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The Transportation Department says an investigation into sudden, unintended acceleration of Toyotas shows they were caused by mechanical problems, not electronic glitches. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says NASA engineers examined hundreds of thousands of lines of software code to look for flaws.
Revenue for ads embedded in social games is expected to more than double between 2010 and 2012, thanks to companies selling everything from fast food to entertainment. After Farmers Insurance Group ran its first ad in FarmVille, 5 million gamers downloaded it.
Nearly 20 states have either banned payday lenders or imposed interest rate caps that discourage them from setting up shop. But a report shows that some payday lenders have tried to find a way around the limits by partnering with Native American tribes and setting up shop online.
Republicans are demanding big cuts in all spending that isn't defense-related. Democrats say the economic recovery is still too fragile to do that. Now Democrats warn that the GOP could shut down the government and allow a default on the national debt if it doesn't get the cuts it wants.
Some of the millions of Americans who have lost jobs in the past few years are looking to replace the lost income with direct sales. Think Tupperware, Avon and Pampered Chef. But making real money is real work.
Nearly 1 in 4 foreclosures in Nevada involved a decision to walk away from the mortgage even though the homeowners could pay, according to a new report that examines the causes of the state's foreclosure crisis.
In Hawaii, hearings begin Tuesday for the state's extensive windmill project. The plan is for a massive wind farm with hundreds of windmills on several islands. It's the largest renewable energy project for a state racing to get off oil.
The Lord giveth and the bank taketh away — at least, that is what a lot of churches have found recently. Lenders foreclosed on about 100 churches last year, an enormous increase from just a few years ago. It suggests even doing God's work does not always keep the creditors away.
A solar panel manufacturer's decision to move its factory to China means the loss of 800 jobs in Massachusetts. The state gave the company many incentives. But officials say the federal government needs to play a stronger role in keeping manufacturing jobs in the U.S.
Officials in Beijing are trying to radically reduce the number of cars on the road. Only 240,000 license plates are being issued this year, less than one-third of last year's allotment. Car dealers say the move will hurt sales.
For less than $100 a year, a member of Sam's Club can get a personalized health prevention plan. They also get two health coaching sessions, access to a 24/7 nurse hotline and online health tracking tools. It's the latest effort by Walmart, which owns Sam's Club, to push further into the health field.
The nation's biggest banks have been reporting quarterly profits, and some of the numbers have been impressive. Bank of America, the country's biggest bank, reported losses but other big banks made billions of dollars last year. David Wessel of <em>The Wall Stree Journal</em> talks to Renee Montagne ...
Google co-founder Larry Page is taking over as CEO in an unexpected shake-up that upstaged the Internet search leader's fourth-quarter earnings. Page reclaims the top job from Eric Schmidt, who had been brought in as CEO a decade ago.
With demand for bison meat outpacing supply, U.S. bison ranchers hope to recruit more people into their industry. A shortage of bison is pushing prices close to record highs.
JPMorgan Chase overcharged more than 4,000 active-duty military personnel on their home loans and foreclosed in error on 14 of them. The company said it would send out $2 million worth of refunds to 4,000 active-duty customers who were affected.
Giving + Learning, a nonprofit in Fargo, N.D., matches up retirees with refugees. In the past decade, volunteers have taught refugees how to speak English, how to drive -- or they have simply visited those without a car or job who may feel isolated.
Electric cars are all the rage at the North American International Auto Show. The star of the Detroit show is the Chevy Volt, and there are plenty of others on display. Still, experts say electric cars will account for only a small sliver of sales for the foreseeable future.
Officials in the Obama administration want to lower the 35 percent corporate tax rate, which is one of the highest in the world. Ways to pay for that could include closing loopholes and eliminating deductions. David Wessel of <em>The Wall Street Journal </em>talks to Renee Montagne about some of the ideas.
Visitors to Rome now have to pay an extra tax to stay at hotels in the Italian capital. Critics say the new tax, of up to $4 per night depending on the class of hotel, will dissuade tourists from coming to Rome. Cash-strapped local officials say the tax will boost city funds by more than $100 million per year.
Some economists who testified about the global financial crisis were compensated by financial firms. As economists gathered for a meeting in Denver, several urged adopting a code of ethics to help restore credibility to their profession. Others aren't so sure a code is needed.
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