One possible proposal in President Obama's budget would change the way Medicare patients pay for their care. It's been floated as a possible bipartisan compromise, but it's an idea with a long, controversial and unsuccessful history.
April Fool's Day was one week ago — but an elaborate hoax targeting Pastor Joel Osteen gained wide attention Monday, after those behind the hoax used Twitter, YouTube, and other social media to spread spurious claims that the pastor had renounced his faith and would close his huge Texas church.
Appliance manufacturer Electrolux closed its Webster City, Iowa, plant in 2011. Now, the retraining programs for former workers are wrapping up, and the town of 8,000 is bracing for the true impact of the closure. It's a familiar story for many former manufacturing towns across the Midwest.
Residents in Memphis, Tenn., are thrilled that Swedish appliance giant Electrolux is opening a new factory there this year. The company plans to employ 1,200 people at the new, high-tech facility. But in Webster, Iowa, an Electrolux plant closure in 2011 has left the local economy reeling.
The writing may be on the wall for cursive handwriting. With a growing number of schools opting not to teach cursive, it may be on its way to becoming a disappearing art. So one New Jersey grandmother is making sure her grandson's schoolmates know how to loop their Ls and curl their Qs.
In a trial to determine who and what is to blame for the Gulf oil spill of 2010, oil giant BP called its first defense witness on Monday. All Things Considered host Audie Cornish talks with NPR's Jeff Brady, who is watching the trial in New Orleans.
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