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FCC Approves New Rules Intended To Protect Open Internet

The Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines — 3 to 2 — to approve new net neutrality rules that would regulate access to the Internet more like a public utility.

Higher Wages, Lower Prices Give Consumers A Break

Something very unusual is happening in the U.S. economy. Traditionally, workers lose buying power to rising prices. But lately, paychecks and prices have been heading in opposite directions.

FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules For 'Open Internet'

The FCC approved the policy known as net neutrality by a 3-2 vote, with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler saying the agency will ensure that no entity "should control free open access to the Internet."

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Greek Finance Minister Gets A Chance To Fix Beleaguered Economy

Greece has been renegotiating its bailout deal with the European Union. The man guiding the country is new finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. A few years ago he was working for a video game company.

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West Coast Ports Dispute Caused Collateral Damage, Labor Secretary Says

Renee Montagne talks to Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who worked closely with the dock workers' union and port owners to negotiate a tentative settlement at 29 West Coast ports.

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Gov. Scott Walker Goes Head-To-Head With Labor Over Right-To-Work

Wisconsin Republicans are fast-tracking a "right to work" bill to Gov. Scott Walker. The law aims to weaken private sector unions by letting employees opt out of paying dues.

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On Net Neutrality, Republicans Pitch Oversight Rather Than Regulation

Backers say the net neutrality rules will ensure equal access to the net for content providers. But Republicans in Congress are no fans of FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler's plan.

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Farmers Fear Legal Status For Workers Would Lead Them Off The Farm

Produce growers often rely on workers who are in the U.S. illegally. Some farmers worry that if those workers gain legal status, they will leave agriculture. But some workers say they would stay.

The FCC's Net Neutrality Vote: Here's What You Need To Know

The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote on whether to reclassify the Internet as a utility. If it votes yes, the commission will not allow Internet service providers to throttle traffic.

Dentists Have No Right To Limit Who Can Whiten Your Teeth, Justices Say

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a North Carolina case that a board made up largely of dentists may not regulate whitening services.

Why Are Prices Falling As Wages Nudge Higher?

February 26, 2015
Saul Trana stands in the check-out line as he shops at a Walmart store on February 19, 2015 in Miami, Florida. The Walmart company announced Thursday that it will raise the wages of its store employees to $10 per hour by next February, bringing pay hikes to an estimated 500,000 workers. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The Consumer Price Index fell in January from a year earlier, the first annual drop in five years. NPR’s Marilyn Geewax explains why.

Gov. Baker Establishes Cabinet On Job Training

February 26, 2015
By executive order, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has created a Workforce Skills Cabinet. (Steven Senne/AP)

Hoping to boost the Massachusetts economy over the long term, Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday established a panel on bridging the so-called workforce skills gap.

On City Hall, Mayor Walsh Should Borrow An Idea From Candidate Walsh

February 25, 2015
It's time for the mayor to revive his City Hall campaign promise. (Daniel Schwen/ Wikimedia Commons)

It’s time for the mayor to revive his City Hall campaign promise.

Companies With Pension Benefits Grapple With Cost Of Longer Lives

February 24, 2015
General Motors is among the companies still offering pensions, but its pension plan is facing a growing shortfall as retired employees live longer. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

For companies that still offer pensions, longer lives for retirees could hurt the bottom line, to the tune of billions of dollars.

Yellen Delivers Assessment Of Economy

February 24, 2015
Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen testifies during a U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., February 24, 2015. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen is testifying before Congress, as the Fed remains concerned about low inflation and weak job growth.

Redesigning Houston’s METRO System Without Breaking The Bank

February 23, 2015
Maps of the existing Houston transit system (left) and the new plan (right). (transitsystemreimagining.com)

Houston has approved a plan to broaden the bus network, allowing riders to get to most areas of the city. But it comes with a trade-off.

White House Pushes For Tougher Rules On Retirement Funds

February 23, 2015
President Barack Obama speaks at the Department of Homeland Security about the administration's fiscal year 2016 budget request released earlier today February 2, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

The measure would make it harder for brokers to push their clients toward higher-fee retirement products and funds.

Greece And Eurozone Creditors Reach Deal, Official Says

February 20, 2015
The euro logo is pictured in front of the former headquarter of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, on February 13, 2015. (Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty Images)

An official close to discussions says a deal was reached between the two sides over the country’s request to extend its bailout.

Trillions Of Dollars In Household Debt Dragging Americans Down

February 19, 2015
Credit cards (Sean MacEntee/Flickr)

Household debt – including mortgages, credit cards, car loans and student loans – has been shooting up in recent months.

Wal-Mart Gives Minimum Wage Workers A Raise

February 19, 2015
A worker pulls a line of shopping carts toward a Walmart store in North Kingstown, R.I. in November 2012. (Steven Senne/AP)

The retail giant will raise the minimum pay for half a million workers to at least $9 and hour in April and to $10 by February 2016.

Illinois’ Republican Governor Proposes Deep Budget Cuts

February 19, 2015
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his State of the Budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Springfield Ill. Rauner called for deep spending cuts to Medicaid, pensions and other programs to fix the state’s budget mess without raising taxes. (Seth Perlman/AP)

The plan calls for deep cuts to Medicaid, pensions and other programs to fix the state’s budget mess without raising taxes.

Greece Rejects New Bailout Offer From Europe

February 16, 2015
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras gives a press conference during a European Union summit at the EU Headquarters in Brussels on February 12, 2015. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)

The eurozone’s top official effectively gave Greece an ultimatum to request an extension to the country’s bailout program.

European Leaders Debate Greece

February 16, 2015
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras gives a press conference during a European Union summit at the EU Headquarters in Brussels on February 12, 2015. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)

Greece’s new prime minister campaigned on promises to end the austerity measures that have accompanied the bailout.

Many In Mass. Await The Next Blizzard With No Heat

February 13, 2015
An oil tank in Robbin Taylor’s basement is empty and she has no money to fill it. The $900 in oil assistance she received at the beginning of winter is long gone. (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)

Roughly 200,000 Massachusetts households qualify for federal home energy assistance. And about half of those who receive aid have already exhausted that benefit.

Report: To Reduce Mass. Family Homelessness, Focus Less On Shelters

February 11, 2015

A report argues family homelessness in Massachusetts is beyond crisis levels and it’s time to shift our approach.

Cambridge Leads Mass. Towns With Big Upswings In Home Prices

February 10, 2015

Cambridge’s median price for a single-family home hit $1.2 million in 2014, up from $667,500 in 2005.

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