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Wyoming has long been one of the whitest states in the country, but over the last few years its black population has more than doubled. African-Americans still make up a tiny percentage of the state's population, but the substantial shift is largely a result of the oil boom of the last few years. But ...
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is allowing more than 140,000 victims to review claims if they feel insurance companies short-changed them.
The recall of Takata airbags this week was the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. NPR's Scott Simon talks to correspondent Sonari Glinton about how and when companies announce a recall.
Tulsa County began recycling prescription drugs 10 years ago. More than $16 million worth of medicines have been given to the poor. Steve Inskeep talks to Linda Johnston, director of Social Services.
Venus and Serena Williams have inspired thousands of young African-Americans to learn and play tennis, and brought racial diversity to the sport. Has golf benefited in the same way from Tiger Woods?
After launching a quilt company as a desperation move, Jenny Doan and her two savvy kids have shaken up an ancient industry in downtown Hamilton, Mo., thanks in part to popular folksy video tutorials.
New York City authorities Thursday launched a single "day of action" to educate nail salon operators, workers and customers about labor and immigration standards following a recent <em>New York Times</em> report on the widespread exploitation of undocumented immigrant workers in city salons.
Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel about Congress, the Federal Reserve and banking regulations. Wessel is director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution.
Five major banks, including Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase, have agreed to plead guilty and pay fines to charges that they manipulated the foreign currency market.
The Los Angeles City Council has passed a $15 minimum wage, which will be phased in over the next several years. The move is upsetting a number of small businesses, especially restaurants.
Four banks agreed to plead guilty to currency manipulation and pay over $5 billion in fines. Officials say the banks used secret codes to manipulate the exchange rate between U.S. dollars and Euros.
In a vote of 14-1, the Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to increase the city's minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour by 2020. More than 40 percent of the workforce earns less than the hourly wage.
About half of the financial professionals surveyed say their competitors have behaved unethically or illegally to gain an advantage. And many say compensation and bonuses can create bad incentives.
Secret money in politics has been controversial since the Supreme Court's <em>Citizens United </em>ruling. Some 70 charitable foundations are asking the Securities and Exchange Commission to end that secrecy.
Inflation is coming down and the foreign trade deficit is shrinking but Turks aren't seeing any relief at the pumps. Lower fuel costs have been undermined by the country's declining currency.
In 2008, Michigan passed the most generous film tax rebate program in the country. The goal was to create a booming film industry, but some studies showed the program costed the taxpayers too much.
The machines have long been used in manufacturing, but Martin Ford, author of <em>Rise of the Robots</em>, says they're now poised to replace humans as teachers, lawyers and even journalists.
Poor kids who moved to neighborhoods with less poverty did much better than those who didn't move.
Improving Pakistan's infrastructure will be the first step in creating a network of roads, railways, pipelines and shipping lanes that stretch all the way to Europe.
In the past, Iran has helped out with credit lines. But now, an Iranian official has instead encouraged the Syrians to "develop a resistance economy" like Iran's sanctions-strapped fiscal management.
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