U.S. government is buying up $300-million sugar glut

The government has over-promoted sugar production. So now it's buying up useless harvests and selling them at losses to biofuel makers.


Salmonella breaks out around U.S. as feds stay home

As more than 100 people have been sickened by antibiotic-proof salmonella, 30 federal food-safety workers are ordered back on the job.

Climate & Energy

Federal shutdown freezes Antarctic science, other research

America's Antarctic researchers could be forced to stay home this year because of the federal government shutdown. And they aren't the only scientists affected.

Climate & Energy

Exxon demolishing homes ruined by its Mayflower spill

In the Arkansas town where an Exxon pipeline burst earlier this year, the oil giant is now buying up homes and razing them.

Business & Technology

Wind turbine blade manufacturer hiring at whirlwind rate

A global giant in the niche world of wind turbine blade manufacturing expects to employ 1,200 at its American factories next year. That's up from a workforce of 350 in April.


Splitsville for Obama and his chief climate adviser

Obama's climate czar is leaving the White House. Heather Zichal's announcement comes just months after she finished crafting the president's new climate plan.


Thousands of Minneapolis bees killed by pesticides

The bees buzzed around like they were drunk. Lab tests show they were poisoned by household pesticides.

Climate & Energy

Abandoned Russian farmland soaks up 50 million tons of carbon every year

Farmers abandoned 1 million acres of farmland after the USSR collapsed, creating what might be the world's biggest human-made carbon sink.

Climate & Energy

Walleye move in to a warming Lake Superior

Lake Superior's warming waters make it prime territory for popular sport fish like the walleye -- and for invasive nightmares like the lamprey.