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Friday, Nov 30

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Amid Trade War With U.S., There Are Signs Of Dissent Among China's Economists

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Sheng Hong of the Beijing-based Unirule Institute of Economics is one who has dared to speak up. Now authorities have shut down his think tank and he's been prevented from traveling abroad.

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Starbucks Moves To Block Porn From Free Wi-Fi Networks

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Patrons have always been banned in theory from viewing pornographic content over the company's Wi-Fi, but there was no technological filter in place. Starbucks will have one in 2019.

Thursday, Nov 29

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Temporary Shutdown Of U.S.-Mexico Border Had Large Economic Impact For Businesses

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The San-Ysidro border crossing is the busiest in the Western Hemisphere. The temporary shutdown on Sunday hurt businesses on both sides of the border.

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Space Economics

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From moon missions and space shuttles to public-private partnerships.

What's Ahead For The Towns Where GM Is Shutting Operations

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What happens when General Motors leaves a town? NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Washington Post reporter Amy Goldstein, who covered the exit of GM from Janesville, Wis., for six years.

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New York Public Housing Is Home To City's Newest Food Entrepreneurs

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Food Business Pathways is a free course that gives low-income participants a leg up in turning their ideas into successful businesses through training, mentoring, access to services and space to sell.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon Gets A Reprieve, Will Continue To Be Brewed By MillerCoors

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For nearly 20 years, MillerCoors has brewed nearly all of Pabst's beers. The arrangement will now continue past 2020.

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Deutsche Bank Offices In Frankfurt Raided By German Police

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German authorities raided the offices of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt on Thursday morning. Police and federal prosecutors were apparently looking for evidence of money laundering.

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'Talent Wants Transit': Companies Near Transportation Gaining The Upper Hand

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Businesses like Amazon and McDonald's are building offices near bus and train lines to attract and keep top talent in a tight labor market.

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Deutsche Bank Offices Are Raided In Money Laundering Probe

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Prosecutors are investigating two Deutsche Bank employees who allegedly helped customers set up offshore firms to avoid anti-money laundering safeguards.

2 Years After Standing Rock Protests, Tensions Remain But Oil Business Booms

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Legal battles and local tensions persist two years after the North Dakota prairie was filled with thousands of indigenous and environmental protesters opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Wish Dunkin' Had A Clothing Line? Dream On

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Dunkin' unveiled a line of "Espresso-Wear." The clothing was designed for customers who need to carry coffees. Sadly, the items like Cappu-Chinos, pants with cup-holder pockets, are not real.

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Volkswagen Planning A New North American Factory For Electric Cars

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The German carmaker is planning to introduce a $30,000 to $40,000 electric car in 2020 to compete with similarly priced American vehicles.

President Trump Cancels Putin Meeting On Eve Of G-20

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The president cited Russian aggression against Ukraine in his tweet about the change. He still has a series of meetings planned on the sidelines of the summit, including with China's Xi Jinping.

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Why There's So Much Beef Being Sent Between The U.S. And Mexico

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Mexico and the U.S. send cattle back and forth, so much so, that a head can cross the border multiple times before reaching its final destination.

Gone Girl: Lower Manhattan 'Fearless Girl' Statue Is 'On The Move'

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Fearless Girl appeared across from the Charging Bull on the eve of International Women's Day in 2017. It has now been removed and will be placed in front of the New York Stock Exchange.

Wednesday, Nov 28

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Do Americans Have An Appetite For Electric Cars?

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Following General Motors' decision to discontinue the Chevy Volt to focus on zero-emission cars, NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with journalist John Voelcker about the future of the electric cars in the U.S.

Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell Is Not Happy With GM's Elimination Of So Many Jobs

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NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., about the General Motors job cuts and what they mean for the industry and American auto workers.

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Do Sanctions Work?

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Sanctions have become an increasingly common foreign policy tool for the U.S. How effective are they?

Bitcoin Is Bouncing Around Again. Here Are Some Possible Causes

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Bitcoin is known to be volatile. But recently it has suffered a rash of notable losses. Analysts are looking to the amount of computing power used and the split of a rival cryptocurrency for answers.

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Fed Chief's Remarks On Economy And Interest Rates Cheer Investors

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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said that the outlook for the U.S. economy remains solid and that interest rates are nearly within a "neutral" range, touching off a surge in stock prices.

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Indonesian Officials Release Report On Air Crash That Killed 189 People

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A preliminary investigation into the Lion Air crash in October finds the pilots struggled against a new anti-stall flight control system, which forced the plane's nose down 26 times before it crashed.

Focus To Electric Vehicle Market Drives Changes At GM

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General Motors says its future is in electric vehicles, but it makes much of its profit from trucks and SUVs. David Greene talks to auto reporter Micheline Maynard, who monitors GM's ups and downs.

Tuesday, Nov 27

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Documents Show How Close The Trump Administration Is With 'Fox News'

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The ties between Fox News and the Trump administration are strong as can be on-air. Documents show how producers ran questions and at least one script by staffers for former EPA chief Scott Pruitt.

College Side Hustle

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Colleges and universities are finding creative ways to make money.

Google Employees Join Others In Asking The Search Engine To Stay Out Of China

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Google left China in 2010 because of government censorship. But the controversial Project Dragonfly would return a version of the search engine that would cooperate with the authoritarian government.

Can Trump Stop GM From Shutting Down 4 U.S. Plants?

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What can the government do to keep General Motors from shedding thousands of jobs from its plants in Ohio as the company retracts its small car manufacturing operation?

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Trump Administration Threatens To Withhold Subsidies From GM

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Angered by General Motors' decision to idle plants and lay off thousands of workers, the Trump administration threatened to retaliate by withholding federal subsidies for the company's cars.

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Venezuela Pushes For 'Gold Rush' Despite Sanctions

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President Nicolás Maduro sets his eyes on the country's golden Orinoco flow. His ally Turkey is a major buyer.

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Chronically Ill, Traumatically Billed: $123,019 For 2 Multiple Sclerosis Treatments

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Shereese Hickson's doctor wanted her to try a drug called Ocrevus for her multiple sclerosis. Trained as a medical billing coder, Hickson was shocked by the six-figure bill and the share she owed.