Tougher GED prompts testing rush The GED diploma has helped high school dropouts for decades get into college or find a job. Earning that diploma, though, is about to get a lot harder. Starting Jan. 1, new exams will feature fewer multiple choice questions, more essays and tougher math problems.5:24 p.m.
New health insurance options coming to the Rochester area Insurance companies have stayed out of the Rochester market largely because Mayo sets prices in the region, and they're higher than anywhere else in Minnesota. Mayo officials say their costs are expensive because the clinic treats patients with complex illnesses.5:51 p.m.
Notices Canceling Health Insurance Leave Many On Edge
President Obama repeatedly said that anyone who likes their current health insurance policy would be able to keep it. But insurers have sent hundreds of thousands of cancellation notices to people who buy their own coverage — and some of them face significantly higher costs to get new policies under the Affordable Care Act.
Medicinal Laughs: Could 'Daily Show' Sour Millennials On ACA?
Jon Stewart's news-driven comedy show has mined many a joke from the Affordable Care Act's rocky rollout. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans spoke with All Things Considered's Audie Cornish about whether the mockery could have a real impact on younger viewers' responses to the health care law.
Police, Community Relations Strained After Teen's Death
In the Northern California town of Santa Rosa, a sheriff's deputy shot and killed a 13-year-old Latino boy holding a toy gun shaped like an assault rifle. Hundreds of protesters have marched to demand a transparent investigation into the case.
After Fire And Floods, Colo. Town Now Faces A Hospital Crisis
The small tourism-dependent community of Estes Park, Colo., had a tough tourist season this year due to fires, flooding and the government shutdown. The resulting tourism decrease has also affected the town's hospital, where the cost of keeping staffing at normal levels comes at a higher cost these days.
Fed, Citing A Still-Struggling Economy, Will Keep Buying Bonds
Federal Reserve policymakers wrapped up their two-day October meeting Wednesday by announcing that they will maintain the Fed's $85 billion per month bond purchase program. The central bank's statement said that conditions in the labor market have "improved" and inflation is modest. But, in explaining the decision to maintain the stimulus, the statement pointed to a slowing housing market and said that fiscal policy is "restraining economic growth."
Business Leader Sees Uncertainty, Increased Costs In Health Law
Against the backdrop of big uncertainties business are facing — everything from the future of fed policy and leadership and gridlock in Washington to the effects of Obamacare, inflation and unemployment — Robert Siegel talks with Pat Meyer, president and CEO of windows and doors maker Pella Corporation for an on-the-ground sense of how businesses see these uncertain economic times.
Texas' Voter ID Law Creates A Problem For Some Women
A strict voter ID law being tested in Texas is having unexpected consequences. It requires the name on voters' official ID to match with the name on their voter ID card. That's causing problems for some women, whose names changed because of marriage or divorce.
ACLU Report Questions 'Suspicious Activity' Reporting
The American Civil Liberties Union has obtained internal documents from the federal government's anti-terrorism programs — relying on "suspicious activity reports" — that suggest that state law enforcement officials and others have repeatedly questioned their value.