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Features by Gigi Douban

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

Gold prices are falling, but global demand is expected to grow

As an investment and inflation hedge, gold still looks overvalued, at nearly 30 percent below its peak. But demand for gold is growing in India and China.
Posted In: gold, inflation, inflation hedges

Craft beer might get a Texas-sized boost in Lone Star State

Texas lawmakers decide whether to allow craft beer sales at grocery stores and brewery tours. It could mean a big boost for craft breweries.
Posted In: texas, beer, craft beer

House Republicans attempt to repeal Obamacare ... for the 37th time

Republicans in the House are expected to hold a vote today to repeal President Obama's health care initiative. It will be their 37th vote on the issue.
Posted In: health care, President Obama, Republicans, Congress

World's largest flawless diamond up for auction

Today, Christie's will auction off a rare 101 carat diamond that is expected to fetch $20 million to $30 million.
Posted In: auctions, Christie's, diamonds

Making sports more exciting can mean...more danger

Thursday’s fatal capsizing of an America's Cup yacht has raised questions about faster, lighter, riskier boats. They're designed to make the competition more exciting, and appeal to younger TV viewers -- and advertisers.
Posted In: business of sports, america's cup, Sports

Does fair trade clothing help the consumer and the retailer?

Following another tragic fire at a Bangladesh clothing factory, retailers are now ceding to consumer demand and putting the exact origins of their products on the label. But will this “fair trade” practice hurt the bottom line? And will those same consumers actually buy the more expensive fair trade products, or reach for the cheaper item on the next rack?
Posted In: Fair trade, Retail, clothing, Bangladesh

Why other cities want to copy Austin's innovative spirit

How has the capital of Texas became a hub for innovation and job creation, and what can other aspiring cities learn from Austin?
Posted In: Austin, innovation

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