Was it fair or foul that first baseman Prince Fielder took a nacho chip from an unsuspecting fan during Thursday's game? Check out the amusing scene and Fielder's comments afterward.
Ahead of next week's opening of the U.N.'s general assembly, where he and other leaders will address the world, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is continuing what some have called a charm offensive.
The security company USIS is facing a litany of questions from Congress following the Navy Yard mass shooting. USIS is the federal contractor that vetted both Edward Snowden and the suspected Navy Yard shooter, Aaron Alexis. There are a lot of private companies that do background checks on employees, but that is just the first step in preventing violence in the workplace.
When mass shootings happen in the workplace, whether it’s a government or private employer the question of liability is always raised.
“One of the key issues of liability has to do with what did you know, when did you know it and what did you do about it,” says Dr. Larry Barton, an instructor of threat assessment at the FBI.
In the case of Navy Yard shooting, the government knew that Alexis had an arrest record, a history of mental illness and his coworkers reportedly said he held grudges over very minor issues.
These should have been warning signs. To prevent violence employers have to go beyond just background checks says Dan Murphy, the founder of the company Violence Prevention Strategies.
“There must be an employee, as well as supervisory and management, awareness as to what warning signs are indicators of violence or violent activity,” says Murphy.
The next step is to provide help for those employees who show signs of mental instability.
“The vast majority of people who are involved in these cases are basically good people who have had life issues, professional issues, personal issues and are on a downward spiral,” he says.
Murphy says that if warning signs lead to intervention, many of these shootings can be prevented.
We get all kinds of questions about retirement, but this one intrigued us. Sarah lives in Los Angeles. She wanted to know if gifting a retirement account to her boyfriend for his 30th birthday was a good idea... or just plain "mean."
"He and I have very different financial habits and I'm worried that he will take it the wrong way," says Sarah, who is 26. "I'm worried that it's kind of a mean gift to say: 'Hey, you just turned 30. You should think about retirement.'"
Sarah says her boyfriend has a job and works full-time at a company, however his employer doesn't offer retirement accounts with matching contributions and so her boyfriend says it's not worth it to save money with the company. Sarah isn't saving for retirement either. She's younger, but she recently depleted her savings to spend on living expenses to attend graduate school full-time -- and she's planning on taking out student loans to help with tuition.
We asked Jill Schlesinger, personal finance expert and CBS News business analyst, to weigh in.
"I actually think that the gift of a retirement plan is a lovely idea and it's not mean, it's totally awesome, but you're not in a position to make any sort of huge gift," says Schlesinger. "Frankly, as my friend would say, it would fry my onions if you were putting money into his retirement and he wasn't."
Sarah recognizes that her own financial situation isn't ideal, but says she's done some research and found a retirement plan through her credit union that can be opened with just $500 as a starting contribution. Would that be too much? Schlesinger says yes.
"The best gift you could give him right now is to sit him down in front of his computer and enroll him in his 401(k)," Schlesinger suggests. "You get paid a dollar and some portion of that dollar you can choose to put into a 401(k) and the money that goes into a 401(k) does not get taxed. So, there's a dual benefit. The amount of your taxable income is starting to drop and as a result, your tax bill will go down. Number two, you're socking money away into an investment at age 30 that you hopefully won't touch for 30 or 40 years," says Schlesinger.A guide to U.S. retirement accounts
Sarah will have to figure out another gift for boyfriend. He collects vinyl records and DJs as a hobby. Have any ideas for her? Leave a comment below if so.
And for more of Jill Schlesinger's advice -- including whether to pay off student debt before starting a retirement account and what options there are for saving when your company doesn't offer retirement plans -- click on the audio player above.
In what's thought to have been a gang-related incident, someone opened fire on a group of people in a park. The 3-year-old is in critical condition after a bullet struck his head.
For many high school upperclassmen, fall is a time to get serious about college. There are scholarships to apply for, essays to write, and schools to visit. One high school student thinking a lot about college is Rebecca, a 16-year-old junior from Cleveland, Miss. In August, we spoke with Rebecca and her mother, Catherine, about how they planned to pay for college. It was a conversation they hadn't had before. They spent Labor Day weekend having barbecue ribs and talking financial aid.
"We talked about why we chose to take on the debt for Sarah's education at Tulane," says Catherine, referring to her older daughter. "It was a choice we made that we knew that we were going to have to do this for her to go to this school that she wanted to go to and that was so good for her."Catherine says taking out loans to pay for Sarah's education was "good debt," considering the career path she'd like to take -- becoming a pharmacist. At this point, Rebecca is still unsure about what she would major in. She says that before talking about pursuing higher education with her family over the Labor Day weekend, she hadn't really thought about college. One point that came up during the discussion: going to school locally to save on money.
"I'm not sure that that is something that I would want to do, to stay so close to home when there are so many places that I could go," says Rebecca.
Catherine says in hindsight she wishes Sarah had gone to a local school first, instead of spending four years at Tulane. Both Catherine and Rebecca say that they don't want to carry a lot of debt after graduating from college.
"It's almost overwhelming to think of how many options that we all have," says Rebecca.
But starting the college conversation has created a new perspective.
"Rebecca was all excited about her school ring and we had to send in the deposit, which we did. We sent it in and she went and they met with the representative and he filled out all the papers about what she had ordered online. And then we get this text from Rebecca that says: OMG, the amount of the ring is going to be this much and that's way too much! And so she all of a sudden became very conscious and she told them to call them and tell them that she didn't need that big of a ring," says Catherine. "She's starting to be aware that maybe a little bit of excessiveness is not necessary."
Do you worry about how you're going to pay for college or pay off your loans? Write to us or leave a comment.