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A Portrait Of America's Middle Class, By The Numbers

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 10:35am

For some, "middle class" means never wanting for anything. For others, it means watching your budget. But economists agree that the middle class is shrinking, with more moving up than falling behind.

Brexit Bargains Abound As Loans And Gas Get Cheaper. Is That Good For Us?

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 7:00am

By voting to exit the European Union, Britons increased fears of recession. That has caused many prices to fall. Now economists aren't sure whether cheaper goods and loans will help or harm Americans.

Even In Rich Countries, Jobs Have Returned Only At A 'Painful' Pace

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 6:00am

Throughout the developed world, the economic recovery has been a disappointment for workers, according to a new report. It finds many rich countries still suffer with double-digit unemployment.

How Will Emissions Scandal Affect The Future Of VW's Vehicles?

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 4:05am

The $15 billion price tag for Volkswagen's diesel deception won't put VW out of business but it will greatly hamper the company's position in the global marketplace.

Investors Pull Funds From Britain's Commercial Real Estate Market

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 4:05am

Several British commercial property investment funds will no longer let people withdraw their funds. The outcome of the Brexit vote has accelerated the flow of funds out of the U.K.

Half A Million 'Hoverboards' Recalled Over Risk Of Fire, Explosions

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 5:11pm

Self-balancing scooters — better known as hoverboards (though they do not hover) — can spark, smoke, catch fire or explode, says the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Former Fox News Anchor Gretchen Carlson Sues Roger Ailes For Harassment

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 4:24pm

Carlson alleges that Ailes created a pervasively sexist atmosphere and that she was cut from Fox for rebuffing his sexual advances. She says she was told to learn to "get along with the boys."

Gretchen Carlson Sues Fox News' Roger Ailes For Sexual Harassment

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 3:29pm

Longtime Fox News host Gretchen Carlson is accusing the network's boss Roger Ailes of sexual harassment. Carlson alleges her contract was not renewed after she rebuffed repeated sexual advances from Ailes. The Fox News CEO and chairman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

A Nonprofit Grocer Tries To Sell Healthier Food Without Going Under

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 11:57am

For 12 years, Chester, Pa., had no supermarket. Then Fare & Square came to town. But getting people to eat better — while also becoming a sustainable business model — is a tall order.

Saying Goodbye To BlackBerry's Iconic Original Keyboard

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 11:53am

BlackBerry says it's discontinuing the final model that has the traditional clickety keyboard and trackpad — darlings of government workers, business people and early episodes of House of Cards.

If To Err Is Human, Should Technology Help Us Shed Some Humanity?

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 7:59am

Over the last half-century, advances in technology have forced a drop in deaths caused by technical lapses. And now, we count on technology to save us from our own errors. But we can do better.

VA Panel Report To Suggest More Private Care Choices For Veterans

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 4:02am

The debate over how to overhaul the $10 billion Veterans Choice program is the latest skirmish between those who would like to privatize the VA and supporters of government health care.

Abuse Documented In How Prisoners Are Transported Across State Lines

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 4:02am

David Greene talks to Eli Hager of the Marshall Project about abuse in the private prisoner transportation industry. He co-authored a report published Wednesday in partnership with The New York Times.

Borrowers Rejoice: A Treasury Benchmark Rate Fell To Record Low

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 6:22pm

On Tuesday, interest rates fell again as investors around the world moved money into safe havens, such as U.S. Treasurys. The 10-year Treasury note yield closed below 1.4 percent for the first time.

From Tree To Tap: Maple Water Makes A Splash

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 2:35pm

Unlike syrup, which is boiled down into a thick, sticky liquid, maple water is made from unprocessed sap that is 98 percent water. Its growing popularity is a boon for local farmers.

A Brief History Of America's Middle Class

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 2:20pm

What does it mean to be middle class in the U.S.? Over the past century, the idea of the "middle class" has gone through a number of drastic transformations.

Twinkies-Maker Hostess Plans A $2.3 Billion Stock Offering

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 9:35am

The plan is emerging after big changes at Hostess: its business is smaller; it has far fewer employees; and those employees are no longer represented by a union.

Communities Uneasy As Utilities Look For Places To Store Coal Ash

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 8:46am

In 2014, after disastrous spills and opposition from environmentalists, the EPA imposed new rules on the storage of coal ash. Two towns are pushing back against different ways of storing the ash.




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