In Missouri, the state legislature is considering turning down money from the federal government to extend benefits for the state's unemployed. Republicans say they don't want to add to the federal budget deficit.
In China, the authorities are stepping up pressure on foreign journalists, warning of expulsion if reporting rules are broken.
It's part of a wider crackdown, following anonymous online calls for weekend protests to kickstart a Chinese Jasmine Revolution. Although the protests never really materialized, the preemptive crackdown certainly has.
We do not know all the facts surrounding a former FBI agent who's been missing but what we do know this morning is tantalizing enough. Robert Levinson disappeared four years ago while traveling in Iran. Now the State Department and members of his family say they have received what they call proof that he's alive. NPR's Mike Shuster has more.
The job market is struggling to recover from the Great Recession. But in the technology sector right now, it's opposite day. Undergrads have their pick of jobs, and companies are desperate to hire.
Dice.com, one of the leading employment sites in the tech sector, has 30 percent more job openings listed than last year, its vice president, Tom Silver, says. Unemployment for tech workers is 5.9 percent — significantly below January's overall 9 percent national rate.
Some businessmen and scientists in Austin, Texas, are trying to change the way consumers think about plastic.
They say it's not enough to buy a water bottle or sandwich bag that's free of BPA, the chemical consumer groups have criticized because, at least in animals, it acts like the hormone estrogen. They say BPA is only part of the problem, and they think they have a solution that involves a new approach to making plastic.
Mike Usey, the CEO of PlastiPure, says people need to stop focusing on BPA.