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Meet Viv, A More Complex Siri

Steve Inskeep talks to Steven Levy about his story in Wired magazine on the new app created by a team of people that includes the developers of Siri and IBM's Watson.

In Time Of Drought, Arizona's Alfalfa Exports Are Criticized

As the West moves more into a record-setting drought, many are taking a look at how water gets used. Alfalfa grown with Colorado River water is a case study of how and why water gets used as it does.

Craft Brewers Tweak N.C. Water To Match Western Mountain Flavor

Several craft beer makers from the western U.S. are setting up operations in the East. But producing there means they must tinker with local water so the beer tastes the same wherever it's brewed.

Why Is There No Drug To Treat Ebola?

Three companies are working to develop a drug that can battle Ebola. The free market has not produced a solution — a situation the U.S. government has been trying to correct.

Ice Bucket Challenge Sweeps Across Social Media

Friends of a college baseball player diagnosed with ALS use the challenge to make others aware of the disease. Post a video of yourself pouring icy water on your head; challenge others to do the same.

Digital Currencies Such As Bitcoin Compared To The Wild West

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau warns of volatile exchange rates, possible exposure to hackers, and the fact that, unlike hard currency, Bitcoin isn't backed by the federal government.

Internet Sales Threaten Shopping Mall Culture

Detroit created the car culture and the shopping mall exists because of that culture. But the shopping mall is partly responsible for Detroit's downfall. Now, the mall is threatened by the Internet.

Teaching Swim Lessons Keeps Young Woman's Budget Afloat

Alexis Powers, who lives in Atlanta, recently graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in anthropology. She doesn't have a 9-to-5 job and is hustling to help support herself.

Standoff Paralyzes New England Grocery Chain, Hurts Customers

Worker protests have brought business to a standstill, forcing managers to tell thousands of part-time employees to stay home. Workers demand the return of their ousted CEO.

Barneys Agrees To Settlement Over Racial Profiling Allegations

The retailer will pay a fine of $525,000 in connection to charges that its flagship store in New York was disproportionately suspecting black and Hispanics of credit card fraud and shoplifting.