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  • America's fascination with con artists

    America's fascination with con artists
    Gail Bullock got the letter in the mail at what seemed like the perfect time. In 2012, she was living paycheck to paycheck. She had just been laid off from her job as a home care aide. She was on the verge of losing her apartment. And then she opened...
  • Don't wait on the debt limit

    Much is in flux in Washington this week. But two important realities have remained constant, whether certain elements in the GOP accept them or not: We must not default on the federal debt, and we shouldn't wait until we're on the brink of default to...
  • Consumer confidence rebounds, hits five-month high

    Consumer confidence rebounds, hits five-month high
    Consumer confidence unexpectedly rebounded in December to a five-month high after slumping in recent months partly due to the partial government shutdown, according to a Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary reading.  The widely watched...
  • FBI background checks flawed, hurt job prospects, report says

    FBI background checks flawed, hurt job prospects, report says
    In fiscal year 2012, employers requested nearly 17 million FBI criminal background checks for prospective workers. But hundreds of thousands of records per year are inaccurate, according to a report released Tuesday. The use of FBI records has increased...
  • With shutdown over, flow of government economic data to resume

    With shutdown over, flow of government economic data to resume
    WASHINGTON -- The flow of federal economic data is set to resume next week, highlighted by the release of the delayed September jobs report, as federal employees are back at work following the end of the partial government shutdown. But it could take...
  • July retail sales a 'mixed bag,' up slightly on back-to-school buying

    July retail sales a 'mixed bag,' up slightly on back-to-school buying
    Retail sales rose a smidgen in July, growing 0.2% amid back-to-school shopping even as auto dealers and home goods merchants lagged. The slight month-to-month uptick represents the fourth straight gain, according to the Commerce Department. Wall...
  • Dunkin' Donuts apologizes for blackface ad campaign in Thailand

    Dunkin' Donuts on Friday apologized and will pull an advertising campaign running in Thailand that features a model in blackface makeup offering a chocolate doughnut.  Dunkin' Donuts in Thailand had come under fire Friday for an ad that the Human Rights...
  • Holiday hiring likely to slump; Wal-Mart will hire 55,000 workers

    Retailers this season won’t hire more holiday workers than they did last year, when the number of temporary workers brought onboard reached a 12-year high, according to a new forecast. Instead, the Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. consultancy...
  • Core retail sales fall for first time in a year in June

    Core retail sales fall for first time in a year in June
    Retail sales were mixed in June, buoyed by strong auto and furniture sales but tamped down by high unemployment and taxes, analysts said. The overall gauge of sales rose 0.4% from May following a revised 0.5% increase the previous month, according to...
  • Consumer confidence drops after hitting six-year high

    Consumer confidence drops after hitting six-year high
    WASHINGTON -- Consumers' optimism about the economy unexpectedly dropped this month after hitting a six-year high in July as worries increased about government efforts to boost the economy, according to survey results released Friday by the University...
  • Small-business owners' confidence slips amid economic concern

    Small-business owners' confidence slips amid economic concern
    WASHINGTON -- Small-business owners were more pessimistic last month about the economy's outlook, driving down their overall optimism, the National Federation of Independent Business said Tuesday. The group's Small Business Optimism Index slipped to 93....
  • A plague on both your parties

     A plague on both your parties
    Only two weeks ago, President Obama looked like a man on the rise. He and his party had successfully stared down Republicans in a 16-day government shutdown. Voters were angrier at the GOP than any time since, well, the last government shutdown. A...