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Features by Gigi Douban

How Texas' deadly fertilizer fire hasn't changed Washington

Following the blast of a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, the push for new regulations appears to have stalled out.
Posted In: regulations, OSHA, Chemical Safety Board, texas, fertilizer plants

How much does the average American worker make?

Who earns median wage and what kind of education, housing, healthcare and retirement savings can they afford?
Posted In: middle class, Obama, Economy, Illinois

President Obama, Congress and the middle class

President Obama says he is going to refocus his efforts on the economy. How much can he really do?
Posted In: Boehner, Republicans, Obama, middle class, federal budget

Weight-loss drug Qsymia pushing for more sales

One of the Vivus' latest tactics is to market its drug straight to consumers. Starting this fall, you'll see Qsymia ads in magazines and on television. But it may still be too expensive for some.
Posted In: pharmaceuticals, obesity, health care

Daytime TV in flux: Too much talk, not enough viewers?

Meredith Vieira, former host on “The View” and “Today,” is set to debut a daytime talk show next year. What's the state of daytime TV and why does it seem like everybody has a talk show?
Posted In: daytime talkshows, television

Your medical devices could be vulnerable to cyber threats

The Food and Drug Administration wants manufacturers to improve the cybersecurity of medical devices.
Posted In: Health, medical devices, cybersecurity

Military commissaries closed by sequester

Monday is day one of the sequester-driven defense cuts, including a one-day a week closure of all domestic military grocery stores.
Posted In: sequester, military, defense

Who's afraid of 5 percent mortgage rates?

Do fast-rising interest rates threaten the growing recovery in housing? Experts say prices are still low enough to attract buyers.
Posted In: Housing, home prices, mortgage rates, interest rates

What's the future of the referendum industry after Prop 8?

After yesterday's Supreme Court decision, the same sex marriage ban in California, Prop 8, is effectively no more. So what's the future of referenda in the wake of the high court decision?
Posted In: Supreme Court, gay marriage, DOMA, referendum

Car market may be up, but deals are hard to find

U.S. auto sales are expected to show strong growth in May as Americans snap up new cars and switch to more fuel efficient models. It's great for the car companies, but the deals aren't as sweet for consumers.
Posted In: Auto, auto industry, GM

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