Bank of America is offering about 200,000 homeowners a chance to wipe out a big chunk of their mortgage debt. The offers are part of the settlement Bank of America and other major banks reached with state and federal regulators earlier this year, and it's one of the biggest principal forgiveness opportunities so far.
Socialist Francois Hollande won the French presidency over the weekend, in large part due to his pledge to push for growth and battle the German-led austerity approach to Europe's fiscal problems. But what does that pledge mean in practical terms?
The elections in France and Greece signaled a resounding popular rejection of the tough austerity measures being pushed by Germany, Europe's largest economy. But Berlin doesn't appear to be changing course.
Beatles tunes are very hard to license — the surviving band members and heirs have been choosy about who can play their songs. AMC's Mad Men made the cut. For a reported $250,000, the show was allowed to pay "Tomorrow Never Knows."
The cast of <em>Hands on a Hardbody </em>keep one hand on the prized truck while in rehearsal for the musical's premiere. It runs from April 27 to June 17.
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<em>Hands on a Hardbody</em> adapts a 1997 documentary about a competition at a Texas car dealership: The last person standing with a hand on the fully loaded truck wins. Keala Settle, Hunter Foster and Keith Carradine each play a character with something to prove.
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Co-composer Trey Anastasio of the band Phish (right) and director Neil Pepe at a rehearsal for the show.
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David Larsen plays a former Marine drawing strength from his training to endure the contest. The musical explores what drives each character to be there and stay through the ordeal.
The 17-inning game went so long, that for the first time since 1925, two Major League teams had non-pitchers on the mound. Baltimore won with pitching from Chris Davis, who's trained to play first base.
Tax revenue coming from shale, oil, and gas development has many states very happy, but the boom is also putting a strain on regulators. There are not enough of them to inspect all the drilling sites. Colorado, for example, has 17 inspectors for more the 47,000 active oil and gas wells. Kirk Siegler reports from member station KUNC.
KIRK SIEGLER, BYLINE: Each day, Jim Precobb(ph) of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission logs about 400 miles in his state-owned truck.