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  1. Secret Service Says 'No System For Keeping Track' Of Mar-A-Lago Visitors

    10.06 / 22:24 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    Mar-a-Lago, President Trump's private club and winter White House in Palm Beach, Fla., is a casual place. And so, it seems, are any official records of those who visits him there. There "is no system for keeping track of presidential visitors at Mar-a-Lago, as there is at the White House complex," Special Agent Kim Campbell said in a legal filing . She said the Secret Service conducted a lengthy search, only to find "there is no grouping, listing, or set of records that would reflect…
  2. Consumer Watchdog Proposes New Rules On Payday Lenders

    10.06 / 18:25 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    Many payday lenders could go out of business if rules made final this week by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau go into effect. But the changes face stiff headwinds from Republicans in Congress. One new rule would require payday and auto title lenders to determine whether a borrower can afford to repay in full within 30 days. That could thwart a business model that consumer advocates say relies on the rollover of unpaid loans with the accumulation of exorbitant fees and interest…
  3. How Monopoly Man Won The Internet

    10.06 / 18:25 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    Monopoly Man became the Internet crush of the day on Wednesday, after upstaging former Equifax CEO Richard Smith at a Senate hearing on the company's massive data breach. The board game character, whose name is Rich Uncle Pennybags, was brought to life by Amanda Werner, an arbitration campaign manager for Public Citizen and Americans for Financial Reform, groups that advocate for consumer rights and protections. Almost immediately, the monocle, mustache, top hat, pillowcase-sized bag of…
  4. Deadly Tropical Storm Nate Threatens U.S. Gulf Coast

    10.06 / 18:25 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    Tropical Storm Nate was gathering force in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea on Friday as it made its way toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, which was bracing for a potential direct hit Sunday. The storm has already unleashed heavy rain and flooding over parts of Central America, where several people have died. In Nicaragua, the death toll reached at least 11 on Thursday, while thousands of people had to evacuate their homes and several others were reported missing, according to Vice President…
  5. Trump Guts Requirement That Employer Health Plans Pay For Birth Control

    10.06 / 15:36 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    The Trump administration is rolling back the Obama-era requirement that employer-provided health insurance policies cover birth control methods at no cost to women. According to senior officials with the Department of Health and Human Services, the goal of the new rule is to allow any company or nonprofit group to exclude the coverage for contraception if it has a religious or moral objection. "This provides an exemption and it's a limited one," said Roger Severino , director of the HHS…
  6. Puerto Rico's 'Singing Newspapers' Tell A Story Of Resilience

    10.06 / 15:36 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    Since Hurricane Maria, people in Puerto Rico have been without easy access to electricity, clean drinking water, or food. Many are still staying in shelters; some are living in the ruins of their homes. The once-lush green trees were stripped bare and uprooted. But all is not lost. There are two quintessential Puerto Rican sounds that survived: One is the plaintive song of the tiny coqui frog. The other is the improvised Afro-Puerto Rican call-and-response musical tradition known as Plena.…
  7. King, Snohomish Counties Preparing Joint Bid For Amazon's HQ2

    10.06 / 14:39 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    King County is partnering with Snohomish County in a joint bid to host Amazon's second headquarters. Under the plan, the counties are proposing to host the new office space in several different cities, including Bellevue, Everett and on Tulalip tribal…
  8. Firm Behind 'Fearless Girl' Statue Underpaid Female, Black Execs, U.S. Says

    10.06 / 14:39 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    The State Street Corporation, a financial services company that put the "Fearless Girl" statue on Wall Street to promote the importance of women working in corporate leadership roles, will pay $5 million after an investigation found that it underpaid female and black executives. The company denies any wrongdoing, but will pay as part of a settlement with the Department of Labor. Law360 reported on the payout earlier this week , and Bloomberg posted the text of the conciliation agreement…
  9. U.S. Jobs Dropped By 33,000 In September, Likely Due To Storms

    10.06 / 13:55 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    The U.S. economy shed 33,000 jobs in September, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while unemployment fell to 4.2 percent. The September payrolls drop broke a nearly 7-year streak of continuous job gains. But economists caution that the drop is likely representing the short-term consequences of bad weather, not a long-term shift in the job market. Before this report, the economy had added an average of about 175,000 jobs per month; the unemployment rate has…
  10. Top Stories: Nobel Peace Prize; Las Vegas Shooter's Motive Still Unknown

    10.06 / 13:31 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    Good morning, here are our early stories: -- International Campaign To Abolish Nuclear Weapons Wins 2017 Peace Prize. -- Las Vegas Shooter's Life Comes Into Focus, But Not His Motive. -- Speaking Freely, Retiring Sen. Corker Warns GOP He Could Oppose Tax Plan. And here are more early headlines: Trump's Cryptic Reference To "Calm Before The Storm". ( NBC ) Nate Predicted To Hit U.S. Gulf Coast As A Hurricane. ( NHC ) U.K. Leader Says She Has Support After Speech With Mishaps. ( BBC )…
  11. Militia Defendant Wants Cliven Bundy Trial Postponed After Las Vegas Massacre

    10.06 / 11:38 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    A federal judge in Las Vegas on Friday will consider a motion to delay the start of next week's high profile trial of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his militia associates. In two motions filed by one of the defendants in the 2014 Bunkerville armed standoff this week, the court-appointed attorneys for militia sympathizer Ryan Payne argue that the trial should be delayed in light of Sunday's shooting rampage in Las Vegas at a country music concert that left 59 dead and almost 500 injured.…
  12. Gun Violence: How The U.S. Compares To Other Countries

    10.06 / 11:38 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    Last weekend's massacre in Las Vegas is only the latest reminder of the persistent gun violence in the United States. And a new set of statistics on the rates of gun violence not related to conflict underscores just how outsize U.S. rates of gun deaths are compared to those in much of the rest of the world. Take countries with the top indicators of socioeconomic success — income per person and average education level, for instance. The United States ranks ninth in the world among them, b…
  13. President Johnson's Crime Commission Report, 50 Years Later

    10.06 / 11:38 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    If you've ever called 911 to report an emergency, thank the Johnson Crime Commission. Establishing a national emergency number was just one of more than 200 recommendations the Commission offered up in a landmark 1967 report "for a safer and more just society." Two years earlier, President Lyndon Johnson had appointed lawyers, educators, law enforcement officers, social workers and others – 19 members in all — to the group officially called the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and …
  14. For Traumatized Children, An Offer Of Help From The Muppets

    10.06 / 11:38 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVhkPAge_TY Cookie Monster is all wound up. The Count has him hold up his furry blue fingers, count them (of course), and blow on each one in turn as if he were blowing out a birthday candle. Afterward, Cookie declares, in his familiar growly voice, that he feels much better. "Hey! Me feel terrific! Me calm. Me relaxed." You won't be catching this scene on HBO or PBS. It's part of a special initiative called Sesame Street in Communities. Free materials,…
  15. No Class Action: Supreme Court Weighs Whether Workers Must Face Arbitrations Alone

    10.06 / 08:50 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    Suing one's employer can be scary enough, but it's even scarier doing it alone. Many employers are increasingly requiring workers to sign agreements requiring them to resolve workplace disputes about anything from harassment to discrimination to wage theft through individual arbitration. In other words, the language does not permit them to join forces with colleagues who might have similar complaints. Whether such prohibitions on collective arbitration are legal is at issue in a trio of…
  16. Las Vegas Shooter's Life Comes Into Focus, But Not His Motive

    10.06 / 08:40 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    Investigators in Las Vegas are sifting through evidence they've gathered from the homes of the man who sprayed a concert crowd with gunfire. They've begun to interview his girlfriend. They've learned quite a bit about Stephen Paddock's past and preparation, but there is still no explanation why he damaged and destroyed so many lives. Ken Russell is a retired wildlife biologist who lives in the same neighborhood where the Las Vegas shooter lived, in the sunny retirement community of Sun…
  17. Washington GOP Calls Foul In 5th District Congressional Race Using WSU Imagery

    10.06 / 08:40 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    The Washington State Republican Party has filed a complaint with the state’s election watchdog, alleging a candidate for Congress misused state r…
  18. Delays, Extensions As Western State Hospital Struggles To Get Back On Track

    10.06 / 08:40 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    Efforts to turnaround Washington’s troubled Western State Hospital are taking longer than expected. The federal government this week granted yet another extension to give the state’s largest mental hospital more time to fix systemic pro…
  19. Amid Harassment Reports, Harvey Weinstein Takes Leave Of Absence

    10.06 / 08:40 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is taking a leave of absence from his company following a New York Times story that he sexually harassed female assistants, executives and actresses for decades. The Times report also says Weinstein settled complaints with at least eight women. Weinstein is one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. He co-founded Miramax, which has produced such Academy Award-winning films as Pulp Fiction, Chicago, The English Patient and Shakespeare in Love. He and his…
  20. California Governor Signs 'Sanctuary State' Bill

    10.06 / 08:40 nwpr.org Nwpr.org - Washington
    The Golden State is about to become a "sanctuary state." California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that places sharp limits on how state and local law enforcement agencies can cooperate with federal immigration authorities, placing California squarely and provocatively in conflict with President Trump and his calls to deport millions of undocumented immigrants. "These are uncertain times for undocumented Californians and their families," the governor said in a signing statement that…