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  • October 4, 2011  

    In other news Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke issued a new warning about the U.S. economic recovery before a congressional committee. He defended the Fed’s latest stimulus efforts and said they are critical to prevent a new recession. Also, stocks in Europe fell sharply amid fears that Greece will default. Continue reading

  • September 28, 2011  

    In other news Wednesday, factory workers at General Motors overwhelmingly ratified a new four-year contract. It doesn’t include any pay raises, but 48,000 hourly employees will get a $5,000 signing bonus plus profit-sharing checks. Also, gunmen in southern Afghanistan attacked and killed eight police at a checkpoint. Continue reading

  • August 10, 2011  

    Philip Levine, a former auto worker who became a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, was named Wednesday as the next poet laureate of the United States. Jeffrey Brown profiled Levine last year. Continue reading

  • April 26, 2011  

    In other news Tuesday, security forces in Southern Afghanistan recaptured at least 71 inmates who fled from Kandahar’s main prison Sunday night. More than 480 prisoners escaped after Taliban militants tunneled into the jail. Also, Thai and Cambodian forces clashed over disputed territory containing the ruins of ancient temples. Continue reading

  • April 14, 2011  

    In other news Thursday, Japanese police in protective suits hunted for the bodies of up to 1,000 earthquake and tsunami victims that might be near a disabled nuclear plant. Radiation levels have fallen enough to let teams get within six miles of the site. Meanwhile, more Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week. Continue reading

  • April 4, 2011    

    Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Monday’s query: Name: Paul Menzel Question: I understand that it is more profitable for high-tech companies to … Continue reading

  • April 4, 2011    

    Name: Paul Menzel Question: I understand that it is more profitable for hi-tech companies to have their devices manufactured overseas (primarily Asia) than to manufacture them domestically. Could these companies manufacture their products in the U.S. and still make a … Continue reading

  • November 12, 2010    

    A bit more about the interplay between China’s holding of currency and U.S. debt. First, a simple graphical explainer as to how the Chinese government gets so many dollars in the first place, using Ford Motor Company and China Steel … Continue reading

  • November 12, 2010    

    Editor’s Note: A bit more about the interplay between Chinese currency and U.S. debt. First, a simple graphical explainer as to how the Chinese government gets so many dollars in the first place, using Ford Motor Company and China Steel … Continue reading

  • February 8, 2010  

    Once a hub of innovation, Detroit’s now stands as the symbol of an industry’s struggle for progress. As much of the world looks to faster, cleaner and more modern transportation, the Blueprint America series on infrastructure examines the future of the Motor City and transportation in America. Continue reading

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