Economy

Glass Or No Glass? That Is The Grill Lid Question

Would you be a better cook if you could see your food on the grill without lifting the lid? We take a peek under the hood of an innovative glass-top grill that claims to help prevent the dreaded burn.

Inflation Came In Low Again, But Are There Bubbles?

If inflation were to flare up, Fed policymakers would have to push up interest rates. Tuesday's consumer price report suggests inflation is low, but some say the data isn't capturing asset "bubbles."

Deal In Detroit Could Signal Cuts To Pensions Elsewhere

Pensions have long enjoyed strong legal protections, but recent bankruptcy cases suggest this might be changing. As a result, cities and states might ask more workers to accept a little less.

'Audience Measurement': How Networks And Critics Are Wrestling With Numbers

This year's Television Critics Association press tour found networks pitching hard for the view beyond overnight ratings. But getting the right number isn't the end of the issue.

U.S. Appeals Courts Issue Conflicting Decisions On Obamacare Subsidies

One panel threw out subsidies in the 36 states that did not set up their own insurance exchanges. Another said the IRS rule that set them up was legal.

States Experiment With Health Savings Accounts For Medicaid

People who contribute up to $25 a month would be exempt from cost-sharing requirements. But some consumer advocates say the health savings accounts add a needless layer of complexity to Medicaid.

Detroit Pensioners Approve City's Bankruptcy Plan

The vote marked a major step in moving the city's bankruptcy forward. Retired police and firefighters overwhelmingly approved some cuts in their pensions.

Morning Edition

Telecommuting Didn't Work Out For One Transplanted Worker

All summer, we're talking with out-of-work young adults about how they're making ends meet. Chrystina Gastlelum, 32, moved to Maine from New York City and tried to keep doing her job remotely.

Morning Edition

Piano Made Famous In 'Casablanca' Goes On Auction Block

The piano is a constant presence in the Humphrey Bogart film, underscoring much of the legendary bar-room dialogue. Bonhams auction house expects it to sell for over a million dollars.

Morning Edition

Credit Suisse Reports $770 Million Loss

The second-quarter figure marks the biggest loss for the bank since the 2008 financial crisis. Much of that is due to a legal settlement with U.S. tax authorities — including a $2.6 billion fine.

Fishing On The Cape

July 22, 2014
Handline fishing at dusk. (Flickr)

A recent government assessment put the Cod population at less than one fifth of what scientists say is necessary to maintain a healthy population. To protect the dwindling species, two years ago the feds cut the quota for cod fishing by roughly 80 percent.

Another Facet Of The Jobs Debate: Baby Boomers

July 21, 2014
Participation in the workforce has dropped significantly since 2007, and economists say more than half of the dropouts may never return. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The U.S. labor force has been shrinking since 2007. Some say this is because baby boomers are retiring, but critics disagree.

Mass. Gas Prices Drop A Nickel

July 21, 2014

AAA Southern New England reports Monday that the cost of a gallon of self-serve regular has dropped 5 cents to an average of $3.62.

Wampanoag Chief Has Mixed Feelings On Casino Bid

July 20, 2014

The tribe’s chief, 92-year-old Vernon “Silent Drum” Lopez, said he is awed by how far the tribe has come since the days of his youth, but he has mixed feelings about a potential next step: a $500 million casino resort that the tribe is proposing to build in Taunton.

What This Plane Crash Means For Airlines

July 18, 2014
A Malaysia airlines plane is seen on the tarmac at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on July 18, 2014. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

We discuss potential economic consequences of the downed plane in eastern Ukraine, which might include higher airfares, with Bloomberg’s Michael Regan.

The High Price Of Financial Transactions When You’re Poor

July 17, 2014
Many of the approximately 70 million Americans who don't have a bank account or access to traditional financial services end up relying on check-cashing services, which come with hefty fees. (Orin Zebest/Flickr)

Derek Thompson says “for tens of millions of Americans without a bank account, paying a bill isn’t just an odyssey, it’s a part-time job.”

San Francisco Median Home Price Hits $1 Million

July 17, 2014
According to real estate website Zillow, each of the Painted Ladies in San Francisco's "Postcard Row" is worth around $3 million. (Leonardo Stabile/Flickr)

We look at what you can get for a million dollars in San Francisco, and what’s driving up home prices in an already-pricey city.

Microsoft To Cut Up To 18,000 Jobs

July 17, 2014
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivers a keynote address during the 2014 Microsoft Build developer conference on April 2, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The tech giant will eliminate the jobs over the next year, as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April.

Mass. Adds 3,700 Jobs In June; Jobless Rate Ticks Down To 5.5 Percent

July 17, 2014

That’s the lowest state jobless rate since August 2008, and the figure is down from 6.8 percent in January.

Toward A Better America: Readjusting The Value Of Low-Paid, High-Commitment Work

July 17, 2014
Janna Malamud Smith: "Incomes have become so grotesquely skewed that anyone who chooses to teach is choosing a tougher path." (cybrarian77/flickr)

Incomes have become so grotesquely skewed that anyone who chooses to teach is choosing a tougher path.

Mass. Gas Prices Remain Unchanged

July 14, 2014

AAA Southern New England reports Monday that self-serve, regular remains at $3.67 a gallon, the same as last week.

Wine Lovers Raise A Glass To Direct Shipping Law

July 12, 2014

A provision in the new state budget lifts a long-standing prohibition on direct deliveries from wineries to consumers.

Patrick Signs $36B State Budget, Announces $16M In Vetoes

July 11, 2014

Patrick, whose second and final term ends in January, said Friday that the $36.5 billion state budget continues his administration’s investment in “education, innovation and infrastructure.”

Citigroup And Justice Department Reportedly Near Deal

July 9, 2014
In this Jan. 6, 2012 photo, a Citibank customer makes a transaction at an ATM, in New York. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

The reported $7 billion deal would settle allegations that the bank sold shoddy mortgages in the run up to the 2008 financial crisis.

Is It Time To Get Rid Of Noncompete Agreements?

July 7, 2014

The debate over noncompetes in Massachusetts pits many established corporations against Greater Boston’s tech sector.

Dow Jones Closes At An All-Time High

July 4, 2014
A screen displays the Dow at 17,041.23 on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the morning of July 3 in New York City. The Dow Jones passed 17,000 for the first time today, as economy continues to recover. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The oldest gauge for tracking stock prices topped 17,000 on Thursday, another in a string of records for the Dow Jones.

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