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Injured workers face "inherent conflict of interest," barriers to benefits, "unequal treatment," limited appeals and little to no independent oversight when employers opt out of state-regulated workers' compensation, according to a new study.

Google wants to get into your home — again

May 18, 2016
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Kai Ryssdal

It's not necessarily how a lot of us would spend an otherwise beautiful Northern California afternoon, but Wednesday was the first day of Google I/O, the internet giant's annual conference for its developer community.

New CEO Sundar Pichai and his team of executives took the opportunity to roll out their newest, and hopefully for them, whiz-bangiest piece of hardware.

Our senior tech correspondent Molly Wood was there, and Kai Ryssdal talked to her about it.

What did Google unveil? 

Marketplace for Wednesday, May 18, 2016

May 18, 2016
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Kai Ryssdal

An art heist, displaced oil workers and Google's new Amazon Echo competitor. 

Why some refugees go back

May 18, 2016
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Jim Muir

Thousands of people will try to reach Europe this year from countries like Syria and Iraq.

They're following the same path that hundreds of thousands of migrants before them have taken. It's a dangerous journey, a gamble for the chance to live somewhere without the threat of the Islamic State. But a growing number of people are returning to Northern Iraq when what they found in Europe was far from what they'd hoped for.

 

Tracking down Warhol's stolen 'Campbell's Soup' prints

May 18, 2016
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Laura Spencer

Nick Nelson, Springfield Art Museum director, stands inside a quiet gallery in a new wing of the building. Gray carpeting, white walls and track lighting.

“You see, this whole wall here,” he said. “That was the space where we had the Warhols displayed.”

That is, until early morning April 7, when seven of Andy Warhol’s famed "Campbell’s Soup" can screen prints were stolen.

“Our reaction is one of shock and sadness,” Nelson said, adding that the Warhols were a source of pride.

We finally know how much U.S. debt is owned by Saudi Arabia

May 18, 2016

Earlier this week, the Treasury Department disclosed for the first time just how much of the U.S. debt is owned by Saudi Arabia by way of U.S. treasury bonds. Andrea Wong wrote about it for Bloomberg.
The amount owned by Saudi Arabia — about $116.8 billion — seems large, but is dwarfed by the $1.2 trillion owned by the Chinese or Japan's $1.1 trillion.

When someone tags you in a photo on Facebook, it's often a nice reminder of a shared memory. It lets your whole social network see what you've been up to or where you've been.

Well, to three men from Illinois, this feature takes on a much more sinister capacity. They argue that when someone tags you in a photo on Facebook without your consent, Facebook is breaking the law — and a federal judge has allowed the case to proceed.

Oil bust forces Texas H-1B visa holders to exit country

May 18, 2016
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Brenda Salinas

Twenty thousand workers have been laid off this year in the oil and gas industry across the country as the price of oil has slumped. The cutbacks are especially hard for foreign workers here on what are known as H-1B visas. For them, getting laid off doesn’t just mean leaving the office, it means leaving the country.

Scottish-born Graeme Slaven loves living in Katy, Texas.

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The perils of swapping a car for money

May 18, 2016

On today's show we'll talk about a new report that states about 20 percent of people who take out loans using the titles of their vehicles end up getting their cars seized by the lenders; a sales decline for Target last quarter; and one Mesoamerican archaeologist's must-have item: a Marshalltown trowel.

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Airlines worry security lines will hurt bottom lines

May 18, 2016
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Nancy Marshall-Genzer

The trade group Airlines for America said airlines’ pretax earnings stayed basically flat over the past year. But its chief economist, John Heimlich, expects 4 percent more passengers this summer.

“That will be an all-time high of 231 million passengers — 2.5 million per day on average,” he said.

And all of those passengers will have to go through security. Heimlich thinks if security delays drag on months or even years, they’ll definitely have an impact on airlines’ bottom lines.

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Bruce Johnson

Competition among ridesharing companies is growing at home and abroad. Just this week, Waze, the mapping app owned by Google, started a small carpooling pilot program for people in California's Bay Area.

Lyft and Uber are the two big players domestically. The companies are moving beyond ridesharing to the world of driverless cars. Lyft recently partnered with an investor, General Motors, to push forward self-driving vehicles.

John Zimmer is co-founder and president of Lyft. He believes that autonomous vehicles will roll out first on a network.

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