Business & Technology


The food industry’s self-regulation is a spectacular failure

Rules that could help fend off food-borne illnesses are being held up at the White House.


Obama OKs first new oil refinery in 30 years three weeks before Election Day

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has given the thumbs-up to plans for a new oil refinery in North Dakota. Curious timing?

Climate & Energy

Shocker: Oil sheen over BP spill site is from BP spill

The Coast Guard says a new oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico is from the 2010 BP spill. How surprised are you? We were pretty surprised!

Climate & Energy

Obama administration slaps higher tariffs on Chinese solar panels

A trade skirmish over solar panels has pitted the U.S. against China, and divided the American solar industry, and become an election issue.


Amtrak ridership up as icy hand of budgetary death stays its touch yet again

More Americans than ever are riding Amtrak, a 49 percent increase over 2000.

Business & Technology

Amazon starts up site for green products, does not claim it will solve the world’s problems

When we're going to buy stuff, we want it to be as planet- and human-friendly as possible. But we don't want to be told to pat ourselves on the back just because we bought something made from bamboo.

Climate & Energy

Insurer: Hey, these climate-related disasters are getting expensive

Apparently the best way to get people to care about the changing climate is to make it cost them money.


Guess how many times the House voted for fossil fuels and against clean energy

Hint: a lot. A new report spells out the dirty details.

Business & Technology

Watch live as a guy freefalls from space

Felix Baumgartner is jumping out of a balloon in the stratosphere, and skydiving all the way to Earth.