Archive for September 18th, 2018

Lawsuit Filed Against Gas Company After Massachusetts Fires And Explosions

US & World | | September 18 2018, 8:20 PM

The suit alleges "antiquated" gas lines of Columbia Gas and its parent company, NiSource, caused the over-pressurization of the system leading to the disaster in three towns.

Tesla Is Under Investigation By The Justice Department | | September 18 2018, 8:00 PM

Tesla says it handed over documents after CEO Elon Musk announced he would take Tesla private. Investigators might scrutinize the company's accounting practices and whether investors were misled.

Trump Administration Eases Regulation Of Methane Leaks On Public Lands | | September 18 2018, 7:20 PM

The proposal to reduce limits on methane emissions from oil and gas operations on public land is the latest move to roll back Obama-era climate regulations.

#MeToo Protest Swarms South LA McDonald's

Local | | September 18 2018, 6:00 PM

About a hundred chanting people, mostly Latinas, marched into a South Los Angeles McDonalds on Tuesday afternoon. They were protesting alleged pervasive workplace sexual harassment, and urging the fast-food corporation to take a stand against it

Facebook Allowed Employers To Exclude Women From Job Ads, ACLU Says | | September 18 2018, 5:00 PM

The complaint, filed Tuesday, says 10 businesses prevented women from receiving employment opportunities on the website. It also accused Facebook of excluding women in its own company.

Hearing With Kavanaugh And Accuser Alleging Sexual Assault In Turmoil

Politics | | September 18 2018, 5:00 PM

The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to hold a hearing on Christine Blasey Ford's claim that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the 1980s — even without her testimony.

Supreme Court Orders Disclosure For Dark Money, As New Report Unveils Some Donors | | September 18 2018, 4:20 PM

Groups such as the NRA and Chamber of Commerce must disclose who paid for campaign ads they run this fall. A new report says such groups pumped about $600 million into elections between 2010 and 2016.

Woman Rides Bicycle To 183.9 MPH — A New World Record | | September 18 2018, 3:20 PM

Denise Mueller-Korenek, 45, has become the fastest human ever to ride a bicycle over open ground, racing in the draft provided by a dragster.

Memoirist: Evangelical Purity Movement Sees Women's Bodies As A 'Threat' | | September 18 2018, 12:40 PM

In Pure, Linda Kay Klein reflects on the "deep, long-lasting shame" caused by churches that claim women and girls are responsible for the sexual desires of men.

Florence Engulfs Hog Farms And Chicken Houses, Thrashing North Carolina Agriculture | | September 18 2018, 12:40 PM

At least 1.7 million chickens have died from flooding in the state. The impact is now coming into focus — including overflowing pools of hog manure and waterlogged sweet potato fields.

Paris Plunges Deeper Into Potty Talk With New Appeal Against Public Urination | | September 18 2018, 12:20 PM

A new video flush with toilet humor is the latest roll-out in Paris's campaign aimed at urging people — mainly men — not to foul its streets and monuments.

Rice University Says Middle-Class And Low-Income Students Won't Have To Pay Tuition

Education | | September 18 2018, 11:40 AM

Full scholarships are earmarked for all students whose families have income between $65,000 and $130,000. Below that income level, grants will bolster the aid package even further.

Under Pressure, WeWork Backs Down On Employee Noncompete Requirements | | September 18 2018, 11:20 AM

Under scrutiny by the New York attorney general, the co-working giant, which has 3,300 U.S. employees, got rid of legal language that restricted where former employees could work.

Doctors Should Send Obese Patients To Diet Counseling, Panel Says. But Many Don't | | September 18 2018, 11:20 AM

Behavior-based weight-loss programs that focus on diet and exercise can work for obese patients, a national panel of experts says. But many doctors aren't having the necessary conversations.

Expecting Your First Child? We Want To Hear From You

Politics | | September 18 2018, 11:20 AM

NPR's Morning Edition wants to talk with parents who are expecting their first child about what matters most to them this election. Share your story with us.

Democrats Want FBI To Investigate Kavanaugh Allegations. It Likely Won't

Politics | | September 18 2018, 9:20 AM

The Justice Department says, "The allegation does not involve any potential federal crime." That's ahead of high-stakes testimony scheduled Monday from Kavanaugh and his accuser.

China Sets Tariffs On $60 Billion In U.S. Goods, Retaliating Against U.S. Duties | | September 18 2018, 9:20 AM

Hours after President Trump announced tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, Beijing responded with its own levies on $60 billion worth of U.S. products.

Georgia Will Use Electronic Voting Machines This Fall As Paper Ballot Case Falters | | September 18 2018, 9:20 AM

A judge said such a paper ballot rollout would "seriously test" the capacity of election workers, and "swamp the polls with work and voters," leading to "disaffection and frustration."

Japanese Billionaire Books First Moonshot Aboard SpaceX's 'Big Falcon Rocket' | | September 18 2018, 2:00 AM

Yusaku Maezawa would be the first person since 1972 to travel around the moon and the first-ever private citizen to do it. He was introduced at SpaceX headquarters near Los Angeles Monday night.

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Kavanaugh hearing likely set for Monday. We dive into protocols and the reverberations of Anita Hill

| September 18 2018, 9:55 AM

The Senate Judiciary Committee has announced a Monday hearing featuring Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford.

#MeToo hits fast food: What responsibility do corporations have to employees at franchise locations?

| September 18 2018, 9:53 AM

Southern California fast food employees are having a #MeToo moment.

Do you need a college degree to become a CEO?

| September 18 2018, 9:22 AM

Does success have to be accompanied by a college degree? There are, at least, 14 billionaire CEOs without a degree.

The quick rise and fall of the USFL, the short-lived rival to the NFL

| September 18 2018, 9:17 AM

Once upon a time, a football league that played during the Spring resided within the United States. It went by the name of the United States Football League and was born in 1983.

A trend that’s not fizzling out: the rise of sparkling, seltzer and mineral waters

| September 18 2018, 9:02 AM

While some are confounded by the popularity of sparkling waters, the numbers show that this trend is on the up and up.

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