The government shutdown has some American Indian tribes bracing for the worst. They've seen cuts to food distribution, child care and financial assistance. At the same time, a handful of northern Arizona tribes are seeing an unexpected spike in tourists who were turned away from nearby national parks.
Across the country, leaders of local chambers of commerce are irate that Washington can't reach agreement on the budget. They worry debt default could wreck consumer confidence ahead of the holiday shopping season. Yet many on Main Street aren't yet reacting by putting much pressure on politicians.
Starbucks is investing big bucks in its Evolution Fresh line of cold-pressed juices with a massive new factory. Food scientists say all the hype around premium juices may get some consumers to boost their fruit and vegetable consumption. But these pricier juices, they say, are no more nutritious than regular old fruits and vegetables.
For two weeks in November, McDonald's will swap out the toys in its kids' meals with original books that have nutritionally focused themes. The fast food giant's plunge into publishing has inspired some witty mock Mcbook titles. But critics of its marketing to kids aren't so amused.
A dozen of the busiest and biggest U.S. national parks have lost some 7 million visitors because of the partial government shutdown. That's costing the parks and nearby communities tens of millions of dollars a day and potentially hundreds of jobs, according to a new report.
Foster Farms, the large California-based chicken processor at the center of a major salmonella outbreak, faces the threat of a USDA closure of three of its facilities by the end of the day Thursday. Some 278 people in multiple states have been sickened in the outbreak.
A partial federal shutdown has prompted angry debate nationwide. Sen. Michael Bennet, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, tells Steve Inskeep that on the budget impasse issue, "The divide between Democrats and Republicans is less than the divide that exists in the Republican Party."
Amid all the warnings from the financial community about the dangers of defaulting on the national debt, there is a small band of Republicans who wonder if defaulting would be so bad. While small in number, they are influential within the Tea Party faction that has driven the current fiscal crisis.