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20 Years Of The Family And Medical Leave Act

In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act, granting up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for workers who qualify. Twenty years later, 100 million people have used the leave to deal with medical problems or care for family members -- and businesses report few adverse effects. But activists complain that half the work force still doesn't qualify and that what we really need is paid leave. Kojo examines how we treat workers in the U.S. and why we're so far behind other countries in giving employees time off.

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During the Sino-Japanese War, Huan Hsu's great-great-grandfather buried his vast porcelain collection to keep it safe. Hsu went to find it 70 years later, on a trip about more than missing china.
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Cheez Whiz Helped Spread Processed Foods. Will It Be Squeezed Out?

Turns out, the history of Kraft's dull-orange cheese spread says a lot about the processed food industry — and where it might be headed as Kraft and Heinz merge.
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Proposed Payday Industry Regulations Must Strike Delicate Balance

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App That Aims To Make Books 'Squeaky Clean' Draws Ire From Edited Writers

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