The breakup announced late Sunday dissolves MSNBC.com, the final shred of a 16-year marriage between Microsoft Corp. and NBC News, which is now owned by Comcast Corp. The relationship began to unwind in 2005 when Microsoft sold its stake in MSNBC's cable TV channel to NBC.
In the past 10 years, bucking bulls have become a major industry. The price of the best bloodlines can soar to a quarter of a million dollars, and competitions take place everywhere from Wyoming to Madison Square Garden.
A new report links some extreme weather events to climate change, but greenhouse gas emissions have been declining in recent years. In part, the decrease might be attributed to the change from coal to natural gas for energy production, but that too has its critics, and draws concerns over potential environmental impact.
Yuma, Ariz., along the Mexican border, has the country's highest jobless rate, at 28.9 percent — more than three times the national rate. Bismarck, N.D., has the lowest rate, at just 2.5 percent. Both communities are struggling with the realities of those economic extremes.
For decades, coal represented half of the nation's electricity generation, but it dropped to only 34 percent in March. Technological breakthroughs in fracking have led to a gas boom that's caused prices to plummet, and now hundreds of coal miners are being laid off as the nation shifts away from the oldest and most plentiful source of electricity in the U.S.
Credit card companies Visa and MasterCard along with major banks have agreed to pay several billion dollars to settle a lawsuit brought by retailers. The deal is one of the largest anti-trust settlements in history. The retailers claimed that Visa, MasterCard and the banks conspired to fix the fees that stores pay to accept credit and debit cards. NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports.
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