Morning Edition for May 15, 2012
May 15, 2012 — Canada's real estate market is one of the hottest in the developed world. In Toronto, where prices rose 10 percent in March, the average detached house costs more than $600,000. But some worry that Canada is experiencing a housing bubble that's about to burst.
May 15, 2012 — Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown says the state's budget deficit is now $16 billion. That's almost double the figure he gave in January. Brown is attempting to force voters to choose between higher taxes and deeper spending cuts.
May 15, 2012 — In the Canadian province of Quebec, a plan to hike university tuition has led to weeks of violent rallies and clashes with police. The province faces a deficit of roughly $3.5 billion, and students say the tuition hike is part of a larger austerity campaign.
May 15, 2012 — The disconnect between our social calendars and our biological clocks is creating "social jet lag," according to key researchers. And that's taking a toll on our weight because the body stores fat when it's not getting enough sleep.
May 15, 2012 — Mysterious fumes wafting in from outside have repeatedly sickened several nurses at a rural Pennsylvania health clinic, forcing the clinic to temporarily relocate. Like many other people living near gas wells around the country, the clinic's staff wonder whether the industry in their backyard is making them sick.
May 15, 2012 — Nicholas McDonald grew up tempted by drugs and under pressure to hit the streets. Lacking male role models, he says he always saw his mom as "the apple of my eye." She tried to protect him growing up. Now, the 24-year-old is doing his best to return the favor, helping provide for his multigenerational family.
May 15, 2012 — Several states are debating "wrongful birth" laws that would prevent parents from suing a doctor who fails to warn them about fetal problems. Critics say the laws give doctors the right to withhold information so women don't have abortions.