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'SimCity' to return next year, in 3D

Mar 8, 2012
The first "SimCity" came out 23 years ago. But a new version will debut next year. How will it fare in the competitive gaming market?
Posted In: games, computers, sim city

Steven Van Zandt extended interview: Available online only

Mar 7, 2012
Listen to more of our interview with the actor/musician, now starring in the Netflix original series, "Lilyhammer."
Posted In: television, Music, Netflx, Steven Van Zandt

PODCAST: Super Tuesday wrap-up, Netflix reverses roles

Mar 7, 2012
Super Tuesday wrapped up last night, and the economy once again emerged as the leading issue of that election day. In Washington state, emergency rooms are struggling with Medicaid payment plans. A federal jury in Texas has convicted Allen Stanford of defrauding investors to the tune of $7 billion in a Ponzi scheme. And actor Steven Van Zandt tells about about the current state of television.

PODCAST: The Oreo's centennial, gas prices (slightly) lower

Mar 6, 2012
Super Tuesday is upon us, but even candidates who are cash-rich thanks to super PACs weren't able to get on the ballot in some states. NFL investigators met yesterday with a former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator, who has apologized for running a bounty scheme that rewarded players for injuring opponents. China's announcement that its economy will have slower days ahead set global markets into a tizzy yesterday; investors are now worried dark days are ahead for everyone else, too.

The value of learning a foreign language

Mar 6, 2012
New data shows that Europeans are rushing to learn German as the country remains the strongest in the European Union. Do language trends always follow the money?
Posted In: Education, German, foreign language

PODCAST: China's predicted growth, BP's big settlement

Mar 5, 2012
President Obama has proposed giving the IRS an 8 percent budget boost in the hopes of bringing in more revenue to the government. We're just a day away from Super Tuesday, when voters in 10 states will choose who they want the Republican presidential nominee to be. The city of St. Louis is trying to get control of its police department back from the state of Missouri. And today, the L.A. Times will follow in the footsteps of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal by starting to charge to access some of the paper online.

The American road trip's modern appeal

Mar 5, 2012
25 percent of men and 33 percent of women want to drive across the country at least once in their lifetime.
Posted In: Travel, car, travel costs

Dollar coins vs. dollar bills: The debate

Mar 2, 2012
All morning long we've been asking for your opinion on coins vs. bills following our interview with Senator Tom Harkin on the subject.
Posted In: coins, dollar

PODCAST: Full 'throttling,' the rental market boom

Mar 2, 2012
A mild winter in many parts of the country has helped some businesses, like construction, while at the same time hurting others. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa explains why we should get rid of the dollar bill once and for all. Russians will vote on Sunday in the country's presidential election and late tonight, United and Continental airlines are merging -- their reservation systems.

How the wait window is hurting productivity

Mar 1, 2012
Waiting around for something to get delivered during a four-hour window can be a frustrating experience -- and it's hurting worker productivity. Some businesses are trying to cut the window by two hours.
Posted In: productivity

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