Stories for October 30, 2013
New York's City Council on Wednesday voted to raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco products and electronic-vapor cigarettes to 21 from the current 18 years, adopting one of the nation's toughest such restrictions.
GREAT PERFORMANCES partnered with San Francisco Opera, one of the nation’s leading opera companies, to record Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s adaptation of the classic Herman Melville novel "Moby Dick." Filmed fresh from his headline-making appearance as a last-minute replacement in the title role of Siegfried in the Met Opera’s epic Ring Cycle, Jay Hunter Morris starred as the obsessive Captain Ahab, delivering a bravura performance.
Assuming HealthCare.gov's technical problems are largely fixed by November's end, as Obama administration officials have reassured, Democrats will still face an even headier challenge: They must square with reality President Obama's oft-made promise that the new health care law would allow people to keep existing insurance plans they like.
Bilingual Chinese and Vietnamese poll workers can earn a stipend of $90 to $110 for the day.
There is something very special that happens in Baja every year. Thousands of whales migrate there each spring and it makes for some of the best whale watching on earth. Follow CROSSING SOUTH host Jorge Meraz on his visit to Guerrero Negro, where he not only sees the whales, but pets them! Also, visit the largest salt mine on earth that happens to be in the same town.
The federal agents found the suspected undocumented immigrants hiding inside one of three ventilation units on a northbound flatbed truck Wednesday morning.
The U.S. government ran a deficit of $680 billion in the financial year that ended last month -- the first time since 2008 that the annual shortfall has been under $1 trillion. It represents a fall from $1.09 trillion in 2012, but as the AP reports, "It's still the fifth-largest deficit of all time."
President Obama repeated this line or a variation of it many times during the campaign to pass his landmark health care bill: "If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period."
President Obama on Wednesday said he takes full responsibility for the troubled HealthCare.gov website and is determined to make sure it gets fixed "ASAP."
Only one team has a chance of winning the World Series tonight in Game 6 at Fenway Park: the Boston Red Sox. The St. Louis Cardinals have a chance to lose the series -- or they can kick off a two-game sweep to win it all on the road. For Boston fans, this is the first time they would be able to celebrate a home World Series win since 1918.
If you're wondering how to conceal the wounds caused by cutting, a form of self-harm, the Internet can tell you how.
Sonoma County, Calif., is probably best known for its good wine, green sensibilities and otherwise healthy and peaceful living. But that peace was shattered last week when a county sheriff's deputy shot and killed a young teenager carrying a toy gun.
Back in April, we described Rob Rhinehart's experiment concocting something that could give him all the nutrition and none of the hassle of food.
When Sandy blew into East Coast communities a year ago, it was flooding that did the most damage.
Gas prices are down more than 7 percent from last year. Grocery costs haven't budged lately. And -- just in time for Halloween -- the price of candy is down 2.3 percent from last year, according to the government's consumer price index released Wednesday.
"The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world," The Washington Post reported at midday Wednesday.
When it comes to things like the economy, taxes, health care and education, is it better to live in a red state or a blue state?
Two wily veterans of Congress' fiscal wars will lead the budget talks scheduled to start Wednesday: Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the heads of the House and Senate budget committees.
A year ago, public health officials were scrambling to figure out why people across the country were suddenly coming down with life-threatening cases of meningitis.
The Affordable Care Act should dominate Wednesday's news cycle thanks to scheduled high-profile appearances by President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to defend the law.
As the NASCAR season climaxes, America's prime motor sport continues to see its popularity in decline. For several years now, revenues and sponsorship have plummeted, leaving an audience that increasingly resembles the stereotype NASCAR so desperately thought it could grow beyond: older white Dixie working class.