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U.S. Charges 6 Chinese Nationals With Stealing Tech Secrets

A 32-page indictment by federal prosecutors charges the six with economic espionage and trade secret theft. They are accused of stealing wireless technology from a pair of U.S. companies.

U.S. Should Take A Tougher Stand Toward China, Report's Authors Say

Two former U.S. diplomats argue it's time to think of China less as a trading partner and more as a threat. Steve Inskeep talks to Robert Blackwill and Ashley Tellis about a paper they co-wrote.

How A Bigger Lunch Table At Work Can Boost Productivity

Some firms use motion sensors and wireless tags to find out how people actually work. That can yield useful data — like which free snacks tend to attract people to break rooms more than others.

An NPR Reporter Raced A Machine To Write A News Story. Who Won?

Machines are taking on jobs that once seemed robot-proof. But can a machine replace radio reporters? We pit a human against a machine to find out.

Reddit's New Harassment Policy Aimed At Creating A 'Safe Platform'

Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the site wants to encourage a variety of views, within limits. "It's not our site's goal to be a completely free-speech platform. We want to be a safe platform," she says.

Pressure To Act Unethically Looms Over Wall Street, Survey Finds

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.

What Does 'Raw' Mean? When It Comes To Almonds, You Might Be Surprised

By law, all California almonds must be pasteurized or treated with a fumigant — processes aimed at preventing foodborne illness. But critics say the treatments taint flavor and mislead consumers.

LA City Council Votes To Raise Minimum Wage To $15 By 2020

The increase — from $9 per hour — could cover as many as 800,000 people. LA is the biggest U.S city to raise its minimum wage to $15.

Takata Expands Airbag Recall To Nearly 34 Million Vehicles

Takata, the Japanese airbag manufacturer, has agreed to expand the number of vehicles with defective airbags to nearly 34 million, according to U.S. federal regulators.

Takata Agrees To Declare Air Bags Defective In Nearly 34M Vehicles

The problem lies with Takata air bags that can potentially explode, sending metal shards flying into the compartment. The recall is believed to be the largest in NHTSA's history.