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  • Stocks Slide, Led by Banks; Techs Gain Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010 | 12:38 PM ET

    Stocks slid Wednesday in the absence of major economic or earnings news, as investors continued to weigh the Federal Reserve's next moves.

  • Stocks Turn Mixed; Energy, Tech Gain Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010 | 12:32 PM ET

    Stocks were mixed Wednesday in the absence of major economic or earnings news, as investors continued to weigh the Federal Reserve's next moves.

  • Where America's Trash Comes From—And Where It Goes Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010 | 11:43 AM ET
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    A report by the Environmental Protection Agency describes the contents of all the garbage produced in a single year.  According to the 2008 report, approximately 250 million tons of municipal solid waste is created, which excludes hazardous waste, industrial waste, and construction waste.

  • Futures Slightly Lower Ahead of Open Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010 | 9:21 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures were lower ahead of the open Wednesday as European debt concerns rumbled on and the prospect of further quantitative easing from the Federal Reserve put pressure on the dollar.

  • Saying No to ‘I Do,’ With the Economy in Mind Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010 | 5:12 AM ET
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    The United States crossed an important marital threshold in 2009, with the number of young adults who have never married surpassing, for the first time in more than a century, the number who were married, reports the New York Times.

  • Stocks Close Near Highs After See-Saw Session Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 | 4:10 PM ET

    Stocks ended near session highs on Tuesday as investors considered the impact of the Fed's next moves to bolster the economy as well as weak reports on the economy. Pfizer and Intel  rose, Cisco and P&G fell.

  • Stocks Add to Gains Before Close; Cisco Falls Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 | 3:46 PM ET

    Stocks continued to rebound ahead of the closing bell Tuesday as investors considered the impact of the Fed's next moves to bolster the economy as well as weak reports on the economy. Pfizer and Intel  rose, Cisco and P&G fell.

  • Water Crisis Hits Western Cities and States Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 | 2:32 PM ET
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    A boom in population and development, particularly in the Southwest, has created higher than expected demand for water, and an 11 year drought has siphoned off the supply.

  • Stocks Climb, Led by Health Care; Cisco Slips Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 | 1:26 PM ET

    Stocks climbed into positive territory Tuesday as investors expected the Federal Reserve to pump more money into the economy, supporting equities. Travelers and Intel rose, while Cisco and Alcoa fell.

  • Using Oil Spill Model to Clean Up Trash from Oceans Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 | 12:20 PM ET
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    With an estimated 100 million tons of plastic afloat in the Pacific Ocean already, ocean-borne plastics are a huge environmental problem. But new technology, consumer education and a long-term vision could be coming to the rescue.

  • Futures Advance After Case-Shiller Index Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 | 9:18 AM ET

    Stock index futures added to gains Tuesday after a report that home prices stabilized in July, and despite the return of European debt concerns.

  • Fed Still Has Lots of Arrows: Former Gov. Kroszner Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 | 8:33 AM ET
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    The Federal Reserve has not run out of options to boost the economy and must focus on managing people's expectations to avoid a prolonged slump like Japan experienced, former Fed Governor Randall Kroszner told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Stocks End Lower, Led by Banks; AT&T Rises Monday, 27 Sep 2010 | 4:46 PM ET

    Stocks lost ground in the last half hour of trading and closed near the lows of the session Monday amid light volume and a flurry of merger and acquisition activity.  AT&T and American Express rose, Bank of America fell.

  • Stocks Add to Losses Ahead of Close Monday, 27 Sep 2010 | 3:50 PM ET

    Stocks added to modest losses ahead of the close Monday amid light volume and a flurry of merger and acquisition activity.  AT&T and American Express rose, Bank of America fell.

  • Southwest-AirTran Deal Sign of Confidence: CEO Monday, 27 Sep 2010 | 12:37 PM ET
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    The acquisition of AirTran by Southwest Airlines, two discount carriers, means that Southwest expects robust demand for flights, its CEO told CNBC Monday.

  • How Much Water Does it Take to Make Beer? Monday, 27 Sep 2010 | 12:21 PM ET
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    MillerCoors is trying to reduce the amount of water it uses to produce beer, through conservation on farms to changes in the manufacturing process.

  • Stocks Decline Modestly; Alcoa Falls, HP Rises Monday, 27 Sep 2010 | 11:31 AM ET

    Stocks were slightly lower Monday amid a flurry of merger and acquisition activity and in the absence of significant economic news.  Alcoa fell, HP gained.

  • Futures Slightly Higher Amid M&A Activity Monday, 27 Sep 2010 | 9:07 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures struggled to find direction ahead of the open Monday despite a flurry of merger and acquisition activity. Wall Street managed to extend the September rally at Friday's close with the major indexes ending higher a fourth straight week on economic optimism.

  • Stocks Gain For 4th Week; Dow Up Nearly 2% Friday, 24 Sep 2010 | 5:06 PM ET

    Stocks closed higher for a fourth straight week Friday, extending a September rally with huge daily gains fueled by optimism over the future direction of the economy  Caterpillar and Alcoa rose, Oracle fell.

  • Stocks On Pace for 4th Week of Gains Friday, 24 Sep 2010 | 3:47 PM ET

    Stocks were on track to end significantly higher Friday and for the fourth straight week as traders began to gain more confidence in the future health of the economy.  Caterpillar and Alcoa rose, Oracle fell.