Retailers' loyalty programs popular with consumers It seems that virtually every retailer has a program to reward loyal customers, and most shoppers eagerly sign up, looking to save money wherever and whenever they can. Target, Cub Foods and Best Buy all say it's rewarding for their shareholders to reward their customers.7:25 a.m.
Minnesota flu season could be severe Kris Ehresmann, director of infectious disease epidemiology at the Minnesota Department of Health, discussed the situation with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.8:25 a.m.
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House Approves 'Fiscal Cliff' Measure
The House has followed the Senate, and passed a bipartisan compromise that permanently prevents tax rates from rising on household income below $450,000. It also puts deep spending cuts on hold until March. At the White House, President Obama hailed its passage.
How Good Is The World's Most Expensive Fighter Jet?
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the newest fighter plane set to enter the U.S. arsenal. The versatile, high-tech jet is supposed to help three military branches modernize their aging fleet of aircraft. It's in the skies now, but is still dogged with technical problems and questions about its high price tag.
Ed Sheeran: All Pluses, No Minuses
After several years spent releasing his own music and booking his own tours, the British singer-songwriter now has a Grammy nomination and an opening spot on Taylor Swift's U.S. tour.
Mosquito Maven Takes Bites For Malaria Research
A scientist in Thailand raises mosquito colonies so she can study a new malaria drug. The insects are quite spoiled — they'll eat only live human blood. So she feeds them "breakfast" each day from her right arm.
Pete Stark, Health Policy Warrior, Leaves A Long Legacy
The California congressman lost his seat this fall. Stark has been part of almost every piece of health legislation enacted while he was in office. The 113th Congress will be the first one in 40 years to convene without him as a member.
FTC Offers $50,000 Reward To Help Stop Robocalls
The Federal Trade Commission receives more than 200,000 complaints a month about phone solicitations offering everything from lower credit card interest rates to new products. The commission is offering $50,000 to whoever can come up with a way to block them.
Congress Extends Earned Income Tax Credit
The 'fiscal cliff' deal passed by both houses of Congress provides a five-year extension of the earned income tax credit — an important one for lower income families. It also extended the child tax credit.
Big Project In Vermont Banks On Immigrant Investors
A development project in a remote area of northeast Vermont is one of the largest in the country to bring in funds using the federal EB-5 immigrant investor program. It allows qualified foreigners who invest $500,000, and create at least 10 American jobs, to get green cards.
Butterfinger Celebrates 90ish Birthday
The peanut butter and chocolate candy bar has designated 2013 as its 90-ish birthday. While there's a trademark document that dates back to 1928, officials believe the candy bar was first promoted in 1923. The Curtiss Candy Company, which was based in Chicago, made Butterfinger and also the Baby Ruth candy bar. They're both now made by Nestle.