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Sep 20, 2012

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The U.S. seafood catch hit a 17-year high last year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA, which has just come out with its annual report. When we think of foods that are safe to eat, rice is certainly up there. But Consumer Reports has just recommended that we limit our rice consumption. That's after tests found arsenic in over 60 rice products. And this week, Russian state media announced the existence of a 62-mile-wide diamond deposit in Eastern Siberia. But the big players in the diamond business aren't all that impressed.

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FDA studies arsenic found in rice products

Sep 19, 2012
Arsenic occurs naturally in soil, but also comes from manure and pesticides. Rice plants absorb higher levels of arsenic than other crops.

Diamond dealers shrug off "new" Russian mine

Sep 19, 2012
Analyst says recently declassified Russian diamond field poses little threat to prices.

The safest jobs in the U.S.

Sep 19, 2012
Today the U.S. government gives us a list of the most-dangerous jobs. What are the safest?

Trying to measure income inequality? Follow the trees

Sep 20, 2012
You can measure an area's income inequality in pay stubs, Census numbers and... its tree cover? Environmental writer Tim De Chant argues that sometimes you can't see a neighborhood's wealth for the trees.

U.S. fisheries floating on 17-year high

Sep 20, 2012
The U.S. seafood catch hit a 17-year high last year. All regions of the country are showing increases. That's according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which has just come out with its annual report.

Strike in India over big retail reforms

Sep 20, 2012
There is a huge strike going on this morning in India, as people protest against the government's decision to allow mega retailers like Walmart and Tesco into the country.

Do Americans want less government?

Sep 20, 2012
Mitt Romney and President Obama will be crisscrossing the state of Florida today. In recent weeks, one issue is becoming central to the campaign: Whether the government is over-regulating business.

Bank of America announces 16,000 layoffs

Sep 20, 2012
Bank of America is accelerating plans to cut costs by laying off workers. According to the Wall Street Journal, the bank has set a target of cutting 16,000 jobs by the end of this year -- about 6 percent of the bank's workforce.

Weekly jobless claims fall slightly last week

Sep 20, 2012
Last week claims for unemployment were down, but just a bit, by about 3,000.

A new way to measure income inequality

Sep 20, 2012
Environmental writer Tim De Chant says gauging income inequality is as simple as looking at a neighborhood's trees.

How Americans feel about the news media

Sep 20, 2012
Americans' faith in the news media has hit an all-time low in the history of Gallup polling.

PODCAST: Layoffs at BofA, protests in India

Sep 20, 2012
The U.S. seafood catch hit a 17-year high last year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which has just come out with its annual report. When we think of foods that are safe to eat, rice is certainly up there. But Consumer Reports has just recommended that we limit our rice consumption. That's after tests found arsenic in over 60 rice products. And this week, Russian state media announced the existence of a 62-mile-wide diamond deposit in Eastern Siberia. But the big players in the diamond business aren't all that impressed.

The U.S. seafood catch hit a 17-year high last year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA, which has just come out with its annual report. When we think of foods that are safe to eat, rice is certainly up there. But Consumer Reports has just recommended that we limit our rice consumption. That’s after tests found arsenic in over 60 rice products. And this week, Russian state media announced the existence of a 62-mile-wide diamond deposit in Eastern Siberia. But the big players in the diamond business aren’t all that impressed.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC