Long-term interest rates are ticking higher. The yield on the 10-year Treasury bond hit 3 percent Thursday. After a long period of extraordinarily low rates, analysts say the improving economy and a slightly less accommodating Fed will combine to make borrowing a bit more expensive.
As 2013 wraps up, NPR is looking at the numbers that tell this year's story. This year there was one tragic number that got us all talking about our clothing: where it comes from, who is making it, and under what conditions. 1,134 is the official death toll of the Rana Plaza building collapse.
As the volume of online orders surged, some retailers and package delivery companies were unable to fulfill promises to deliver gifts by Christmas. UPS acknowledged it was overwhelmed by all the late traffic. In response to complaints, Amazon says it is offering gift cards and refunds for shipping charges.