Business Story of the Day: Episodes

Brazilian meat producer JBS is cornering the worldwide meat market by buying up companies from the United States to Australia to Italy. How does JBS, perhaps more than any other company, reflects the power of the new Brazil?
A proposed ban on shark fin consumption has environmentalists facing off against many Chinese restaurants in California. A state assemblyman says harvesting shark fins is brutal since often the fins are cut off and the living shark is dumped back into the ocean.
The fastest growing restaurant chain in the country is a hamburger eatery called Five Guys. Along with restaurants like Elevation Burger and Ray's Hell Burger, it offers fresh, steakhouse-quality beef — and is leading a revolution that's making the bigger chains take notice.
The Colombian city is one of the largest in the world to practice participatory budgeting — which has helped bring arts and social services to streets otherwise torn by poverty and violence.
Major U.S. automakers say the Obama administration's skepticism about whether hydrogen cars are viable is unwarranted. They insist the vehicles are ready for prime time and are urging the government not to cut funding for development.
The president and the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee were on opposite sides of a heated debate this past week over the best way to cut the federal deficit. But there's one thing Obama and Congressman Paul Ryan agree on: They both want to overhaul the corporate tax code.
Some same-sex couples have to file their federal income taxes in a new way this year. And for some of those couples, it means they'll save a lot of money. Thanks to new rules, they split their income down the middle.
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 ...
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