Mayor Rob Ford is accused in a lawsuit of conspiring with others to have a former family friend beaten up. Meanwhile, pop star Justin Bieber has appeared in the city to face charges related to an alleged assult on a limo driver.
Think about what freedom means to you at work. If you've got an old fashioned boss, does it seem like a foreign concept? Or do you want more autonomy, more independence?
The firm LRN has been surveying companies to see how free they are. While freedom may not be a concept you associate with business, LRN CEO Dov Seidman explains it this way:
“Business, after all, is about free enterprise. And we’ve looked into, in fact, how free is free enterprise and surprisingly, business is still more shackled than free, and successful companies are flattening. People are more free to contribute their character, ideas and free to innovate. And those who can harness that kind of freedom are the ones that are winning. But 50 percent of companies still show very low levels of such freedom.”
To hear Lizzie O'Leary's interview with Dov Seidman, click the audio player above.
Nearly 700 passengers and crew fell ill aboard the MS Explorer of the Seas — more people than any other cruise ship monitored by the CDC in the past two decades.
Cuba is trying to lure foreign investment with a multi-million dollar shipping port. The $957 million overhaul of the port of Mariel, in west Havana, is being financed by Brazil, and is in the heart of a special economic development zone. The BBC's Sarah Rainsford in Cuba says the upgrade of the port is the biggest project there for many years. Click the audio player above to hear her story.
Over the past several months, some 3 million Americans have bought health insurance through a state or federal exchanges. According to a new report out this morning from PricewaterhouseCoopers, contrary to many initial concerns, consumers might actually be getting a pretty good deal.
PWC’s Ceci Connolly says the average premium on an exchange is lower than the average premium of an employer-sponsored health plan, and that when the exchanges opened in October, there was concern these new products might be flimsy and expensive.
“That’s one of the misperceptions out there. That somehow they are barebones or you are not really getting adequate medical insurance,” she says.
Connolly says even when you factor in all the out-of-pocket costs, the average top tier gold and platinum plans are similar to employer ones.
And that’s just how insurers want it.
“They see an opportunity to capture new customers. We believe part of the strategy was to be competitive,” she says.
But Matt Eyles with Avalere Health says there is an important difference between employer and exchange plans. “One of the big ways insurers have achieved this is by having a more limited choice or narrower network of providers,” he says.
Restricting doctor choice is a key way insurers keep costs down.
Eyles says if exchanges do well, he can imagine the 156 million people who get insurance at work may one day find themselves shopping on private exchanges a lot like the public ones.
The nation's gross domestic product grew at a 3.2 percent annual rate, according to a preliminary estimate. That's solid growth and follows an even stronger third quarter. But claims for unemployment insurance rose last week.
The Cronut is old news. A Chicago restaurant offers the latest doughnut hybridization: an impossible mix of doughnut-fried sweetness and crumbly biscuitness.