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A mild winter in many parts of the country has helped some businesses, like construction, while at the same time hurting others. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa explains why we should get rid of the dollar bill once and for all. Russians will vote on Sunday in the country's presidential election and late tonight, United and Continental airlines are merging -- their reservation systems.

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Mild winter helps some businesses, hurts others

Mar 2, 2012
For some businesses that shut down during the winter, the mild weather this winter has been an economic shot in the arm. For others, not so much.

The argument for ending the dollar bill

Mar 2, 2012
Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa is among the U.S. senators pushing for the end of the dollar bill in the quest to save the government money.

Can Russian billionaire Prokhorov beat Putin?

Mar 2, 2012
Russians will soon vote in the country's sixth presidential election. How has the campaign of New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov gone?

Google privacy policy challenged in the EU

Mar 2, 2012
One of the European Union's most senior officials says the new Google privacy policy breaks European law.

AT&T's plan to thwart big data users

Mar 2, 2012
If you're one of the 17 million people who use AT&T for your mobile phone service, there will be no more unlimited data for you, even if that's what you signed up for.

AT&T plans to slow down data usage

Mar 2, 2012
It's the end of the line for truly unlimited data on your AT&T phone -- even for the folks who were grandfathered in.

Dollar coins vs. dollar bills: The debate

Mar 2, 2012
All morning long we've been asking for your opinion on coins vs. bills following our interview with Senator Tom Harkin on the subject.

PODCAST: Full 'throttling,' the rental market boom

Mar 2, 2012
A mild winter in many parts of the country has helped some businesses, like construction, while at the same time hurting others. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa explains why we should get rid of the dollar bill once and for all. Russians will vote on Sunday in the country's presidential election and late tonight, United and Continental airlines are merging -- their reservation systems.
Infuse 4G Demo Area at an AT&T and Samsung's presentaion on June 16, 2011 in Biloxi, Miss. AT&T customers who have been used to unlimited data may be in for a shock.
Erika Goldring/Getty Images for AT&T & Samsung

Residential rental market is booming

Mar 2, 2012
Some would-be home buyers are unable to get loans for new places, but people who are getting back to work as the economy improves still want to move out of their parent's basement.

United, Continental to merge booking systems

Mar 2, 2012
United and Continental airlines are merging their computer reservation systems tonight. Will it create sky-high problems or be smooth sailing?

How President Obama handled the recovery

Mar 2, 2012
A new book explains why the Obama administration didn't go far enough to encourage economic recovery.

Gas prices reaching new heights this year

Mar 2, 2012
Yesterday, a report of a pipeline explosion in Saudi Arabia sent oil prices up near a four-year high. The Saudis denied that report, but two things are clear: Oil traders are on edge, and prices remain very high. And obviously, that's trickling right down to the gas tank.

A mild winter in many parts of the country has helped some businesses, like construction, while at the same time hurting others. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa explains why we should get rid of the dollar bill once and for all. Russians will vote on Sunday in the country’s presidential election and late tonight, United and Continental airlines are merging — their reservation systems.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC