Apr 13, 2012

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The last three months in China were the worst for the country's economic growth since early 2009 -- so what's going wrong? In St. Louis, the Stand Your Ground Law is coming under the spotlight, as the National Rifle Association…

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What really sank the Titanic

Apr 13, 2012
It wasn't just the iceberg. A new book explores all the different circumstances that led to the demise of the ship, including the ship's wrought iron rivets.

Slamming the brakes on China's GDP growth

Apr 13, 2012
Imagine if the U.S. Economy grew at 8.1 percent a year instead of the 3 perecent we've been living with. But in China this means slower growth recorded in the first three months of the year.

Court overturns political ad ban on public media shows

Apr 13, 2012
A federal appeals court in San Francisco has ruled that public radio and TV stations cannot be barred from running political messages. But does this mean public stations are about to get a flood of paid campaign messages?

PODCAST: GDP growth slips in China, political ads added to public radio

Apr 13, 2012
The last three months in China were the worst for the country's economic growth since early 2009 -- so what's going wrong? In St. Louis, the Stand Your Ground Law is coming under the spotlight, as the National Rifle Association…
This photo taken on April 12, 2012 shows a Chinese laborer working at a construction site in Hefei, in eastern China's Anhui province. China said on April 13 its economy grew by 8.1 percent in the first three months of 2012, its slowest pace in nearly three years, as domestic demand fell and Europe's woes curbed business activity.
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Surprising new emerging market investment destinations

Apr 13, 2012
A new report says that countries like Mexico, Nigeria and Turkey are joining China, India and Brazil as the hottest countries for emerging private equity market investment.

Business booming for those who fortify homes

Apr 13, 2012
We hear a lot about the strain on the housing market -- but what about the barriers we put up to protect our homes?

Preparing for emergencies at the workplace

Apr 13, 2012
A new survey reveals that more than half of all businesses aren't concerned about or prepared for possible disasters. Here are some ways to prepare.

California court rules lunch optional for workers

Apr 13, 2012
The California Supreme Court has ruled that while employers have to offer workers a lunch break, they don't have to make sure employees actually take a lunch break.

NRA victories sell guns and invite opposition

Apr 13, 2012
The Trayvon Martin case may build support for gun control, even as gun lobby celebrates changes in state laws.

Wells Fargo and JPMorgan report big profits

Apr 13, 2012
The two major banks beat expectations with JPMorgan reporting a $5.4 billion profit last quarter, and Wells Fargo making a $4.2 billion profit. Both said an uptick in mortgage lending helped their bottom lines.

Mayor pulls anti-gay ads from London buses

Apr 13, 2012
In Britain's capital today, the mayor blocked an anti-gay group from putting ads on London buses.

China GDP growth at lowest level since 2009

Apr 13, 2012
The last three months in China were the worst for the country’s economic growth since 2009 -- 8.1 percent GDP, compared with 8.9 percent last quarter.

In China, a prominent leader faces scandal

Apr 13, 2012
An ongoing story captivating China involves a man who was, until recently, a rising star within the ruling party, his spouse, and a British businessman who turn up dead in a Chinese hotel room. The wife is suspected of murder,…

The last three months in China were the worst for the country’s economic growth since early 2009 — so what’s going wrong? In St. Louis, the Stand Your Ground Law is coming under the spotlight, as the National Rifle Association holds its annual convention. We talk to L.A. Times consumer columnist David Lazarus about what to do when you are caught in an emergency at work. And where in the world should a savvy investor be looking to put their money this year?
 

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