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Features by Sarah McCammon

Shipping index shows signs of growth in China

A key shipping index is up dramatically in the past several weeks, thanks largely to demand from China's steel industry. But analysts say it's only a small window into the industry.
Posted In: commodities, shipping

Mercedes works to capture China's growing market for fancy cars

Mercedes is aiming for a bigger share of the growing Chinese luxury car market.
Posted In: China, luxury, Mercedes Benz

Time Warner customers: Are you ready for no football?

The scheduled start of the NFL football season on Sept. 5 is putting pressure on Time Warner Cable and CBS to negotiate a deal giving cable customers access to the network's programs.
Posted In: Time Warner Cable, CBS, NFL

Colleges give largest grants to wealthiest students

More federal grants are going to low-income students, but colleges are giving more institutional aid to students who are better off.
Posted In: higher education, Education, Tuition, college tuition

Parents pick up more of the tab for public schools

Back-to-school shopping isn’t quite what it used to be. Public schools struggling under more budget cuts are making requests that go far beyond what you can fit into a backpack.
Posted In: back-to-school

Earlier start dates pit state fairs vs. schools

Tourism industry leaders say early school start dates cut into attendance and revenues at state fairs and other summer events.
Posted In: state fair, schools, Iowa

How the price of corn matters

Corn prices are down more than 40 percent from last year's highs.
Posted In: corn, Agriculture

Priceline stock flight and the dot-com bubble

The share price of discount travel site Priceline has reached the same altitude it was at during the dot-com boom.
Posted In: priceline, airfare, dot-com, Travel, discount travel

After BP spill, Transocean remains pioneer

The offshore-drilling giant Transocean is tied in with BP in the public imagination because of its involvement in the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe.
Posted In: BP, Transocean, Halliburton

Solar panel maker survives by creating its own market

First Solar, Inc., has branched out into planning and building large-scale solar power. That strategy has helped the American company rise above plummeting prices for solar panels.
Posted In: solar, manufacturing

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