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A single four-letter word — added to a provision of the tax code — has professional sports leagues scrambling, as teams face what could be millions of dollars in new taxes.


The revision changed a section of the tax code that applies to "like-kind exchanges." Under the old law, farmers, manufacturers and other businesses could swap certain "property" assets — such as trucks and machinery — without immediately paying taxes on the difference in value.

Facebook Under Fire

37 minutes ago

With Kimberly Atkins

Facebook’s under intense scrutiny over how Cambridge Analytica used its customer information — meanwhile, that company’s leader, Alexander Nix, is suspended after an undercover investigation. Should the social network to be regulated? Can you even opt out of the dominant social media company on Earth?

This show airs Wednesday at 10 a.m. EST.


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Sand. Civilizations modern and ancient have been held up by the stuff. It's one of the main building components in construction.

When you look at those mega-cities in sprouting up in China, one could say you're looking at giant sandcastles.

But sand is finite. And people are starting to kill for it.

Vince Beiser explores this for Wired magazine in "The Deadly Global War for Sand." Before you dive into the incredible read, here are seven things Beiser says you should know about sand:

The man police identified as the suspect in the Austin, Texas, bombings killed himself early Wednesday morning, detonating a bomb as officers approached his vehicle to arrest him.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd gets the latest from Austin with Matt Largey (@mattlargey), managing editor at KUT.

The White House is set to release plans Wednesday for tariffs and other trade regulations against China. One of the main sticking points centers on intellectual property, as well as imports. U.S. industries will have a chance to weigh in on which products should be subject to tariffs, according to the administration.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Roben Farzad (@robenfarzad), who hosts “Full Disclosure” on NPR One.

Fed raises key rate and foresees 2 more hikes this year

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The Federal Reserve is raising its benchmark interest rate to reflect a solid U.S. economy and signaling that it’s sticking with a gradual approach to rate hikes for 2018 under its new chairman, Jerome Powell.

The Fed said it expects to increase rates twice more this year. At the same time, it increased its estimate for rate hikes in 2019 from two to three, reflecting an expectation of faster growth and lower unemployment.

Last fall, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a program to target disproportionately high unemployment among young people in France’s heavily immigrant neighborhoods. Macron said the government will pay bonuses of up to $20,500 to companies that hire people from designated priority areas.

“We are helping people,” Macron said. “We’re helping them to be mobile, to succeed in their neighborhoods or elsewhere, but to access a stable job.”

Comic Roy Wood Jr. is now a correspondent for The Daily Show, but he got his start performing in comedy clubs in the South and Midwest — sometimes in places where he felt unsafe as a black man.

"I did a lot of shows in a lot of strange places," he says. "I've been called the n-word from the stage by somebody in the crowd and the club owner did nothing to defend me."