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On a recent fall morning, a large crowd clogged the steps at one of Venice's main tourist sites, the Rialto Bridge. But on this day, there was a twist: it was filled with Venetians, not tourists. "People are cheering and holding their carts in the air," says Giovanni Claudio Di Giorgio, who helped organize the march with a grass-roots organization called Generazione '90. The carts he refers to are small shopping carts — the symbol of a true Venetian. "It started as a joke," he says with a...

A man was fatally shot following a dispute in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Reno, Nevada, on Thanksgiving night, police say. The incident began about 6 p.m. on Thursday. Local news station KOLO reported that "there was apparently a dispute over a parking spot" and said police characterized the shooting as a road rage incident. Reno Police said two vehicles stopped near the exit of the parking lot, The Associated Press reported. It said: "Police said both persons involved were armed with weapons...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Somewhere on this Black Friday this morning, someone listening to this program right now is on their way to a big Black Friday sale. And if it's you, good luck. With low unemployment and a strong stock market, we might expect this holiday shopping season to go gangbusters. But economists actually expect a modest holiday shopping season for retailers. NPR's Sonari Glinton is out with the shoppers. Sonari, where...

There are a lot of things that make holidays hectic: travel, cooking, making small talk and avoiding questions from your relatives about who you're dating and how school's going. That's typically part of what comes with holidays, but the chaos and disorder that accompany Black Friday, not even a true holiday, are something else. In response to this chaos, some companies like REI are working to give people an alternative to the shoving and spending they might otherwise do. This year REI is...

Copyright 2016 Nashville Public Radio. To see more, visit Nashville Public Radio . STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: President-elect Donald Trump's promise to bring back manufacturing jobs was attractive, even to card-carrying union members who have historically supported Democrats. It's not clear how or if Trump can deliver. And even if he does, there's been a price in recent years when manufacturing jobs are brought back to the United States - American workers accept lower salaries. Blake Farmer of...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: A lot of Americans do not have enough savings. A study this year by the FDIC, the people who insure your bank accounts, found that almost half of us would not have $400 to cover an emergency cost. Now, there's a new program in all 50 states that gives you the chance to win money if you do manage to save. Wal-Mart is running it. A disclosure here - the Walton Family Foundation connected to Wal-Mart is a frequent...

President-elect Donald Trump says he has a simple goal in mind when it comes to federal regulations. In a video he released Monday , Trump said he "will formulate a rule that says that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated. So important."

There are some 80,000 pages in the Federal Register, where all regulations are published. So it should be a simple task to pare back some of them. Wrong. "It's generally not easy to do that," says Susan Dudley, who...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Some people are struggling in the U.S. economy. That was said to be one message of this year's election. But other people are doing very well indeed. And that's reflected in the market for SUVs. In this time of cheap gas, sport utility vehicles and trucks make up 60 percent of the new vehicle market. And high-end companies are getting into the game now - brands like Maserati, Jaguar and even Lamborghini. NPR's...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: The Constitution prohibits a president from receiving favors or financial gain from foreign powers, which has never been much of an issue until now. Donald Trump, the president-elect, has business interests around the globe. He faces calls in this country to separate his personal and public affairs, but as president-elect has acknowledged already talking business and politics in the same conversation. Let's talk...

Copyright 2016 WABE-FM. To see more, visit WABE-FM . DAVID GREENE, HOST: OK. Now let's look at the business of bees. Much of the food on the Thanksgiving table depends on bees for pollination, like the apples in your apple pie, for example. Well, turns out, professional beekeepers have had a rough go recently because of something called colony collapse disorder. Some farmers have been using wild bees as Molly Samuel from member station WABE reports. MOLLY SAMUEL, BYLINE: Joe Dickey picks...

Strict bans on ivory trade are aimed at preventing elephant poaching. But the state and federal measures are causing unintended consequences for Alaska Natives who legally hunt walruses and carve their tusks for a living. Among dozens of tables at a recent craft fair in Fairbanks, Alaska, the glitter and gleam of Dennis Pungowiyi's ivory stands out. He has everything from small sculptures of birds to curved cribbage boards etched into tusks. "I'm more well-known for my walruses," Pungowiyi...

While North Dakota's Standing Rock Sioux Tribe continues to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, it's a somewhat different situation 150 miles northwest. There, alongside the same river, pipelines and oil development are for the most part welcomed on a different reservation. On Fort Berthold, tribal members live right on top of pipelines — more than 4,000 miles crisscross the reservation, home to the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes that together call themselves MHA Nation . The reservation...

On a night that the national election results had her discouraged, Seattle resident Anne Johnson had at least one ballot measure to celebrate: ST3, which will raise the local sales tax in the Seattle-Tacoma area to help pump $54 billion into expanding the region's rail and bus systems. It passed by a wide margin. "That is awesome, and we've put a lot of work into that, and I'm excited for the direction that that will take Seattle," says Johnson, who adds that the transit improvements will...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: Imagine if the U.S. government suddenly got rid of the $20 bill, said you couldn't buy anything with it anymore. People would have wallets full of worthless money. This is what's happening in India right now. The prime minister made a surprise announcement earlier this month. He said the 500 and 1,000 rupee notes, most of the cash in the country, has to be traded in at the bank for other bills. And the move has...

Heritage breed turkeys are making a comeback. These birds taste more like the turkeys that Native Americans and settlers ate in the 17th century, compared to today's Butterball turkeys. Just 20 years ago, some heritage turkey breeds were nearly extinct. For instance, in 1997 there were fewer than 10 Narragansett breeding birds left. Today, there are more than 2,000, according to a new census from The Livestock Conservancy . "It's impressive," says Richard McCarthy , executive director of Slow...

A lot of fake and misleading news stories were shared across social media during the election. One that got a lot of traffic had this headline: "FBI Agent Suspected In Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide." The story is completely false , but it was shared on Facebook over half a million times. We wondered who was behind that story and why it was written. It appeared on a site that had the look and feel of a local newspaper. Denverguardian.com even had the local weather....

Episode 737: 17 Deals In 17 Minutes

Nov 23, 2016

We love deals. Deals in every sense of the word. Discounts. Devil's bargains. Sketchy transactions. We love that feeling you get when you've gotten a good deal. A feeling of victory. We also like that deals are complicated. They're more than math and numbers. They're about relationships. Emotions. Trust. So we bring you deals: Deals from a spy and from an ice cream truck operator; Deals that require nine relatives and 87 trips to the bank; Deals you can use in your own life; Deals that you...

A woman protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline who was wounded earlier this week might lose her arm as a result of the injury, her family says. Sophia Wilansky's injury is the most gruesome to date of the months-long standoff at Standing Rock, N.D. "The doctor just said she may need as many as 20 surgeries over very many months to have any hope of saving her arm and her hand," Wilansky's father, Wayne Wilansky, told a group of reporters outside a Minneapolis hospital....

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Many years ago, Simon and Garfunkel interviewed senior citizens and put their voices on an album. One woman in that compilation says... (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: God forgive me, but an old person without money is pathetic. INSKEEP: Obviously, money makes for a more comfortable retirement. Now, we have research suggesting that money also makes for better functioning of the brain among...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: President-elect Donald Trump shifted positions on several issues yesterday. But in a talk with The New York Times, he avoided placing many limits on his opportunity to profit while in office. DAVID GREENE, HOST: The president-elect, who has worldwide business interests, admits that he, quote, "might have requested a business favor from visiting British politicians." His staff had previously denied that. INSKEEP:...

Donald Trump's extensive business dealings around the globe have focused attention on an obscure provision of the Constitution most law professors barely look at — the Emoluments Clause. Now, one of the hottest legal debates around is whether the president-elect is going to violate the Constitution if he continues doing business with companies controlled by foreign governments. Who even used the word "emolument" in an actual sentence before November 2016? Emolument is defined by Merriam...

With just over a week before it was scheduled to take effect, a federal judge has blocked the implementation of an Obama administration rule that would have extended overtime eligibility to some 4 million Americans. The Labor Department's sweeping overhaul to the overtime rule required employers to pay time-and-a-half to their employees who worked more than 40 hours in a given week and earned less than $47,476 a year. That salary threshold is about twice what currently allows workers to be...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: With results of the recent election, eight states now allow recreational marijuana. More than half have legalized it for medical use. Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, opposes legalization in any form. NPR's Nathan Rott reports many in the multibillion-dollar marijuana industry are worried. NATHAN ROTT, BYLINE: If you want to get an idea of just how big the marijuana...

The Donald J. Trump Foundation has acknowledged in a tax filing that it violated the ban against "self-dealing," or using its assets to help its leader's business or personal interests, The Washington Post reported. The Post quoted copies of the foundation's 2015 IRS tax returns , which had been uploaded, apparently by the foundation's attorneys, to a nonprofit tracking site called GuideStar. The newspaper said it hadn't yet confirmed whether the forms had actually been sent to the IRS. The...

Donald Trump had a wide-ranging talk with New York Times journalists on Tuesday. The president-elect disavowed the alt-right — a movement with views widely considered anti-Semitic and white supremacist — and also dismissed concerns about his potential conflicts of interests. Times journalists live tweeted the meeting . Here are some highlights: On Whether He Spoke To Nigel Farage About Opposing Wind Farms : On Potential Conflicts Of Interest: On Whether He'll Prosecute Clinton: On his chief...

As resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock, N.D., concludes its seventh month, two narratives have emerged: We have never seen anything like this before. This has been happening for hundreds of years. Both are true. The scope of the resistance at Standing Rock exceeds just about every protest in Native American history. But that history itself, of indigenous people fighting to protect not just their land, but the land, is centuries old. Over the weekend, the situation at...

Donald Trump's name is affixed to skyscrapers, or soon will be, in major cities from Istanbul to Mumbai to Manila. He has luxury golf resorts in Ireland and Scotland. His hotel projects span continents, part of a global empire fueled by bank loans from Germany and China. So when Trump enters the White House, his foreign policy decisions could have an impact, for better or worse, on his global financial holdings. The question is whether those holdings will influence his decisions. Trump says...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Donald Trump conducted more job interviews yesterday. Among the many positions he needs to fill, treasury secretary, and he is considering people with close ties to Wall Street. We brought that up with someone known for being tough on Wall Street, former Democratic Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts. Congressman, it's good to have you back on the program. Thanks a lot. BARNEY FRANK: You're welcome. GREENE:...

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has had a strained relationship with the U.S. since taking office in June, mainly because of U.S. criticism of his controversial — and often brutal — war on drugs . But he says he's hoping to get along with President-elect Donald Trump. Toward that end, Duterte appointed real estate magnate Jose E.B. Antonio as a special trade envoy to the U.S. — and Antonio happens to be the man building Trump Tower Manila . "Donald Trump himself is an icon of real estate...

Updated 12:01 p.m. ET Tuesday, with additional details. President-elect Donald Trump invited a large group of television news anchors and executives from the nation's leading networks on Monday to reset a relationship that had badly frayed during a contentious campaign. First, Trump gave them a piece of his mind. He castigated the networks for what he said was unfair coverage. Trump, top aides and advisers including Kellyanne Conway, Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer met with executives and...

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