Economy

U.S. Economy Rebounds In Spring With GDP Expanding At 4 Percent Rate

The news from the Commerce Department comes after the economy shrank at a 2.1 percent rate in the first quarter of the year. The numbers raise hope for continued growth in the second half of 2014.

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France's Nude Models Threaten To Strike

The models say they have no job security or vacation pay and aren't allowed to collect tips. Organizers have said "not just anyone can take their clothes off and hold a pose."

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NCAA Head-Injury Settlement Includes $70 Million Medical Fund

The NCAA has settled a class-action lawsuit over its head injury policies, pending approval. Supporters laud a $70 million fund for medical monitoring; others say there's no money for injured players.

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Ruling: McDonald's Can Be Held Liable For Franchises' Labor Violations

The case grew out of a series of strikes by employees demanding higher wages. McDonald's will challenge the ruling, but if it's upheld, it could become easier for U.S. employees to unionize.

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U.S. Judge Sides With Iraq, Blocks Kurds' Attempt To Sell Oil

A U.S. judge has blocked an effort by Iraq's Kurdistan region to sell $100 million worth of crude oil to refiners in the U.S. It's sitting in a giant tanker ship off the coast of Texas. The judge agreed with the Iraqi government that the oil belongs to it and not the Kurds.

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Bolivia Makes Child Labor Legal, In An Attempt To Make It Safer

New legislation in Bolivia will allow children as young as 10 to work. Critics say the law will keep kids out of school, but supporters argue that children are working anyway — and need protection.

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As Pharma Jobs Leave N.J., Office Space Ghost Towns Remain

In the last 20 years, New Jersey went from having more than 20 percent of U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturing jobs to less than 10 percent. That means offices, labs and warehouses have gone dark.

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New York Skyscraper's Separate 'Poor Door' Called A 'Disgrace'

A developer got tax breaks for creating affordable units in its luxury high-rise, but those tenants will have to use a separate entrance. Officials vow to review zoning laws that allowed the design.

McDonald's Responsible For Treatment Of Workers, Agency Says

The National Labor Relations Board has found that McDonald's shares responsibility for working conditions at its franchised restaurants. The company will fight the ruling.

All Things Considered

OkCupid Sometimes Messes A Bit With Love, In The Name Of Science

OkCupid, the online dating site, disclosed Monday that they sometimes manipulate their users' profiles for experiments.

Older Poor Americans And Their Desperate Search For Work

July 30, 2014
"Workampers" travel across the country in RVs, often performing seasonal work or even working part-time in huge Amazon warehouses. (Curtis Perry/Flickr)

Some who can’t afford to retire turn to “workamping,” living in an RV and finding work across the country.

GDP, Fed And Jobs Report: Economists Watching A Big Week In Money

July 30, 2014
Construction workers build a commercial complex in Springfield, Ill., July 17, 2014. (Seth Perlman/AP)

The U.S. economy grew by a strong 4 percent annual rate in the second quarter, rebounding after a disappointing winter.

A Better Way To Deal With Student Loans

July 30, 2014
Steven Trumble: "The U. S. has created an unsustainable model by which students are trading debt for a diploma." (aluedtke/Flickr)

The U. S. has created an unsustainable model by which students are trading debt for a diploma.

Patrick Signs $1B Convention Center Upgrade

July 29, 2014

Supporters say the upgrade will increase the center’s operating space by more than 50 percent and help Boston compete for the world’s largest and most lucrative conventions.

Has Britain’s Economy Fully Recovered?

July 29, 2014
Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney delivers the Bank of England Financial Stability Report to reporters in London on June 26, 2014. (John Stillwell/AFP/Getty Images)

Much of the growth is based on advances in the service sector. Still, officials say the British economy is now growing faster than Germany’s.

35 Percent Of Americans Have Debt In Collections

July 29, 2014
More than a third of Americans have unpaid debt that's been reported to a collection agency. (Morgan/Flickr)

That’s according to a study out today from The Urban Institute. The debt could be anything from hospital bills to an unpaid gym membership.

Tensions High As Patrick Offers Temporary Housing To Unaccompanied Minors

July 28, 2014
A young boy is is helped down from the top of a freight car, as Central Americans board a northbound freight train in Ixtepec, Mexico. (Eduardo Verdugo/AP)

Gov. Deval Patrick has offered temporary housing to approximately 1,000 Central American unaccompanied immigrant children who’ve recently crossed the border and are currently in federal custody.

Big Money In Dollar Tree’s Acquisition Of Family Dollar

July 28, 2014
A Dollar Tree store is seen on July 28, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Dollar Tree announced it will buy Family Dollar Stores for about $8.5 billion in cash and stock. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

We take a look at the $8.5 billion deal, and how the business of dollar stores has adapted as the economy has improved.

What The Latest Corporate Earnings Say About The Economy

July 25, 2014

We take a look at which industries and sectors are doing well and which are not – and what that says about the U.S. economy.

‘Send Them The Hell Back’: Emotions High On Housing Immigrant Children In Mass.

July 24, 2014
Christian Gonzalez, 9, of Lynn, Mass., displays a placard during a rally, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, on the steps of City Hall, in Lynn, held to protest what organizers describe as the scapegoating of immigrants for problems in the city. The mayor of Lynn and education officials complain their schools are being overwhelmed by young Guatemalans who speak neither English or Spanish as their first language. Gonzalez, a U.S. citizen, was born in Boston. (AP)

We look at the backlash against Governor Patrick’s plan to temporarily house unaccompanied children from Central America in Massachusetts.

Why Don’t We Eat Our Own Fish?

July 24, 2014
The seafood counter at Whole Foods Market in Hillsboro, Ore. is pictured Sept. 10, 2010. (Rick Bowmer/AP)

Most of the fish Americans eat is imported – about 90 percent. At the same time, the U.S. is exporting about one-third of its catch.

How One UMass Economist Would Set A Boston Area Minimum Wage

July 23, 2014
Pedro Rodriguez, right, talks with Andrus Reyes at a Burger King in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood in December, as part of nationwide protests in support of higher wages for workers in the fast-food industry and other minimum-wage jobs. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Using Arin Dube’s calculations, the Boston metro could have a have a wage floor of $12.85 an hour.

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.

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