What's next for the detained hikers in Iran? University of Minnesota anthropology professor William Beeman talked with All Things Considered about the situation of the three detained Americans that will be tried in Iranian court.5:24 p.m.
Obama To Bankers: Increase Lending
President Obama met Monday with the nation's biggest bankers, hoping to jawbone them into providing more small-business loans. Previous administration efforts to boost credit have not yet paid off, and cash-starved business owners are growing impatient.
Do Banks Owe Taxpayers More Than TARP Funds?
President Obama said Monday that U.S. banks that received bailout funds from taxpayers must help rebuild the economy. Do banks owe U.S. taxpayers anything beyond repayment of money borrowed from the Troubles Assets Relief Program? Alex Pollock, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, and Robert Shapiro, chairman of the economic advisory firm Sonecon, offer their insight.
Exxon Announces $31B Deal To Buy XTO Energy
Exxon Mobil is betting big on natural gas, announcing Monday it is buying XTO Energy for about $30 billion in stock. XTO is a major player in developing so-called unconventional natural gas resources, including gas trapped in shale rock formations.
This Year, Smart Phones Are Holiday Must-Have
Every year there is a new gadget that everyone must have: last year, GPS units were hot. This year, it's the turn of smart phones. Omar Gallaga, technology-culture reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, shares information on smart phones and other gifts.
New Tool Takes Better Business Bureau Seal Online
Spending online this holiday season is expected to break records. Although shopping on the Internet has become more convenient, it can still be tough to determine which businesses to trust. A new Web tool from the Better Business Bureau is designed to help.
Groups Say 22M Bush-Era E-Mails Recovered
It appears that 22 million e-mail messages from the Bush administration have been restored, as part of an extensive recovery effort associated with several lawsuits. The Bush White House had blamed a faulty electronic-archiving system for the lost e-mails.
Senate Democrats Split On Prescription Drug Imports
Democrats are split on a proposed amendment to the health care overhaul bill that would allow pharmacies and wholesalers to import lower-cost drugs from overseas. Supporters say it will save consumers billions of dollars. Opponents raise safety concerns — and fears that it could blow up the entire bill.
Los Angeles Aims To Close Some Pot Dispensaries
The city of Los Angeles is home to nearly 1,000 medical marijuana dispensaries. Its desired target is fewer than 100, so the city wants to close hundreds of existing pot storefronts and create tougher guidelines on where other dispensaries can locate.
Alan Cheuse's Book Picks To Warm A Winter's Night
Book reviewer Alan Cheuse selects the highlights of this holiday season: futuristic dystopias; things that go bump in the night; portraits from Norman Rockwell's America; gay New York; a celebration of our immigrant adventures; one writer's journey to manhood; and, of course, Long John Silver.
Climate Change Poses Threat To Colombian Coast
Climate scientists say Colombia's glaciers could disappear within 15 years. Wet highland areas that provide much of the country's fresh water are getting warmer and drier. And each year, flooding becomes more severe. The coastal area of Tumaco has become an example of how environmental and security pressures are undermining previously stable communities.