As the city of Detroit tries to emerge from bankruptcy, the artwork in the Detroit Institute of Arts — a collection appraised at more than $850 million — might wind up on the auction block. But a federal judge mediating the city's bankruptcy has a plan that just might keep the art in the city — and reduce cuts to the pensions of retirees.
Students thinking about the road ahead for transportation look to everything from flying cars and hovercraft to crowdsourced car design and driverless vehicles. One key part of planning, says the program's head, is that changes must not only make life better for commuters, they must be done in a way "that this planet can support."
Officials in Oregon have kept records on what happened to thousands of people who lost their jobs when RV manufacturing in that state imploded during the recession. A major swath of people have dropped from middle-wage earners to low-wage earners, which is a trend we're seeing across the U.S. Another group of people did even worse.
All of Santa's reindeer have gotten the green light from the Agriculture Department to enter U.S. territory. The USDA granted Mr. S. Claus a special livestock permit. And in the spirit of Christmas, the department waived the normal application fees and disease testing requirement for his reindeer.
David Greene talks to Liza Mundy about her article "The Daddy Track." In The Atlantic magazine, she writes about how women benefit when men take paternity leave. Mundy is a program director at the New America Foundation, a non-profit, nonpartisan think tank that focuses on a variety of issues.
This past year, many of the best-known technology firms were designing and building new corporate offices. It's the first time Silicon Valley giants like Apple, Google and Facebook, and Amazon in Seattle, have committed to building new headquarters from the ground up.
It was reported that some 40 million people may have been victims of a hacking spree at Target recently. What should people who may have been in that group do now to protect themselves and their accounts? Robert Siegel speaks with Mark Rasch, a security expert and former Department of Justice cyber crime prosecutor, for more advice for those who may have been affected.
Unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans expire this Saturday. Congress refused to approve another extension of benefits for the long term unemployed before the end of the year. Illinois could be one of the state's most affected, as it's 8.7 percent unemployment rate is well above the national average. For two of the state's long-term unemployed, the abrupt end of unemployment benefits will have a big effect.
At the last minute, the Obama administration gave consumers more time to sign up for health insurance starting Jan. 1. People will now have until the end of Christmas Eve, giving them an additional day. The administration hopes a late surge of enrollments will boost numbers, which have lagged far behind expectations. The insurance industry is hoping the same thing. But it is also expressing dismay over recent changes to the law that allow some people to opt out of the individual mandate or purchase plans otherwise prohibited under the law.
Target is trying to get back in good graces with its customers after a massive data breach affecting some 40 million credit and debit account holders. The giant retail chain offered its customers a 10 percent discount over the weekend as an act of atonement, but business was said to be down anyway.