Business

7:44am

Sat August 1, 2015
Energy

Winds Of Change? Rhode Island Hopes For First Offshore Wind Farm

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 11:31 am

The first foundation jacket installed by Deepwater Wind in the nation's first offshore wind farm construction project is seen next to a construction crane on Monday, on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean off Block Island, R.I.
Stephan Savoia AP

Aboard a ferry off the coast of Rhode Island, state and federal officials take a close look at a steel structure poking out of the ocean. It's the first foundation affixed to the seafloor for a five-turbine wind farm off the state's coast.

It's a contrast to what's happening off the coast of Massachusetts. Developer Cape Wind has spent more than 10 years and millions of dollars there on a massive wind farm that it may never build.

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11:47pm

Fri July 31, 2015
The Two-Way

Pacific Trade Pact In Limbo As Talks End Without A Deal

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 1:48 pm

In a setback for the Obama administration, talks aimed at setting up a major free-trade zone among 12 Pacific Rim countries — the so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership — have ended without success.

Although U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said "significant progress" had been made at this week's talks in Maui, Hawaii, and officials promised to reconvene at some future date, big differences remain among the participating countries.

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6:09pm

Fri July 31, 2015
It's All Politics

Hillary Clinton Releases 8 Years Of Tax Returns

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 7:16 pm

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton at a campaign event in Iowa earlier this week.
Scott Olson Getty Images

This post was updated at 6:45 p.m. ET

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton released eight years worth of tax returns Friday, showing that she and her husband Bill Clinton earned $139 million since 2007. They paid nearly $44 million in federal taxes during that period. The couple's effective federal tax rate ranged from 25 percent in 2007 to 36 percent last year.

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3:45pm

Fri July 31, 2015
The Salt

Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 4:45 pm

Organic farmer Margot McMillen holds a grape leaf damaged by pesticide drift on her farm, Terra Bella Farm, in central Missouri.
Kristofor Husted Harvest Public Media

Chert Hollow Farm sits nestled between rows of tall trees and a nearby stream in central Missouri. Eric and Joanna Reuter have been running the organic farm since 2006. That means they don't plant genetically modified crops and can only use a few approved kinds of chemicals and fertilizers.

"We've traditionally raised about an acre and a half of pretty intensively managed produce, so it's a very productive acre and a half," Eric Reuter says.

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11:18am

Fri July 31, 2015
Sports

Summer Olympics 2008 Host Beijing Awarded 2022 Winter Games

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Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And the winner is...

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: The International Olympic Committee has the honor to announce the host city of the Olympic Winter Games 2022 - Beijing.

(APPLAUSE)

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8:27am

Fri July 31, 2015
The Two-Way

WikiLeaks Docs Purport To Show The U.S. Spied On Japan's Government

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 10:42 am

New classified documents released by WikiLeaks purport to show that the United States spied on Japan's government, as well as on Japanese banks and companies, including Mitsubishi.

In one document marked "top secret," the U.S. allegedly distributed information from a conversation between cabinet-level officials from four ministries and Japan's chief cabinet secretary about Japan's G-8 proposals on climate change.

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5:08am

Fri July 31, 2015
Research News

Why Peer Pressure Doesn't Add Up To Retirement Savings

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:18 am

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5:08am

Fri July 31, 2015
Planet Money

Remembering When Driverless Elevators Drew Skepticism

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:18 am

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5:08am

Fri July 31, 2015
All Tech Considered

In Michigan, A Testing Ground For A Future Of Driverless Cars

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:18 am

A pedestrian crosses in front of a vehicle as part of a demonstration at Mcity on July 20, on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Paul Sancya AP

When engineers at Ford want to see how a new car handles, they take it to a large track with loops and straightaways. But that traditional testing ground isn't much help to Randy Visintainer, director of Ford's autonomous vehicles program.

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3:58am

Fri July 31, 2015
Business

To Get Big-Rig Drivers, Senate Bill Would Give Keys To Teens

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:18 am

Eric Pennucci of Horizon Air Services, a Boston trucking firm, does not like the idea of 18-year-olds behind the wheel of tractor-trailers.
Chris Arnold NPR

Tractor-trailers have 18 wheels. But under current federal law, you can't be 18 years old and drive one across state lines. You have to be 21. The highway bill working its way through the Senate, though, would change that.

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