Lots of kids get bullied, but they get over it, right? Many don't, a study says. Children who are involved in bullying are more likely to have serious health problems as adults. They also have trouble managing money, holding jobs and maintaining relationships.
California's crop of Hass avocados — those green fruit essential for guacamole — usually weigh a half-pound or more. But this year's avocados are the smallest in memory — some barely bigger than an egg.
California's crop of Hass avocados – those green fruit essential for guacamole – usually weigh a half-pound or more. But this year's avocados are the tiniest in memory – some barely bigger than an egg.
Oprah Winfrey may not have her daytime network TV show anymore, but that doesn't mean she's keeping quiet.
In media news parlance, Winfrey is stilling getting "the big gets," in terms of heavily sought-after interviews, most recently nabbing actress Lindsay Lohan for a revealing tell-all that aired Sunday night on OWN.
The interview was taped four days after Lohan was released from her latest stint in rehab.
Ratings for the exclusive interview have yet to be released, but they're expected to be big. Just back in January, the network got a 30 percent ratings boost from Winfrey's interview with cycling star Lance Armstrong, in which he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs to help him win races. About 3.2 million viewers tuned in, according to Nielsen.
Compared to Oprah's network heydays, though, these interview numbers are nothing. When Winfrey skewered "A Million Little Pieces" author James Frey on her show back in 2011 for being dishonest in his "memoir," the show got more than 8 million viewers.
And of course, Winfrey's couch was the one that Tom Cruise jumped on to profess his love for Katie Holmes in 2005.
Tom Cruise or not, Winfrey's OWN may finally be finding its footing.
Just last month, the Oprah Winfrey Network reported that it turned a profit in the previous quarter, partly in thanks to two Tyler Perry productions added to the network lineup.
The newest smartphones are abandoning both physical and on-screen buttons in favor of gestures. As with so much behavior change ushered in by technology, the change happens before we take wider notice.
The task force said the construction needs to withstand storms made stronger by climate change. It also recommends new standards for flood protection.
For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a dish that combines the magic of poutine with the magic of a brown bag lunch you ate a lot in second grade.
A multimillion-dollar deal to provide ski lifts for a resort in North Korea has been cancelled, after Switzerland's government decided the deal violated U.N. sanctions forbidding the export of luxury items to the country.
Knell joined NPR in December 2011. He came after the resignation of Vivian Schiller, who left after two high-profile controversies. Now he's moving to National Geographic for what he says is an opportunity "I could not turn down."
The SEC looks into whether JPMorgan bank hired the children of powerful Chinese leaders in an effort to win business.
Heritage Action for America and leading Republicans kick off town halls in nine cities as part of a “Defund Obamacare Tour" this week. But can the Affordable Care Act really be defunded?
And airlines endlessly try to engineer procedures to speed up boarding and reduce costly delays. A scientist thinks he has the solution.
It was only down for a few minutes, but a Google outage on Friday still has people talking about the global impact. The tech giant's search engine went down briefly along with a few other services. It's estimated the outage caused a nearly 40 percent drop in global Internet traffic.
Carl Franzen, reporter for The Verge, joins Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson to discuss. Click on the audio player above to hear more.
In a new approach, California is sending billions more to districts that serve disadvantaged students. Now, those districts have to figure out what works best to improve achievement.
Penguin Random House is known as a book publisher, but now they’re hoping to make a mark in TV. Their first foray? A food show. TV food shows are big, and cookbooks by show hosts like Emeril Lagasse do really well. Penguin Random House is trying to reverse that equation.
The book publisher's first TV production will be “Heartland Table” starring Amy Thielen. It’s set to air in September. After the show airs, the publisher will release her first book “The New Midwestern Table.”
“In a perfect world, these TV shows basically serve as infomercials for the book properties,” says Michael Norris, an analyst at Simba Information. He says book publishers need to look beyond the traditional formula of creating a best selling book and turning it into a movie or a TV series. Norris argues book publishers’ future depends on thinking of the value of their content first and then trying to spin it out onto as many media platforms as possible.
“It doesn’t matter what comes first the TV show or the book,” he says. And, he adds, let’s face it, books are getting less-and-less attention so publishers are smart to take put their content where it get the most eyeballs.
JPMorgan Chase has been in the headlines quite a lot lately. It's facing six federal investigations or lawsuits, and it's in line to unseat Bank of America as the U.S. bank with the most legal problems.
But the thing is, every few years, you get a set of headlines that go something like that.
"Legal Troubles Continue to Mount for (insert name of large financial institution here).”
So why JPMorgan? And why now?
“When a company falls within the sites of government, there tends to be the equivalent of what in football is referred to as ‘piling on,’” says Harvey Pitt, who knows a few things about federal investigations of big banks. He was the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission from 2001 to 2003.
“Once an entity comes under scrutiny, and people are looking at its records anyway, specific problems in other areas may come to attention,” Pitt says.
And as more potential problems come to light, the damage to a company’s reputation can snowball, which invites even more scrutiny, according to Georgetown Law professor Donald Langevoort, who also used to work for the SEC.
When it comes to laws governing big banks, Langevoort explains, the lines “between legality and illegality can be very fuzzy,” which means sometimes government regulators are “tempted to either give someone the benefit of the doubt or not.”
So, “when the company's reputation is flying high, you tend to give them the benefit of the doubt,” he says. “When the company's been dragged through a lot of scrutiny -- not so much.”
And what if, in the meantime, the CEO of the company has been vocally resisting federal regulation, as JPMorgan CEO Jaime Dimon has been doing in the last few years? Langvoort and Pitt both insist the government doesn't do investigations just out of spite.
Of course, “regulators are human beings,” says Pitt. “Having been one, I can tell you it’s true. And as human beings, they are subject to many of the same tendencies we all have.” So, Pitt argues, vocal corporate critics of the government “do draw attention to themselves -- and sometimes where there’s smoke, there may actually be fire.”
But, he cautions, “none of the regulators would dare bring any kind of action unless they felt there was a very substantial basis for the allegations.”
What’s the difference between a steer with Zilmax and a steer without? Just about 30 pounds.
“Cattle are similar to humans,” says Len Steiner, co-author of the Daily Livestock Report, “you keep eating and eventually you stop growing and you put on fat.”
Zilmax changes that. It’s like a get-buff drug for cattle. “Instead of putting on fat, they put on some additional muscle,” says Steiner. And we’re talking a whole lot of muscle on a whole lot of cattle.
Merck, which makes Zilmax, estimates that 70 percent of U.S. cattle sold to slaughterhouses are fed either Zilmax or a similar but less potent drug, Optaflexx.
Now, without Zilmax, feedlots are looking to switch fast.
Turns out there just aren’t that many untapped ways to beef up beef. “We already, in American agriculture and the cattle feeding industry, use all the available nutritional information that we have to maximize growth rate of cattle in the feed lot,” says Dan Schaffer, an animal sciences professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, “so there is nothing that is held back.”
A cattle industry without Zilmax will be a smaller-cattle industry. “We’re looking at a total of about a 1percent drop in nationwide beef production from this issue by itself,” says Rich Nelson from Allendale Inc.
Less beef equals higher prices. At least, slightly higher prices. “On a per pound basis we’re probably looking a maybe an increase of about one to three cents per pound,” Nelson estimates.
He says one thing to watch is just how much consumers care that these drugs go in to making their steak.
As Egyptian courts mull releasing deposed dictator Hosni Mubarak from prison, Egyptians are offered a reminder of a perhaps-not-so-bygone era of political repression. The military and the Muslim Brotherhood continue to clash over the reins of power in spectacularly bloody fashion.
The great irony given Egypt’s current condition is that it’s economy was actually doing alright before the Arab Spring. “It was talked about as the next emerging market,” says Isobel Coleman, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. “Mubarak put in place a number of economic reform that led to strong growth rates in the 5 6 7 percent range.”
The trouble at the time was that many people felt left out of that growth. The beneficiaries seemed to be linked to the military or the elite.
Things have gotten worse since the revolution, says Samer Shehata at the University of Oklahoma. Investment froze, “tourists were not coming back into the country, there were fuel shortages, prices had gone up, the Egytpian currency had deteriorated, bonds were downgraded.”
The tourism industry is particularly important as a source of jobs and foreign currency, which Egypt uses to import wheat. It’s the world’s largest wheat importer. “In 2010, Egypt had about 15 million tourists,” says Jon Alterman, head of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “Now I’d be surprised if they had half that.”
Add to that one of Egypt’s long-term economic problems: costly government subsidies on food and fuel that take up about a third of the annual budget. “It’s eating up such a large portion of government spending that it’s preventing the Egyptian government from investing in other more productive uses of its resources,” says CFR’s Coleman.
Massive increases in aid from Gulf countries have helped shore up the Egyptian economy.
Libya and Qatar have given billions during the Morsi regime, and after his fall Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates have stepped in with $12 billion in grants and concessionary loans,j says Coleman. But aid on that scale is not sustainable.
“Everyone knows what has to happen to help fix the Egyptian economy,” says Alterman at the CSIS. The subsidies have to be reduced, for starters. Other analysts point to a smothering bureaucracy and red tape that need reform in order to promote economic activity. “The problem with doing those things is not that people don’t know what to do, it’s that people don’t want to do it because it costs money it raises prices for the poor,” something for which there is little political will.
Alterman says it’s not impossible for Egypt to recover, but it will take years.
The law would make New Jersey and California the only two states to ban the therapy. Christie said he believes people are born gay.
The U.S. provides around $1.3 billion in annual aid to the Egyptian military. A good deal of that money actually goes to U.S. defense contractors that provide hardware and services for Egypt's army. Here's a list of the companies receiving the biggest contracts.
Emma Green Tregaro, the Swedish athlete who painted her fingernails the colors of a rainbow to support gay rights, has repainted her nails red, after track's governing body warned that her nails flouted its ban on political statements at events.
Alex Rodriguez isn't the most popular person in baseball. He's appealing a 211-game suspension for allegedly violating the game's rules on performance-enhancing drugs. Sunday, Boston pitcher Ryan Dempster sure seemed to be throwing at A-Rod — and he hit the Yankee. But Rodriguez had the last laugh.