Highly flammable and explosive crude oil from the Bakken Shale of North Dakota is shipped by rail, much of it by BNSF Railways. An investigation by Oregon Public Broadcasting unearthed charges that the railroad carrier mishandles safety issues for its trains.
In South Korea, it's not unusual to adjust one's natural beauty with a nose job here, an eye lift there. A survey suggests the country has one of the highest per capita rates of plastic surgery in the world. And women often go for the Barbie look.
As American political leaders debate ways to cut taxes, in Canada there's a different effort underway. A group of wealthy doctors are among a growing group of people calling for increased taxes on the top 10 percent of income earners as a way to fund Canadian programs and infrastructure.
Yesterday, Berkshire Hathaway, the investment vehicle of billionaire Warren Buffett, announced it is buying up the remaining shares of railroad company Burlington Northern. It's a big bet on American rail, and a big bet on the American economy.