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PODCAST: China's 'hard landing,' Greg Smith's shockwaves

Mar 15, 2012
As March Madness begins, we talk to L.A. Times consumer columnist David Lazarus about why many who never gamble decide to play the game this time of year. Does premium gas really help you get better mileage in the long run? And lately, some experts have been wondering whether Pinterest users have the right to show off photos that in many cases they did not create.

The psychology behind Greg Smith's op-ed

Mar 15, 2012
What kind of emotions and thoughts lie behind a high-profile resignation?
Posted In: mid-day extra, Goldman Sachs, psychology, corporate

PODCAST: Stressed about stress tests, a Yankees fragrance

Mar 14, 2012
In an age of skyrocketing gas prices, what can we do to make our cars more fuel efficient? The Panama Canal is getting a makeover. In two years, it'll be able to handle ships that carry twice the cargo they handle now, and that could mean big things for ports on the East Coast of the United States. And Paypal is expected to announce tomorrow that it will launch a service where anyone can send or receive credit card and debit card payments over a smartphone.

U.K. Starbucks locations start playing the name game

Mar 14, 2012
In the U.K. today, where Starbucks has just started writing customers' names on their coffee cups for the first time.
Posted In: starbucks, London, coffee, mid-day extra

PODCAST: Rare earth could get rarer, retail sales rebounding

Mar 13, 2012
Illinois governor Pat Quinn will appeal FEMA's decision to deny his state disaster aid in the wake of those deadly tornadoes a few weeks back. Voters in Mississippi and Alabama head to the polls today, and we take a closer look at the economic policies of Rick Santorum. Southern California ports currently receive most of the imports shipped from Asia. But that could change with a major expansion of the Panama Canal. And tonight, the new NBC TV show "Fashion Star" debuts, and the focus is more on retail than high fashion.

The first step to merger: Buying domain names?

Mar 13, 2012
U.S. Airways is reportedly interested in a possible merger-type deal with American Airlines' parent company, AMR Corp. One way it is showing its affection? Buying up domain names.
Posted In: domain names, US Airways, airline industry, Mergers and Acquisitions

Building skyscrapers at record speed

Mar 12, 2012
A new 30 story building in China went up in just two weeks. How is this possible and more importantly, how can it be safe?
Posted In: skyscraper, China

PODCAST: A Hollywood flop, a booming transit system

Mar 12, 2012
At the end of March, funding for more than 100,00 highway and transit projects dries up unless Congress can agree on an extension. We get another look at people struggling one year after the Fukushima disaster in Japan. And NBC experiments with a new kind of 'Must See TV,' stacking its Monday night line up.

Teens still watching many hours of TV a day

Mar 9, 2012
We might have overestimated the extent to which the use of iPhones, iPads, Netflix and Facebook are taking over the lives of teens.
Posted In: television, teenagers

PODCAST: 227,000 jobs added, Greek crisis averted

Mar 9, 2012
The monthly unemployment numbers are released by the Labor Department today. How did February fare? Chris Farrell explains how the process for finding a job has changed in the last few years. The cost of the federal food stamp program has also changed since the start of the recession, doubling to 45 million Americans who are now receiving food assistance. And at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, the focus might be shifting from music to technology.

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