Isaac isn't expected to grow beyond a Category 1 hurricane and that's easing some concerns it could damage oil and gas refineries along the Gulf Coast. Still, several have shut down operations and will probably be off line for a few days. Depending on Isaac's severity, analysts say gasoline prices could go up by about 10 cents or so in the coming weeks.
For voters living in swing sates, the barrage of political ads has already been unprecedented. Now there is an app, Ad Hawk, that can help you figure out who's paying for all those ads. it works similarly to Shazam, a smartphone app that can identify songs.
If you work in an office in India, lunch might travel through a complex network of kitchens, bicycle deliverymen and train stations before ending up on your desk. Dabba wallahs have been delivering meals for a century, but over the years, lunchbox fare has changed dramatically.
Two decades of peace — an anomaly in the turbulent Horn of Africa — are paying off for Somaliland, Somalia's secessionist northwestern enclave. Although not officially recognized as an independent nation, Somaliland is attracting investors, including a $17 million Coca-Cola bottling plant.
Reusuable take-out box service is the latest effort to "green" Portland's growing food truck scene. GO Box founder Laura Weiss estimates the year-old service has already prevented 10,000 disposable boxes from entering the waste stream.
During the last convention season, the U.S. was facing a frightening moment in its economic history. Home sales were shutting down, employers were slashing payrolls, and financial institutions were lurching toward chaos. Host Michel Martin talks with NPR's Marilyn Geewax about how the economic outlook has changed in the last four years.
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