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Cloud Data Security Concerns Raised After Reported Attack In China

A group says the Chinese government backed an attack against users of Apple's iCloud service. Experts worry attacks that target weaknesses in the transfer of data on the cloud will become more common.

NHTSA Adds More Than 3 Million Vehicles To Air Bag Recall

Almost 8 million vehicles are now being recalled over worries their air bags could malfunction. Vehicle owners in hot and humid climates are under special alert.

Weekly Innovation: An Umbrella For The Modern Age

The developers of the Sa say it's almost impossible to blow inside out. Based on origami, the umbrella's design replaces the metal skeleton with two canopies that expand and retract in unison.

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Banned Drugs Still Turning Up In Weight-Loss Supplements

Just because the Food and Drug Administration recalls a supplement because it contains dangerous substances doesn't mean the product disappears from the market.

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'Post' Editor Bradlee Helped Define Modern American Journalism

As executive editor, Ben Bradlee led The Washington Post to national acclaim. He was best known as a champion of ambitious reporters and stylish writers, goading them to new heights. He died Tuesday.

Halloween-Thanksgiving-Hanukkah-Christmas-New-Year Buying Begins

Most retailers are feeling optimistic as analysts forecast rising sales over this long shopping season. They are hoping Halloween will give them a good bounce into the peak spending time of the year.

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Problem With The Product: Mom Protests 'Breaking Bad' Merchandise

Toys R Us has given up selling figures based on the show Breaking Bad. A Florida mom protested the making of toys based on the story of a dying teacher who becomes a meth dealer.

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Airbag Recall Affects Millions Of Americans

Owners of vehicles with Japanese Takata airbags have been told to replace them immediately. David Greene speaks with David Shepardson of the Detroit News about the airbag recall.

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Ben Bradlee, Who Led 'Washington Post' To New Heights, Dies At 93

As editor, Bradlee led the newspaper to national eminence with charm, drive, instinct and, most notably, an epic confrontation with the Nixon White House.

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In More Cities, That Doggie In The Window Is Not For Sale

Almost 50 U.S. cities and towns have banned pet stores from selling puppies. The laws are aimed at cracking down on substandard, large-scale breeders, but many store owners say the bans are unfair.

Two Perspectives On Question 3: To Repeal Casinos Or Not To Repeal?

October 22, 2014
A proposed resort casino on the banks of the Mystic River in Everett, Mass. (AP)

A “yes” vote on Question 3 means yes to repeal and no to casinos. A “no” vote would uphold the state’s gaming law.

Modest Raise For Social Security Recipients

October 22, 2014
U.S. Treasury checks are piled at the U.S. Treasury printing facility July 18, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo illustration by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Economist Diane Swonk says the 1.7 percent cost-of-living increase falls short of the inflation older Americans actually see.

China’s Economic Growth Falters

October 21, 2014
A Chinese migrant worker passes by The People's Bank of China as he heads to a bus station in Beijing on May 1, 2013. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Its economy grew by 7.3 percent in the third quarter – better than expectations, but still the weakest performance in five years.

Holiday Retail Sales Projected To Be High

October 20, 2014
People shop in Macy's department store November 26, 2004 in New York City. The Friday after Thanksgiving, called "Black Friday," is one of the busiest shopping days of the year with stores opening early and a large number of shoppers looking for holiday gifts. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

A new report finds people are as ready and willing to go shopping as they were before the financial crisis.

Mass. Gas Prices Drop 9 Cents To Lowest Level Since 2011

October 20, 2014

Despite the steep drop, Massachusetts prices are 7 cents above the national per-gallon average.

The Economic Impact Of Ebola

October 17, 2014
World leaders meet about the impact of the Ebola crisis, during the IMF World Bank 2014 Annual Meetings on October 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The World Bank estimates Ebola could drain $32.6 billion from the global economy if it spreads beyond Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Mayor Walsh’s Plan To Create More Than 50,000 Housing Units

October 16, 2014
Celso Bias carries out a mattress from his apartment in Allston. (Chitose Suzuki/AP)

Mayor Marty Walsh has released a $20 billion plan to create 53,000 new housing units by the year 2030 spread throughout the city at a variety of income levels.

Larry Summers: Worry About Deflation Not Inflation

October 16, 2014
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on October 15, 2014 in New York City. As fears from Ebola and a global slowdown spread, stocks plunged on Wednesday with the Dow falling over 400 points during the afternoon before receovering slightly. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

In light of the volatile stock market, we asked Larry Summers for some perspective.

Mass. Adds 9,400 Jobs In September, After Market Basket Disruptions End

October 16, 2014
Protesters celebrate outside Market Basket headquarters in Tewksbury after the grocery chain reached a deal to return control back to Arthur T. Demoulas. (Aram Boghosian for WBUR)

Amid erratic jobs numbers, the state unemployment rate increased last month, from 5.8 percent to 6 percent.

What’s Behind Falling Stock Prices?

October 15, 2014
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on October 14, 2014 in New York City. Yesterday, the Dow dropped over 200 points as investors grow concerned about the global economy falling back into recession. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Stocks are falling sharply as traders dump risky assets and park their money in investments seen as relatively safe.

Oil Prices Plummet Amid Global Unease

October 14, 2014
Oil prices are at a four year low. One of the contributing factors is the shale boom, as on the Bakken Shale in North Dakota. Pictured here Scott Berreth, a derrick hand for Raven Drilling, works on an oil rig drilling into the Bakken shale formation on July 28, 2013 outside Watford City, North Dakota. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Oil prices are at a four year low. But lower gas prices might mean trouble for the economy.

French Economist Wins Nobel Prize

October 13, 2014
French economist Jean Tirole is seen at the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) on October 13, 2014 in Toulouse. Tirole is a master of game theory and industrial organisation. (Remy Gabalda/AFP/Getty Images)

Jean Tirole won the Nobel prize for economics for research on market regulation that has helped policymakers regulate industries dominated by a few companies.

MIT Graduate Jean Tirole Wins Nobel Economics Prize

October 13, 2014
French economist Jean Tirole won the Nobel prize for economics Monday for research on market power and regulation. (TT, Bertil Ericson/AP)

French economist Jean Tirole won the Nobel prize for economics Monday for research on market power and regulation that has helped policy-makers understand how to deal with industries dominated by a few dominant companies.

Untapped Potential: Autistic Adults

October 10, 2014
Susan Senator: "Cleaning up the shopping carts may not be your dream job, but for guys like my Nat, walking around in the fresh air, putting things away, and not having to talk to people is an ideal way for him to spend his time." (arlophoto/Flickr)

Cleaning up the shopping carts may not be your dream job, but for guys like my Nat, walking around in the fresh air, putting things away, and not having to talk to people is an ideal way for him to spend his time.

What Gender Diversity In The Workplace Means For Satisfaction And Productivitiy

October 9, 2014
(David Starkopf/Flickr)

A new study finds that employees are often more satisfied in same-gender work environments, but they’re more productive in mixed-gender workplaces.

European Finance Leaders Meet In Washington

October 9, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 09: International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde holds a news conference during the International Monetary Fund-World Bank Group annual meeting October 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. According to the IMF's World Economic Outlook, the global economy will grow 3.3 percent this year and 3.8 percent in 2015, slower than the monetary fund's previous estimate. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

European economic leaders arrive in Washington, D.C. for the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund.

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