The skulls, often collected from abandoned cemeteries, are blessed at chapel each year and revered as objects of devotion.
There are two sides to the ill-fated rollout of the Affordable Care Act. The big one, the one we've all been hearing about, is the front end -- the website. The bigger one, quite possibly, is the back end. It's the plumbing of actually making sure people and their policies get matched up at insurance companies and at doctors offices.
Robert Laszewski is president of the health care consulting firm Health Policy Strategy and Associates in Washington. He says that the troubles Americans are facing trying to sign up on Healthcare.gov are about to get bigger.
"The bad news is that only a few enrollments are coming through to each insurance company a day -- 10, 15, 20 enrollments. The good news is that's so few they can actually spend the time cleaning them up and getting them right. The risk here is if the government opens up the front door before the backdoor is fixed, and now thousands of enrollments start coming in every day (and) some significant percentage are bad, they're not going to be able to handle it."
In December, the satirical news source will stop publishing print editions and shift to being all-digital. Milwaukee Public Radio calls today "a sad day for the sarcastic among us."
Rumors that a major Obama bundler bankrolled an effort to sink the Republican gubernatorial nominee in Virginia appear to be exaggerated.
Goodbye to the era of the dropbox, the blue-and-yellow membership card, and the bag of movies you might fight over on the couch.
"I'm never surprised when brick and mortar stores go out of business these day," said Mike Gottlieb, who was renting movies at a Blockbuster in Fair Lawn, N.J. “Because there's so many alternatives on the internet."
Indeed, the number of people watching DVDs on any weeknight has dropped by a third in just four years. At the same time, DVR playback at home has grown. Three times as many people now watch DVR playback as DVDs, according to research from Horizon Media.
Blockbuster has been declining for several years and filed for bankruptcy in 2010. Still, it kept several retail stores.
"You know when you close a store, it costs money,” said David Strasser, a managing director at Janney Capital Markets. "Getting things out of the store marking down inventory, just doing all the things to leave that store flat, status quo can sometimes just last a long time."
Other companies have also hung on in a weakened state before closing their stores for good. Linens n’ Things, Circuit City, and Borders Books all suffered similar fates.
Analyst Michael Pachter said retailers selling just one thing are facing an uphill battle in the internet age.
"There's really no reason for specialty retail," he said "unless they offer something you can't get elsewhere."
The weather and demand from China are driving prices up. But how do you say the word pecan? NPR's Melissa Block gets answers from a pecan farmer and a linguistics expert.
Dish Network announced this week that it will shutter the 300 or so remaining Blockbuster stores it owns across the country. But in some places, dozens of the video stores will have an unlikely afterlife.
For more than a century, French law has allowed stores to open on Sundays only under specific conditions. It also tightly controls other types of Sunday work. Several stores are now challenging that ban, as people question the tradition amid a languishing economy and a 24/7 world.