Obama To Lay Out Plan For Immigration Overhaul
President Obama on Tuesday travels to El Paso, Texas, where he's expected to talk about immigration and his goals for legislation this year. The president is trying to push a plan that would include a path to legalizing undocumented workers.
Banks, Retailers In Lobbying Race Over Debit Fees
Retailers pay an interchange fee to banks every time you buy with your debit card. But new legislation is about to bring these swipe fees down, hurting bank revenues. So, retailers and banks have begun fighting over the rule — in the offices of lawmakers, and on the walls of subway cars.
Memphis Area Will Be Soggy For Some Time
The Mississippi River in Memphis, Tenn., is just a few inches below the record set in 1937. The surge of water continues to move southward and threatens to inundate parts of Mississippi and Louisiana.
Covert War With Iran: A 'Wilderness Of Mirrors'
In recent years, Iran has seen defections, assassinations of nuclear scientists and bombings in ethnic areas. Whether it's an orchestrated campaign or a set of unconnected acts is unknown, but there is no doubt it is contributing to the destabilizing of Iran's government.
Education Programs Assail 'U.S. News' Survey
Education reform advocates say many teacher preparation programs provide poor training. So a national organization is conducting a review of these programs to be published in U.S. News and World Report. But many education schools are opting out, saying they question the methodology.
Japan's Quandary: Where Can Quake Victims Live?
The government of Japan says it will take three years to clean up the debris left behind by the giant tsunami that washed over that country's northeast coast in March. An estimated 130,000 people either had their homes destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami, or were evacuated because of the radiation leaks at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Officials are struggling to build them temporary housing, in areas where there is little vacant land.
Volunteers Moved To Help In Earthquake Study
Volunteers across southern California are helping the U.S. Geological Survey keep track of seismic movement. Through the NetQuakes program, families are installing shoe-box sized sensors in their homes. These monitors measure ground movement and then send measurements to the USGS over the Internet.
Microsoft To Acquire Internet Phone Service Skype
The Internet phone service Skype will soon be part of Microsoft. The two companies' boards announced an agreement Tuesday in which Microsoft will buy Skype for $8.5 billion. This would be Microsoft's biggest acquisition ever.
High Demand, Low Supply Hikes Used Car Prices
Demand for used cars is up and so are the prices, according to a study by Kelly Blue Book. When the economy was really bad, car companies didn't produce as much. So now there are fewer 2008 and 2009 used cars.
In An Aging Nation, Making Stores Senior-Friendly
Pumping music, heavy doors and slippery floors are just a few things that make a store less inviting to senior citizens. As their sector is set to grow in the next decade, some retailers are starting to make spaces more welcoming to this consumer group.