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When Consumer Debts Go Unpaid, Paychecks Can Take A Big Hit

One in 10 working Americans between the ages of 35 and 44 are getting money taken from their paychecks for not paying their debts. And in most states, the law allows a quarter of wages to be withheld.

Philip Morris Sues Uruguay Over Graphic Cigarette Packaging

The country requires photos of decaying teeth and gruesome hospital scenes on every pack. Philip Morris sees this as a violation of a trade agreement and is suing Uruguay for $25 million.

Creating Your Baby's Last Name? Tennessee Says No

A Tennessee family invented a new surname for their kids, completely different from their own, and discovered that their state's law bars them from doing that.

Patients Vulnerable When Cash-Strapped Scientists Cut Corners

A shrinking pool of grant money for medical research has led competing applicants to oversell weak scientific findings, critics say. The result: Many experimental treatments are worthless.

Q&A: Why Teaching Music Matters

From homeless parent to Ph.D., Margaret Martin has always believed in the power of music. She founded Harmony Project, which puts instruments into the hands of kids from L.A.'s toughest neighborhoods.