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Jul 20, 2012

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The Olympics is usually thought of as an economic win for the host town, but in the East End of London, there'll be some losers as well. Both President Obama and Mitt Romney are prominently featuring blue-collar workers in their…

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Election ads depict a lost America

Jul 20, 2012
In the 2012 presidential election race, both parties focus on images of factories and hard hats.

Small talk: Robot swimmers and a $33 ticket to Hong Kong

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The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: Robots learn how to swim, a mom hacks into her kids' school system computers to change grades and a glitch on United Airlines' website offered a $33 plane ticket to…

Program gives youth a boost in business world

Jul 20, 2012
A program called Year Up provides classroom training and internships to high school graduates or those with a GED who otherwise have a hard time breaking into the world of high-tech.

Businesses ready for Ramadan rush

Jul 20, 2012
For some companies, 30 days of fasting and reflection return profits.

Watches thrive even in the smartphone age

Jul 20, 2012
Even as more people use their smartphones as to check the time, watch sales are rising at a healthy clip -- especially on the luxury end

Weekly Wrap: Ben Bernanke's latest visit to the Hill

Jul 20, 2012
Reviewing the week's headlines on Wall Street. This week: Ben Bernanke's latest statements on what the Federal Reserve can do for the country, and the latest EU summit.

Reflecting on the tragedy at 'Dark Knight Rises'

Jul 20, 2012
Commentator and culture journalist Alyssa Rosenberg on the shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., that occurred last night at a screening of the popular Batman movie.

Big competition for small businesses around Olympic Park

Jul 20, 2012
When the Olympics start next week in London, there will be, of course, winners and losers among the athletes. There will also be, outside Olympic Park in the East End of London, no small competition among businesses.

The Olympics is usually thought of as an economic win for the host town, but in the East End of London, there’ll be some losers as well. Both President Obama and Mitt Romney are prominently featuring blue-collar workers in their campaign ads — why is the rest of the working world left out? Watches, having been made basically useless thanks to cell phones, are now making a fashionable comeback. Reporter Shereen Marisol Meraji takes a look at the economic impact of Ramadan, which begins today.  And commentator and culture journalist Alyssa Rosenberg reflects on the shooting that took place at a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo.

 

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