Fiscal Cliff Cuts Could Hit Health Care Providers
The budget cuts set to take effect Jan. 1 were designed to be so draconian that they would force a long-term deal to trim the federal deficit. Scott Horsley talks to Robert Siegel about what budget cuts are likely to remain or be added in a deal to avert the fiscal cliff.
Smuggling In Southern California Up 30 Percent
A couple of high-profile incidents over the last week have increased attention on smuggling operations off the coast of California. Mexican cartels bring drugs and illegal immigrants up the coast of California in small fishing boats. Stiff border defenses are pushing the boats farther north.
E.U. Votes To Have A Single Regulator For Its Banks
European officials have taken a big step toward the banking union many analysts believe is necessary to vanquish the debt crisis. The E.U. approved a deal that brings most of the continent's banks under a single regulator. The plan for a single bank supervisor must still be approved by the European parliament.
New Logo At University Of California Causes Uproar
There is uproar over the newly designed logo for the University of California. Students and alumni around the state are up in arms, saying the new logo is ugly and simplistic and does not convey the heritage and prestige of the institution.
Future Of Retail May Involve Personalized Shopping
This week we are exploring the evolution of the American shopping experience. In the third installment in this series, Audie Cornish speaks with retail architect M.J. Munsell and retail consultant Bob Hetu about what shopping in the future will be like.
HSBC Critic: Too Big To Indict May Mean Too Big To Exist
The accusations against HSBC were harsh — that the bank laundered money for Mexican drug cartels and conducted transactions on behalf of Iran and other states tied to terrorism. So, why did federal authorities fine HSBC rather than pursue criminal charges?
A 'Hobbit,' Off On His Unhurried Journey
Peter Jackson takes his audience back to Middle-earth in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, set in a time before the Lord of the Rings films. NPR's Bob Mondello says that where the Rings films struggled with what to omit, The Hobbit labors to justify its three-hour running time.
A Sweet Bread, A Wash Basin And A Shot Of Whiskey
As part of All Things Considered's Found Recipes series, cookbook duo the Brass Sisters share a friend's memories of his mother's Portuguese Sweet Bread. Her tradition involved a big enamel basin, a nip of whiskey and a little prayer that the bread would turn out right.