Last Build Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:35:00 -0400Copyright: Copyright 2016 NPR - For Personal Use Only
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:35:00 -0400The most common challenge parents face when looking for child care is the high cost. At an average cost of $10,000 a year, infant child care rivals a year's tuition at a state college or university.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:44:00 -0400AT&T positions itself as the future competitor to cable, promising an era of experimentation and innovation. But consumer advocates raise a raft of concerns. Regulators will weigh both sides.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:24:00 -0400Consumer Reports has released its Annual Reliability Survey. Lexus and Toyota are the top two, followed by Buick. The company ranks car brands based on a survey of more than a half-million car owners.
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:01:00 -0400The premiums on benchmark plans are increasing by an average of 22 percent in 2017, the government says, but more than 70 percent of people can get one for less than $75 a month after subsidies.
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400Minimum wages are on their way to $15 an hour in New York and California. Workers look forward to the bump. But some small businesses are bracing for a hit to their bottom line.
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400This year the U.S. military spent $1.4 billion to run nearly 240 stores that provide discount groceries to troops. Next year, the Department of Defense wants to cut $200 million from the subsidy.
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:09:00 -0400Kids may be little. But the cost of paying for someone to take care of them is really big. Stressed-out parents are pinching pennies, driving for Uber and putting off saving and having more kids.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:19:46 -0400Those self-checkout machines in the supermarkets and other stores have remained pretty much unchanged since the 1990s. They still don't work very well. Why can't they get better? We take a shopping trip with the inventor who describes the issue as a cognitive problem and a shoplifting problem.
Sat, 15 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0400Politics dominated the news this week. But the business world also had some interesting stories. Here are just three, involving Black Friday shopping, sham bank accounts and dining out.
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 18:04:00 -0400The federal government says higher fuel prices and colder weather will add up to a steeper bill than last year for consumers heating their homes this winter.
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0400Wells Fargo's CEO, John Stumpf, stepped down Wednesday as his company tries to rebuild its reputation. Wells Fargo, Samsung and Volkswagen have all seen their names hurt by poorly handled scandals.
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 21:36:00 -0400Samsung Electronics says it's adjusting its earning and cutting its operating profit by $2.3 billion. That's after Samsung ended production of the fire-plagued Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 18:00:00 -0400The Democrat wants to double the credit for parents of children 4 and under. It would be paid for by a tax on Wall Street, the wealthy, corporations. Trump's tax plan would most benefit the wealthy.
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:46:00 -0400An independent federal agency should not be run by a single person, the court found. It decided to remedy the situation by giving the president the authority to fire the agency head at will.
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0400When school test scores are published on real estate web sites, is that an objective data point, or a subtle form of racial steering? Experts say it's complicated.