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Sinclair Broadcast Group's push to buy Tribune Media hit a new snag on Monday, as Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said he has "serious concerns" about the $3.9 billion deal. Pai said a plan to divest some stations might not satisfy federal laws because it wouldn't go far enough.

"The evidence we've received suggests that certain station divestitures that have been proposed to the FCC would allow Sinclair to control those stations in practice, even if not in name, in violation of the law," Pai said in a statement.

The business of luxury chicken rearing

Jul 16, 2018

(Markets Edition) We had some strong numbers for retail last month. The U.S. Census Bureau has revealed that June retail sales were up 0.5 percent. We'll hear from Julia Coronado, founder of MacroPolicy Perspectives, about what these figures say about consumers, the labor market and inflation. Afterwards, we'll discuss Facebook's plan to pay Fox News, CNN and ABC to make programs exclusively for the platform, and then we'll explore how wealthy residents in the Bay Area are sinking $20,000 into fancy heritage chickens and ornate homes for them.

China has filed a case with the World Trade Organization against the U.S. to protest the Trump administration's plan to put new tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. China says the tariffs are illegal attempts at protectionism.

China's Ministry of Commerce announced it is pursuing legal remedy against the U.S. in a brief statement on its website — the latest in an escalating trade conflict between the world's two largest economies.

Backyard chicken keeping has taken off in the Bay Area as residents seek ways to disconnect from technology. Most people spend $1,000 or less on their birds and coops, but a wealthier subset of chicken owners have really gotten into it, in some cases sinking $20,000 or more into fancy heritage chickens and ornate homes for them.

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Another rural hospital has closed, the 85th to shutter in the U.S. since 2010. This latest closing happened in Dunklin County, Missouri, one of the poorest counties in the state. The hospital was home to the only OB-GYN physician in a region that has one of the highest premature birth and infant mortality rates in the state.

How are consumers spending their money?

Jul 16, 2018

The U.S. Census Bureau will release June retail sales data this morning. We already know that consumer spending is strong right now due in part to a tight labor market and inflation. But how are consumers financing their current spending spree and what are they spending on, exactly?

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Ten years later, what we learned from WALL-E

Jul 16, 2018

Ten years ago this summer, we all became familiar with the little trash compacter that could — WALL-E — and his slightly scary, Earth-scanning, but eventual companion Eve.

Disney's "WALL-E," which took home the Academy Award for Best Animated Picture in 2009, offered a darker look at Earth's possible future — one where humans have ruined the planet's environment with trash — and are forced to live in space, captive to screens, self-driving chairs and robot servants. 

Ten years later, what we learned from WALL-E

Jul 16, 2018

Ten years ago this summer, the Pixar film “WALL-E” came out. It's about a future where humans have ruined earth's environment with trash, so they live in space, captive to screens, self-driving chairs, and robot servants. One little robot is left on Earth to clean up the mess, until he finds love — and ends up saving humanity from itself. As part of our summer entertainment series, we're pondering the critiques and lessons of Wall-E with sci-fi writer Kim Stanley Robinson, who also happens to be a big fan of the film.  (07/16/2018)

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service … It’s official: Chinese growth figures showed the economy lost steam in the second quarter against a backdrop of growing trade tensions. Is it time to worry about the world’s second-largest economy? Meanwhile, European Union leaders have urged China, the U.S. and Russia not to start a trade war. We ask if multilateralism, mutual understanding and mutual respect are enough to avoid one. Then, imagine flying from New York to Singapore in just a couple of hours. The boss of Boeing thinks hypersonic jets are coming sooner than you think.

When it comes to immigration policy, American opinions often break down along party lines, with most Republicans supporting President Trump's views and Democrats vigorously opposed.

But according to a new NPR-Ipsos poll, there is an even better predictor of how you feel about immigration: where you get your TV news.

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Protesters dominated the scene in London this week during President Trump's visit to the United Kingdom.

But many in the U.K. are hopeful that any tension in the "special relationship" between both countries is temporary – especially business owners.

Kylie Jenner: Future Billionaire

Jul 15, 2018

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While unemployment has hit record lows, there's another number that also gets a lot of attention — underemployment. Around 33 percent of college graduates are underemployed.

Underemployment measures the number of workers placed in jobs that are below their qualifications from a bachelor's degree and beyond. But the effects can be different, depending on the field of work.

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