A Boston University economist will become the nation's Wage and Hour administrator when he's sworn in today. David Weil will enforce laws, like the minimum wage and the 40-hour week. Even though Weil is a business professor, some business interests are expressing concern about his appointment.
Today's last word in business is: A change of underwear.
New York City's Robert Burck is a Times Square street performer known as the Naked Cowboy.
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There's a bit of exaggeration in calling him naked, but only a bit. Mr. Burck performs wearing only a guitar, a 10-gallon hat, cowboy boots and a pair of white briefs. Starting tomorrow, he trades in the briefs for a set of boxers - for a fee.
There's a fight in Washington over the future of homeownership in America. At issue is a bipartisan bill to dramatically reshape the housing finance industry — the industry that was at the heart of the financial crisis. It's also an industry that's at the heart of the American dream — and the bill before Congress may affect who can afford to buy a house.
The Obama administration supports the bill. But civil rights groups and housing advocates say it would weaken rules that push banks to lend to low- and moderate-income homebuyers.
Let's get an update, now, about something we heard a year ago in the series Joe's Big Idea. It's a computer game designed by a scientist to help map all the connections of nerve cells in the eye. Now, that scientist says the game is working, as we learn from NPR's Joe Palca.
And a new round of nuclear talks get underway with Iran today in New York. Hopes are high for a deal that would prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. For one thing, just yesterday, Iran announced that international inspectors would be allowed to visit two key Iranian production sites there. Still, human rights groups are concerned that Iran's poor record on human rights are being ignored in a rush to reach a nuclear deal, as NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.
In a midterm election that's expected to hinge on the demographic composition of the electorate, single women could be the key to Democratic chances to hold on to the Senate in November.
While Republicans have a longstanding problem with female voters, this year it's Democrats who have the more urgent problem: how to get their most reliable female supporters to become more reliable voters.
Here are five things to know about single female voters.