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6:43am

Thu June 25, 2015
Business

Business Groups Win After Senate Passes Fast-Tract Trade Bill

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 1:55 pm

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5:09am

Thu June 25, 2015
All Tech Considered

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

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 5:04 pm

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.
Anna Akana/Screenshot via YouTube

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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5:03am

Thu June 25, 2015
It's All Politics

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

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 12:50 pm

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.
Alex Wong Getty Images

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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7:20pm

Wed June 24, 2015
The Two-Way

New York Agency Says Whole Foods Overcharged Customers In City

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 10:02 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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5:23pm

Wed June 24, 2015
The Two-Way

OSHA Launches Program To Protect Nursing Employees

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 11:20 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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4:50pm

Wed June 24, 2015
The Two-Way

Senate Passes Fast-Track Trade Legislation, 60-38

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 7:29 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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3:17pm

Wed June 24, 2015
The Two-Way

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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12:20pm

Wed June 24, 2015
The Salt

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

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 4:05 pm

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

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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12:09pm

Wed June 24, 2015
The Salt

Genetically Modified Salmon: Coming To A River Near You?

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 4:25 pm

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.

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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11:19am

Wed June 24, 2015
Shots - Health News

When Does Workplace Wellness Become Coercive?

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 12:37 pm

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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