California's small producers of tomatoes, grapes and other crops are increasingly taking up dry farming, which involves growing crops without watering them for months. The technique, which obviously saves water, can produce more flavorful crops.
U.S. authorities are pressing JPMorgan Chase to settle lawsuits over bonds backed by subprime mortgages, according to a report. The Federal Housing Finance Agency is looking in the range of $6 billion to settle those suits.
Vermonters may not have believed their eyes when they saw this magazine headline: Autumn In Arizona & Why It's Better Here Than It Is In Vermont." Arizona Highways made the claim for that states fall colors. The publisher says the story was an effort to show that Arizona isn't just desert
The wildfire near Yosemite National Park has scorched more than 180,000 acres since it erupted on Aug. 17. Renee Montagne talks to Corinna Loh, whose family owns the Iron Door Saloon in Grovedale, Calif. She has lost two homes to the Rim Fire and is struggling to keep her business open.
Retailing giant Wal-Mart has announced it will extend comprehensive medical benefits to domestic and legally married same-sex partners beginning next year. Wal-Mart is the single biggest U.S. employer outside of the federal government.
Yahoo has redesign some of its major sites — the latest step in CEO Marissa Mayer's dramatic turnaround of the Internet company. Before Mayer interviewed for the job at Yahoo, her career at Google appeared to have stalled. Renee Montagne discusses this with Nicholas Carlson, who wrote a profile of Mayer for the news website Business Insider.
It's been a good year for Tesla Motors and its Model S luxury sedan in California, where Tesla is selling more cars than Porsche, Jaguar, Lincoln, or Buick. In 2013, the company has sold 4,714 cars in the state, according to the California New Car Dealers Association.
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