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Trump administration may roll back safety rules put in place after BP oil spill

Dec 28, 2017
After the BP oil spill in 2010, a new federal oversight agency was created: the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, it’s proposing to roll back some of the safety rules it created.  Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

Inside New York City's 24-hour Christmas tree stands

Dec 22, 2017
A few days before Christmas, our reporter sets out to find a tree for the office.
Danny Abbott hangs lights for the night crew at Soho Trees in New York City.
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Should a toy put your child’s privacy at risk?

Dec 22, 2017
With the holidays upon us, shoppers might want to take a look at the U.S. Public Research Interest Group’s annual report about dangerous toys. The group highlights, of course, toys with small parts that can be choking hazards, some fidget spinners with dangerous lead level. But what caught our attention was a warning about internet-connected […]

Why the bond market is trading on the tax bill

Dec 20, 2017
Today, Republicans celebrated the passage of their tax bill. Some predicted that the stock market would soar on the news. But it’s the bond market that has had the most interesting reaction to the bill’s passage. Here’s why.  Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

The financial services industry is more diverse than a few years ago – but not in the top ranks

Dec 14, 2017
The financial service industry has become more diverse in the recent years – overall – says a new government report. There are more women and minorities. But looked at more closely, the number of women in top positions has stayed the same – around 29 percent. How can things change? Click the audio player above […]

Puerto Rico’s hurricane damage derails debt repayment plan

Dec 12, 2017
Economists say the island is economically crippled for the foreseeable future.

Bringing regulation to cryptocurrency

Dec 11, 2017
Bitcoin’s wild ride is getting even wilder. Yesterday saw the launch of bitcoin futures, trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Interest was so high it nearly crashed the CBOE website and the exchange briefly halted trading a couple of times after the price jumped erratically. So, we’ve all heard bitcoin is volatile, risky, maybe […]

Is 18 to 34 still the most coveted demographic?

Dec 8, 2017
Our reporter confronts his fears of aging out of the most valuable advertising demographic.
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Trade in bitcoin at your own risk

Nov 30, 2017
Bitcoin. The cryptocurrency is on a wild and volatile ride. The price of a coin has grown ten-fold in the past year, hitting a high of more than $11,000 for one bitcoin yesterday, before tumbling some 20 percent this morning. Everybody, it seems, wants in on the action. But a growing number of economists and […]

GOP tax bill clears a Senate hurdle with the help of a trigger mechanism

Nov 28, 2017
Late minute behind the scenes jockeying proved favorable to deficit hawks seeking a safety net.