Economy

Got My Goat? Vermont Farms Put Fresh Meat On Refugee Tables

Americans don't eat much barbecued goat, but the meat is a mainstay in many African, Asian and Caribbean diets. In Vermont, farmers raise for refugees and immigrants, with hopes to mainstream it.

With Medical Debt Rising, Some Doctors Push For Payment Upfront

Rising deductibles and copayments have driven some patients to put off paying their bills. So doctors, who have payrolls to meet, too, are getting much more aggressive about collecting their fees.

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Life Outside The Fast Lane: Startups Wary Of Web Traffic Plan

The Federal Communications Commission's proposal would let Web companies pay for faster access. But entrepreneurs, like Reddit's co-founder, are wondering how they would have fared with such rules.

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Postal Workers Protest At Staples Over Shift In Jobs

U.S. Postal Service workers picketed in front of Staples stores on Thursday. They were protesting USPS plans to provide mail services inside Staples stores, using nonunion Staples employees.

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Rural Hospitals Weigh Independence Against Need For Computer Help

Hospitals in out-of-the-way places are making trade-offs as they adopt electronic medical records. Some are joining larger health systems, while others are searching for ways to go it alone.

California Farmers Finagle A Fig For All Seasons

Two growers are competing to harvest fresh figs earlier and earlier in hopes of transforming the industry for year-round production. But some fig lovers say they can hold out for summer fruit.

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Tech Giants Pony Up Cash To Help Prevent Another Heartbleed

Google, Intel and others say they will now financially support the open-source software that encrypts much of the traffic on the Internet. The effort follows the discovery of a key security flaw.

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Despite Popularity, Mysteries Of E-Cigarettes Persist

Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, explains the new research on e-cigarettes and offers his take on new regulations proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.

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With New E-Cigarette Rules, FDA Hopes To Tame A 'Wild, Wild West'

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing to expand its regulatory powers to e-cigarettes and other popular products containing nicotine.

Using Technology To Fix The Texting-While-Driving Problem

Parents, cities and software companies have advocated or developed apps that block texts and calls when you're driving. But an Apple patent for locking phone functions could make a big impact.

Tech Giants Apple And Facebook Report Strong Revenues

April 24, 2014

Both companies exceeded expectations in their latest earnings reports. Can they keep it up?

California Governor Calls For New Rainy Day Fund

April 24, 2014
California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during a news conference on January 17, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Gov. Jerry Brown is calling on the state to save extra tax revenue that could be spent only in deficit years.

Massachusetts Homes Sales Down In March

April 23, 2014

BOSTON — Two organizations that follow the state’s real estate market say a shortage of homes on the market is driving down sales while driving up prices.

Grading Community Colleges, 5 Years Into Obama Improvement Efforts

April 21, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden speak to guests at the Community College of Allegheny County on April 16, 2014 in Oakdale, Pennsylvania. The President and Vice President are announcing new federal investments using existing funds to support job-driven training, like apprenticeships, that will expand partnerships with industry, businesses, unions, community colleges, and training organizations to train workers in the skills they need. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

With all the attention from the White House, how are community colleges doing?

Mass. Adds 8,100 Jobs In March; Unemployment Rate Falls To 6.3 Percent

April 17, 2014

BOSTON — The state’s labor force increased by more than 12,000 people in March, another positive sign.

The McCutcheon Decision: Bribery By Another Name?

April 17, 2014
When the unequal influence of rich people is a "fact of life," where's the line between influence and bribery? In this photo, Republican activist Shaun McCutcheon of Hoover, Ala., center, leaves the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, after the court's hearing on campaign finance. (Susan Walsh/AP)

When the unequal influence of rich people is a “fact of life,” where’s the line between influence and bribery?

Slow Start To Spring Housing Market

April 16, 2014

Usually as the weather heats up, so does the U.S. housing market. However, it appears the spring selling season is off to a slow start.

Who Wins, Loses In Social Spending

April 16, 2014

Washington Post opinion columnist Catherine Rampell recently sparked a heated debate about government social spending. She joins us.

Tensions Build In San Francisco Amid Tech Boom

April 16, 2014
Members of the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco and other activists protest outside of City Hall in San Francisco, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. San Francisco officials are set to vote on a plan to start regulating employee shuttles for companies like Google, Facebook and Apple, charging a fee for those that use public bus stops and controlling where they load and unload. Private shuttle buses have created traffic problems, blocking public bus stops during peak commute hours. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

As San Francisco experiences a historic economic boom, some activists say not all city residents are reaping the benefits.

Is China Heading Towards A Housing Bust?

April 15, 2014

In Chinese “ghost cities,” 20-story high rises have only a few occupants and developers are offering discounts as high as 40 percent.

What’s Behind The Nasdaq Biotech Sell-Off

April 14, 2014

The Nasdaq fell 3 percent and on Friday it fell again. Many are nervous that we could be in the middle of a tech bubble.

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