Imagine using your smartphone as your wallet. Google, Mastercard and Citibank recently teamed up to launch tap-to-pay trials in San Francisco and New York. The idea is to use coupons, a store's reward card or pay for your groceries with just a few taps on your phone. Tell Me More's personal finance contributor Alvin Hall talks about the pros and cons of "smartphone wallets."
The way journalists write affects how the public consumes news and understands the world. One topic deeply connected to our daily lives is food. The Associated Press recently released the print edition of its 2011 Stylebook, which offers a new food guidelines section. Whether in broadcast, print or in the blogosphere, many follow the Stylebook. The new section focuses on food, wine and spirits. Associated Press Food Editor J.M. Hirsch talks about compliling the food guideline and spells out some of the trickiest words out there.
It has been nearly thirty years since AIDS was first recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ever since, powerful drugs have extended the lives of millions of HIV/AIDS patients. Yet, the budget crunch in many states has led to record number of people being on waiting lists for HIV medication. Florida has more patients on the waiting list than any other states in the country. To prevent further increase, the state is considering cutting by half the income a person can make in order to be eligible for the state's AIDS drug program.
Experts believe Yemen is on the brink of civil war. For the past week, the country has been rocked by violence. Security forces have clashed with tribes demanding that the president step down. Shatha al-Harazi of The Yemen Times discusses the latest news from the capital Sanaa. Washington Bureau Chief for Al Jazeera International Abderrahim Foukara explains the implications of a civil war for Yemen, the U.S., and the Yemeni arm of Al-Qaeda.
The emergence of a brood of 13-year cicadas in western Kentucky could mean trouble for landscapers. Brood 19 spans from Muhlenberg to McCracken counties. University of Kentucky Extension Office Entomologist Doug Johnson says the bugs emerge from underground at the end of 13 years to mate and lay eggs.
Cherry blossoms bloom amid tsunami devastation in Kamaishi city, Iwate prefecture, Japan, on April 20.
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Image is everything — at least when it comes to tourism.
A country might boast the best beaches or amazing antiquities, but if potential visitors have reason to worry about their safety, they won't come. That's the problem now confronting several countries that generally rely heavily on tourism.
"You may have the greatest attractions, but any bad news will put them on the back burner," says Jafar Jafari, a tourism expert affiliated with universities in Spain, Portugal and Wisconsin.
The shareholders of coal mine giants Massey Energy and Alpha Natural Resources overwhelmingly approved a merger this morning, despite challenges from some large institutional investors and an ongoing controversy about Massey executives moving into the management structure of the merged company.
Saying that the Fair Sentencing Act that narrowed the disparity between penalties for crack and power cocaine offenses has been "a historic step forward," Attorney Gen. Eric Holder pushed today for retroactively applying the lighter crack penalties to some offenders now serving time.
Barbara Campbell once wished her little boy would say something. Anything. Autism rendered her son, Ryan Barts, silent in his first few years. Things have certainly changed. "I'm a celebrity in Central Kentucky, I am, maybe in Kentucky," said Barts, now 22. His speech takes on its own particular cadence, especially when he is excited. "It's a wonderful thing, it is, a wonderful thing." As one of five Kentuckians representing the United States at the Special Olympics World Games in Athens, Greece, starting June 24, Barts happily rattles off his successes and failures on the track.