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Uber’s New Turf: Mid-Sized Cities

February 24, 2015
Des Moines, Iowa, is one of the mid-sized cities where Uber is expanding. (Ron Reiring/Wikimedia Commons)

The ride-for-hire service is expanding into areas without a strong taxi culture. We speak with the mayor of Des Moines, Iowa.

Revisiting Ransom Riggs’ Latest ‘Peculiar Children’ Book

February 24, 2015
An image from the cover of "Hollow City" by Ransom Riggs, the sequel to "Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children." (Quirk Books)

“Hollow City” is the second book in his “Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children” series about children with supernatural powers.

19 Manatees Rescued From Storm Drain In Florida

February 24, 2015
Screenshot from manatee rescue video

With colder temperatures than usual, the endangered mammals were probably seeking warmer waters in the drainpipe.

Companies With Pension Benefits Grapple With Cost Of Longer Lives

February 24, 2015
General Motors is among the companies still offering pensions, but its pension plan is facing a growing shortfall as retired employees live longer. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

For companies that still offer pensions, longer lives for retirees could hurt the bottom line, to the tune of billions of dollars.

‘House Of Cards’ Returns, But Just How Popular Is It?

February 24, 2015
The Emmy award winning Netflix program 'House of Cards' is back for a third season this Friday. The public knows the show is popular, but that's about all they know. (House of Cards/Facebook)

Many Americans will probably binge watch all 13 episodes of the third season this weekend, but it’s impossible to know how many.

How Small Ski Hills Survive In The Adirondacks

February 24, 2015
Jeremy Davis, author of Lost Ski Areas of the Northern Adirondacks enjoying the slopes at the town ski area in Newcomb, N.Y. (David Sommerstein, NCPR)

The Northeast used to be dotted with small mom and pop ski hills. Most of them have disappeared, but some are still hanging on.

Jobs Growing In City Centers, Shrinking In Suburban Areas

February 24, 2015
Charlotte, North Carolina is one of the cities mentioned in the City Observatory report. (James Willamor/Flickr Creative Commons)

A decades-long trend has reversed. As more people move to city centers, employers are moving with them.

Recreational Marijuana Now Legal In Alaska

February 24, 2015
It will now be legal to grow up to six plant of Marijuana in Alaska. These plants are growing legally in Colorado. (Brett Levin/Flickr Creative Commons)

Voters have legalized growing and possessing marijuana in certain amounts. By 2016, it will also be legal to buy and sell pot.

NFL Hopefuls Turn To Wearable Tech For An Edge

February 24, 2015
Wearable devices, like this "miCoach Elite System" by Adidas, allow athletes and trainers to analyze second-by-second health and performance reports. (

With devices that can cost upwards of $100,000, athletes and trainers are able to analyze real-time health and performance data.

New Album From ‘Genius’ Jazz Musician Vijay Iyer

February 24, 2015
Musician Vijay Iyer performs on May 1, 2013 in Brooklyn, New York. (Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)

Pianist and composer Vijay Iyer has won numerous awards for his work. His trio is out with a new album called “Break Stuff.”

Dozens Hurt In Southern California Train Crash

February 24, 2015
Firefighters attend to injured passengers at the scene of a Metrolink collision, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Oxnard, Calif. Three cars of a Southern California Metrolink commuter train have derailed and tumbled onto their sides after a collision with a truck on tracks in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles. (Johnny Corona/AP)

About 30 people were injured when a commuter train struck a tractor trailer on the tracks, causing the train to derail.

Exhibit Pays Tribute To Art Destroyed In Syria

February 24, 2015
"Out of Focus" by Essa Neima. Oil over acrylic, 36" x 24" (Courtesy of Essa Neima)

Many ancient works of religious art have been destroyed in Syria’s civil war. It was that loss that inspired Syrian artist Essa Neima.

View From The Top: A Wisconsin Student Council President

February 24, 2015
Sabrina Brasier is a president of the student council at Oconto Falls High School in Oconto, Wisconsin. (Facebook)

As part of our series of conversations with leaders, we speak with Sabrina Brasier, a senior at Oconto Falls High School.

Rural Hospitals Without Medicaid Expansion Struggle

February 24, 2015
Connie Chapman, who worked at the Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola, Mo.,for 40 years, looks over a nearly empty room in the hospital, which is slated for demolition on May 1. (Todd Feeback/Heartland Health Monitor)

In many rural counties, hospitals are the largest employers, but many say they’re now facing layoffs, even closure.

Yellen Delivers Assessment Of Economy

February 24, 2015
Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen testifies during a U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., February 24, 2015. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen is testifying before Congress, as the Fed remains concerned about low inflation and weak job growth.

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