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'American Gothic' House Available To Rent

The renter of Iowa's most famous house is moving out. The farm house pictured in Grant Wood's painting, American Gothic, is rented out by the state's historical society.

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Vermont Nonprofit Successfully Helps Homeowners Weatherize

Old houses that dot New England's landscape are often expensive to heat. A nonprofit housing agency in Vermont is using customer service to get homeowners to make their houses more energy efficient.

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Holder Urges Bigger Rewards For Wall Street Whistleblowers

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the government needs to pay whistleblowers more money if it wants to prevent financial sector fraud.

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Wilderness Area Accused Of Inhibiting Idaho Town's Economy

Since President Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law, Congress has set aside more than 109 million acres for federal protection. But off-limit landscape represents untapped potential for towns.

Federal Reserve To Markets: Nothing To See Here; Move Along

The Fed said because wage-and-price hikes remain low and growth continues at a moderate pace, interest rates will stay at historic lows for a "considerable time."

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Fed Pledges To Keep Interest Rates Low For A While

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen took questions from reporters on Wednesday afternoon after the central bank's release of a new policy statement. The Fed said that its bond-buying stimulus program would end next month but it will still be a "considerable time" before short-term interest rates are increased.

3.7 Million Comments Later, Here's Where Net Neutrality Stands

A proposal about how to maintain unfettered access to Internet content drew a bigger public response than any single issue in the Federal Communication Commission's history. What's next?

How Catholic Insurance Companies Outsource Contraceptive Coverage

For years Catholic health plans have been arranging for independent insurance firms to provide contraceptive coverage to their enrollees.

These People Can Make Student Loans Disappear

A group called Rolling Jubilee has "abolished" more than $3 million in private student loans from the for-profit Corinthian Colleges. And it's just getting started.

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Congressional Panels Chastise NHTSA Over GM Ignition Problems

Committees are looking at the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration after questions arose about how it handles recalls, including General Motors' recall over faulty ignition switches.

Mass. Loses 5,300 Jobs In August As ‘Temporary Job Disruptions’ Are Cited

September 18, 2014
Though not mentioned by name, protesting Market Basket workers, like those seen here last month in Tewksbury, likely affected the state jobs figures. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Though Market Basket is not cited by name, the state jobs report makes an apparent reference to workers who were off the job there last month.

Federal Reserve Will Keep Interest Rates At Record Low

September 17, 2014

The Federal Reserve says it plans to keep interest rates near zero because a broad range of U.S. economic measures remain subpar.

Three Years Later, Where Is the Occupy Movement?

September 17, 2014
Author and journalist Matt Taibbi speaks to a crowd of Occupy Wall Street protestors after a march on the offices of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in New York. (John Minchillo/AP)

The Occupy Wall Street, which started as a protest of corporate greed, is now tackling student loan debt.

Harvard Study Warns Business Community Of Economic Inequality Risks

September 16, 2014
A new Harvard Business School report joins in the chorus of concern about economic inequality. (nsub1/Flickr)

The voices warning us about the dangers of economic inequality are starting to come out of the deep trenches of the business community.

Detroit’s Post-Bankruptcy Blues

September 16, 2014
Monument to Joe Louis in downtown Detroit. (memories_by_mike/Flickr)

Detroit is one step closer to ending its bankruptcy ordeal, but it doesn’t mean the city’s revenue problems will be over.

Rising Income Inequality Linked To State Tax Revenues Decreasing

September 16, 2014
States rely on sales tax and income tax for the bulk of their revenues. But the growing income gap means states are more dependent on wealthy people for income tax collection, making planning future budgets more difficult. (alancleaver/Flickr)

A new report shows that growing income inequality is contributing to a decline in state tax revenues.

Fed Gathers For Decision On End Of Bond Buying

September 16, 2014
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen pictured here testifying before the House Financial Services Committee on July 16, 2014. The Fed is meeting today and tomorrow to discuss quantitative easing and short term interest rates. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The Federal Reserve meets today and tomorrow to chart out a course to end the bond-buying program known as quantitative easing.

Boston Area’s Economic Growth Slowed Last Year

September 16, 2014
New England metro GDP growth in 2013

Greater Boston’s economy grew 1.6 percent in 2013. The metro area expanded 2.5 percent the year before.

And Baby Makes Five: Married Life, With Roommates

September 16, 2014
Theron Tingstad: "There is something special about sharing periods of your life with people who, while not family, are more than friends." (polaroidjesus/Flickr)

There is something special about sharing periods of your life with people who, while not family, are more than friends.

Northeastern Study: Not Enough Spots In Massachusetts Vocational Schools

September 15, 2014
Students work on a car at Worcester Technical High School. (US Department of Education/Flickr)

Among the issues the next Massachusetts governor will face is a growing disconnect between the number of manufacturing jobs available in the state, and workers with enough skills to fill those positions.

Massachusetts Gas Prices Down 2 Cents

September 15, 2014

The price of a gallon of gasoline in Massachusetts still lags behind the national average.

Demand For American Eel Is Concern For Scientists

September 12, 2014
Eels in the Pilgrim Lake Run, Orleans, MA. (Brad Chase/MADMF)

A ban on European eels coupled with a decline in Japanese eel stock has increased the demand for American eels.

Nevada Gov. Signs Record $1.25 Billion Tesla Deal

September 12, 2014
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval during a press conference on September 4, 2014 in Carson City announcing a plan to build a Tesla Gigafactory to produce batteries for electric vehicles. Sandoval last night signed off on the deal. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada last night signed a record deal green lighting Tesla Motors’ bid to build an electric car battery factory to the state.

New Bedford To Be Cape Wind Staging Area

September 12, 2014

The developers of a proposed wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod have signed a lease agreement with the state to use New Bedford for staging and construction of the 130 turbine project.

Is Apple Pay The Future Of Mobile Payments?

September 11, 2014
Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces Apple Pay on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

We discuss Apple’s forthcoming mobile payment system, Apple Pay, with experts from the technology and payments industries.

Royal Bank Of Scotland Considers Leaving Scotland

September 11, 2014
Signage is displayed at a branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in Edinburgh, on September 11, 2014. (Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

The Scottish bank considers moving its headquarters to England as a vote for Scottish independence draws near.

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