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After The Brexit Vote, Why Has The U.K. Economy Proved So Resilient?

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:58:00 -0500

British politicians warned a vote for Brexit would damage the economy of the United Kingdom. Six months after the referendum, its economy is doing much better than predicted. Why?

A Mix Of Factors, Not Just Mexico, Cause Decline In U.S. Manufacturing

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:45 -0500

President-elect Trump has said American auto workers are losing their jobs because auto companies like General Motors are making cars in Mexico instead. GM says that it's about supply and demand.

For People With Developmental Disabilities, Food Work Means More Self Reliance

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 06:57:00 -0500

Finding a job and building a life of their own can be a monumental challenge for people with developmental disabilities. But food work can be a good fit for many of them.

The House Always Wins. Then He Came Along

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:02:00 -0500

Ed Thorp used math to become the first person to beat the casinos at blackjack. Then he changed the way Wall Street thinks about investing.

Gas Taxes May Go Up Around The Country As States Seek To Plug Budget Holes

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 05:00:00 -0500

This year could see a wave of state tax hikes on gasoline and diesel. Oklahoma is one of about a dozen states seriously considering increases.

Blockchain Could Be A Force For Good. But First You Have To Understand It

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:31:00 -0500

As they say, it's complicated. But blockchain technology could be a boon for the world's poorest places.

Illinois Congressman: Poverty Plays A Large Role In Chicago Gun Violence

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 18:02:47 -0500

Congressman Danny Davis is a Democrat representing Illinois's 7th District, which includes some Chicago neighborhoods hardest hit by gun violence. His own grandson was shot and killed last November.

Trump Could Make Good On Tariff Threats, Thanks To Existing Laws

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 08:08:08 -0500

Donald Trump turned to Twitter again to lambast big automakers into building more cars in the U.S. Experts say the president has wide-ranging powers to restrict trade.

What Kind Of 'Jobs President' Has Obama Been — In 8 Charts

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0500

President Obama inherited an economy that was cratering, the worst recession since the Great Depression. Slowly, but surely, things have turned around. The job market is strong, but quickly shifting.

U.S. Added 156,000 Jobs In December; Hourly Wages Rose 10 Cents

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 08:49:00 -0500

Over the course of 2016, average hourly earnings rose 2.9 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says. The unemployment rate was little changed: 4.7 percent, compared to 4.6 percent in November.

Regulators Say Jon Corzine Will Pay $5 Million Penalty Over MF Global Collapse

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:34:00 -0500

The former brokerage CEO and New Jersey governor has reached a civil settlement with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission for his role in the company's 2011 bankruptcy.

When A Wall Street Firm Took A Stab At Casino Capitalism

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:27:33 -0500

It's illegal for casinos in Nevada to take bets from out of state. But that didn't stop one subsidiary of a Wall Street firm from trying.

U.S. Manufacturers Brace For Trump's Next Trade Targets

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 05:01:00 -0500

Donald Trump was a factor in Ford's decision to cancel plans to build a new plant in Mexico. Now he has the attention of other U.S. manufacturing firms that were considering a move south.

Canceled Ford Plant Adds To Mexico's Economic Frustrations

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 05:00:00 -0500

San Luis Potosi state lost out on more than a billion dollars in investment and thousands of jobs when Ford changed plans and nixed a factory. Angry locals pin the blame directly on Donald Trump.

Macy's To Close Stores, Cut Jobs Amid Weak Holiday Sales

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 04:32:00 -0500

The department store chain says it's eliminating more than 10,000 jobs and will proceed with plans to close 68 stores that are part of 100 closings announced in August.