Greensboro, N.C., and the Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan Jr., of Findlay, Ohio, were among the faith leaders protesting outside the payday lenders conference near Miami.

The industry is holding its annual conference this week at Trump National Doral Golf Club near Miami. Critics say a Trump appointee is helping the industry by moving to ease regulations.

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  • April 19th 2018 at 00:02

Senate Votes To Roll Back Rules Aimed At Fair Auto Lending For Minorities

By Charles Lane
A man walks by a New York City auto dealership in 2017. Studies have found that African-Americans and Hispanics have systematically been charged a higher markup on auto loans than have white borrowers.

The measure, which now heads to the House, would roll back federal policies aimed at protecting minority buyers from discriminatory loan terms. The vote could lead to the rollback of other rules.

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  • April 18th 2018 at 23:11

Not Everyone Feels Welcome Camping Out In 'Third Spaces' Like Starbucks

By Joel Rose
Customers sit in a Starbucks store in Seattle.

Starbucks and other companies have touted themselves as warm spaces away from home or the office. But the arrests of two black men last week reveal that's not always the case.

(Image credit: Ted S. Warren/AP)

  • April 18th 2018 at 23:06
Before yesterdayNPR Business

Lawn Chair Economics

By Stacey Vanek Smith
600 Billion

China steals a lot of intellectual property from the U.S. The smartest thing for the U.S. to do in return might be ... nothing.

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  • April 18th 2018 at 21:40

3 Problems With Selling A Car In China

By Sonari Glinton
A Cadillac salesmen talks with a potential customer at a shopping mall in Beijing in 2011. This week, China announced moves that could pave the way for new sales for some foreign automakers.

For U.S. and other automakers, selling a car in China has always been difficult. But this week, China announced some moves that could pave the way for new sales for some manufacturers.

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  • April 18th 2018 at 18:14

Is Netflix On Its Way To World Domination Of Streaming?

By Laura Sydell
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings delivers a keynote address at the 2016 CES trade show in Las Vegas. Big entertainment rival Disney could challenge the service that made binge-watching popular.

Netflix flew past Wall Street expectations and added 7.4 million subscribers globally in the first quarter. But a big entertainment rival could challenge the service that made binge-watching popular.

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  • April 18th 2018 at 10:57

Why Putin's Pal, Germany's Ex-Chancellor Schroeder, Isn't On A Sanctions List

By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson
Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder (left) and Russia

Gerhard Schroeder went from chancellor of Germany to chairman of key Russian energy corporations. But many Germans are in no mood for more sanctions against Kremlin interests.

(Image credit: Alexei Nikolsky/AP Photo/RIA Novosti)

  • April 18th 2018 at 15:04
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