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This Drought's No Dry Run: Lessons Of The Dust Bowl

This summer's dry weather is drawing comparisons to the droughts of the 1950s and even the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s. Technology and techniques developed from those hard times is helping to save some of today's crops, but there's no substitute for water.

Obama, Romney Each Read Jobs Numbers Differently

President Obama focused on the millions of jobs that have been created in the past 2 1/2 years. His Republican challenger Mitt Romney stressed the unemployment rate, which rose to 8.3 percent. With the economy seemingly in a holding pattern, analysts wonder if the numbers will sway voters.

Experts Fear Whooping Cough Vaccine's Shield Is 'Waning'

A study from Australia finds that the current vaccine for whooping cough wanes more quickly than expected, which may be helping to fuel the epidemic that's been plaguing the West Coast of the U.S.

Episode 392: Keeping The Biggest Secret In The U.S. Economy

How the federal agency that compiles the monthly jobs report makes sure it doesn't leak.

Not Always Clear Who's Funding Politics-Related Ads

The presidential campaign air war is already being waged to the tune of $20 million a week. Republican Mitt Romney is benefiting from millions of dollars in ads by so-called social welfare organizations, tax-exempt groups that don't have to disclose their donors.

Despite Jobs Added, U.S. Unemployment Rose In July

Employers added 163,000 jobs to the U.S. economy in July — the biggest amount since February. However, the unemployment rate ticked up to 8.3 percent.

New York Officials: Breast Milk May Be Best 'Formula'

New York City officials hope an initiative will help more new moms choose breast-feeding over baby formula. Some critics are sour on the idea, urging the government to stand back and not create another layer of pressure to already-anxious new parents.