A German brewers association is seeking UNESCO World Heritage status for a 500-year-old law that dictates how to make beer. The brewers argue that the law ensures purity in German beers. But others say the law is from a bygone era.
A German brewers association is seeking UNESCO World Heritage status for a 500-year-old law that dictates how to make beer. The brewers argue the law ensures purity in German beers. But others say the law is from a bygone era.
Employees at Silicon Valley companies such as Apple, Google and Facebook are highly paid and enjoy a wide range of perks on the job. The security guards who watch over their workplaces earn around $16 an hour, a tough wage to get by on in the high-priced San Francisco Bay Area.
Employees at Silicon Valley companies such as Apple, Google and Facebook are highly paid and enjoy a wide range of perks on the job. The security guards who watch over their workplaces earn around $16 an hour, a tough wage to get by on in the high priced San Francisco Bay Area.
It became the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy. Its former mayor was sentenced to 28 years in prison. And a TV personality compared it to Chernobyl. But a new year is on the horizon, and for some parts of Detroit, things are looking up. Really.
These days, with salary caps and benevolent socialism, if a team has wise management, it has a chance, observes Frank Deford — even if it's a franchise in an itsy-bitsy market. That's a big change from when the leagues were invariably dominated by dynasties.
Many can't afford to buy the fresh produce that grows all around them, and some areas that grow enormous amounts of produce are among the highest in the nation when it comes to food insecurity.
The two winning Mega Millions tickets were sold in California and Georgia, lottery officials said Wednesday. The $636 million jackpot was the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.
A study in the U.K. reaffirms a view of our galaxy held in the 1950s that was later challenged by images from the Spitzer Space Telescope.
Congress got a jolt Tuesday when three House members announced they will step down at the end of their terms, creating 2014 pickup opportunities for both parties.
Jobs, for pretty much any age group, aren't all that much of a problem in North Dakota. Tens of thousands of people have flooded the small towns out there to work in the oil fields. In fact, jobs are so prevelant in the state that Elsie Ejismekw has two of them. During the day she drives a truck, and in the evenings she drives a cab. An elderly mother of five, she says after her divorce, she left her life in Illinois behind to start a new one in a North Dakota town called Watford City.
"I went through a divorce and we had a five bedroom house that we had to sell and the market was so low on it and I just wanted a fresh start."
Marketplace is airing a series of Todd's vignettes of people and scenes from the boom region.
Todd Melby's series, "Black Gold Boom," is an initiative of Prairie Public and the Association for Independents in Radio.
With low prices, consumers feel less pain at the gas pump and the grocery store. But superlow inflation often means workers don't see big raises. And it can hurt the economy because consumers hold off purchases, thinking prices will drop some more.
Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah was facing a tough re-election fight in his heavily conservative district. In 2012, he barely won, defeating Republican Mia Love by fewer than 800 votes.
Au. Bling. Gilt.
No matter what you call it, the mention of gold brings a certain sparkle to the eye of most of us. But how and why did gold become the basis for much of the global economy?
Our every-now-and-then contributor Justin Rowlatt from the BBC has been working on a series called Elementary Business all about the chemical elements that make the economy go 'round. He says gold, despite being the "most charismatic of all elements," is actually quite boring.
"It's quite easy to see of the 118 elements there are in the periodic table, why many of them just simply wouldn't be suitable for currency. For example, a gaseous currency? It's never going to be that good is it? I mean, carrying around little vials of colorless gas will make it pretty hard to establish what you've got. Then you've got all these reactive elements. You don't want an explosive currency. So it turns out the fact that gold is so uninteresting is one of the reasons why it's so useful."
Drugmakers learned long ago that deputized doctors are effective pitchmen. A doctor's dinner speech or chat over lunch with colleagues can go a long way toward changing his or her colleagues' prescribing habits. But increasing scrutiny has led to a reconsideration of the practice.
Finite rental stock and the latest tech boom are combining to squeeze a lot of San Franciscans out of their homes. One Bay Area writer explains how it's not the same as the last time around.
The spacewalks are to repair a bad valve in a pump that has caused problems with the station's cooling system.
Colorado and Washington state are setting up legalized marijuana markets, and advocates are celebrating. But there are signs of discontent. Even a founder of a marijuana legalization group says there's a possibility of a popular backlash.
Despite the fact that Merkel will be governing along with her rivals, not much is expected to change in regards to Germany's policy on the eurozone.
Two decades ago, labor unions warned that the North American Free Trade Agreement would drive away U.S. jobs and push wages down. Today, unions feel as strongly as ever that NAFTA was a mistake for U.S. workers, but quantifying the factors behind the decline in the middle class is no simple matter.