Supporters of the Affordable Care Act are working in Chicago and several other cities to sign up cabbies for health insurance as the March 31 open enrollment deadline nears.
The EU wants the U.S. to prohibit food makers from using names with historical ties to Europe. That means cheeses like Parmesan and Brie sold in the U.S. may have to find new names.
Russia ordered troops participating in military exercises near Ukraine's border back to bases. While troops loyal to Moscow in Crimea fired warning shots at protesting Ukrainian soldiers.
Dish Network and Disney's landmark deal envisions the day when Dish will offer a Netflix-like TV service to people who'd rather stream TV over the Internet than put a satellite receiver on their roof.
Gates, who led the list for 15 of the past 20 years, won the spot back from Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu. Gates' net worth is estimated at $76 billion; Slim Helu follows at $72 billion.
New homes in America are a lot bigger than they used to be. In fact since 1950 they've doubled in size, to an average about 2,500-square feet per home. And a bigger home generally uses more energy. So one college professor is attempting to trash some of our ideas about home ownership, by sleeping in a six-by-six-foot dumpster.
Everywhere he goes, students holler-call Jeff Wilson by his new nickname: Professor Dumpster. That's because, this month, Wilson moved into a sanitized recycling dumpster on the Austin, Texas, campus of Huston-Tillotson University.
"One day I was just sitting at a coffee shop, looking out the window, and decided that the dumpster I saw outside was the one I was going to be making my home," Wilson says.
It's not exactly comfy, but at least his dumpster's tall: You can stand-up inside it. And there isn't much stuff in your way. When Wilson moved out of his house, he sold almost everything he owned, for $1. Now, his clothes and gear hang from one little rack.
"And I'm happier, you know. There's not a whole lot of decisions I have to make in the morning on what to wear to work," Wilson says. "I have three pairs of pants, and one of them's bright orange."
Wilson will sleep inside the dumpster for an entire year, to make a point about sustainability. And he says, the goal of the Dumpster Project, as it's called, is to prove that we don't need to thousands of square feet to live in comfort.
"The hypothesis of this experiment is, you can have a pretty darn good life on the one percent: One percent the size, one percent the energy, one percent the water."
Wilson argues that our homes consume far too much energy. So, he's living the other extreme: hauling water from the river (which takes an hour, round-trip), using candles at night, and constantly hauling himself into a box with no doors, to prove that you life in thirty three square feet can really be done.
But this dumpster will undergo a renovation. Throughout the year, Wilson and his students at this historically black college will turn his green metal box into a solar-powered box. One without the rusty walls, but presumably with some insulation from the toasty Texas summer.
"By the end, you and I will be standing here, a year from now with a fully off-grid, sustainable home," Wilson says. But until then, this dumpster has one thing going for it that most Austin homes don't: A fully paid mortgage, and a clear view of the downtown skyline.
Wilson opens one of his "windows," and looks out. "Thousand dollar house. Million dollar view."
The umpires performed perfectly during the spring training game. All three challenged calls were upheld by a replay.
I tried the Marketplace #fakeSXSW panel name generator before I came into the studio today, and got "How to be the Kai Ryssdal of LARPing."
Which would be great, if I knew what LARPing was.
I'm sure you'll tell me.
Sunday night's Oscars marked the fourth time students from a Los Angeles high school have teamed up with the superstar musician.
When men force unwanted sexual attention on women in bars, the problem isn't that the guy is drunk. Instead, a study finds, men target women who have been drinking and may be seen as more vulnerable.
The EPA is annoucning new regulations on emissions standards for gasoline. The goal is to reduce the amount of sulfur that's released into the air, something the Obama administration has been pushing for since 2010. The new rules would bring emissions regulations up to the same standards in place in Europe. Gasoline producers say the new rules will cost billions to implement, but proponents counter that the health benefits will eventually save far more money.
New EPA regulations call for reducing the amount of sulfur in gasoline by two thirds. Refineries and automakers have to comply by 2017.
"We will get an immediate public health benefit in 2017, when the cleaner fuel comes onto the market," says Janet McCabe, the acting assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation at the agency. And by 2030, she says, billions of dollars in health savings from the reduction in sulfur emissions and smog.
The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufactures, representing refineries, opposes the new regulations, saying they will cost the industry $10 billion and raise the price of gas several cents a gallon. The EPA's estimate is much lower. The argument over the regulations is a question of how to balance short term costs against long term benefits, an issue that is not without precedent: refineries have already lowered sulfur emissions in fuels, and improvements in health have been seen.
Ever texted, searched for music, or responded to emails (you know, crazy stuff) while you’re driving?
Those days may be coming to an end. Your car is the new frontier for Apple, Google and Microsoft as the tech giants can no longer afford to ignore consumers when they walk into their cars. With 39 percent of car buyers saying these sorts of ‘in-vehicle’ devices are a top selling point, analysts expect this to quickly become a multi-billion dollar industry.
This week, Apple launches its new CarPlay – a system that makes it more convenient to use an iPhone in a vehicle.
Here's what it will look like:Video of Volvo Cars Presents Apple CarPlay
All eight people responsible for the attack are now accounted for, the state-run Xinhua news agency says, citing a police report.
Russian troops moved into Crimea – a peninsula in the southern part of Ukraine -- over the weekend.
"One way to describe it is it’s just extremely extremely tense," says the BBC’s Natalia Antelava, from Simferopol, the administrative center of Crimea.
She says daily life has not stopped, but it has only been a few days since the Russians arrived. Today there are people out in the streets, grocery stores are open, and there are no lines at gas stations. Still, Russian soldiers have taken over government buildings and the prices have gone up for things like food and fuel.
There are also fears about rising ethnic conflict between Ukrainians, Russians, and the Tatar Muslims that all call the area home. Antelava says, “the presence of Russian troops have enflamed tensions that have existed here, but that have been dormant for a really long time.”
So far, there hasn’t been a mass exodus of people leaving the peninsula, “but there is definitely a lot of nervousness.”
She’s talked to many men who say they will send their wives and children away but plan to stay in Crimea themselves “in case they need to fight.”
"The biggest concern right now isn’t even the economy, I think it’s violence."
Russia's economy has been on something of a wild ride for the past couple of days. Markets plunged more than 10 percent and today the Russian Central Bank had to bail out the rouble to the tune of $10 billion.
Still, Russian President Vladimir Putin is probably not that worried for now.
"They’ve got $490 billion in reserves," explains Willis Sparks, Director of Global Macro at Eurasia Group. "That money, that rainy day fund, is designed specifically to help the Russian government absorb a shock like the one that they could potentially be beginning to go through at the moment. So they do have that near term buffer that does allow Putin to turn up his nose at all of the criticism and shrug off some of this market activity."
At least for now. If the situation worsens, it will scare off foreign investors, and Russia relies on foreign technology for oil and natural gas extraction, which is critical to its economy.
The former U.S. senator, now head of the Heritage Foundation, reflects on the state of the Republican Party, the Tea Party and what he thinks it will take to change Washington.
Before PTSD existed as a diagnosis, Vietnam War veterans who suffered from it often received a discharge other than honorable. A Yale Law School clinic is filing a class action lawsuit for them.
Not everyone in Crimea is happy with recent events. Muslim Tatars, who'd lived there for centuries, were exiled by Stalin and could only return with the fall of Communism. Now, the Russians are back.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with President Obama at the White House on Monday to discuss two sets of talks: a framework for a deal with Palestinians, and an Iran nuclear deal.
Another winter storm roared through the U.S., grounding flights and shutting down schools and offices from the South through the Mid-Atlantic. Many are getting sick of the winter wonderland.