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The stock market had one of its worst days in months today after some disappointing news about manufacturing. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 300 points, about two percent. The other major indexes were down even more.
NPR's Jim Zarroli tells us investors are reacting to new concern about the health of the global economy.
Warning that "simply delaying action on the debt limit can cause harm to our economy," Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew repeated Monday that he believes Congress should act soon to raise that limit so the federal government avoids even looking like it might default on its debts.
Would you notice an unexpected charge of $10 or less on your credit card statement? Lots of consumers don't â€” and scammers count on that, says Steve Barnas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau in northern Illinois.
But Barnas says the Better Business Bureau is now hearing from consumers across the country about $9.84 credit charges for what look to be very innocuous purchases. But while they may seem legitimate, many are not.
When you think about minimum-wage workers, college professors don't readily come to mind. But many say that's what they are these days.
Of all college instructors, 76 percent, or over 1 million, teach part time because institutions save a lot of money when they replace full-time, tenured faculty with itinerant teachers, better known as adjuncts.
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We're going to introduce you now to one unusual Republican running for Congress in this year's midterm elections. As a candidate, Allan Levene stands out for a bunch of reasons. He's a naturalized U.S. citizen, born and raised in London. He says the federal government should do away with corporate taxes and create a new Israel in Texas.
In the aftermath of a conclusion that downplayed the oil pipeline's potential effects on climate change, the issue has gotten even more politically complicated for the Obama White House. Environmentalists are ramping up their opposition to the proposed 1,179-mile pipeline, while Republicans have intensified their push for approval. As for Democrats, well, that depends on their election prospects.
Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 12:50 pm
The United States is one step closer to a future where cars will communicate with each other to avoid accidents.
The Department of Transportation announced on Monday it was moving forward with the steps necessary to one day mandate vehicle-to-vehicle â€” V2V â€” communication technology on light automobiles.
The big deal here is that research â€” including a 3,000-vehicle test of the system in Ann Arbor, Mich. â€” finds that V2V technology has the potential to "help drivers avoid or mitigate 70 to 80 percent of vehicle crashes involving unimpaired drivers."
Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 8:39 am
Abortions in the U.S. resumed their downward trend between 2008 and 2011, according to a new study. But its authors say the recent surge of state laws intended to restrict the procedure is likely not the reason.
Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 4:39 pm
For years, makers of kids' cereals have been upping the ante to get kids interested: hiding a toy surprise inside, adding multicolored marshmallows, setting bear traps in the cereal aisle. Now Post, maker of the classic Flintstones-themed Fruity Pebbles, has created "Poppin' Pebbles," an explosive Pop Rocks-cereal mashup.
Miles: This is the only cereal on the market that fizzes and foams in your mouth. Well, this and Cinnamon Rabies Crunch.
It's easy to lose yourself in Philip Seymour Hoffman masterful portrayals, but those performances were anything but effortless.
"Like any job," he told Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 2008, it could be exhausting. In our day to day lives, "we're not too introspective," he said. "We don't walk around our lives just constantly trying to delve into the understanding of ourselves unless you're in therapy or something. But that's what actors do, you know? We really explore ourselves and other people."
Hoffman was found dead on Sunday in his Manhattan apartment. He was 46.