Dec 27, 2011

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While a temporary deal has been reached in Washington, 2012 doesn't look much better in terms of bipartisanship. FedEx is set to raise its rates beginning in January. In Arizona, many non-industrial businesses are taking up space in warehouses.

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The decisions Washington's put off to 2012

Dec 27, 2011
While a temporary deal was reached, come February a whole new debate will be emerge surrounding the payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits, and Medicare payments to doctors.

Japan to agree on currency deal with India

Dec 27, 2011
After signing similar deals with China and Korea, this third move shows that Japan might be on its way back to prominence.

Charitable giving swells in December

Dec 27, 2011
December is a big month for charities, and even in tough times, Americans are giving to those in need.

Filling warehouse space in a down economy

Dec 27, 2011
Warehouses built in some parts of Arizona are unable to find the proper tenants, and are instead looking to alternative businesses to help fill their spaces.

Problems remain for Congress in 2012

Dec 27, 2011
Decisions over the payroll tax cuts, Bush tax cuts, and a number of equally heated issues are coming up next year, meaning the bickering in Washington, D.C. will probably continue.

Rental rates one strong sign in weak housing market

Dec 27, 2011
Home sales fell again in October, with one bright spot in the mix being the rise in rental rates.

Some regions show stronger home sales than others

Dec 27, 2011
The S&P Case-Schiller Index is out today, and it shows home prices in October fell in 19 out of 20 major cities.

FedEx to raise prices in the coming year

Dec 27, 2011
FedEx will start charging higher rates in part so it can afford to hold on to good employees.

Wealth gap between Congress, citizens widens

Dec 27, 2011
A new report shows that the net wealth of members of the House of Representatives has doubled since 1984, while the average American's has stayed almost the same.

Billy Busch stays true to his beer brewing heritage

Dec 27, 2011
So far, the William K. Busch Brewing Company is making just two beers, but owner Billy Busch hopes to expand in the next couple of years.

Sears to close dozens of stores in U.S.

Dec 27, 2011
A good holiday shopping season for most retailers wasn't enough to help ailing Sears, which will close around 100 stores in the coming months.

Sears, Kmart to close stores after disappointing sales

Dec 27, 2011
Following dismal holiday sales in a year that was strong for other retailers, Sears and Kmart will shut down over 100 stores.

Mid-day Extra: Drew Brees breaks an NFL record

Dec 27, 2011
Quarterback Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints is now the NFL's record-holder for the most yards passing in a single season.

PODCAST: Holiday sales up, the price of fake snow

Dec 27, 2011
While a temporary deal has been reached in Washington, 2012 doesn't look much better in terms of bipartisanship. FedEx is set to raise its rates beginning in January. In Arizona, many non-industrial businesses are taking up space in warehouses.
Some Florida residents are paying big bucks to put snow on their lawns.
KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND/AFP/Getty Images

While a temporary deal has been reached in Washington, 2012 doesn’t look much better in terms of bipartisanship. FedEx is set to raise its rates beginning in January. In Arizona, many non-industrial businesses are taking up space in warehouses.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC