Small businesses often have trouble accessing capital as they start out. And during the coronavirus, it's been particularly difficult to access financial aid, such as the US government's Paycheck Protection Program.
The Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge, outside of Denver, didn't start out as a conservationist’s dream: During World War II, the army built a chemical weapons factory on that spot. The plant produced mustard gas, napalm — an entire arsenal of deadly chemicals. Now it’s one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in the country.
Whether it’s driving five miles over the speed limit or breezing past a stop sign on your bike, chances are, we have all broken a few — or more — rules of the road. When it comes to obeying traffic laws, “we’re all criminals,” says the author of this survey.
"I had to start a church I'd want to show up to, basically because I'd rarely gone to one I liked," says the foul-mouthed, tattooed onetime Pagan who is leading a popular Lutheran church in Colorado.
In Colorado, Africans are second only to Latin Americans among the state's immigrant populations. Until now, they've been largely absent from Colorado's politics, but new candidates and civic groups with African roots are pushing the community nearer to the political spotlight.
The Dubai police are hoping Google Glass will give them a leg up on traffic violators and criminals. In Turkey, though, a government official is being comforted after injuring his leg kicking a protester. And the CIA says it won't mix vaccine campaigns with its covert ops. Those stories and more in today's Global Scan.
Sometimes being behind is a plus. With an unreliable electric grid, many in Bangladesh have gone solar, making the country a worldwide leader. Meanwhile, in Tunisia, doctors are offering to help women become "virgins" again, and Colorado grapples with just how public its newly-legal marijuana should be. That and more in today's Global Scan.
In Canada, thousands of fans are cheering for the Seattle Seahawks to beat the Denver Broncos this weekend in the Super Bowl.
The holidays are closing in, and next year is sure to bring battles over the budget and the debt ceiling. So some immigration advocates are ramping up the pressure on a few Republican members of the House before the issue gets drowned out by other Washington politics.
The Tasmanian tiger was believed to have gone extinct in the wild back in the 1930s, but it may have been more resilient than we thought. An expedition says its found evidence that the creatures still exist. Plus the Philippines try to pick up the pieces after Typhoon Haiyan devastates the area. Those stories and more in today's Global Scan.