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Even In A Desert, Drought Spells Trouble For Ranchers

Northern Nevada is feeling the wide-ranging effects of the drought. With grazing land diminishing and feed prices soaring, the cattle industry is reeling.

Marching Into Spring, Realtors' Hopes Rise

Economists say strong home sales this spring could drive job creation, as well as boost personal wealth and consumer confidence.

A Picket Line At The Oscars: Visual-Effects Artists To Protest

For the second year, hundreds of visual-effects workers will be protesting instead of celebrating Hollywood's big night. They say subsidies luring studios abroad are draining the profession.

Bill That Bans Undercover Filming At Farms Enacted In Idaho

Idaho's governor signs a bill criminalizing the act of secretly filming animal abuse at agricultural facilities. The bill was introduced after an undercover video emerged of abuse at a dairy farm.

'Peak Salmon' May Be Unlikely, But Threats To Farmed Salmon Loom

Some speculate that overfishing of the small fish fed to farmed salmon led to the all-time high prices seen in 2013. But Norwegian salmon experts say the bigger threat to the farmed fish is disease.
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Phone Rates For Inmates

New FCC rules capping rates for interstate phone calls to and from prisons went into effect recently. We speak to prisoner advocates and telecom companies about the change.


Why The 'Non-GMO' Label Is Organic's Frenemy

Non-genetically modified farming is not organic. It's a whole lot cheaper and essentially uses conventional farming techniques. But some consumers think they're the same thing.

Will President's Initiative Be A 'Game-Changer' For Young Men Of Color?

"My Brother's Keeper" is a new White House initiative designed to help young men of color succeed. Law professor Paul Butler and youth advocate Malik Washington discuss the president's new plan.

Economy Grew Less Than Thought As 2013 Came To A Close

Consumer spending wasn't as strong in the fourth quarter as first estimated. So, it's now thought that GDP grew at a 2.4 percent annual rate, not the earlier estimate of 3.2 percent.

MtGox Files For Bankruptcy; Nearly $500M Of Bitcoins Lost

The bitcoin exchange says it was hacked. Investors likely have little chance of getting their money — real or virtual — back.