Masses of plastic particles found in Great Lakes Already ravaged by toxic algae, invasive mussels and industrial pollution, the Great Lakes now confront another potential threat that few had even imagined until recently: untold millions of plastic litter bits, some visible only through a microscope.8:45 a.m.
With Smarter Cars, The Doors Are Open To Hacking Dangers
Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller have been hacking into products for a long time. But they don't steal stuff or mess with people; instead, their purpose is to pressure companies into making their products more secure. Their recent research on hacking cars has shown just how dangerous these kinds of attacks could be.
Notorious Mexican Drug Boss Wins Release From U.S. Prison
A best-selling book and a popular ballad have been written about Sandra Avila Beltran. The so-called Queen of the Pacific is Mexico's best-known female drug boss. She is notorious for her lavish lifestyle and love of cosmetic surgery. And soon she'll be heading home from a U.S. prison after winning her release in a plea deal.
BMW's Electric Car Cut From A Different Cloth
BMW has finally unveiled its electric car. When you think of the parts and engineering, you'll get that it's a BMW, but when it comes to the looks ... not so much, one auto analyst says.
Washington Landmarks Get Unwelcome Paint Job
Green paint has been showing up on historic landmarks in Washington, D.C. Now, a woman has been charged with defacing property after the Washington National Cathedral was splattered.
Montana's State-Run Free Clinic Sees Early Success
A year ago, Montana opened the nation's first clinic for free primary healthcare services to its state government employees. It was pitched as a way to improve employee health but faced political opposition. A year later, the state says the clinic is saving money and diagnosing a host of issues.
Pfizer Announces It's Splitting Up Its Drug Business
The world's largest drugmaker says it's planning on dividing its business into separate units for brand-name drugs and generics. The company's generics have a far lower profit margin than drugs protected by patents.
Regulators Near Settlement With JPMorgan Chase
Federal regulators are close to announcing a settlement with JPMorgan Chase. The bank was accused of manipulating prices in the U.S. energy market. It's not yet clear whether JPMorgan will be forced to admit wrongdoing.