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Signs advertising deep discounts are typical in the days after Christmas. This one is at a store in Wellington, New Zealand.

The science and art of stocking holiday shelves

Dec 26, 2014
Retailers make educated guesses when ordering inventory. Their misfires make great after-Christmas deals.
Olive oil!

Oil prices shoot sky-high. Olive oil, that is.

Dec 25, 2014
A lousy crop means high prices. At least for the real thing.
Posted In: Oil, oil prices, olive oil, Greece
Gift Wrapping

Modern gift-wrap tradition has ties to Hallmark

Dec 24, 2014
Wrapping paper as we know it took off about 100 years ago. Now it's a $3 billion industry.
Posted In: Christmas, holidays, gifts
A banner that reads "no to the canal" is carried this week during a protest against a new canal opening in Nicaragua.

Nicaragua's much-touted canal meets with opposition

Dec 24, 2014
Nicaragua's been talking about building a canal for 200 years. Considerable skepticism has greeted the project.
Posted In: Panama Canal, China, investment

Google knows what's under the Christmas tree

Dec 24, 2014
New York Times mines search-engine data to see what gifts people are searching for, city by city.
Posted In: Christmas gifts, holidays, states, Google

Thirty years later, Cabbage Patch Kids are still a favorite

Dec 24, 2014
The Cabbage Patch Kid still draws fans decades after its release.

Ruble woes spark London house-buying spree

Dec 24, 2014
Rich Russians eager to move their money are snapping up pricey London houses.
Posted In: Russia, ruble, real estate
Russia's Communist Party supporters take part in a rally on Monday in Central Moscow against the fall of the ruble.

Russia is facing a 'full-blown economic crisis'

Dec 23, 2014
Adriene Hill talks to BBC Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg.
Posted In: Russia, sanctions, ruble
A meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, at its headquarters in Vienna.

Why won't OPEC cut production ?

Dec 22, 2014
Members of the oil cartel could get higher prices if they cut production but there would be a cost.
Posted In: OPEC, cheap oil, Saudi Arabia

Cuba to expand its internet access

Dec 19, 2014
Lizzie O'Leary speaks with Nancy Scola who covers Tech Policy for The Washington Post.
Posted In: cuba, Internet
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