After a procedural vote in the Senate on a bill that would temporarily extend emergency insurance for the jobless, President Obama held a White House press conference to pressure Congress to keep the momentum going. But Republican leaders say they need spending cuts or job-creation plans in return.
Wearable technology is often said to look dorky. "Stylish" and "fashionable" are not words anyone would associate with devices like Google Glass or smart watches. But companies are now working to embed technology into clothing so that it's unobtrusive or even attractive.
The famous sleuth has discovered that U.S copyright law is anything but elementary. A federal judge recently ruled that elements of the Sherlock Holmes characters are now both licensed property of the Doyle estate and in the public domain. The Doyle estate plans to appeal the decision.
Robert Siegel interviews Irving Picard, the Madoff Bankruptcy Trustee, and David Sheehan, Picard's Chief Counsel and a partner at BakerHostetler. The attorneys represented those who were defrauded in Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme. On Tuesday, the attorneys announced two settlements to recover approximately $543 million for Madoff's victims.
JPMorgan Chase has agreed with the U.S. government to settle criminal charges that it failed to report suspicious activity in Bernard Madoff's accounts. The settlement comes to $2.6 billion, but a representative for Madoff's victims says the amount is too small. Madoff bilked investors out of many billions of dollars while JP Morgan Chase was his primary bank.
More than 4,000 former NFL players and their families have taken the next step in an historic legal settlement with the pro football league. A new agreement, subject to a judge's approval, spells out how much money different players will get based on their age and impairments.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced his retirement today, following a series of scandals that rocked his department. The latest involved federal indictments against 18 current and former deputies. He also faced the first serious challenge to his re-election in years. He will leave office at the end of January.
Sub-zero temperatures are breaking records across much of the eastern U.S. In New York City, a 118-year-old record fell. The cold caused flight delays and cancellations, roads were closed due to blowing snow, and 500 Amtrak passengers spent a night in a train in Central Illinois. The cold also brought special attention to those helping the homeless.
The Consumer Electronics Show is the tech industry's annual electronics showcase in Las Vegas, where companies are showing off their latest-and-greatest gadgets like Internet-connected toothbrushes (ideal for hygiene-concerned helicopter parents) and cars that come equipped with a 4G cell connection.
The Social Security Administration has long kept track of deaths so it can stop checks when recipients die. And while researchers have used the file for years, fraudsters have, too. So Congress is limiting access to the data — and that has everyone from bankers to genealogists concerned.
Health care costs grew at 3.7 percent in 2012, the fourth year of a trend of smaller annual increases. The Obama administration says that the Affordable Care Act is a factor. But the actuaries who wrote the report beg to differ, saying the recession is a more likely cause.
A dozen war heroes from South Sudan's long struggle for independence are now accused of launching a coup to overthrow the democracy they helped create. One of them, Peter Adwok Nyaba, was telling NPR's Gregory Warner about the political roots of the conflict when police came for him.
European scientists were alarmed in 2008 when they discovered streams of methane bubbles erupting from the seafloor in Norway's high Arctic. This gas, which contributes to global warming, was apparently coming from methane ice on the seafloor. A follow-up study finds that methane bubble plumes at this location have probably been forming for a few thousand years, so they are not the result of human-induced climate change. But continued warming of ocean water can trigger more methane releases in the Arctic, with potentially serious consequences to the climate.