Jobless Claims Bounce Up From Earlier Weeks' Low Levels
The 329,000 applications filed last week for unemployment insurance were more than economists expected. One theory: Easter's relatively late date may have skewed the numbers.
Small Businesses Fight Big-Box Stores By Specializing
As online and mega stores take up more of the retail landscape, small mom-and-pop shops are getting more specific. We examine one of the ways small stores are looking to survive and possibly thrive.
With SuperShoes, Insoles Can Be Your Guide
SuperShoes are squishy insoles that fit inside your shoes. Inside those insoles are "vibrotactile ticklers" linked to your mobile device. Enter a destination and the ticklers guide your way.
Competition Watches As Wal-Mart Debuts Money Transfer Service
Customers will be able to send and receive up to $900 at a time at more than 4,000 U.S. stores. Analysts don't think the other money transfer clients will be hurt because of their loyal customer base.
FCC Set To Change Net Neutrality Rules
On Thursday, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules for how broadband providers should treat the Internet traffic flowing through their networks.
Mine Dust Rules Could Slow Production, Coal Mining Companies Say
The Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced new regulations reducing the amount of coal dust miners can be exposed to in underground and surface mines.
When Money Trumps Need In College Admissions
Some of the factors keeping low-income students from getting into college aren't always obvious to the public, higher education insiders tell Morning Edition's David Greene.
After Bangladesh Factory Disaster, Efforts Show Mixed Progress
One year ago, a factory building in Bangladesh collapsed, killing more than 1,100 workers. Top retailers have begun inspecting factories more aggressively, but other steps have fallen short.
Apple Increases Stock Buyback, To Split Stock
Apple is giving more of its cash to shareholders and will split its stock for the first time in 9 years. It's attempting to charm investors fretting over slow sales growth and the pace of innovation.
FDA Moves To Regulate Increasingly Popular E-Cigarettes
If the agency has its way, it will ban sales to minors and keep e-cigarettes out of vending machines. People also would be warned that the nicotine vapor the devices emit is addictive.
Reports: FCC Poised For Changes To Net Neutrality Policy
According to reports, the FCC is set to approve a system in which Internet service providers offer a faster pipe to American homes to content companies willing to pay for it.
Costly Hepatitis C Pill Shreds Drug Industry Sales Record
Sovaldi has been found to be remarkably effective in curing most patients with common forms of hepatitis C in a matter of months. But the clinical success comes at a high price.
Brazil Becomes One Of The First To Adopt Internet 'Bill Of Rights'
President Dilma Rouseff signed the bill into law to kick off an international conference about the governance of the Internet.
Slowly And Sweetly, Vietnam's Chocolate Industry Grows
French colonists planted cacao in Vietnam in the 1800s, but the crop was outpaced by coffee and cashews. Now French expats are helping the country become a respected producer of high-end chocolate.
Under Calif. Law With Teeth, Big-Time Lawsuits Hit Small Businesses
Some California lawyers and litigants have created a cottage industry around the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some plaintiffs file hundreds of complaints a year, collecting a living off small businesses that aren't compliant with the ADA. Small business advocates and community leaders say they focus on minority businesses because they make for easier targets.