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The Department of Housing and Urban Development is in the early stages of rethinking the way it calculates rent subsidies. The result could be to give Section 8 recipients enough money to afford rent wherever they choose. In Dallas, a change in the program could mean an opportunity for some, and a challenge ...
Two Michigan teenagers are spearheading a charge to remove palm oil from Girl Scout cookies in an effort to reduce environmental damage caused by growing palm trees. But the girls, who are scouts themselves, are facing push back from both palm plantations and Girl Scouts of the United States of America.
Factory managers in China are paying the price for success. Countless U.S. businesses have relocated to China in search of cheaper labor. Now the cost of that labor is rising. David Wessel, economics editor for <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>, talks to Steve Iskeep about his trip to China.
The group of original scores, costing $135 million, reads like a greatest hits of classical music.
In Baltimore, Md., homes that once sold for $300,000 can be had for just $30,000. Investors are paying cash and snapping up distressed properties throughout the city. But unlike house flippers of the real estate boom, these investors typically rent out the properties rather than sell them for a quick profit.
Democratic Governor Mark Dayton wants to raise income taxes on top earners to help fill a $5 billion budget gap. But Republicans who control the legislature oppose any tax hikes. If there's no deal by July 1, agencies will stop operating.
Drug companies aren't the only ones making money inventing new medicines for the market. A man in Massachusetts has brought three drugs to market almost on his own. His process is the same as the big drug makers, but he farms out each aspect of the process to independent labs and specialists. When the ...
China is making its presence known at this year's Paris Air Show. It is the premier event for those who make and buy aircraft. China is there as one of the world's largest purchasers of jetliners, and it is also trying to make its mark as a plane manufacturer.
The Prius is no longer the only "green" vehicle. Ford, Honda and GM all sell hybrids, too. Toyota's response: It's making Prius its own brand and rolling out new models, including the Prius v. The carmaker says the model could boost overall Prius sales by another 15-20 percent.
Most retail items sold in this country are not made in the U.S. But a brick-and-mortar store in upstate New York wants to change that with a simple idea: selling only U.S.-made products.
Climbing oil prices have led to higher airfares this summer. But not all passengers pay the same rate. Scott Mayerowitz, who covers airlines for The Associated Press, offers some tips on how to find a good fare.
The market for smartphone apps is growing quickly. Last month, Apple hit a milestone of 500,000 apps. And Google has more than 200,000 in the Android marketplace. Ben Keighran, CEO of Chomp, runs down his favorite new apps, from payments (Square) to car services (Getaround).
Home prices in many places continue to fall owing to an excess of foreclosures and inventory. And homebuilder Martha Rose, who has been in the business for about four decades, has felt the sting. But she's made the necessary adjustments to stay afloat and picked up a new hobby to cope with stress.
IBM's computer technology put it on top for years, but its failure to recognize the personal computer revolution hurt it badly. Now it has had to redefine itself to work its way back to the top. However, it's still sticking to its roots and pouring billions of dollars into research.
The four-year-old site is helping media outlets like The Huffington Post and The New York Times start tumblogs to better engage readers and even puts together social events so its bloggers can meet. But some analysts think people are eventually going to have to put a limit on the number of online ...
The 2010 Census found every state has seen an increase in Cuban-Americans from a decade earlier. So it may not be surprising that a popular South Florida coffee with deep Cuban roots is being swallowed up by a multi-billion dollar company.
Initial public offerings have been in the news a lot recently. Some of the offerings have been by hot Internet social media companies. Steve Inskeep talks to financial writer Andy Kessler about the IPOs.
Japan's economy is doing better than the government initially estimated in the first quarter. Kenneth Cukier, of <em>The Economist</em>, talks to Linda Wertheimer about why that is, and what challenges remain as the country rebuilds from March's devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Millions of Americans use 401(k) accounts to save for retirement. But the employer-based plans often include mutual funds and other investments that have high fees and hidden expenses. <em>New York Times</em> columnist Ron Lieber offers some tips for workers.
Speculators believe Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia — which includes her magazines, TV shows and radio shows — may be up for sale. After going to jail in 2004, Martha Stewart resuscitated her career, but her company has been losing money and is looking for a path back to profitability.
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