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American families need to earn at least $68,000 a year to achieve basic economic security, a new report says. That's more than three times higher than the national poverty level. Child care can top rent as the biggest household expense.
With cotton prices rising to record highs thanks to a global shortage, U.S. cotton farmers are stepping up their acreage. In Kansas, a state long dominated by wheat and corn, it's the new crop on the block.
Washington, D.C., has joined dozens of other cities in going after online travel websites for what they claim are tens of millions of dollars in back taxes on hotel bookings. After years of court battles, online travel companies and cities agree that hotel laws need to be updated.
Debra Dahlmer has never missed a mortgage payment. But her lender, Bank of America, still threatened to foreclose on her. After a saga that has lasted for more than a year and a half, there might finally be light at the end of the tunnel.
Even though millions of Americans are looking for work, many employers say it's too hard to find good help. So, many companies and organizations are encouraging employees to be on the lookout for talent and are offering cash bonuses for referrals that lead to a hire.
In China, certain words have long been politically sensitive — for example, "Tiananmen Square," or "democracy." But the list is growing longer. Words like "regal" and "luxury" are being removed from billboards in Beijing.
Greece is hoping to raise tens of billions of dollars by selling off state assets, mostly real estate, to help keep it from defaulting on its international sovereign debt. The sell-off was part of an agreement reached with the European Union and International Monetary Fund in exchange for better ...
World Wrestling Entertainment is well known for featuring large men in small shorts theatrically walloping one another. But WWE also runs an independent film studio starring the likes of Danny Glover, Ed Harris and Patricia Clarkson in small, serious films.
Safety officials are inspecting other planes in the fleet after a hole developed Friday in the fuselage of a jet carrying 123 people. The plane made an emergency landing, and no serious injuries were reported.
House prices are so low these days that some people are able to buy homes even without outside help — homes they never could have afforded a few years ago without a dodgy loan. There are also more avenues for help: One program helps members of the big Vegas hotel union buy homes.
Chrysler invented the minivan 27 years ago. But after being wildly popular for years, the segment has lost customers — first to SUVs and then to crossovers. Now minivans are getting a makeover. They're more practical and convenient than ever before, and companies are trying to boost the minivan's sex appeal.
In 2008, the faltering economy sent Starbucks a wake up call. Former CEO Howard Schultz returned to the company's helm, and led the coffee giant in some corporate soul searching. He describes the process in his new book, <em>Onward: How Starbucks Fought For Its Life Without Losing Its Soul</em>.
Mobile phone giant AT&T; has announced plans to buy major rival T-Mobile. If the deal goes through, AT&T; would dominate U.S. telecommunications. It's reminiscent of when Ma Bell had a monopoly over the industry. Bloomberg New technology columnist Rich Jaroslovsky talks to Linda Wertheimer about the ...
Nintendo is releasing its new 3DS handheld device in the U.S. this weekend. It's the first 3D game system that doesn't require special glasses. Harold Goldberg, who covers video games for G4TV.com and <em>Boys' Life</em> magazine, talks to Steve Inskeep about the video game industry, and whether its ...
Japan's earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster have become one of the biggest tests ever for "just in time" manufacturing. That's the practice of having parts delivered just when they're needed instead of carrying large, costly inventories at assembly plants. Since the disasters, parts have been hard to come by.
The seven major Japanese automakers have either stopped or scaled back production in Japan because of the earthquake and tsunami. Most of the seven major Japanese car companies say they'll return to production this week.
The billions of dollars in business that tie the American heartland to Japan go far beyond the automotive industry. And so those many other businesses are trying to figure out how their bottom lines will be affected by the Asian country's disaster.
<em>The New York Times</em> has laid out its new pay wall, which will require its more voracious readers to pay for online content. Ken Doctor, a media analyst who's worked in and covered the news industry for more than three decades, talks to Linda Wertheimer about what this means for consumers.
The aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan is a human tragedy and can't be measured in dollars and scents. David Wessel, of <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>, tells Linda Wertheimer that uncertainty is never good for financial markets.
If you're in the market for a mobile device or a new contract, you'll find yourself bombarded by acronyms like LTE and HSPA. They're all part of the move to 4G. Rich Jaroslovsky, a technology columnist for Bloomberg News, talks to Renee Montagne about 4G.
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