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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

Rolodexes: A thing of the past?

Private equity group KKR has nabbed David Petraeus for his global Rolodex. In the age of Microsoft Outlook and smartphones, does anyone really use a Rolodex anymore?
Posted In: KKR, rolodex, David Petraeus

Two years after the Partnership for Healthier America, have calorie counts decreased?

In 2010, 16 food and beverage companies promised to reduce calories as part of the First Lady’s Partnership for a Healthier America. Two years later, how have they done?
Posted In: food and drink, Food, calorie, Michelle Obama, obesity

As e-books rise, smaller book stores are still growing

As the publishing industry comes together at BookExpo America in New York, e-books are all the rage. How are smaller stores hanging on so well?
Posted In: ebooks, bookstore, self-publishing, publishing

Will baseball be at the next Olympics? Not likely

Wrestling may be out, rock climbing may be in. But Major League Baseball doesn't want to take time out of its regular season to play in the Olympics.
Posted In: baseball, Sports, Olympics

Tapping the trades for good jobs and good money

Trades like plumbing, welding, and metal work are in heavy demand as the construction industry recovers from the recession.
Posted In: plumber, carpentry, trade, electrician

Why are used car prices falling?

A new report says that used car prices are coming down after hitting record highs. Why?
Posted In: cars, used car, auto industry, auto prices

Tim Cook goes to Washington

Apple CEO Tim Cook tries to answer the $1.7 trillion question: How does the U.S. get corporations to repatriate their overseas profits?
Posted In: tim cook, apple, Taxes

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