A fresh analysis finds that the death toll from the H1N1 swine flu in 2009-10 was severely underestimated. The Americas were hit much harder than Europe or Australia. And the deaths occurred in a much younger population than normally affected by the flu.
While vulnerable congressional Democrats might politely decline a local appearance by President Obama on their behalf, the money he's raising for their campaigns is an entirely different matter.
U.S. Coast Guard crews scrambled to work with Bahamian forces to rescue more than 100 survivors Tuesday. The Coast Guard says the craft ran aground in the Exuma Cays.
Major stock indexes have shot to record highs in the U.S. this year, gaining more than 20 percent, and yet economic growth remains at disappointing levels. A lot of analysts say the Federal Reserve's stimulus efforts are behind the stock boom and a possible bubble.
As sleet, snow and rain batter parts of the country, here's a real-time look at the collective suffering of holiday travelers.
Three years after the startling arrest of a 14-year-old for acting as a gang's assassin in Mexico, the boy, now 17, is reportedly heading to the United States, according to media and government reports. Edgar Jimenez, nicknamed El Ponchis — "The Cloak" — is a U.S. citizen who was born in San Diego.
President Obama's Affordable Care Act will be back before the Supreme Court this spring. This time, the issue is whether for-profit corporations citing religious objections may refuse to provide contraceptive services in health insurance plans offered to employees.
Voters in three Colorado communities passed measures this month limiting the practice of hydraulic fracturing. A close vote in a fourth community means a recount next week. Companies say the measures are creating an uncertain business environment.
New York City and Hawaii's Big Island recently approved regulations that increased the minimum age to buy cigarettes from 18 to 21. But the nascent movement is limited nationally by a focus by anti-smoking groups on regulating electronic cigarettes.
A lot of the canned pumpkins that go into a lot of Americans' pumpkin pie is branded with the red-and-white logo of Libby's. Libby's dominates the canned pumpkin market and is now owned by Nestle.
Nestle buys the pumpkins it uses from U.S. farmers, including Phil Friedrich. He spoke with host Lizzie O'Leary from his farm in Green Valley, Ill.
The holiday season is a critical time for retail companies; many make nearly half of their total income during this time. And with so much at stake, stores are using a new tool to nudge you into spending more: Data.
Retailers now use as much as information as they can gather on you, from where you've lived to what you watch on TV, to try to target the right products towards you.
What's your household's consumer profile? Every time you swipe a rewards card at the grocery store, or “like” your favorite brand on Facebook, that data goes somewhere to get analyzed. The Marketplace Consumer Profiler lets you look up your lifestyle category using information and research from the mapping and data analyst company ESRI. Try it now!
"You may notice sometimes ads will follow you around from site to site," says Marketplace reporter Stacey Vanek Smith, "if you're looking at a pair of boots on [shoe retail site] Zappos, you may notice when you go onto Facebook, the pair of boots shows up."
"If you have a history with a store, then they know when you tend to buy, how much you tend to spend, maybe what your credit's like," Vanek Smith says.
But if you want to limit the amount of tracking companies can engage in, Vanek Smith suggests a few websites that can help:
Unlike Google and other search engines, DuckDuckGo doesn't keep track of your search queries or what links you click on to target advertising to you later.
Ghostery works by installing itself into your web browser, and blocking attempts by third-party data trackers to collect your information and potentially sell it to other companies.
Though targeted advertising brings up privacy concerns, it also can provide for a better shopping experience or provide discounts on things shoppers might want, too. "It is very convenient for consumers," Vanek Smith says, "suddenly you are getting ads that are relevant to you for things you might want to buy."
"You're getting coupons when you walk into a store. That might save you money that you're interested in, much more than the circular that you would normally get when you walk into a supermarket. There is this advantage and I think that is what we're dealing with in all cases of big data. The customer gets something in exchange for their information."
How about a nice, juicy moose burger with your venison? Wild-game suppers are a rural American harvest tradition dating back to Colonial times. This year, 800 people turned out for the long-running "Superbowl" of these suppers, where hunters donate most of the meat (with some roadkill thrown in).
This final note, perhaps not directly Thanksgiving-related, but from the Massachusetts Bay colony: The Bay Psalm book, one of the world's rarest books, is being auctioned tonight.
It could fetch as much as $30 million, printed in 1640 by Puritans who didn't like the Church of England's translations of the Bible.
There are only 11 copies that remain in existence. This one comes from the Old South Church in Boston.
More than 35 years ago, Bernard and Shirley Kinsey began acquiring documents, artifacts and artworks that tell the story of the African-American experience. The collection, which spans more than 400 years, spotlights not black pain, they say, but the strength and resilience of African-Americans.
Where do you see yourself in 2030?
For most, the first answer to mind won't have anything to do with fleeing your homeland to escape from drowning. But for the more than 103,000 people who live on Kiribati, escaping rising waters might be their only option for survival.
Kiribati is a an island-nation in the Pacific Ocean that, in recent years, has seen the waters rise due to global climate change. In some areas, it has already overtaken small huts and warehouses.
Jeffrey Goldberg recently visited the islands and says the people speak about the dire situation rather poetically.
"The people who live in these places say some variation of the theme of, 'In the past the ocean would come in and it would go out'," Goldberg says. "And one day the ocean just stayed."
Goldberg writes about the country's struggle against climate change and their call to developed nations in his coulmn, Drowning Kiribati.
60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan's October story on the deadly 2012 attack on a U.S. mission in Libya featured Dylan Davies, a security contractor who reportedly told a different version of events to 60 Minutes than he did to his employer and to the FBI.
The agency came under fire earlier this year for targeting conservative groups. It says new guidelines will make its job easier and give organizations a better sense of what they can and cannot do, and still retain their tax-exempt status.
The value of the stolen art was estimated at more than $24 million when officials obtained insurance for the paintings. The works have not been recovered; some were destroyed, officials say.
So you know how, if someone comes by and taps the top of your open beer bottle, a volcano of brewski will explode? Well, it turns out that the physics involved are the same as what causes an atomic bomb to form a mushroom cloud. A scientist explains how it works.