Critic Kenneth Turan says Going Clear and The Hunting Ground are among the films that "blew people away" at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
A series of military confrontations and growing tensions between Western Europe and Russia means armed conflict in northern Europe seems plausible — and shows how ill-prepared the region is now.
In areas such as New York City, the worst of the snow is expected to hit around midnight. The next time the city will have less than a 50 percent chance of snow won't come until 3 p.m. ET Tuesday.
A week after an Argentine prosecutor was found dead on the eve of his testimony about an alleged government cover-up of a terrorist attack, President Cristina Fernandez unveils a new plan.
The Syrian town was not seen as militarily important, but Islamic State propaganda bumped it up the list of targets.
Oil industry representatives are criticizing the decision, but analysts say the shale revolution will buy the industry time to develop safe technology in the threatened environment.
Shanghai Mayor Yang Xiong announced he's not going to target a specific gross domestic product growth rate this year. It's a statement that seems out of place in a country that's grown so rapidly over the last few decades, but growth in China is slowing down.
Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal spoke with Marketplace's China correspondent Rob Schmitz to get some context.
"It was really surreal to hear the mayor of China's wealthiest city start a speech off by saying, 'We're not too concerned about GDP,'" Schmitz says. "For the past couple of decades GDP growth has been the be-all, end-all obsession for China's government."
According to Schmitz, there's much more to the health of the Chinese economy than just GDP numbers. Chinese officials were so eager to boost GDP that they didn't care how the numbers were achieved. "Up until now, a lot of government spending has been inefficient and wasteful, only benefiting the rich and the powerful," Schmitz says.
But slower growth doesn't mean no growth.
"It's important to remember here that China's economy is not imploding," Schmitz says. "We're still looking at growth here of above 7 percent ... Making this 7 percent go further for everyone in China is what the government now seems to be focused on."
All that salt and brine and sand that's being sprayed on the roads and highways in preparation for the big storm is getting more expensive.
Statewide in New York, the average price of road salt hit $58 a ton last fall.
That's up 27 percent from a year ago.
The administration wants to tie more of Medicare's spending on health care to quality and to encourage doctors and hospitals to be more frugal in their spending.
Jeffrey Sterling was fired from the CIA in 2002. His case has drawn wide attention in part because he was accused of giving secret information to James Risen of The New York Times.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's attorneys are again asking that his trial, now in the jury selection phase, be moved. Lawyers say they have data showing that enough impartial jurors cannot be found in the city.
At its closest point, asteroid 2004 BL86 came within about 750,000 miles from Earth — or almost three times farther away than the moon.
Do billionaires have too much influence in both major parties? Three top Republican presidential prospects say no.
On Monday, Bay-Area startup Coinbase launched the first major U.S.-based licensed exchange for the online currency bitcoin.
Other major exchanges are based abroad, and other U.S.-based exchanges have limited liquidity and are not able to handle transactions in as many states as Coinbase can. Coinbase is backed by more than $100 million in investment from banks, venture capital firms and the New York Stock Exchange.
Coinbase says it will allow money managers, institutional investors, businesses and individuals to trade bitcoins with a degree of price stability and reliability that has so far been lacking for the up-and-coming virtual currency.
“We’ve got this respected exchange, that’s in the U.S., that isn’t in Slovenia or someplace in Japan,” says Campbell Harvey, a Duke University finance professor. “It will provide a benchmark for pricing and presumably will lead to lower volatility. Given that bitcoin is still a nascent technology, a lot of people don’t fully understand it or trust it. This gives a degree of comfort.”
For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try Girl Scout Cookies in a new form. Coffeemate has somehow blended them into nondairy creamer, so you can start your day the disturbing way.
Dish Network soon debuts its Sling TV streaming service, with a small group of cable channels for $20 a month. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans tried it and says Sling TV is a welcome challenge to cable.
News last week that SkyMall's parent company has filed for bankruptcy protection inspired an outpouring of odes to the kitschy in-flight catalog.
Moderate Syrian rebels took up arms to topple President Bashar Assad. But the U.S. is planning to train them to fight against a different foe, the self-declared Islamic State instead.
The federal budget deficit will fall in 2015, the sixth consecutive year of decreases relative to the overall economy, according to new figures by the Congressional Budget Office.
Dish Network rolls out its streaming service, Sling , tomorrow. Twelve channels, 20 bucks a month plus live sports and news. It's upped the ante for everyone looking to lure the cord cutters to their streaming service.
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