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Dec 19, 2012

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The online photo sharing site Instagram made a lot of its users angry this week with a change to its terms and conditions. The site announced that it might use some people's photos in advertisments, and that started an uproar. In Newtown, Connecticut, local businesses are taking on new importance in the wake of the tragic school shooting last week. And, the Census Bureau is trying something new that could let you void a knock on your door from one of its workers.

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Census survey goes online

Dec 19, 2012
Census Bureau to put yearly American Community Survey online to save money, encourage responses.

Overnight delivery loses appeal, hurting FedEx

Dec 19, 2012
As companies and customers cut shipping costs by using slower, cheaper rail and truck, FedEx's expensive air-cargo fleet suffers.

Backlash against Instagram over photo policy

Dec 19, 2012
The mobile phone app Instagram rose to fame on its filters. There's the 1970s filter, Nashville and Sierra, which give photos an artistic sheen. Now it might be time to add another one: Rage.

Businesses help Newtown residents return to normal

Dec 19, 2012
Where do people go to celebrate after the big game? Where do they go for late-night snacks, or a greasy cheeseburger? The same place they go to commiserate together. In Newtown, Connecticut the all-night diner the Blue Colony is one of those places.

Brazil plans massive airport expansion

Dec 19, 2012
Brazilian President announces plans to build at least 800 new regional airports.

Dentistry for kids proves a hot career field

Dec 19, 2012
Pediatric dentistry is the fastest-growing dental specialty, as rising demand by parents makes it lucrative--and the kids make it fun.

Greece gets an upgrade but protests continue

Dec 19, 2012
Greece's credit rating just got an upgrade by Standard & Poor's. The ratings agency bumped Greece up to a solid B-. And it says that rating is stable -- meaning it won't change in the next several months.

Coal could soon be the world's top energy source

Dec 19, 2012
The International Energy Agency says coal will overtake oil and become the number one fuel within a decade unless government policies change.

General Motors plans to buy back government shares

Dec 19, 2012
General Motors has just announced it is going to buy back 200 million of its shares from the Treasury Department, which plans to sell the rest of its GM shares in the next year or so.

Homebuilding slows down in November

Dec 19, 2012
After a rush of homebuilding in October, November turned out to be a little muted. Much of that you can blame on Sandy -- the storm definitely seems to have slowed down construction in the Northeast.

Ralph Reed on the budget deficit and fiscal cliff

Dec 19, 2012
Some treasured tax breaks are coming in for close scrutiny, and one of the country's leading social conservatives is weighing in on the matter.

PODCAST: Goodbye 'Government Motors', hello 'eagle baby'

Dec 19, 2012
GM wants you to never, ever call it 'Government Motors' again. Ralph Reed, of the Christian Coalition and more lately the Faith and Freedom Coalition, stops by to talk about what social conservatives want out of budget negotiations. And the most precise, nastiest-tasting Gingerbread house you've ever had the pleasure to not eat.

The online photo sharing site Instagram made a lot of its users angry this week with a change to its terms and conditions. The site announced that it might use some people’s photos in advertisments, and that started an uproar. In Newtown, Connecticut, local businesses are taking on new importance in the wake of the tragic school shooting last week. And, the Census Bureau is trying something new that could let you void a knock on your door from one of its workers.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC