With Drilling Stopped, La. Workers Fear Job Losses
Louisiana residents and oil industry officials say the six-month moratorium will idle not only rig crews, but also thousands of workers at companies providing services for the rigs -- from caterers to heavy mud vendors. The loss of income could ripple through the regional economy and the national economy.
Scientists: Dispersants Compounded Oil Spill
Scientists are gathering more and more data on what they believe are huge plumes of oily water thousands of feet below the surface in the Gulf of Mexico. The evidence raises fears about the fate of creatures that live in the dark, mysterious environment near the gushing well.
The Man Bankrolling California's Pot Initiative
Richard Lee, who has created a multimillion-dollar empire in Oakland, Calif., largely off of medicinal pot, financed the expensive petition drive that put marijuana on the November ballot. He says legalizing pot for recreational use will help the police focus on "real sociopaths." His critics say he just wants to make money.
400 Marijuana Dispensaries To Close In Los Angeles
Law enforcement authorities in Los Angeles begin cracking down on the city's medical marijuana dispensaries Monday. Hundreds of dispensaries will be found noncompliant with new regulations aimed at putting some limits on this booming industry.
Tough Talk But Little Action Against North Korea
South Korea is in a standoff with North Korea. The South has formally asked the U.N. Security Council to consider the case of the North Korean torpedo attack on its naval ship in March. The U.S. and South Korea have postponed naval maneuvers but South Korean and U.S. officials concede there is little else they can do.
Want To Get Faster, Smarter? Sleep 10 Hours
Two new studies show that getting more sleep at night can improve everything from a football player's 40-yard dash time to a preschooler's vocabulary and math skills. The results are the latest in a growing body of research that highlights the perks of getting a good night's sleep.
100 Years Ago, Exercise Was Blended Into Daily Life
More than half of Americans are couch potatoes -- people who routinely get less than 30 minutes a day of exercise. An amazing fact of modern life is that we don't have to move around to do anything. Researchers say 100 years ago, people got five times more exercise every day, just in the course of daily living.
Foreign Stock Prices Begin Week Lower
International stock markets tumbled Monday, dragged down by weak U.S. employment figures and fresh fears that Europe's debt crisis is spreading to Hungary.
AT&T Institutes Wireless Data Cap
AT&T has a new pricing plan for iPhone and iPad users. It changes the way the phone company has charged people for downloading data from their mobile devices. Matt Buchanan, of the technology blog Gizmodo.com, talks to Steve Inskeep about AT&T's pricing shift, which could influence other companies.
Experian Looks For New Band To Promote Site
Experian had a band to promote its previous site FreeCreditReport.com. Now it's looking for a new band to promote its new site FreeCreditScore.Com. Experian is sponsoring a contest to find the band.