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Smart Phones, Hybrid Cars, and the Global Competition for "Rare Earth Elements"

Ninety percent of "rare earth elements" comes from China. We explore the science and politics of "critical materials" in advanced manufacturing...

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Your Turn: The Blurry Lines Dividing Theater & Journalism

In the wake of a recent controversy at the public radio show "This American Life," we explore the blurry lines between performance art and journalism.

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Lawmakers Continue Prince George's County Slots Discussion

One of the bills Maryland lawmakers are discussing today includes adding a slots casino in Prince George's County.

Some Backers Think What Ails Illinois Could Be Romney's Tonic On Tuesday

Illinois is in the worst fiscal shape of any state in the country. And that could be good news for Mitt Romney on Tuesday, when Illinois holds its primary, at least according to state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, who backs the former Massachusetts governor.

Why Are Some Countries Rich And Others Poor?

A new book called Why Nations Fail argues that a lot comes down to politics — not just laws, but also a country's norms.
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Betting on the Lottery

Americans spent $1.5 billion in the frenzy over last week’s Mega Millions lottery. When the dust cleared there were three winning tickets. Forty-three states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands participate in the...


Foreclosure Influx Causes Backlog In Some States

The rate at which foreclosures are processed varies widely depending on the state. In New York, for example, it's taking about three years on average, compared with three months in Texas. The difference often has to do with whether courts are overseeing the process.

Consumer Prices Rose 0.4 Percent Last Month; Factory Output Up 0.3 Percent

A spike in gasoline prices fueled the increase. The so-called core rate of inflation remained in check.
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Budget Picture Rosier In Montgomery County, At Least For Now

Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett released an ambitious budget for the next year that includes dozens of new positions and bonuses for county workers without raising taxes -- but things could change if Maryland foists teacher pension costs on counties.