The day is coming when you'll be able to program a machine to have freshly made pancakes when you stumble out of bed. The Los Angeles Times reports scientists are making progress on 3D food printing machines. The printers work by spitting out liquified materials and building up the product in layers.
French bank stocks have plummeted, and stocks across Europe are down sharply. A major concern is the possibility of a credit rating downgrade for France's top banks. Reports say Moody's Investors Service may cut its rating on major banks in the country because of their exposure to Greek government debt.
In Mississippi, the largest project under construction is the Port of Gulfport, which is using some $500 million in statewide recovery funds from Hurricane Katrina. The state calls it a critical resource, but some residents hit hard by Katrina fear they won't see the benefits.
Lauren Manning was one of the few employees of her firm to survive the attacks on the World Trade Center, but suffered massive burn injuries. She credits her will to survive to the memory of her colleagues. "I took absolute personal responsibility that they wouldn't get another one," she says.
It's a common refrain in the Republican presidential field: The U.S. has the second-highest corporate tax rate in the world. At 35 percent, that's true — on paper. Some corporations take advantage of complex international tax loopholes to pay almost no corporate taxes at all.
The president held a campaign-style event in Richmond, Va., on Friday to sell his American Jobs Act as a much-needed shot in the arm for a still struggling economy. Calling himself "an eternal optimist," Obama said he still believes Congress can come together around a plan like the one he's proposed.
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