The school board in Providence, R.I., has sent pink slips to all of its teachers — nearly 2,000. City officials say they need flexibility to make budget cuts. Not all of the teachers will actually lose their jobs but the move allows for potential layoffs.
The budget showdown in Wisconsin and other states has brought to light the differences between public and private retirement plans.
Olivia Mitchell, executive director of the Pension Research Council at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, tells NPR host Renee Montagne that people in the private sector have pension envy because it seems their public sector peers are getting a better deal in retirement.
But that envy may not last long as state and local governments struggle to pay for those benefits.
Heidi Brown's uniform is decorated with one small star, which marks her as a brigadier general in the U.S. Army. But at this point in her career, she's not sure how much higher she can climb.
"We haven't had a woman division commander, corps commander, chief of staff of the Army, vice chief of the Army, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Why not? I do see that the opportunities are limited," she says.
Archaeologists in Alaska have been given a rare glimpse into family life — and death — for some of the very first North Americans.
The researchers discovered the remains of a home in a settlement created by people who probably migrated from northern Asia about 12,000 years ago. They got there by crossing the so-called Bering Land Bridge — a strip of dry land that connected what is now Russia and Alaska — and they left behind the foundations of a house, tools and the cremated remains of a child.