For $19.5 million, you too could have a wine grotto, a sauna, 38,000 sq. ft. of living space and a garage with a rotating floor. The man who lived there invented the drop ceiling but he died last year.
Turkey's souring relations with Israel have been marked by aggressive rhetoric regarding shipping in the eastern Mediterranean. Turkey's suggestion that it may use its navy to protect vessels drew angry comments from Israeli cabinet members. Analysts say it's important for the Obama administration's to keep the area from further heating up. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports.
S&P dropped Italy's government debt a notch, pointing to weak economic growth and political divisions that could make it harder to resolve its debt problems. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi shot back with a statement saying the move was "dictated more by newspaper articles than by reality."
The U.S. Postal Service lost $8.5 billion last year. On Monday, President Obama endorsed a plan to reduce mail delivery to five days a week to cut its massive losses. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe talks to Steve Inskeep about the future of the mail service.
Dozens of anti-government protesters have died in Yemen over the last two days, when loyalist security forces opened fire on the main square in the capital, Sanaa. It has been one of the most violent periods in Yemen's nine-month uprising — which has otherwise been largely peaceful. Les Campbell, who runs the Middle East and North Africa programs at the National Democratic Institute, talks to Steve Inskeep about the political wrangling over the future of the country.
President Obama's call for $1.5 trillion in tax hikes to reduce the deficit puts him on a collision course with congressional Republicans. Some of Democratic supporters may welcome Obama's newly combative negotiating style, but deficit watchdogs warn his plan falls short in key areas.
As Spain struggles to cope with its national debt, the socialist government there is turning to some extreme measures. It's auctioning off state industries, like airports and the national lottery. The government is hoping to generate enough cash to avoid asking the E.U. and International Monetary Fund for a bailout. But as Lauren Frayer reports from Madrid, selling off state assets is not the most straightforward solution.