Great Recession

AP chart shows federal food stamp participation since 1969.

House to vote on cutting back on food stamps

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders scrambled Thursday to line up support in advance of a late-afternoon vote on legislation that would cut nearly $4 billion a year from the food stamp program, now used […]

09/19/2013

US Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben S. Bernanke warns Congress to avoid the 'fiscal cliff.'

Here’s what to watch for Wednesday from the Fed

WASHINGTON (AP) — If there’s one thing global investors are hoping for when the Federal Reserve ends a policy meeting Wednesday, it’s this: No surprises. Pretty much everyone expects the Fed to take its first […]

09/17/2013

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Aug. US jobs data could drive Fed bond-buying move

WASHINGTON (AP) — Signs of improvement in the U.S. economy emerged this week, and the jobs report the government will issue Friday will show whether that strength is fueling consistent hiring gains. The August employment […]

09/05/2013

A Wall Street sign is seen at an entrance to the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew,)

Obama urges renewed push for Wall Street overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — Passage of a sweeping overhaul of Wall Street regulations in 2010 was a hallmark of President Barack Obama’s first term. Three years later, amid delays and compromises that critics say have diluted […]

08/20/2013

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Survey: Health insurance costs outpace wage gains

Workers saw a modest rise in the average cost of employer-sponsored health insurance this year, but they’re probably not overwhelmed with relief. Coverage costs still are climbing faster than wages. That means, in many cases, […]

08/20/2013

Ford car lot

Quality helps Americans keep old cars longer

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Americans are keeping their cars and trucks longer than ever, and even with new car sales increasing, the average age will continue to rise, an industry research firm says. The […]

08/06/2013

In this Wednesday, July 17, 2013 photo, Ripe blueberries pile up inside a bucket in the pick-your-own field at Foxbrier Farm, in Chattahoochee Hill Country, Ga. (AP Photo/Jaime Henry-White)

Ga. blueberry knocks peach off top of fruit pile

ATLANTA (AP) — What is the most valuable fruit crop produced in the Peach State? This is not a trick question, but you may want to pause a second before answering. Ready? It’s the blueberry. […]

07/21/2013

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Study: Youth attitudes shift in Great Recession

CHICAGO (AP) — Drew Miller clearly remembers the day his father was laid off. Miller, now 25, was a freshman at an Ohio college, full of hope and ready to take on the world. But […]

07/11/2013

George Zimmer in Men's Wearhouse commerical on YouTube.

Men’s Wearhouse escalates battle with founder

NEW YORK (AP) — Men’s Wearhouse escalated a public battle with its founder and former pitchman George Zimmer on Tuesday, trying to explain why it fired the man who still represents the clothier in many […]

06/25/2013

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How higher rates touch consumers, firms, investors

WASHINGTON (AP) — All it took was speculation that the Federal Reserve could slow its bond buying months from now — and then a few words Wednesday from Chairman Ben Bernanke to confirm it. The […]

06/20/2013

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