It became the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy. Its former mayor was sentenced to 28 years in prison. And a TV personality compared it to Chernobyl. But a new year is on the horizon, and for some parts of Detroit, things are looking up. Really.
The San Joaquin Valley in California produces fresh fruits and vegetables that feed the whole country. But it ranks among the highest in the nation when it comes to food insecurity. Many farmworkers can't afford to buy the fresh produce that grows all around them.
With low prices, consumers feel less pain at the gas pump and the grocery store. But super-low inflation often means workers don't see big raises. And it can hurt the economy because consumers hold off purchases, thinking prices will drop some more.
Drugmakers learned long ago that deputized doctors are effective pitchmen. A doctor's dinner speech or chat over lunch with colleagues can go a long way toward changing his or her colleagues' prescribing habits. But increasing scrutiny has led to a reconsideration of the practice.
With some 7000 employees working at least 30 hours per week, Cox Health Systems definitely falls into the "more than 50 fulltime employees" category. Thus Cox is required, under the Affordable Care Act, to provide affordable health care to those employees. Cox's Benefits Manager, Andy Hedgepath, tells how Cox has adapted to the requirements of Obamacare in this "Sense of Community" report.
Will Ferrell's air-headed newsman heads to New York and a national platform — and more clueless self-humiliation. Critic Ian Buckwalter says the oddly lovable idiot is in fine form — and at the center of a veritable tsunami of absurdity in Anchorman 2.
Two decades ago, labor unions warned that the North American Free Trade Agreement would drive away U.S. jobs and push wages down. Today, unions feel as strongly as ever that NAFTA was a mistake for U.S. workers, but quantifying the factors behind the decline in the middle class is no simple matter.
GlaxoSmithKline says it will stop paying doctors to speak on its behalf at conferences and will also stop paying for doctors to attend conferences where marketing takes place. The company is also changing the way it compensates its global sales force. Some of the changes will go into effect by early 2015, others will take a bit longer.
NPR's Melissa Block talks with director Lucy Walker about her documentary The Crash Reel, which follows snowboarder Kevin Pearce from a devastating accident through his rehabilitation from a debilitating brain injury.
Some of the most heated protests in San Francisco have been over big, sleek buses — private shuttles that Silicon Valley tech companies like Google and Facebook use to get their city-living employees to work. They've become a symbol of the city's changing socioeconomic landscape.
Freediving is a risky sport, involving swimming deep into the ocean without the aid of air tanks. But after a diver's death in November, some freedivers worry that the sport's governing body is still not doing enough to prevent common injuries and reel in overambitious competitors.
Ten years ago Congress approved a $15 billion plan to combat HIV in developing countries. Since then, the global health initiative has funded HIV treatment for nearly 7 million people and prevented hundreds of thousands of babies from getting infected during childbirth.
Did petty politics lead to traffic-snarling lane closures on the nation's busiest bridge? That question, which has dogged New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for weeks, could end up tarnishing his prospective 2016 presidential bid.
President Obama frustrated and angered many liberals in 2013, from his policies on drones and spying, to his muddled message on whether to authorize airstrikes in war-torn Syria. He will end the year with sagging approval ratings.
A chronic brain disease afflicts former pro football players, boxers and others who suffer repeated brain injuries. Doctors now can only diagnose it with certainty after someone dies. But researchers are working on tests that could work while people are alive.
In 2011 the radio preacher famously said — twice — that the world was about to end. Thousands of people professed their belief in his warnings. After they didn't prove true, he conceded that his predictions were "incorrect and sinful."