China's leaders were, until recently, seen as highly competent in managing the economy. But a bungled currency devaluation and a stock market collapse have challenged the conventional wisdom.
Louisiana has become the first state to track nearly all of its government vehicles. It's hoped to cut down on fuel use and prevent accidents. And, the project is off to a good start.
The stock market lately is giving indigestion to some people who told their financial advisers that they're ok with moderate risk. Others are just trying to tune out the roller-coaster market news.
You can spend millions on lobbyists or ads to influence the presidential election, but it is mostly illegal to bet on who will win the White House. But centuries ago, people bet on the papal election.
During the height of summer tourist season, miles of beaches have been closed. Flooding from heavy rains caused more than 500,000 gallons of waste to overflow from manholes and cascade into the surf.
Panicked selling after stocks have already crashed in value is a lousy investment strategy. But our human brains send us all kinds of bad impulses when it comes to investing.
In New York City, an instructor leads an indoor spinning class while cyclists at home around the country ride along — and compete with other riders — on special bikes outfitted with tablets.
NPR's Ari Shapiro and Audie Cornish talk to Reyhan Harmanci of the website Atlas Obscura about its reader contest to select the worst businesses that use puns in their names.
China's stock market had another rough day as other markets across the world seemed to recover. But the Dow took a late day plunge after another major sell-off.
NPR'S Audie Cornish talks to Megan Greene, managing director and chief economist at Manulife, about how the interest rate hike will affect mortgages, auto and student loans, and consumer behavior.
Stock prices may be having a meltdown, but consumers and homebuyers are still pushing the economy forward. In fact, a new round of data suggests the economy is gaining strength even as markets fall.
NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Gillian Tett, U.S. managing editor for the Financial Times, about the difference between a stock market "correction" or "crisis."
After the Charleston, S.C, church shootings, Kentucky banned the sale of Confederate flag merchandise at its state fair next year. Vendors are under pressure not to sell it at this year's fair.
Cattle rustling is a growing problem in Oklahoma, Texas and other beef-producing states. High beef prices and drug addiction are fueling the resurgence.
Steve Inskeep talks to former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers about his recent op-ed in The Washington Post calling on the Federal Reserve not to raise interest rates.
There are some indications of price drops, slowing sales and slowing factory production. The bigger question analysts are asking is about over-capacity. Is China just making too much stuff?
Stock prices in Asia are battered and prices are down in Europe too. In the U.S., investors wait to see if the turmoil is abating. Stocks began dropping over concerns about China's economic slowdown.
Selling after a market plunge, we are told, just locks in the loss and prevents investors from participating in the rebound. But human psychology can make that advice excruciating to follow.
Stock prices plunged Monday, prompting Wall Street analysts to talk about a "correction" in stock prices. But many savers worry that this might be the start of a long "bear" market.
It was an erratic day on Wall Street Monday. But outside the New York Stock Exchange in Lower Manhattan, traders and tourists alike were taking the ups and downs in stride.