July 26, 2011 The company says its decision to add apple slices to Happy Meals by default came at the request of customers. But it also could help keep the company's bottom line intact, analysts say.
July 25, 2011 The nation's liberal views on imprisonment have a long history, but the alleged crimes of Anders Breivik might reopen the debate.
Corn stalks show signs of stress under the continued hot and dry weather conditions July 21, 2011, in Springfield, Ill.
July 22, 2011 Experts say the heat, which has scorched millions of acres of farmland, could lead to higher prices at the supermarket. It could also cause a jump in prices for meat and dairy fed by corn stock.
Leena Allen, 9, tries to beat the miserable heat by standing in front of a misting fan during a visit to the Saint Louis Zoo in St. Louis, Mo.
July 21, 2011 The heat wave suffocating much of the U.S. has set more than 1,000 record temperatures as it moves east across the country. The National Weather Service said more than 30 states and the District of Columbia were under excessive-heat warnings or heat advisories.
July 15, 2011 NPR asked three economists what would happen if Standard & Poor's and Moody's downgraded the AAA rating on U.S. government bonds. The agencies have warned they might take the action if no agreement is reached soon on raising the national debt ceiling.
Carleen Ho picks up a movie from her mailbox in Palo Alto, Calif.
July 13, 2011 Netflix is trying to wean customers off DVDs because they are expensive to mail and process.
July 12, 2011 Though portrayed by some as a corrupt drug lord, Ahmed Wali Karzai was credited by many with helping bring stability to the nation's volatile south, the former Taliban stronghold. He was killed at his home in Kandahar Tuesday.
July 8, 2011 Economists looked at the unexpectedly bleak Labor Department report and said it gave little reason to believe the employment situation will improve in upcoming months.
July 7, 2011 A court order for the Pentagon to stop enforcing "don't ask, don't tell" is likely the last gasp of the 17-year policy that was repealed by Congress last year but remained temporarily in effect, experts and activists said Thursday.
June 30, 2011 The White House's new counterrorism proposals turn away from large-scale ground efforts and move more toward targeted, smaller-scale strikes, say two analysts interviewed by NPR.
Observers say it's too soon to say whether the April rise in metro area home prices can hold.
June 28, 2011 Market observers say it's far too soon to determine whether the April rise in metropolitan-area home prices can hold in the coming months. The increase could be traced to something as simple as warm weather, one expert said.
June 24, 2011 NASA officials halt auction of tiny sample of moon dust contained on a piece of transparent tape.
June 24, 2011 GOP lawmakers rebuke President Obama's actions in Libya, but the measure has little chance of passage in the Senate.
June 24, 2011 Texas Sons of Confederate Veterans push for Stars and Bars on a specialty plate.
June 24, 2011 The economy grew slightly faster at the start of the year than first thought, while durable goods orders posted an increase.
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