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No April Fool's Joke: Samoa Air Charges Passengers By Weight

The airline says it's a fairer system that saves some passengers money. The news comes just days after an economist in Norway argued that charging passengers by weight would benefit them in the long run.
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Adam Grant: "Give and Take"

A Wharton school professor re-examines what it takes to succeed and finds many misconceptions. What we can learn from people who are both extremely giving and extremely successful.


In Spain, A Mattress That Lets Your Money Rest Easy

A bed company is selling a mattress that has an armored safe hidden in one end for people who may be wary of Spain's troubled banking system.

The Hidden Limitations Of Health Savings Accounts

In order to get the tax advantages of a health savings account, the health plan it's linked to has to meet several certain criteria. Consumers with a health savings account may also be on the hook for the entire cost of medical care, except preventive care.

Fannie Mae Posts Record Profit; Paid Taxpayers $11.6 Billion In 2012

The mortgage giant needed a $116 billion bailout from the federal government after the housing bubble burst in 2007. As housing recovers, it's been able to put money back into Treasury's coffers.
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Hybla Valley Walmart Agrees To Lock Down Shopping Carts

Little Hunting Creek in Fairfax County has been plagued by all kinds of trash, including a number of discarded Walmart shopping carts. Local residents may, however, have finally gotten through to the big-box retailer.


Economic Success Transforms Germany Into Europe's Political Powerhouse

Steve Inskeep talks to Zanny Minton Beddoes, of The Economist, about the long-term impact of the Cyprus crisis on European economies. Beddoes offers the view from Germany. That country is now turning its attention to its own general elections in September.

Budget Cuts Silence Some Air Traffic Control Towers

David Greene talks to Yvette Aehle, director of the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport, about her plans to shut down the airport's air traffic control tower. Because of sequestration, the FAA will no longer pay for air traffic controllers at 144 smaller airports.

There's A Spike In H1B Visa Applications

Monday marked the start of the application period for H1B visas — those are the work permits granted to 85,000 skilled foreigners each year. Many of them work in the high-tech industry. And for the first time since the financial crisis hit in 2008, the quotas for the H1B are expected to be filled in a single week.