Business and Economy
Spain continues to struggle to rebuild its economy and those who are out of work are growing increasingly frustrated. In recent months, several workers marches have been held, and in some the generally peaceful protests have turned into mob actions, which include stealing from grocery stores and banks -- ostensibly for the poor.
The persistent drought across much of the United States has another casualty, the water in the Mississippi River. One of America's primary ways for shipping commodities to markets around the world, the low water levels means smaller barges, closed stretches of the river and, eventually, higher prices for all of us....
In Greece, the Orthodox Church is tied financially to the state. The state pays some priests and exempts the church and its activities from any taxes. But with tight economic times, some politicians are calling for the relationship to be adjusted....
The British-based Standard Chartered Bank is accused of laundering over $250 billion for Iranian banks over the last ten years, allegedly with the support of upper management. It is against U.S. law to do business with Iranian banks....
As Europe's economy veers further into trouble, one U.S. region in particular is at greater risk of seeing the European crisis impede its own economic fortunes. Europe and New England are closely tied together, and that's hurting New England's effort at its own economic recovery....
It was a mixed bag Friday morning when the latest labor report was released. Jobs were up, but so was unemployment. And both Republicans and Democrats were moving to capitalize politically on the mixed message. One bright point, though, was that manufacturing jobs are growing faster than at any point in almost 30 years....
The European economy continues to struggle, but European bankers say they're as confident as ever in the euro's stability. But with Germany watching on, they decline to take any action....
French President Francois Hollande has called for a 75 percent income tax on top earners in France to help lower the country's deficit. The hope is to stave off contagion from other faltering euro zone countries, but the proposal has received harsh criticism from France's business class....
As part of getting the Olympics, the United Kingdom had to pass a series of laws that made it illegal for businesses that aren't official sponsors to use certain Olympic terms. So local businesses have had to get creative....
Several cities and towns in Pennsylvania are experiencing serious financial distress. Stateline.org writer Stephen Fehr says much of these cities' trouble can be tracked back to government action....
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