Japan's quake - Most Commented

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U.S. corporations donate millions for Japan relief efforts

Mar 15, 2011
More than $50 million has been promised to Japan in what will likely be the largest relief response since the 2004 Southeast Asian tsunami.
Posted In: Charity

In Japan: Fear of the unknown

Mar 15, 2011
Mixed messages over nuclear threat create uncertainty and panic; some citizens flee.

Iodide pill is hot commodity as nuclear concerns escalate

Mar 15, 2011
Fires at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have caused a run on potassium iodide tablets, one method of protection from exposure to radiation. But many are finding the tablets hard to come by.
Posted In: Health

Elevated radiation levels cause alarm in Tokyo

Mar 15, 2011
With reports of record radiation levels in Tokyo, the government is asking city residents to stay calm. But some are fleeing to safer locations.

Undersea cables damaged after Japanese quake

Mar 15, 2011
Dozens of cables connecting Japan to the U.S. and mainland Asia were affected by the quake.

Earthquake in Japan jolts global supply chain

Mar 14, 2011
The disaster in Japan could have a huge impact on industrial production of products like semi-conductors and other electronic components.

Japan earthquake: The aftermath

Mar 14, 2011
As the Japanese deal with the wreckage of Friday's disaster, survivors face the threat of dwindling food and fuel supplies.

Japanese nuclear disaster felt around the world

Mar 14, 2011
Even with the scope of the disaster uncertain, its effects are already altering global energy plans. Markets react.

How would the U.S. fare in a 8.9 magnitude earthquake?

Mar 14, 2011
As the world watches the disaster in Japan unfold, Barry Scanlon, president of the emergency preparedness firm Witt Associates, explains how the U.S. would handle an earthquake similar to Japan's.

Investors flee to safety after disaster in Japan

Mar 14, 2011
Julia Coronado, chief economist with BNP Paribas, explains how the disaster in Japan will shift global economics, and how U.S. debt becomes a "save-haven asset."
Posted In: Investing

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Food stamps turns 50 this year.  Since the program was written in to law, it's become one of those government programs that gets a lot of attention from politicians on both the left and the right -- especially recently.  The program has been growing furiously in the last 15 years -- one in seven Americans is on food stamps today. That's more than twice what the rate was in 2000.  Some of that can be explained by changing eligibility requirements and job-losses during the recession. But the fastest growing group of food stamp participants in the last few decades are people who have jobs and work full year-round.  And that suggests a deeper new reality. Even once the recession is fully behind us, could increased use of food stamps driven by low-wage jobs be a permanent fixture of the American economy?