Minnesota banks rethinking overdraft fees Leading banks in the the Twin Cities and nationwide are taking action to curtail overdraft charges due to political pressure from Congress and the threat of federal mandates on how much banks can charge.6:50 a.m.
Mobile phones increasingly disrupting artistic performances Actor Hugh Jackman caused a stir on Broadway recently during the play, " A Steady Rain." An audience member's cell phone went off mid-show, and Jackman stopped his performance to chastise the offender. It's just the latest example of bad etiquette during arts events.8:25 a.m.
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Poll: Public Says Voice Not Heard In Health Debate
A new poll by NPR, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard school of Public Health says while lawmakers bicker and deal, the public feels largely shut out. Despite public support, the Senate Finance Committee voted down the public option Tuesday.
Obama And Big Health: Who's Co-Opting Whom?
In the still-evolving health care overhaul effort, are the doctors, pharmaceutical industry and insurers winning, by negotiating good deals for themselves? Or is this a success for the administration, because these groups are still in the game?
Senate Unveils Plan To Reduce Emissions
California Sen. Barbara Boxer unveils a bill to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent to help slow climate change. The plan uses a cap and trade system and would rework the nation's energy economy.
Defense Bill Ladened With Earmarks
President Obama has promised to clean up the so-called earmarking process that allows lawmakers to insert pet projects into government spending bills. Despite the president's call for change, the defense bill that's making its way through the Senate still sets aside billions of dollars for projects the military says it doesn't need.
Detroit's 'Count Days' Entices Student Attendance
A lucky student in the Detroit Public Schools system will win a 42-inch flat-screen TV. It's one of many prizes administrators use to help increase attendance. Wednesday is one of two so-called "count days" in Michigan — the day enrollment numbers are tallied and sent to the state to determine funding.
Iran To Sit Down With Six World Powers In Geneva
When Iran talks about its nuclear program Thursday, it will face six other world powers at the table. Former Ambassador Nicholas Burns was the State Department's top negotiator on Iran during the final years of the Bush Administration. He talks with Steve Inskeep about what some of the key participants want out of the negotiations.
White House Ponders Afghan Troop Levels
A critical status report by Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who leads the Afghan war effort, has the White House reconsidering its options. A leaked portion of the report says the mission is in trouble and U.S. commanders believe they need more troops to have a chance at success. The Obama administration faces difficult decisions.
Toyota Issues Huge Recall Over Accelerator Risk
Toyota is recalling 3.8 million million vehicles in the U.S. It comes after reports of crashes due to uncontrolled acceleration. Toyota has identified the problem as an unsecured floormat that can jam the accelerator pedal. It's advising customers to remove the floormats from eight different Toyota and Lexus models manufactured in the last six years, including the Camry and the Prius.
Recent Bank Failures Too Much For FDIC
Federal regulators say the rash of bank failures that are depleting the deposit insurance fund will likely cost about $100 billion over the next four years. To shore up the fund, the FDIC board has voted to require banks to prepay three years worth of premiums. The banking industry is generally supporting the proposal.
Interactive TV Allows Viewers To Shop Remotely
A new TV advertising service will give viewers the ability to get information, coupons and free samples without leaving the couch. Optimum Select invites viewers to hit a button on their remote controls to learn more about advertised products.