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Yesterday โ€” July 21st 2019NPR Business

ProPublica Report: Black Americans Lose Big Under Longtime Property Provision

NPR's Sarah McCammon speaks to ProPublica reporter Lizzie Presser about heirs property, a form of land ownership that has cost black Americans billions of dollars in land loss.

  • July 20th 2019 at 23:14
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Why Taquerias Are Making Guacamole Without Avocados

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with journalist Javier Cabral of L.A. Taco about taquerias using avocado-less guacamole.

  • July 19th 2019 at 22:09

Does Facebook Need A Humanitarian Partner For Its New Digital Currency?

By Malaka Gharib
With a mobile phone, Kenyans can send and receive money via a service called M-PESA. Now Facebook is entering the digital currency realm. The social media giant has helped develop a digital currency called Libra that plans to launch in 2020.

The aid group Mercy Corps believes that the new Libra currency could help funnel aid to the poor. But critics wonder why the charity has teamed up with a controversial company.

(Image credit: Nichole Sobecki for NPR)

  • July 19th 2019 at 19:30

KLM Airlines Was Asked: Which Seats Are The Safest In A Crash?

KLM responded that seats in the middle are better. The seats at the ends are worse. Some people were baffled that the airline would bring up plane crashes at all.

  • July 19th 2019 at 12:51

Instagram Slowly Tests Hiding The Number Of Likes On A Post

By Sam Sanders

Instagram is experiment hiding the number of likes on posts. The company says it wants people to be more comfortable expressing themselves and less focused on their tally of likes.

  • July 19th 2019 at 11:04

Toys R Us Is Coming Back But With A Different Approach

By Dani Matias
The retailer is rebranding itself with smaller stores and a focus on events and activities.

More than a year after filing for bankruptcy, the chain is relaunching in Texas and New Jersey. Its new stores will feature spaces for toy demonstrations and events.

(Image credit: Toys "R" Us)

  • July 19th 2019 at 03:57

'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli Loses Appeal, Will Stay In Prison

By Bill Chappell
Former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli must remain in prison for securities fraud, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. Shkreli is seen here in 2017, speaking after the jury reached a verdict in his case in a federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y.

In addition to ordering Shkreli to stay in prison, a federal appeals court also affirmed that he must forfeit more than $7.3 million and pay restitution of $388,336.

(Image credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

  • July 18th 2019 at 20:07

Democrats Issue Warnings Against Viral Russia-Based Face-Morphing App

By Emma Bowman
The viral face-transforming FaceApp climbed to the top of the App Store on Wednesday.

FaceApp's surge in popularity has driven Sen. Chuck Schumer to call for a federal investigation into the St. Petersburg-developed app over potential "national security and privacy risks" to Americans.

(Image credit: FaceApp)

  • July 18th 2019 at 05:44

'No Meaningful Oversight': ICE Contractor Overlooked Problems At Detention Centers

By Yuki Noguchi
A razor wire fence surrounds the Adelanto immigration detention center, in Adelanto, Calif., April 13, 2017.

Public scrutiny of the health and safety conditions at immigration detention centers is growing. But the contractor ICE hired to inspect those conditions is accused of ignoring problems for years.

(Image credit: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

  • July 17th 2019 at 23:48

How Does Drug Pricing Work? Hint: It's More Like Designer Handbags Than Cars

By Selena Simmons-Duffin
The Trump administration has suggested buying a prescription drug is like buying a car — with plenty of room to negotiate down from the sticker price. But drug pricing analysts say the analogy doesn

The Trump administration compares drug list prices to car sticker prices. But drugmakers can price medicines as high as the market will bear. And consumers have little bargaining power.

(Image credit: tomeng/Getty Images)

  • July 17th 2019 at 21:10

EU Investigates If Amazon Hurts Competition By Using Sellers' Data

By Alina Selyukh
An Amazon warehouse in Leipzig, Germany. The European Union

The European Union's antitrust arm will evaluate Amazon's role as both a retailer and a marketplace for others. One focus will be on Amazon's use of data collected from third-party sellers.

(Image credit: Jens Schlueter/Getty Images)

  • July 17th 2019 at 17:11

This Economic Theory Could Be Used To Pay For The Green New Deal

By Scott Horsley
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks about the Green New Deal in Washington, D.C., on May 13. She has shined a spotlight on a once-obscure brand of economics known as "modern monetary theory."

Liberal Democrats have embraced an obscure brand of economics — "modern monetary theory" — to make the case for deficit-financed government programs like the Green New Deal for clean energy and jobs.

(Image credit: Cliff Owen/AP)

  • July 17th 2019 at 11:02

Federal Judge Orders Release Of Dataset Showing Drug Industry's Role In Opioid Crisis

By Brian Mann
A judge has ordered the release of a massive dataset giving a detailed picture of how opioid pills were distributed and sold from 2006-2012 as opioid addiction soared.

As addiction has soared, drugmakers, distributors and pharmacies profited off opioids. Newly released data details who made the pills, where they were sold, and which communities were hit hardest.

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  • July 17th 2019 at 01:36

Game Mode: Loot Boxes And The Law

Should the government regulate in-game purchases?

(Image credit: Peter Summers/Getty Images)

  • July 16th 2019 at 17:06

GOP Puts Google Search On Trial In DC

By Amy Scott
A Senate subcommittee is looking to see if Google is keeping conservative media and bloggers out of top search results.

A Senate panel is looking to see if the company is keeping conservative media and bloggers out of top search results. Google has previously denied political bias.

(Image credit: Alastair Pike /AFP/Getty Images)

  • July 16th 2019 at 22:00

What Did Wimbledon Teach Us About Genius?

By Bryant Urstadt
Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the 2019 Wimbledon men

Federer, Djokovic — and the debate between specialists and generalists.

(Image credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

  • July 16th 2019 at 12:30

'Facebook Is Dangerous:' Firms In Hot Seat As Congress Probes Big Tech

By Aarti Shahani
U.S. lawmakers will question lobbyists and officials from Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple on an array of issues.

Lawmakers in the Senate and House are questioning lobbyists and officials from Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple on an array of issues, including whether they're so big they stifle competition.

(Image credit: Reuters)

  • July 16th 2019 at 16:42

The Dawn Of Low-Carbon Shipping

By Rebecca Hersher
Container ships and other maritime vessels currently run on pollutant-intensive heavy fuel oil. The world

The shipping industry is starting to move away from pollutant-intensive heavy fuel oil. Scientists and private companies are betting on a clean replacement technology: hydrogen fuel cells.

(Image credit: John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)

  • July 16th 2019 at 15:38

Netflix Cuts Controversial Suicide Scene From '13 Reasons Why'

By Merrit Kennedy
A scene in the show 13 Reasons Why that had shown actress Katherine Langford

The show is centered on the suicide of a teenage girl, and the first season's finale shows her taking her own life. Several organizations raised concerns that it could romanticize suicide.

(Image credit: Richard Shotwell/Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

  • July 16th 2019 at 12:32

Opioid Case Against Johnson & Johnson Is In The Hands Of Oklahoma Judge

By Jackie Fortier

After a seven-week trial, a judge in Oklahoma is now considering whether Johnson & Johnson should be held responsible for the state's opioid epidemic. The state is asking for more than $17 billion.

  • July 16th 2019 at 11:06
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