September 30, 2009 In 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart was taken from her Utah home in the middle of the night. Nine months later, she was spotted on the street with her alleged abductors, David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee. They were arrested in 2003, but questions of competency have stalled proceedings against them.
September 30, 2009 Many factors can determine whether a tsunami is generated — one being earthquake power. Below, a look at how three significant underwater temblors stack up against each other in power.
Martha Martin of Durham, Maine, works three jobs and still can't keep up with her family's medical bills. She has medical insurance, but she and her husband can't make all of the payments.
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September 28, 2009 Martha Martin and her husband spent nearly 45 percent of their income on medical costs for their family last year. Like millions of other Americans, they have some insurance, but it doesn't cover enough of their needed care.
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September 24, 2009 A photo gallery of this week's event in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya returned to Honduras and took refuge in the Brazilian Embassy on Sept. 21.
September 22, 2009 For many years, natural gas companies have been producing the fuel from "conventional" gas reservoirs, relatively close to the surface and easily accessible. New shale gas production techniques have opened much wider areas for exploration, including the Marcellus area in Pennsylvania and the Barnett and Haynesville areas in Texas.
September 21, 2009 The Census Bureau reports that 17 percent of the U.S. population under age 65 was without health insurance in 2008. Texas had the highest rate at 26.5 percent, and Florida was second at 24.8 percent. Massachusetts had the lowest uninsurance rate of those under 65 — 4.6 percent. The uninsurance rate for children under 18 ranged from 20.2 percent in Nevada to 2.1 percent in Massachusetts. Most Americans over age 65 have publicly funded Medicare insurance.
September 21, 2009 A majority of Americans say the health care system is in need of a fix. But how much change is needed? That's sticking in the national debate. This series explores nine different situations, from the uninsured to those who have the best insurance money can buy. Produced in collaboration with Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service.
September 18, 2009 Houston faces two big challenges as it grows: protecting its environment and preserving its character. NPR's Steve Inskeep and producer Nicole Beemsterboer are checking on how the city's doing. Click on the map icons to see interviews — and where they took place.
September 17, 2009 When completed, the Interoceanic Highway will stretch from Brazil's Atlantic coast to Peru's Pacific ports. It is creating economic opportunities for locals. But conservationists worry about the risks to the Amazon rainforest and its unrivaled biodiversity.
September 14, 2009 When completed, the Interoceanic Highway will stretch from Brazil's Atlantic coast to Peru's Pacific ports. It is creating economic opportunities for locals. But conservationists worry about the risks to the Amazon rainforest and its unrivaled biodiversity.
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September 10, 2009 The number of people without health insurance coverage rose to 46.3 million in 2008 from 45.7 million in 2007, while the percentage of those without coverage remained the same at 15.4 percent. Shown are state rates of those without health insurance, a two-year average from 2007 to 2008.
September 10, 2009 The fallout from the recession has cut deeply into the housing security, employment and income of many Americans. But some parts of the country are clearly faring better than others. Here, three interactive maps show foreclosure and jobless rates as well as household income by county.
September 10, 2009 The national poverty rate increased to 13.2 percent last year, the highest since 1997. Shown are state poverty rates for a two-year average of 2007 and 2008.
September 9, 2009 Interactive: How exactly would new health care overhaul legislation affect you? Click on the category that best fits your situation and see what the major proposals currently before Congress would mean for you.
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson speaks on Sept. 7, 2008, during a news conference on the bailout of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
September 5, 2009 A year ago, a meltdown in the U.S. mortgage market sparked a worldwide crisis that led to rapid, sweeping changes in the financial system. As Wall Street giants teetered, governments stepped in with trillions of dollars in bailouts to prevent a complete collapse. A timeline offers highlights of the past year.
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