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Proposed Payday Industry Regulations Must Strike Delicate Balance
The federal government is moving to reign in the payday loan industry, which critics say traps consumers in a damaging cycle of debt. A look at the possible effects of proposed regulations.
How Singapore Became One Of The Richest Places On Earth
The founder of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, used both free-market principles and strong central planning to transform the tiny former British colony into an economic powerhouse.
Cheez Whiz Helped Spread Processed Foods. Will It Be Squeezed Out?
Turns out, the history of Kraft's dull-orange cheese spread says a lot about the processed food industry — and where it might be headed as Kraft and Heinz merge.
Not Just Sugary-Sweet, Hard Cider Makes A Comeback
Cider is the fastest-growing alcoholic beverage in the United States. Much of that growth is driven by big industrial producers, but smaller cider-makers are looking for a larger bite of the apple.
Nostalgic Cars: Sour Automotive Fruit Of Cuban Embargo Gets New Life
In Havana, Cuba, the old cars that crowd the streets used to symbolize a stagnant nation. Now enterprising Cubans have begun renting cars out to tourists who are hungry for the cars of their youth.
Yemen's Turmoil Sparks Big Swings In The Global Oil Market
Yemen is minor producer of crude oil but controls a strategic energy waterway. More than 3.8 million barrels a day pass through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait at the southern entrance to the Red Sea.
Did That Restaurant Pass Its Health Inspection? Now Yelp Will Tell You
You might not see health inspection information until you're opening a restaurant's door. But if you're in San Francisco and some other cities, you'll see it when you check out an eatery's Yelp page.
Airlines Worldwide Rush To Adopt '2-Person' Cockpit Rule
In the wake of the apparently deliberate crash of a German airliner, carriers in Europe, the Middle East and Asia say they will emulate a U.S. rule requiring two people in the cockpit at all times.
Senate Follows House In Passing GOP Budget Blueprint
Working into Friday's pre-dawn hours, senators approved the measure by a near party-line 52-46 vote, endorsing a budget that closely follows one the House passed Wednesday.
Evaluating Whether It's Time To Cut The Cord
Several big media companies recently announced new ways to bring TV over the Internet. For example, HBO's streaming service, Sony's PlayStation Vue and a rumored service from Apple.
Examining Right-To-Work Laws Impact On Income And Economic Growth
aired a piece about right-to-work laws in Kentucky. To clarify some assertions made in the piece, Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, of the Brookings Institution.
Was Your Seafood Caught By Slaves? AP Uncovers Unsavory Trade
Some of the seafood that winds up in American grocery stores, in restaurants, even in cat food may have been caught by Burmese slaves, a yearlong investigation by The Associated Press finds.
Police Departments Open Up 'Safe Lots' For Craigslist Transactions
Several crimes around the U.S. have been tied to the website's in-person transactions. So police departments are offering up their parking lots to provide a secure space for buying and selling stuff.
Think Nobody Wants To Buy Ugly Fruits And Veggies? Think Again
As much as a third of the produce grown on some farms is rejected because it doesn't meet beauty standards. But it's still tasty and healthy. One big firm is now telling growers: Give us your uglies.
Did You Place Your Bet? March Madness Betting Could Surpass Superbowl
The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans will bet $9 billion over the course of this year's March Madness tournament, more than double what they bet on the Super Bowl.
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A Father-Daughter Team Remakes 'Jurassic Park' In Lego Form
Michigan State, Duke Join Kentucky, Wisconsin In The Men's Final Four
Searching For Buried Treasure In China, A Writer Discovers Himself
A Recovering Addict's Story In Her Own Words
President Obama Speaks in Birmingham
Capitol Journal Update: Supreme Court Decision Causes Concern
Heroin in Alabama: Handling Heroin In The Courts
ArcLight Stories: Birmingham's own true stories
Heroin in Alabama: Naloxone Access Bill
John Archibald: UAB's Football Decision May Have Been Made Earlier
Heroin in Alabama: How Law Enforcement Is Fighting The Heroin Problem
Kyle Whitmire: Obama To Speak On Payday Lending
Interview: Wye Oak
Heroin in Alabama: Preventing Addiction In Schools
Heroin in Alabama: Fighting Heroin Abuse and Overdose Deaths
The City Of Saint Jude
Governor Bentley Signs Charter School Bill Into Law
INTERVIEW: US Secretary Of Education Arne Duncan
John Archibald: An Impasse Over UAB Football
Birmingham Chosen For Pilot Program To Strengthen Relationship Between Community and Law Enforcement
Kyle Whitmire: Diluting The Birmingham Water Works Board
Issues and Ales: Heroin in Alabama
Magic City Marketplace: A Snapshot of the Convention and Event Businesss
Capitol Journal Update: Same-Sex Marriage, Charter Schools and the Electric Chair
John Archibald: Leaving the Birmingham Schools Behind
Nick Patterson: Alabama Middle School Students Visit Selma
Kyle Whitmire: Selma Boos Bentley and Remembering Gene Edelman
INTERVIEW: Recovering Heroin Addict Brad Blount On A Dark Time, And How He Escaped It
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