Millions of Americans save for retirement by using 401(k) accounts, employer-based retirement plans that help workers put a portion of their salary into mutual funds or other investments.
But most of those plans have fees and hidden expenses. And as personal finance columnist Ron Lieber of The New York Times tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer, those fees can mean that an investor pays more than $1,000 annually.
Construction crews hang the Livestrong banner on the new stadium. Investors plan to donate up to $8 million in revenues to the Livestrong foundation over the next five years.
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Lance Armstrong and members of the Livestrong cancer research foundation are in Kansas City, Kan. this week for the opening of a new soccer stadium that will bear the Livestrong name.
In a bold marketing move, owners of Kansas City's Major League Soccer team gave naming rights to the stadium, and plan to donate millions of dollars to the foundation over the next five years. In return, they hope the popular Livestrong brand will not only attract new fans to soccer, but also help promote a number of related enterprises.
At Japan's Environment Ministry, the atmosphere is almost preppy; it's full of fresh-faced young people in polo shirts, Crocs and even the odd Hawaiian shirt. This is the birthplace of Super Cool Biz, an energy-saving dress code designed to help ease power shortages following Japan's nuclear crisis, which could just lead to a revolution in Japanese office wear.
Methamphetamine seizures are on the rise, and a crackdown on the drug during the last decade has led to some dramatic drops in manufacturing across the U.S.
But in some states, the numbers are edging back up to where they were before. Addicts have found easier ways to make the illegal drug, despite stricter laws regulating one of its key ingredients, pseudoephedrine.
Tennessee led the nation with more than 2,000 meth lab busts last year. But new federal cleanup rules and the reluctance of state legislators to pass stiffer anti-meth laws are hampering police.
A long-standing debate within the Obama administration over how to characterize the cyberthreat has complicated the U.S. effort to lay out a government-wide cybersecurity strategy.
At issue is whether the nation faces the prospect of cyberwar and needs to prepare for it. The Pentagon says yes. Howard Schmidt, the White House coordinator for cybersecurity, sees such talk as "hype" and rejects the "cyberwar" term.
Mustapha Mutafugulu, who runs a textile factory in Gaziantep, Turkey, says the economic situation in Aleppo, Syria, is difficult.
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In the open-air restaurants of Gaziantep in southern Turkey, the summer season has begun, but Syrian tourists who flocked here for the past few years are absent. And Turks no longer make the 90-minute drive to Aleppo, Syria's largest northern city for bargain holidays.
At a local trade fair, Syrians came to attract business partners. Ayala Zenio acknowledged Turks are now reluctant to open new deals because of the unrest in Syria, but she insists the coverage in the Western media is wrong.
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