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As Detroit car companies return to profitability, some workers who took buyouts are wondering if they made the right choice. Changing Gears, a new public radio project from the Midwest Public Media Collaborative, has the story of two veteran Chrysler workers who reacted differently to the same buyout offer.
The "new" General Motors started selling its stock to the public Thursday. The return of GM brought excitement to Wall Street as an American corporate icon was resurrected. But, the new GM still has obstacles ahead.
Financial officials will be taking a close look at Ireland's broken banking system. A big part of their mission is to restore confidence in the bond market and stop Ireland's malaise from spreading to other eurozone nations.
There's a new cap on how much interest payday lenders in Montana may charge. Voters there approved the measure earlier this month. Now, the payday loan industry says hundreds of jobs will be lost. Consumer advocates say the new law will help poor people.
Sports fans and partygoers who enjoy Budweiser beer may not realize that their iconic King of Beers is no longer American. The story of how international firm InBev bought Anheuser-Busch is the subject of a new book.
One of the biggest American beer makers is a lesser-known regional company, D.G. Yuengling and Son -- the country's oldest. Founded by a German immigrant in Pennsylvania 181 years ago, it's still run by the Yuengling family, and it's still growing.
Tax breaks don't get much bigger than the mortgage interest deduction. That makes it both an attractive target (because it's big), and one that may just be impossible to go after (because it's popular).
Two years ago in the run-up to the holiday season, the retail picture looked bleak, both for seasonal hiring and consumer spending. Both improved in 2009, and retailers are hiring again this holiday season, with many planning to bring on more temporary help than last year. Reporter Shannon Mullen stopped ...
Many homeowners who would love to lower their mortgage payment don't qualify for refinancing. And many who do are discovering that getting a new loan isn't so easy anymore. Housing experts say high credit scores are among the factors that remain extremely important to lenders.
Washington's governor and attorney general want to ban canned, caffeinated alcoholic beverages. Police officials say one called Four Loko recently sent nine Central Washington University students to the hospital. Other states are also considering banning the drinks, which some call "blackout in a can."
Some grocery stores are using the same sensory marketing tricks to change people's buying habits that big food companies and restaurants have used for years. These new marketing tools can also promote public health.
When General Motors has its initial public offering later this month, the U.S. government will sell a third of its stake in the company.
After a company patented two genes used in a popular test for breast and ovarian cancer, a judge ruled that the genes should not be patentable. Recently, the Justice Department sided with the judge, a decision that could overturn 30 years of legal precedent.
The latest terrorism attempt in Yemen revealed holes in the security screening of air cargo. Renee Montagne speaks with Brandon Fried of the Airforwarders Association about the challenges of screening air cargo.
Delta is one of the few major airlines that, for the most part, has never been unionized. Of its 75,000 worldwide employees, only pilots and flight dispatchers are organized. But Delta's flight attendants could change that once the election concludes Tuesday night.
Increasingly more Americans are working past the age of 65. At Vita Needle Co. in Needham, Mass., nearly half of the employees are senior citizens, some working in the factory even into their 90s. For the seniors, work gives them a sense of purpose. For the company, hiring seniors is good business.
When Deborah Cadbury was a child, an enormous box of Cadbury chocolates arrived on her doorstep every Christmas. It was just one of the perks of being related to a famous chocolate dynasty: the Cadburys.  Cadbury delves into her family's legacy in <em>Chocolate Wars.</em><em></em><em></em><em></em>
Politicians often say, "We need to run government more like a business." In California, the Republican candidates for governor and the U.S. Senate are two former corporate executives from Silicon Valley: Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina. Is running a company the same as running a state?
Business incubators are supposed to work like incubators for chicks or babies. The idea is that subsidized costs, and business advice for entrepreneurs, will help keep nascent companies alive. A new study finds success can be elusive for small businesses that start in incubators.
G-20 nations agreed this past weekend to refrain from competitive devaluation of their currencies. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner wanted the agreement to be more specific but other countries resisted.
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