Mar 29, 2012

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Arguments for and against the legality of the Affordable Care Act wrapped up yesterday in the Supreme Court, and today, in our weekly Attitude Check, we look at how the average American feels about the law. The value of Mega…

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Strikes in Spain over government budget cuts

Mar 29, 2012
Spain has the highest unemployment rate in the European Union and the government is hoping changes to labor laws will kick-start the economy.

Digital music sales surpass CD and vinyl

Official music industry sales numbers for the year of 2011 are out this week, and for the first time, digital sales are taking up the majority of the market.
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U.S. economy grows 3% in fourth quarter

Mar 29, 2012
The U.S. government has confirmed that the economy grew 3 percent last quarter, and that could mean that the U.S. economy and the European economy are going to diverge this year as the U.S. grows and Europe shrinks.

PODCAST: Best Buy closes stores, Prada profits jump

Mar 29, 2012
Arguments for and against the legality of the Affordable Care Act wrapped up yesterday in the Supreme Court, and today, in our weekly Attitude Check, we look at how the average American feels about the law. The value of Mega…
Shoppers wait in line at a Best Buy store on November 24, 2011 San Diego, Calif. The company has announced that it is closing 50 big box stores after losing almost $2 billion over the last few months.
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Gas prices' latest victim: Refineries

Mar 29, 2012
Squeezed by high oil costs and shrinking demand, major changes are coming in the oil refinery biz.

Record jackpot could bring lottery lawsuits

Mar 29, 2012
The Mega Millions lottery has soared to a half-billion dollars, which means coworkers are pooling their money, which can lead to disputes.

How Americans feel about health care reform

Mar 29, 2012
Arguments for and against the legality of the Affordable Care Act wrapped up yesterday in the Supreme Court, and today, in our weekly Attitude Check, we look at how the average American feels about the law.

BRICS leaders meet to discuss economic stability

Mar 29, 2012
Leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are meeting today in New Delhi to work on an economic strategy apart from the developed world.

BRICS nations meet, hope to start own bank

Mar 29, 2012
The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa gathered in New Delhi today for a summit for the so-called BRICS group of emerging economies. At the top of agenda is a proposal to establish their own development bank.

President Obama asks to repeal big oil tax breaks

Mar 29, 2012
The president wants lawmakers to repeal $4 billion worth of tax breaks that oil companies currently get. How much of an issue are these subsidies?

Robots: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em

Mar 29, 2012
A robot technician at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Plant in southern Indiana talks about working with technology, not against it.

Transportation construction could grind to a halt

Mar 29, 2012
Construction on roads and bridges around the country could grind to a halt this weekend, and over a million jobs could be at risk.

Arguments for and against the legality of the Affordable Care Act wrapped up yesterday in the Supreme Court, and today, in our weekly Attitude Check, we look at how the average American feels about the law. The value of Mega Millions drawing has soared to a half-billion dollars. Lottery officials report strong sales in the 40-plus states that take part in the drawing, but if you go into a pool with co-workers, you might want to take a few precautions.

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