Business and Economy
What is the great divide splitting America? Republican and Democrat? Male and female? Black and white? Esquire columnist Stephen Marche thinks there is a profound, and ever widening gap between young and old Americans.
An oil refinery in Pennsylvania that was set to be closed has a new lease on life after Delta Airlines bought it to try and bring some stability and cost savings to its jet fuel purchases. Jet fuel accounts for more than one-third of the airline's costs....
The Gloucester Marine Terminal, a gigantic produce warehouse in New Jersey, has completed construction on the largest rooftop solar installation in America. The installation has drawn attention to the potential for more corporate rooftop solar projects....
Bentonville, Ark., is perhaps the best example of the modern company town. Wal-Mart dominates the town. But as Wal-Mart deals with allegations of bribery and cover-ups in its Mexican subsidiary, the scandal hasn't taken over discussion in the town....
The Chinese auto market was the biggest market in the world last year. More cars were sold there than any year in the United States -- and that number is rocketing upward. With Auto China, also known as the Beijing International Auto Show, underway right now, that global position is on display....
A new investigation from The New York Times accuses Wal-Mart of a massive corruption scandal, stemming from a network of bribery in the company's Mexico stores in the early 2000s. The Times investigation alleges that payoffs allowed Wal-Mart de Mexico to grow at a record pace....
Most casino workers in Las Vegas are members of a union -- and by-and-large they speak highly of their union and the benefits it has afforded them. But a smaller group of employees aren't members of a union, and they want what their unionized brethren have. So they're trying to get organized, but the casino owners are pushing back....
China is at a crossroads. The economic engine that has allowed its political leaders unprecedented peace and prosperity in the Communist nation, is slowing and the leaders there recognize that changes will be need to continue growing. But that's proving difficult, and coming at the same time the nation attempts a power transition and deals with a political scandal....
Groupon was one of the fastest growing Internet companies ever. But the image was tarnish, especially when the online coupon giant came forward with financial reports revealing it had overstated its revenue. Now investors are wondering how long the Groupon model will last. ...
Rasquera, population about 3,000, has a budget problem. Roughly $1.5 million in debt from run-of-the-mill infrastructure projects. Like most Spanish communities, the economic downturn and debt crisis has laid it low, but a new plan has emerged, grow marijuana, that could pay off its bills -- if it doesn't split the town in half first....
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- Spain's weak economy leads families to abandon domesticated horses to die
- Obama, Boehner aiming for post-Christmas deal to avoid fiscal cliff
- In India, economic growth hasn't led to food security
- 6 questions that help explain how the fiscal cliff will affect you
- Charlotte restaurant serves up free meals, jobs, fellowship for homeless
- Economist says the American retirement system has failed
- Libor manipulation scandal may have cost cities and states millions in losses
- For many, federal unemployment benefits will expire sooner than expected
- California group helps immigrants move into traditional financial sector
- Chilean social entrepreneur saves families money by taking detergent out of its packaging
- Communities seek to forge small business ties between Mexico, U.S.
- Singapore transplants create iPad app, comic book spinoff, to teach Chinese to English speakers
- Pakistani man turns dust into treasure
- Asian market in Missouri becomes hub of many different immigrant communities
- Successful energy development program in Haiti shut down because of funding
- Arab Spring presents opportunities for Middle Eastern women entrepreneurs
- Columbia University janitor graduates with degree in Classics
- 'Cash Mobs' profit locally owned stores
- South African students face real danger in simply getting to school each day
- China's economy at crossroads between freer enterprise, state control
- Chinese land reform efforts move ahead with more fits than starts
- China's one-child policy increasingly being questioned
- Asia Development Bank imagines fleet of electric trikes to help Manila
- No Excuses: Year begins at ascendant science-focused school in South Africa
- Activists call for renewal of diplomatic relationship between Iran, U.S.
- United Arab Emirates makes Missouri town beneficiary of expanded endeavor on foreign aid
- Ethiopia's economy benefiting from emigrants returning home
- My Micro NY creates smaller living for New York City
- FoodCorps grows food for education and change
- Public Radio International acquired by Boston public broadcaster WGBH
- Federer's Wimbledon win generates six-figure donation to British charity
- Susan G. Komen foundation reverses decision to defund Planned Parenthood
- California-based Cold War museum tries to preserve reminders of bygone era
- Peace Corps looking for more volunteers among AARP age group
- America's food pantries find rising need leading to empty shelves as Thanksgiving arrives
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- The Tavis Smiley Show's "Poverty in America" – Seniors
- What PETA hopes its .XXX porn site will do for animal rights