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The Soy Car Seat: Are Companies Doing Enough For The Environment?

Corporate sustainability reports help measure firms' ecological footprints. Ford, for example, touts renewable materials in its cars. But some environmentalists say the reports can be misleading.

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Judge Strikes Down Idaho 'Ag-Gag' Law, Raising Questions For Other States

A judge ruled Monday that an Idaho law criminalizing undercover investigations of farms is unconstitutional. Seven other states have similar laws, but legal experts say they may not stand much longer.

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For Some States, New Emissions Rules Will Force A Power Shift

The federal rules will deal a big blow to some energy sectors — especially coal. The change won't be so hard for states that have moved to cut emissions. But for others it will be more difficult.

Your Pill Is Printing: FDA Approves First 3-D-Printed Drug

The company that makes Spritam says the 3-D-printed pill dissolves quickly, even at the highest doses.

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How Cellphone Use Can Help Determine A Person's Creditworthiness

In the developing world, where many people lack bank accounts or credit cards, banks may hesitate to loan them money. But researchers say cellphones can help determine people's creditworthiness.

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New Power Plant Rules Likely To Start Slow-Burning Debate, Legal Action

A huge legal battle is coming over the White House plan to address climate change with additional power plant regulations. The coal industry has the most to lose, and plans to take the EPA to court.

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Here's The Buzz On America's Forgotten Native 'Tea' Plant

It's called yaupon. Native Americans once made a brew from its caffeinated leaves and traded them widely. With several companies now selling yaupon, it may be poised for a comeback.

Delta And American Ban Big Game Trophies As Airline Freight

Delta said in a statement on Monday that, effective immediately, it "will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo trophies." American followed hours later.

Wanted: More Bulls With No Horns

Most U.S. dairy cows are born with horns, but most farms remove them. Animal welfare groups say dehorning is cruel. Instead, they want ranchers to breed more hornless cattle into their herds.

Oil Prices Tumble Again, Hurting Drillers But Helping Drivers

Oil prices are falling, down sharply since mid-June to just over $45 a barrel. That has affected gasoline prices, now down to an average of $2.65 a gallon, about 85 cents less than a year ago.

Greek Markets Plunge For Second Day In A Row

August 4, 2015
A Greek flag waves outside the Athens Stock Exchange on Aug. 3, 2015 when the market reopened after a five-week closure. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)

For the second straight day, the Greek stock market suffered losses as the country’s left-wing government conceded that dissent within the ruling party was likely to force an early election.

Stocks Plunge After Athens Exchange Reopens

August 3, 2015
A European Union (EU) flag flutters outside the Athens' Stock Exchange in Athens, Greece, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Greece's main stock index plunged over 22 percent as it reopened Monday after a five-week closure, giving investors their first opportunity since June to react to the country's latest economic crisis. (Yorgos Karahalis/AP Photo)

Today’s opening was an attempt to return to normalcy, but some are calling the drop a “bloodbath.”

One Arkansas Lumber Company That Relies On The Export-Import Bank

August 3, 2015
President Barack Obama, center, with Paul Sullivan, left, Vice President of International Business Development at Acrow Bridge, and Susan Jaime, right, CEO Ferra Coffee International, speaks during his meeting with small business owners to discuss the importance of the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank in the White House on July 22, 2015. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Fortune 500 companies as well as small businesses are fuming over the failure of Congress to re-authorize the Export-Import Bank.

10 Years After Katrina, New Orleans’ Recovery Is ‘Tale Of Two Cities’

August 3, 2015
Flooded neighborhoods of New Orleans as the Coast Guard conducted its initial damage assessment on Aug. 29, 2005 after Hurricane Katrina made landfall as a Category 4 storm. (Kyle Niemi/US Coast Guard via Getty Images)

A lot has changed in the decade since Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans, but the recovery has been uneven.

Puerto Rico Nears Default As Deadline Looms

July 31, 2015
The Puerto Rico Capitol is pictured in San Juan. (jbash/Flickr)

The expected default comes after the governor in June told investors that the island’s $72 billion in debt was unpayable.

End Of Olympic Bid Another Blow For New Bedford

July 30, 2015
People walk along Fort Taber Park in New Bedford. The city was the proposed site to host Olympic sailing, had Boston won its bid to host the 2024 Games. (Simon Rios/WBUR)

New Bedford was set to host Olympic sailing if Boston won its bid for the 2024 Games. The end of the bid is the latest in a string of major projects that have fallen through for the city.

Mass. Economy Bounced Back From Snow-Slammed First Quarter

July 30, 2015
In the second quarter, the Massachusetts economy bounced back from a snow-slammed first three months of the year. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The state’s economy grew robustly, at an estimated rate of 5.4 percent, in the second quarter.

For Young N.H. Voters, You Can’t Talk About Economy Without Talking About Student Loans

July 30, 2015
Dan Tothill, 26, and Megan Brabec, 24, prepare homemade lunches for the workday. Both are struggling with high student debt burdens and underemployment. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Many millennial voters are underemployed and crushed under high levels of student debt. And perhaps nowhere is the problem more acute than in New Hampshire.

Boston Under Construction: A Snapshot Of A Boom

July 30, 2015
"It was a gritty kind-of backstreets area for my entire life. Now it’s a handsome new campus,” Boston Redevelopment Authority Director Brian Golden said of the Boston Landing/New Balance headquarters development -- one of the most notable under construction in the city. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

We replicated the city’s map of the roughly 70 projects currently under construction in Boston. One official called it “arguably the biggest building boom in the history of the city of Boston.”

What China’s Stock Plunge Means For Its Government

July 29, 2015
A Chinese stock investor monitors share prices at a securities firm in Fuyang, in China's Anhui province on June 19, 2015. Shanghai shares plunged 6.42 percent on June 19, ending a torrid week as the benchmark index was hit by tight liquidity and profit-taking after a powerful surge over the past year. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s been a bumpy ride for China’s stock market this summer. What does it mean for confidence in the Xi Jinping administration?

MIT Submits Proposal For $1.2 Billion Kendall Square Development

July 29, 2015

The proposal calls for six new buildings on university-owned parking lots.

Is The End Of Boston 2024 A Triumph Or A Loss?

July 28, 2015
A boat glides along the Cambridge side of the Charles River, Monday in front of the Boston skyline. The U.S. Olympic Committee officially severed ties with Boston Monday. (Steven Senne/AP)

No beach volleyball in Quincy, no tennis in Dorchester, no sailing in New Bedford. Maybe, nine summers from now, we’ll be watching the games take place in Paris, Rome, Toronto or even L.A.

For Arizona Mining Towns, A Diverse Economy Is A Good Economy

July 28, 2015
Jerome, Arizona, is a mining town that has successfully become a tourist destination. (Carrie Jung/KJZZ)

Town officials are hoping to put an end to the boom and bust cycle that comes from relying on copper mines that open and close.

The Benefits Of State-Of-The-Art Airports

July 28, 2015
Passengers maneuver through one of the cramped hallways at New York's LaGuardia Airport. Often ranked in customer satisfaction surveys as the worst airports in America, New York. (Frank Eltman/AP Photo)

After New York’s governor unveiled a $4 billion plan to rebuild LaGuardia, we look at the role airports play in a region’s economy.

Ford Profits Jump 44 Percent Amid Strong North America Sales

July 28, 2015
New 2014 Ford F-150 trucks are prepared to come off the assembly line at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant June 13, 2014 in Dearborn, Michigan. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Ford is crediting steady demand for pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles for record-high profits in North America.

China Stocks Continue To Tumble

July 28, 2015
Investors look at screens showing stock market movements at a securities company in Beijing on July 28, 2015. Chinese shares sank on July 28, a day after Shanghai's steepest one-day slide in eight years, defying renewed government vows of support that analysts warned were not enough to soothe nervous investors. (Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images)

A day after the worst drop in eight years, the main market index in Shanghai fell another 1.5 percent.

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