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.
Visa, MasterCard and some of the largest banks in the country have agreed to pay more than $6 billion to settle a lawsuit that claimed they conspired to fix credit card payment fees. The suit was brought on behalf of seven million merchants. The agreement could have wide-ranging implications for retailers and consumers. Steve Henn talks to Melissa Block.
Apple is rejoining a widely used registry of environmentally friendly electronic devices. The surprise move comes after the company received harsh public criticism for turning its back on its green environmental image.
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