Dec 30, 2011

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States could expand lotteries and start new games like online poker thanks to a new ruling that allows Internet gambling. The Times Square celebration brings in a worldwide audience and millions of tourist dollars to NYC every year. And now…

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New Year's Eve a priceless marketing tool for NYC

Dec 30, 2011
The Times Square celebration brings in a worldwide audience and millions of tourist dollars to NYC every year.

PODCAST: Verizon's new $2 charge, predictions for 2012

Dec 30, 2011
States could expand lotteries and start new games like online poker thanks to a new ruling that allows Internet gambling. The Times Square celebration brings in a worldwide audience and millions of tourist dollars to NYC every year. And now…
2011 was a year full of things that were hard to predict. What can we expect from the year ahead?
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States needing cash look to online gambling

Dec 30, 2011
States could expand lotteries and start new games like online poker thanks to a new ruling that allows Internet gambling.

What low inflation means for the economy

Dec 30, 2011
Low interest rates and low inflation will help play into policy decisions, such as the future of the Federal Reserve.

Verizon announces new fee for some customers

Dec 30, 2011
A new fee will be hitting some Verizon users paying monthly bills with a credit card. That decision has already caused a bit of consumer backlash.

Mid-day Extra: Should we re-invent the calendar?

Dec 30, 2011
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University say that our currently yearly calendar makes things complicated for businesses.

Colleges may see a drop in applications

Dec 30, 2011
After years of record numbers, spurred in part by colleges' own marketing, applications may fall as families consider the cost of tuition. Some colleges are even hoping for a drop.

Verizon adds $2 charge to some online payments

Dec 30, 2011
Verizon is introducing a new fee in January. Anytime a customer pays their bill over the phone or online with their credit card, they'll have to come up with an additional $2.

Iraq's oil industry after U.S. withdrawal

Dec 30, 2011
Now that U.S. troops have pulled out Iraq, turns out direct benefit for American oil companies never materialized.

China announces plans for space program

Dec 30, 2011
China has unveiled plans for space exploration over the next five years. The country says it'll launch space laboratories, manned spaceships, and an eventual goal of building a space station and putting a man on the moon.

Iowa caucuses could be impacted by weather

Dec 30, 2011
Poor weather on election day can mean fewer voters at the polls, and bigger expenses for the candidates.

The economic horizon for 2012

Dec 30, 2011
What can we expect from the housing, jobs, and European markets in the year ahead?

Why Verizon's introduced a new $2 fee

Dec 30, 2011
The new $2 fee could end up hurting those customers the most who can least afford it.

All eyes on China and Europe in 2012

Dec 30, 2011
In the New Year, financial experts will keep a close watch on both the eurozone and China, and their impact on the global economy.

States could expand lotteries and start new games like online poker thanks to a new ruling that allows Internet gambling. The Times Square celebration brings in a worldwide audience and millions of tourist dollars to NYC every year. And now that U.S. troops have pulled out Iraq, turns out direct benefit for American oil companies never materialized.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC