| Jan 14, 2014
| 8:38 PM
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...
| Oct 3, 2013
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...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 12:32 PM
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...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 9:05 AM
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...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 7:05 AM
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...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 8:07 AM
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...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 9:52 AM
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...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 7:53 AM
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...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 8:15 AM
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...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 7:51 AM
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...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 6:48 AM
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....
| Nov 3, 2013
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...