Business and Economy

The Salt
5:58 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

From Scornin' It To Lovin' It: McDonald's Tests Out Kale On Its Menu

Kale is not only loaded with nutrients, but it's become a emblem of a healthy lifestyle that's increasingly appealing to Americans ready to move away from processed, high-calorie food.
Peet Sneekes/Flickr

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 5:31 pm

Just a few months ago McDonald's was showing no love for kale.

In a TV ad promoting the beefiness of the Big Mac, the chain poked fun at the leafy green and other vegetarian fare: "You can't get juiciness like this from soy or quinoa," a low voice quips as the camera focuses on a juicy burger. "Nor will it ever be kale."

But the chain is now showing it some affection. McDonald's has announced that it's testing a new breakfast bowl that blends kale and spinach with turkey sausage and egg whites. McDonald's spokeswoman Lisa McComb says the bowls are "freshly prepared."

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All Tech Considered
4:42 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

She's Almost Real: The New Humanoid On Customer Service Duty In Tokyo

Shoppers view and take photographs of humanoid robot "Chihira" at the information reception desk of Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo.
Chris McGrath Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 3:15 pm

The latest robot sensation in Japan is so lifelike that when she was on the floor of a Tokyo department store recently, she was confused for a human being. The new humanoid's name is Aiko Chihira, and she was working in customer service, clad in a traditional silk kimono.

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Business
4:42 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Why Some Detroit Residents Claim To Live Someplace Else

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan (left) has proposed a $275,000 cap on auto-related medical coverage in order to make auto insurance more affordable.
Carlos Osorio AP

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 5:57 pm

How much does auto insurance cost in Detroit?

For an estimated 50 to 60 percent of Detroit drivers, it's actually a very good deal: "They're paying nothing, because they don't buy insurance," says Wayne Miller, an adjunct professor at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit.

He studies insurance and says Detroiters, who pay some of the highest insurance rates in the nation, have found other ways to game the system.

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The Two-Way
2:32 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Fast-Track Trade Measure Clears Key Senate Hurdle

Two days after rejecting a measure to take up a bill granting President Obama fast-track trade authority, the Senate voted to move ahead with considering the legislation.

The vote was 65-33.

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The Salt
1:24 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Why A Philadelphia Grocery Chain Is Thriving In Food Deserts

Inside a Brown's Super Store. Brown's operates seven profitable supermarkets in low-income neighborhoods in Philadelphia.
Courtesy of Brown's Super Stores, Inc.

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 3:57 pm

When Jeff Brown opened his first grocery store in a low-income neighborhood in Philadelphia back in 2004, it seemed like a long shot.

Most people thought he was crazy to even attempt to make money in a food desert like Southwest Philly, he says. Other grocers had tried and quickly gone out of business.

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It's All Politics
7:16 am
Thu May 14, 2015

A Trade Deal Read In Secret By Only A Few (Or Maybe None)

To study the draft Trans-Pacific Partnership language, senators have to go to the basement of the Capitol and enter a secured, soundproof room and surrender their mobile devices.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 1:16 pm

This post was updated at 1 p.m. ET

Senate leaders were all smiles Wednesday after they broke a 24-hour impasse and announced they had reached a deal on how to move forward on a fast-track trade negotiating bill. That legislation would give the president expedited authority to enter into a trade agreement with Pacific Rim countries, otherwise known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP.

But how senators will vote on this bill depends largely on how they feel about TPP. And there's one problem.

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Around the Nation
4:18 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Feds Probe Failure To Collect Mine Safety Penalties After NPR Report

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 1:55 pm

The inspector general of the Labor Department is conducting an audit of the Mine Safety and Health Administration's handling of delinquent mine safety penalties.

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Television
4:10 am
Thu May 14, 2015

TV Networks Count On Reborn Old Shows To Bring In Ad Dollars

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 9:13 pm

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NPR Story
4:10 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Calif. Bottled Water Plants Are Scrutinized During Severe Drought

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 7:05 am

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The Two-Way
8:38 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Santa Monica Cracks Down On Airbnb, Bans 'Vacation Rentals' Under A Month

Santa Monica, Calif., is trying to block home rentals through Airbnb and other online services. The city will now impose a hotel tax on such rentals and mandate that permanent residents remain in the home with guests for stays less than 30 days.
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Santa Monica, Calif., is cracking down on Airbnb and the rest of the short-term rental industry. Tuesday night, the Santa Monica City Council adopted its home-sharing ordinance, which bans the rental of an entire unit for less than 30 days and requires those who take part in allowable home-sharing to obtain a business license from the city and pay a 14% hotel tax. The law takes effect June 15.

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