Economy

  • January 10, 2006  

    The overall cost of health care doubled between 1993 and 2004, and in 2004, health care spending topped $1.9 trillion or 16 percent of the nation’s economic output — the largest share on record, according to a report released Monday by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Continue reading

  • January 9, 2006  

    Recent announcements by IBM and Verizon that they plan to replace pension plans with 401(k) retirement plans have raised questions about the future of employee benefits at other companies. After a background report, two guests offer opposing views on the shift from traditional pension plans. Continue reading

  • January 8, 2006   BY  

    In a competition reminiscent of the Betamax/VHS battle 20 years ago, two new high-definition DVD formats are set for a high-stakes showdown in 2006. Continue reading

  • January 5, 2006  

    The low-cost airline Independence Air made its last flight on Thursday. A report looks at the rise and fall of the airline and what its closure means for the industry. Continue reading

  • January 4, 2006   BY  

    A wave of attacks across Iraq Wednesday killed at least 53 people and wounded more than 40 others in the country’s deadliest day of violence since elections on Dec. 15. Continue reading

  • January 3, 2006   BY  

    Rescue workers continued Tuesday evening to dig into the mine shaft in Tallmansville, W.Va., where 13 coal miners have been trapped since Monday morning when an explosion blocked their path. Continue reading

  • December 29, 2005  

    Recent advancements in television technology that give viewers control over watching television programs on their own schedule and on portable devices are revolutionizing the way networks distribute their programs. Continue reading

  • December 28, 2005  

    Former Enron chief accounting officer Richard Causey pleaded guilty Wednesday to a security fraud charge. A reporter discusses the plea deal and how this development will affect the upcoming Enron trial. Continue reading

  • December 23, 2005  

    A report examines the tensions of hiring day laborers that may be illegal immigrants with a focus on Herndon, a city in Northern Virginia that just opened a city-funded day laborer site. Continue reading

  • December 22, 2005  

    The devastation caused by levee failures in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina has prompted other states, including California, to take a hard look at their own levee systems. Continue reading