As bees perish in large numbers, a search for causes and solutions Across the nation, large numbers of bees -- about one-third of colonies each year -- have been dying for the past six years. Scientists believe the cause is a combination of pesticides, disease and poor nutrition, and some are concerned the annual bee losses are unsustainable. As soon as this year, some warn, there might not be enough bees to pollinate some crops.8:40 a.m.
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In Damascus, A View Of Syria's War Turned Inside Out
There's fear and frustration in the capital, but even people who acknowledge President Bashar Assad's flaws often grimly hope for the rebels to go away: They believe the government's description of the rebels as terrorists and foreigners out to destroy the country.
Searching For Veterans On Alaska's Remote Edges
Twenty-two million Americans served in the military, but the vast majority are from the Vietnam and Korea generations. They're getting older now, and many live in rural, sometimes remote places like Alaska, where reaching them to connect them with their benefits is difficult.
Why Healthful Vending Machines Might Hurt The Blind
Blind entrepreneurs who own vending machines are worried that legislative mandates to replace junk food with more healthful items will impact their business. In Oregon, the vendors are collaborating with health officials to find a happy medium.
Hearing Aids: A Luxury Good For Many Seniors
High costs and minimal insurance coverage may be keeping adults out of the hearing aid market. Private companies are trying to lower prices by selling the devices directly online, but specialists warn that comes with its own costs.
Bausch + Lomb Sold; Investors Seek To Buy Club Med
Valeant Pharmaceuticals says it will pay $8.7 billion to buy Bausch + Lomb, one of the world's best-known makers of contact lenses. And Club Med has received a $700 million buyout offer from Chinese investors.
How Code For America's Apps Benefit Kansas City
Code for America, a new nonprofit out of San Francisco, is building apps to make cities work better for citizens. One of its apps often cuts down the normal time it would take to find something — for example, property research in the treasurer's office.
Girl Scout Troops Look To Sell Real Estate
Citing lower attendance and increased maintenance costs, Girl Scout groups across the country say their camps have cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars. The proposed closures have outraged many Scouts and troop leaders, who say the camps are a central part of the Scouting experience.
Alimony Till Death Do Us Part? Nay, Say Some Ex-Spouses
A year after Massachusetts ended lifetime alimony, groups in a number of states are pushing similar legislation. They say alimony laws are outdated, based on a time when most women didn't work. But family lawyers say the proposals would punish those who've sacrificed their own career to help a spouse advance.