Under the new rules, Facebook is expanding its use of facial recognition, making it easier for you, your friends and acquaintances to tag your likeness in their pictures. A bigger facial recognition database could allow Facebook to collect more data about whom we are interacting with in the real world.
The Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney died this morning in Dublin at the age of 74. In a remembrance, poet and critic Craig Morgan Teicher writes that Heaney had mastered sound and nuance, crafting poems you can taste and feel, alive and powerful, as you speak them aloud.
Scholarships can be an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to paying for college.
They usually don't cover the whole cost, but that doesn't mean a family shouldn't do some homework and see what they can qualify for. And even though most people think scholarships only help those with a high GPA or SAT score, they also award money for other talents and skills.
Like if you use your left hand. Juanita College offers a $1,000 scholarship if you're a southpaw.
Or if you have a particular sonic pied piper ability with ducks, there's a $1,500 prize for the best duck caller entering college.
If you're talented with Duck tape, wool, can call a duck, are tall -- or short -- you might want to check out some of the more unusual scholarships that you can win. Read more.
Jon Fortenbury, contributor to USA Today College, told us one of his favorite scholarships is the Zombie Apocalypse scholarship. "That's specifically where you would run if there was a zombie outbreak at your school, and the five things you would bring. Those students are going to be the most prepared [for college] for sure."
Is your last name Zolp? Loyola College in Chicago awards one lucky Zolp a scholarship. "I think if you happen to have that last name and don't go to that college, it's a little irresponsible, you're just passing up free money," Fortenbury says.
All people have brain abnormalities, but people with migraines are more likely to have ones similar to tiny strokes, a study finds. That's particularly true for people who have migraines with aura. The changes may explain why people with migraines have a higher risk of stroke.
President Obama said while the military has explored a wide range of options, he is considering a "limited narrow act" that involves no boots on the ground.
We look at a few stories making the rounds that examine what U.S. options are for a strike against the Damascus regime and what might follow such an attack.
Thomas Perez was confirmed as U.S. Labor Secretary about six weeks ago. Job growth has been slow, and unemployment levels remain stagnant around 7.4 percent.
"I speak to a lot of business owners who are trying to hire," Perez says. "They want to hire, and the most frequent thing I hear from them is 'all too many people come in through the door don't have the skills necessary to do the job that I need to do.'"
Last month, the U.S. economy added about 160,000 jobs to the workforce.
"I think that the economy is slowly and steadily growing, but I think the preisdent is the first person that'll tell you that we need to do more. We have to pick up the pace," says Perez. "There is so much more that can be done to grow the economy, including passing immigration reform, including investing in skills, including investnig in infrastructure."
"We talk a lot about the budget deficit, and I'll note that the budget deficit has been going down in the past 12 months significantly. But [what] we also have to do is talk about the skills deficit. We have to make sure that [for] the jobs of tomorrow, that people have the skills to do them. I think the Department of Labor can play a critically-important role as the quarterback of a demand-driven, very nimble workforce development system, where we work with community colleges, with employers, to understand what their needs are, and to help train workers. If you look at industrialized nations across the globe, we are near the bottom in terms of the public-sector investment in skills. As we're going to compete in the global economy, we need to understand that context."
The company may be best known for washers and dryers, but retail lending has been a cash cow for GE for decades. If you’ve signed up for one of those store credit cards -- the ones that offer special deals -- there’s a good chance you’ve borrowed money from GE Capital.
But now, according to Daniel Holland, an equity analyst with Morningstar, GE wants to focus on its industrial products, like jet engines, wind turbines and health care equipment. He says it’s harder to be in the credit business in these days of financial reform.
“To the extent that GE can kind of just keep reducing the size of that business, it makes it less and less important for the Treasury to pay attention to,” he says.
And the federal government is paying attention. Industry analyst Brian Langenberg says GE’s finance arm is so big, it’s being regulated like a bank.
“It just means more rules and it has made the credit card business less attractive as a part of GE,” he says.
Heavy investment in credit seems like a riskier bet post-financial crisis, Langenberg says. And with the economy on the rebound, now is a good time to sell that part of the company.
"But it’s not so easy to get out of what was a $650 billion financial services business,” Winoker says.
Still, Langenberg says, stockholders want what he calls a “simpler story” about GE.
“Most investors either want to buy an industrial company or they want to buy a financial services company,” he says. “They don’t want to buy it in one piece.”
Investors may soon have a chance to buy a piece of GE Capital. Analysts expect the company to begin offloading parts of its credit business in an initial public offering, perhaps early next year.
About 9 million American adults have taken sleeping pills in the past month. Their popularity generally increases with age and is highest among people 80 and older.
During an address at the State Department, Secretary of State John Kerry called on the American people to "read for themselves" the evidence the U.S. has.
Wall Street recorded its worst month since May 2012 -- and the markets were especially volatile during Secretary of State John Kerry's speech about Syria.
"People like to blame it on Syria -- it's not just Syria," says CNBC's John Carney. "We have a lot of obstacles coming up in the future: Probably the debt ceiling is the big fight coming up."
"The thing that was very interesting that happened today is after Kerry's very belligerent speech, the oil price did not spike up very much after that, and a lot of people think that that's because realistically, Syria directly does not have a big impact on oil prices. It export a lot of oil, it has some oil it produces domestically," Carney adds. "Also, the U.S. is producing a lot more energy domestically so it may not have the same spike effect that we've seen in past Middle East conflicts. We may actually be on secure grounds right now."
"Certainly there are plenty of things to worry about going forward, domestically as well as internationally," says The New York Times' Catherine Rampell.
One concern with international markets is that the Federal Reserve might be looking to ease off quantitative easing.
"Fed policy has helped keep a lot of funding going to these developing nations, to these emerging markets, and there's this threat that there's going to be a lot of money coming out of them going forward, which could hurt their currencies, and has been encouraging them to raise interest rates to have those higher yields to attract foreign funds," says Rampell.
And we've got your long Labor Day weekend #longreads from the Wrappers themselves.
From John Carney:
- A deeply informative discussion about our National Security state. Goes way beyond the headlines: A Conversation with General Michael V. Hayden.
- Too Big for Comfort: Why we need to break up the banks. James Pethokoukis makes the case for breaking up the banks from a conservative perspective. Why are we still having this discussion and not doing anything?
- Have we over-criminalized white-collar crime? In a piece about Raj Rajartnam I show that we're unduly harsh on frauds and insider traders.
Chosen by Catherine Rampell:
Faced with a lack of Trader Joe's stores, Canadian shoppers turned to Pirate Joe's, a grocery stocked with products bought across the border. In response, the big chain filed a lawsuit. Shop owner Mike Hallatt says he would happily shut down — if Trader Joe's went north.
President Obama is finding it challeging to win international backing for a strike on Syria. France and Turkey are two countries that favor a military response.
The NFL has reached a tentative agreement with 4,500 retired professional football players over claims that the league hid what it knew about the dangers over head injuries. Retired players and their families will receive $765 million over the next 20 years.
As the world waits for what are expected to be U.S. missile strikes on military targets inside Syria in coming days, Secretary of State John Kerry made the Obama administration's case for holding the Syrian leader accountable.
The National Football League has agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in a settlement over concussion-related injuries. But the league also denies any wrongdoing. So is it a victory for the players? The Barbershop guys weigh in.
Host Michel Martin and editor Ammad Omar crack open the listener inbox for backtalk. This week, listeners tweet about online activism, and education.
Russell Moore is considered the public face of Evangelical Christians, as the new leader of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. Moore speaks with host Michel Martin about what it will take to bridge the racial gap in the Church and deal with some hot-button topics like immigration and abortion.
As Americans debate military intervention, the UN's refugee agency has warned that Syria could be on the 'verge of the abyss.' Host Michel Martin discusses the millions of Syrians who have been displaced by the conflict with Dr. Zaher Sahloul, president of the Syrian American Medical Society, and Rima Kamal, the Red Cross' spokesperson in Damascus.
The dangers of texting while driving have been a growing legal issue for some time. But what about sending a text to a driver when you know that person is on the road? A ruling this week in a New Jersey Appeals Court could have implications on whether someone can be held responsible for that kind of texting. The specific case involved two texting teens and an older couple who were injured while riding on their motorcycle. Two judges of a the three-judge panel ruled that you don't have to be the one in the driver's seat to be open to legal action. Tom Zambito, a court reporter at The Star Ledger, explains the ruling.