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World Financial Markets Have A Rough First Week In 2016

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 4:15am

U.S. stocks are off to one of the worst starts to any year in memory. David Greene talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution.

Is Obama's Hope For Better Fuel Economy Sputtering Out?

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 4:00am

For a while, the president's plan for increasing vehicles' fuel efficiency worked — he said it would save money and reduce carbon pollution. Then came cheap gas, and the improvements have stalled.

Chicago Shooting Drives Calls For Emanuel To Go, So Far Without Result

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 3:59am

Protesters angry about the shooting death of Laquan McDonald at the hands of Chicago police say the mayor should resign. But Emanuel is weathering the crisis, and a recall effort faces obstacles.

Lawyer Faces National Scrutiny While Defending Bill Cosby

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 3:55am

Monique Pressley is called "masterful" in her public message. She hits the spotlight of the Bill Cosby case after a career as a defense attorney, prosecutor and religion-based broadcaster.

Out Of Tucson Carnage, A Family Emerges Unbroken — And 'Grown Up'

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 3:41am

Five years ago Friday, a gunman opened fire in a parking lot in Tucson, Ariz., killing six and wounding others — including Mary Reed, who had been protecting her daughter. This is their story.

A Composer Finds A Trove Of Ghostly Voices, Stuck Out Of Time

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 1:00am

Olivia Block ordered blank cassettes off eBay — the tiny kind you find in old answering machines — and quickly discovered they weren't blank. Now, those voices are finding their way into her work.

Minnesota Vikings Brace Fans For Frigid Playoff Game

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 6:50pm

The temperature is expected to hover around zero degrees when the Seattle Seahawks come to Minneapolis on Sunday. The home team is offering a number of amenities to keep fans warm.

Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend Us Your Toilets (Without Parasites)

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 6:01pm

The Romans are famous for their baths, aqueducts and toilets. But the sanitary innovations might not have done as much to improve health as was once believed.

U.S. Weather Wet And Wild In 2015, Though No Big Hurricanes

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 5:13pm

The U.S. had 10 weather events in 2015 that cost $1 billion or more in damage, with December the warmest and wettest month on record. Climate scientists blame a warming climate and strong El Nino.

China's Woes Are Growing, Along With A Debate: Is It 2008 Again?

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 5:09pm

China's economy and stock market are taking hits. Billionaire George Soros says it's setting the stage for another global meltdown. But others argue China's troubles will not trigger a crisis.




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