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Want To Dine Out? You May Need To Buy Tickets — Or Bid On A Table

Some of the nation's restaurants are using technology to make diners commit before their night out. It's convenient for the restaurant and customer — and it may pry people away from old habits.

Ending Decades Of Family Leadership, 'Washington Post' Names New Publisher

Owner Jeffrey Bezos gave the job to Frederick J. Ryan Jr., a founding member of the website Politico. The Post had been run by the Graham family for eight decades.

After Just Two Years, Huge Atlantic City Casino Shuts Down

It cost $2.4 billion to build the Revel Casino Hotel. Its closure is part of a trend that will reportedly shutter a third of Atlantic City's big gambling halls by the end of September.

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What's In A Name? Former Arthur Andersen Employees Spell It Out

A company called WTAS is reviving the defunct accounting firm's name and hoping clients have forgotten its associations with the Enron scandal.

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German Bakers Threaten To Go On Strike

Pretzel makers warn that they are willing to strike just in time for the world's biggest beer festival. Oktoberfest begins at the end of this month.

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Neighboring States' Casinos Cast Bad Luck On Atlantic City

Atlantic City is losing two casinos this week. One factor is competition. There are more casinos catering to smaller pools of local customers. Maryland opened its fifth casino last week.

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Revel: Atlantic City's Most Expensive Failure

Gamblers placed their last bets Tuesday morning at the casino which just opened two years ago. Meanwhile, the Showboat shut down over the weekend and the Trump Plaza closes later this month.

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Summer Box Office Receipts Are The Worst In 8 Years

Steve Inskeep talks to Kim Masters, editor-at-large for The Hollywood Reporter, about the business of the box office. She's also the host of member station KCRW's The Business.

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Detroit Bankruptcy Battle Begins In Federal Court

The city's plan to restructure its debt has been praised as a creative way to protect both pensioners and its art museum. But some creditors — and residents — feel like they're being railroaded.

Eric Cantor Joins Wall Street Investment Bank

Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is joining the boutique investment bank Moelis & Co. The Virginia Republican was unexpectedly defeated in a June primary.

Gas Drops By A Penny Per Gallon In Massachusetts

September 2, 2014

Gasoline prices in Massachusetts continue to decline, although more slowly than they have been.

After Two Disasters, Malaysia Airlines To Cut 6,000 Jobs

August 29, 2014
A Malaysia Airlines plane prepares to land at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur on August 27. (Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images)

The airline has been losing ground for years, but the economic picture worsened in 2014 after two of its planes crashed in five months.

Arthur T. Demoulas Reinstated As CEO Of Market Basket

August 28, 2014
Market Basket employee Melbi Peraza, of Chelsea, restocks frozen shrimp at a Market Basket location in Chelsea Thursday. (Steven Senne/AP)

Workers spent much of Thursday loading up delivery trucks and getting food back into 71 New England Market Basket stores, following the remarkable conclusion of one of the most amazing stories in American business history.

Emigration Takes A Toll On Irish Island

August 25, 2014
On Achill Island in Ireland, the local Gaelic football club has lost 20 players - more than a team's worth - to emigration in the last few years, reports John Murphy. (@JohnMurphy1964/Twitter)

On Achill Island, the local Gaelic football club has lost 20 players to emigration in the last few years, reports John Murphy.

Yellen’s Signals On Interest Rates Still Unclear

August 22, 2014
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen arrives for a dinner during the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium at the Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park near Jackson, Wyo. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (John Locher/AP)

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen spoke in Wyoming, today and offered no clear sign the Fed would raise interest rates this year.

From Steel To Beer: Revitalizing Pennsylvania

August 22, 2014
Ruckus Brewing Company plans to renovate the former Neuweiler Brewery in Allentown, Pa. into a contract brewing facility, brew pub, and commercial office space. (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

People are hoping that one of America’s oldest industries can help revitalize some of the state’s post-industrial downtowns.

How Can Boston Improve Its Food Truck Scene?

August 22, 2014
Roxy's Grilled Cheese was one of the first to the Boston food truck scene. (Bing/Flickr)

James DiSabatino, the “chief cheese griller” at Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, shares his food truck wisdom.

MIT’s David Wilson On His Carbon Tax Proposal

August 19, 2014
An advocacy group in Massachusetts is proposing a revenue-neutral carbon tax that could potentially increase taxes on gas, but at the same time would reduce income and sales taxes. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

MIT Professor Emeritus David Wilson is credited with coming up with one of the earliest prototypes for a carbon tax.

Home Construction Jumps, Even As Housing Market Cools

August 19, 2014
A home is seen for sale on February 25, 2014, in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Cardiff Garcia of the Financial Times discusses the forces driving the housing ups and downs.

Abandoned Homes In Buffalo, N.Y. Selling For $1

August 19, 2014
Pictured is the home Mike Puma bought for $1 in Buffalo, before repairs began. (Mike Puma)

Instead of tearing the homes down, city officials are selling them for $1, as part of the “Urban Homestead Program.”

Week In Review: Market Basket, Income Inequality, Politics

August 15, 2014
Boston Red Sox greats Roger Clemens, Nomar Garciaparra and Pedro Martinez before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. (AP)

We’ll talk about Market Basket, the mayoral task force on income inequality, the race for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, and the sales tax holiday.

Panama Canal Turns 100

August 15, 2014
Tourists take pictures of Pedro Miguel Locks during a boat trip through the Panama Canal, on August 12. August 15 marks the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal, considered to be one of the 20th century's marvels of engineering and through which goes five percent of the maritime world trade.(Rodrigo Arangua/AFP/Getty Images)

As the canal marks its centennial, we discuss its current expansion and potential competition from Nicaragua and Egypt.

What You Need To Know About This Weekend’s Sales Tax Holiday In Mass.

August 15, 2014
Sharon Squillace, center, and Glen Daly, right, both from Boston, wait in line after shopping tax free at IKEA in Stoughton, Mass. in 2007. (Lisa Poole/AP)

While there are some exceptions, most retail items under $2,500 are exempt from the state’s sales tax this weekend.

New Federal Reserve Study Reveals High Poverty Levels In New England’s Suburbs

August 14, 2014
A new study out from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston reveals stark levels of poverty in New England's suburbs. (Joe Dyndale/Flickr)

We examine the problem of suburban poverty.

Gov. Patrick Refiles Non-Compete, Liquor License Bills

August 14, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick has re-filed legislation intended to limit the use of so-called “non-compete agreements” in the private sector.

Mass. Jobs Jump In July; Unemployment Rate Ticks Up

August 14, 2014

The Massachusetts economy added 13,800 jobs in July, according to preliminary estimates, while the state unemployment rate ticked up to 5.6 percent.

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