Stories for December 11, 2012
The entertainment industry seems to give us only three things: sex, Justin Bieber and boxing.
The back and forth over the "fiscal cliff" continues: House Speaker John Boehner sent a new counterproposal to the White House on Tuesday that, according to a spokesman for the speaker, aims to "achieve tax and entitlement reform to solve our looming debt crisis and create more American jobs."
HSBC was accused of disregarding sanction laws and doing business with people in countries such as Iran, Libya, Cuba, and the Sinaloa drug cartel.
The pretrial hearing for Wikileaks suspect Pfc. Bradley Manning ended on Tuesday, but as the Associated Press reports the massive amounts of documents he is accused of leaking were hardly mentioned.
The controversial paraphrased quote on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be removed and replaced with a more complete quotation from the civil rights icon.
Celebrating its 90th year, the lighting of the National Christmas Tree signals the start of the holiday season across the country. Taped at President's Park in Washington, D.C., the 60-minute special will feature performances and readings by Colbie Caillat, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, The Fray, Ledisi, Jason Mraz, Phillip Phillips, James Taylor and more. Plus a special guest appearance by MODERN FAMILY's Rico Rodriquez.
Every weekday, Clark Porter, a tall man with a sturdy build, walks into the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in St. Louis to work with tough ex-offenders. On the outside, he wears a suit and tie. But on the inside, he has more in common with the former felons than most.
In the latest issue of The New Yorker, journalist Raffi Khatchadourian writes about a secret chemical weapons testing program run by the U.S. Army during the Cold War.
Host Jorge Meraz goes further down Baja in this ocean-themed special. First we go to the "Natural Sea-World" at Bahia de Los Angeles, where we go fishing, snorkeling, and searching for the famed whale shark. Among colorful fish and playful sea lions, swimming with the whale shark is an unforgettable experience. Then we taste scallops, lobster, clams and other things the ocean offers with Lucy, a long-time resident and local artist. Then we head to San Quintin where we explore the fascinating world of seafood farming.
If your health insurer pays too much for a claim, you might think that would be a good kind of problem. But it could turn out to be more of a headache than a windfall.
1:35 p.m. ET: The Michigan House of Representatives has now passed two "right-to-work" bills that limit the power of unions in the state. They're pieces of legislation, as NPR's Sonari Glinton reports, that have "infuriated union leaders in a state considered the heart of the union movement."
Update at 12:20 PM: The Michigan House has passed the first bill permitting workers to opt out of paying required fees to participate in a union. This covers public sector jobs and passed 58 to 51, reports Michigan Public Radio Networks. The next bill to be debated will address private sector work. Loud protests continue inside the Capitol building.
It seems to be a repeat of the 2011 union battle in Wisconsin -- a Republican-led state legislature, supported by a Republican governor, suddenly takes up legislation that could change how unions are financed and run in the state.
Enjoy the sunshine today, because by tomorrow night a cold Pacific storm from Alaska will make its way to San Diego, bringing showers, thunderstorms and snow in the mountains.
The Affordable Care Act, as passed by Congress in 2010, assumed that every low-income person would have access to health insurance starting in 2014.
Detroit officials face a tough vote Tuesday as they try to keep their city from going over its own "fiscal cliff." If the mayor and City Council cannot agree on a plan to reduce the city's budget deficit, state officials are poised to take away their power and assume total control over Detroit's finances.