Features by Sarah McCammon

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

Why only a third of our trash is being recycled

More than 40 years after the “Crying Indian” campaign encouraged Americans to stop pollution, a new "Keep America Beautiful" hopes to boost recycling.
Posted In: recycling, trash

Why the market won't supply lethal injection drugs to Texas

Texas and other states face shortages of drugs used in execution. But that demand isn't yielding a new supply.
Posted In: lethal injection, drugs

Apple and Samsung locked in patent wars

Apple and Samsung have been locked in a series of bitter patent disputes. A ruling on one of those battles is expected from the U.S. International Trade Commission today.
Posted In: apple, samsung, patents, patent wars

Cutting government waste by crunching the numbers

What if you could apply the same techniques to government spending that investment advisers use to pick stocks? A Pew-MacArthur report looks at how states are using cost-benefit analysis.
Posted In: Iowa, public policy

Want better government? Use cost-benefit analysis

Non-profits are working with state governments to increase use of cost-benefit analyses to learn whether programs and policies are worth it.
Posted In: cost, policy, public policy, pew, states

Student loan interest rate capped at 8.25%

The compromise approved by the Senate puts a ceiling on the interest rates for undergraduate student loans.
Posted In: student loans, interest rates, higher education, student debt

Parents paying less for college: Good news?

A new study finds that the rising cost of higher education is shifting costs as families spend less freely.
Posted In: colleges, Tuition, college


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