Business News

Subscribe to Business News feed Business News
Find the latest business news with reports on Wall Street, interest rates, banking, companies, and U.S. and world financial markets. Subscribe to the Business Story of the Day podcast.
Updated: 1 hour 23 min ago

Financial Aid 101: Earlier FAFSA Provides More Time To Line Up Tuition

Sat, 02/20/2016 - 1:52pm

This year, high school students will find out how much money they'll get from colleges well in advance. That's because FAFSA applications can be submitted as early as October.

Expensive Journals Drive Academics To Break Copyright Law

Sat, 02/20/2016 - 7:22am

A new pirate website called Sci-Hub allows free access to academic journals behind paywalls. Heather Joseph, an advocate for legal open access, explains the situation to Linda Wertheimer.

Trump Calls For Apple Boycott, But Lawmakers Don't See Clear Path In iPhone Case

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 4:22pm

Whatever Congress might come up with would certainly be controversial — and this is an election year. That hasn't stopped some lawmakers from taking sides in the privacy vs. national security debate.

DOJ Lays Out Its Legal Case For Why Apple Should Help Crack An iPhone

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 4:13pm

The U.S. government says Apple's refusal to help investigators access data on a San Bernardino shooter's phone is guided by brand and business concerns. A hearing date has been set in California.

Oh, Nuts! U.S. Pistachio Growers Worry About Competition From Iran

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 11:56am

Iran is historically known for its pistachios. With sanctions against Iran lifted, its growers are free to sell in the U.S. Iranian nuts haven't flooded the U.S. yet — but that could soon change.

Univision's Ramos Seeks New Audiences On Facebook — And Draws Millions

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 7:00am

Broadcasting in both English and Spanish with Facebook's new live-streaming tool, one of the nation's most recognizable anchors has found millions of viewers.

Univision's Ramos Seeks News Audiences On Facebook — And Draws Millions

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 7:00am

Broadcasting in both English and Spanish with Facebook's new live-streaming tool, one of the nation's most recognizable anchors has found millions of viewers.

Can A 1789 Law Apply To An iPhone?

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 6:18am

The All Writs Act of 1789 was cited by a federal magistrate in ordering Apple to unlock an iPhone.

Congress Should Decide Encryption Issue, Sen. Angus King Says

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 4:16am

Angus King, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, talks to Steve Inskeep about who should be able to compel companies to allow law enforcement access to encrypted communications.

Mozilla Foundation Backs Apple In Encryption Case With Federal Government

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 4:16am

A federal court is battling Apple over encryption. The Mozilla Foundation launched a pro-encryption campaign. Steve Inskeep talks to Mark Surman, the foundation's executive director.

Experts Ponder Old Laws' Usefulness In The Age Of Smartphones

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 4:16am

Apple's clash with the federal government over unlocking the phone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters has exposed how inadequate much of U.S. law is in the face of fast-evolving technologies.

Why Money Is Pouring Out Of China

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 4:16am

Despite an uptick this week, the value of China's currency has been sliding since August. What does all this mean for China's slowing growth and the global economy?

Consumer Complaints About Airlines Soar

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 5:43pm

Complaints were up about 30 percent last year over 2014. The most frequent complaints were about flights being delayed or cancelled, and luggage that was lost or damaged.

Experts Cast Doubt On What Else FBI Might Get From Suspect's iPhone

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 5:35pm

The showdown between the FBI and Apple could result in huge changes for security and privacy, but one thing it may not do is deliver a big break in the San Bernardino case.

FBI-Apple Showdown Is The Latest Battle In A Bigger War

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 4:35pm

The question of whether tech companies should be required to build backdoors has been floating around Congress for years. A public fight over the San Bernardino terrorism case could break the logjam.

What If It Wasn't An iPhone? What The Apple/FBI Case Means For The Industry

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 3:58pm

Apple is in a unique position to challenge the FBI's request for access to a terrorist suspect's iPhone. Nonetheless, more tech companies worry about the precedent.

Why Did America's CEOs Get Such A Big Raise?

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 3:25pm

There was a time when heads of corporations made a lot less money. And then suddenly, average CEO pay shot up. Planet Money explores why America's CEOs got a big raise.

Leaking Natural Gas Well In California Is Permanently Sealed

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 1:26pm

After spewing methane into the atmosphere for months, a storage well near Porter Ranch, Los Angeles, has been permanently sealed and taken out of service, state officials and the gas utility say.

Wal-Mart Had A Tough Year, But Workers And Shoppers Got A Boost

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 1:05pm

Wal-Mart's sales and profits took hits last year as the company closed stores, raised wages, cut prices and sweated out a warm December. But those same factors helped workers and shoppers.

'World's Cheapest Smartphone' Goes On Sale For $4 In India

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 11:22am

Reviewers who've looked at the phone say it doesn't offer anything special – except for a price that's far below anything else on the market. It's also the subject of much speculation.




WLRH Public Radio
UAH Campus
John Wright Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899

Get Directions


(256) 895-9574

(800) 239-9574