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A new resource for educators offers insights and guidance to support students dealing with the loss of a loved one.
Melissa Block speaks with Patrick O'Connor, political reporter for the Wall Street Journal about Mitt Romney telling donors he wants to run again for president in 2016.
Pennsylvania's worst-performing district would have all of its schools run by a private charter school company.
The remaining staff of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo are still planning to publish this week's issue, printing up three million copies.
In response to last year's Ferguson protests, President Obama created a blue-ribbon "Task Force on 21st Century Policing," to study the problems and recommend solutions. We hear some of the public's concerns from the task force's first public hearing in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.
Melissa Block talks to Sheryl Connelly, manager of global trends and "futuring" for the Ford Motor Company, from the Detroit Auto Show about the outlook for the auto industry and what consumers can expect in the coming years.
Just in time for the 5th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his allies have created a pre-presidential campaign organization that would've been impossible before Citizens United. A new political committee will pay for Bush's pre-announcement politicking and he can help a new superPAC raise unlimited money to promote him and his issues.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a subway train incident in Washington, D.C., on Monday afternoon that left one person dead and sent dozens of passengers to local hospitals. On Tuesday, the NTSB also announced its so-called "Most Wanted List" of safety fixes for this year.
Moshe Goldwaser's 9-year-old daughter goes to a Jewish day school in the Paris metro area. He talks to Audie Cornish about how he and his wife discussed what happened at the kosher market with their daughter and why they all feel reassured by the security provided by the French government.
Investigators are learning more about the men behind the recent attacks in Paris. They are still looking to see if there are connections to major terrorist groups overseas.
But Manuel Valls said the country wasn't at war with ordinary Muslims or their religion. His remarks came ahead of a 488-to-1 vote to reauthorize French airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq.
Among the nation’s largest employers, wellness programs are expected to double this year according to Towers Watson. These programs often use financial incentives and penalties to encourage workers to get healthy.
Many healthcare observers say there is little evidence this $6 billion worker wellness industry does much to improve health or save money.
So why then are employers flocking to something with little reliable data?
“We suspect that companies are making money on them, otherwise they wouldn’t make plans to increase the program,” says Jill Horwitz, a law professor at UCLA.
Horwitz says the challenge is to identify those employees who would benefit from help addressing their health problems.
In the meantime several lawsuits are challenging the legality of wellness programs as financial penalties against workers are climbing.
Aetna’s raising its minimum base pay to $16 an hour and improving its health benefits starting in April 2015. It's a massive raise for some workers, generally in customer service and billing positions.
But is this a sign that wages are preparing to rise for low income workers across the economy? Not necessarily.
Aetna, as a healthcare company, sees a future in which it is increasingly consumer facing. And yet, the turnover rate industry wide for customer service employees is around 30 percent. The company is investing to improve morale, reduce that turnover rate and attract high quality employees.