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Overweight cops suffer criticism in Britain

Mar 16, 2012
The cliche that cops like to eat doughnuts might be true in the U.K., where police officers could soon feet their unhealthy ways reflected in their paycheck.
Posted In: Britain, police, obesity

U.S. challenges China in WTO over rare earth restrictions

Mar 13, 2012
The Obama administration is taking China to the World Trade Organization saying it's not playing fair with those crucial raw materials.
Posted In: China, rare earth minerals

The international perspective on U.S. unemployment

Mar 9, 2012
Last month, the jobless rate was 8.3 percent in the U.S. The new number comes out this morning, and we aren't the only ones watching.
Posted In: Unemployment, Jobs

Investors face deadline to prevent Greek default

Mar 8, 2012
Private bond holders have until this afternoon to decide if they'll take major losses on their investments in order to keep Greece out of a messy default, and avoid another global crisis.
Posted In: euro, Greece, investors, Europe debt crisis

China's slowing growth rate not meeting expectations

Mar 5, 2012
Premier Wen Jiabao of China announced that growth would be only 7.5 percent, a number that falls below what is considered a critical growth rate for keeping the Chinese population happy.
Posted In: China, economic growth, export

North Korea agrees to end nuclear program for food aid

Mar 1, 2012
North Korea has reached a deal with the U.S. to suspend its nuclear program in exchange for U.S. food aid. Because of sanctions, the U.S. hasn't sent food to North Korea since 2009, despite reports of significant malnutrition in the country.
Posted In: North Korea

A look inside the Fukushima nuclear plant

Feb 29, 2012
The BBC's Roland Buerk is one of the few foreign journalists who has been allowed inside the Fukushima nuclear power station that melted down after the earthquake in Japan last year. He describes the atmosphere, and the steps for the future.
Posted In: Japan, Fukushima, nuclear

How James Murdoch's resignation affects British media

Feb 29, 2012
James Murdoch, son of Rupert, has stepped down as chairman of News International. The resignation distances him from the newspaper arm of the business, which is a major part of British media.
Posted In: News Corp., James Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch

Some German tax experts to volunteer advice to Greece

Feb 27, 2012
Some volunteer tax experts from Germany want to head to Greece for a series of tax collection workshops to help Greece increase its revenue, but Greek tax officials aren't happy with the idea.
Posted In: Greece, Germany, Greek debt

Michael Jordan defends his name against Chinese company

Feb 24, 2012
Basketball star Michael Jordan is suing a Chinese company that makes sportswear. He says Qiodan is using his name without permission, and has filed suit in a Chinese court.
Posted In: China, Michael Jordan, copyright

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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?