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The NBA Finals start tonight, and the two arenas hosting the series are named after troubled companies. Verizon has unveiled a new data plan that will allow families to share unlimited data instead of buying separate plans -- and there's…

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Verizon Wireless shifts focus to customer data usage

Jun 12, 2012
Verizon Wireless plans to scrap most of its phone plans. Instead, customers will pay for their monthly data usage by the "bucket."

Letter: A photo is worth a thousand words

Jun 12, 2012
Jacques from New Jersey sent in this photograph, and talks to us about how the recession has impacted him personally.

Fed says downturn hit middle class hardest

Jun 12, 2012
Low-income earners lost less ground in recession than college-educated middle class.

Playing the name game

Jun 12, 2012
The NBA finals will be played in two arenas named for a couple of less-than-stellar corporate performers.

A thin line between health and unhealthy obsession

Jun 12, 2012
The high-tech activity gadget Fitbit helps people track their steps. But some people may take using these types of devices a step too far.

FEC will allow campaign donations by text

Jun 12, 2012
The change gives federal candidates a new way to tap into small donor networks, but questions about how much money it will bring in remain.

A man walks into a bar... in Paris

Jun 12, 2012
Patrons of the Bar La Fusee in Paris offer their thoughts on the euro and the eurozone economic crisis.

JPMorgan Chase's Jamie Dimon to testify before Senate

Jun 12, 2012
The CEO of JPMorgan Chase will have to explain the $2 billion loss from a few weeks ago.

Thieves bypass the cash register to steal hair weaves

Jun 12, 2012
As the price of hair extensions rises, so does theft of those goods. Bandits have started to smash into beauty salon storefronts to steal hair.

States' tax revenues soar

Jun 12, 2012
A new survey says states are collecting taxes at levels not seen since the recession, but many are still struggling to balance budgets.

The NBA Finals start tonight, and the two arenas hosting the series are named after troubled companies. Verizon has unveiled a new data plan that will allow families to share unlimited data instead of buying separate plans — and there’s a catch. Meanwhile, political campaigns are hoping to raise money through text donations, like charities have done in the past. A new report found that people who didn’t have a high school diploma actually saw a rise in their income during the recession. And reporter Stephen Beard continues his Man Walks Into a Bar series in Paris, France.

Music from the episode

Brain Freeze Sackcloth Fashion
Satori a Paris Marc Grau
The Rifle's Spiral The Shins
Love Jones J Dilla