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Clay Aiken left his native North Carolina for “American Idol” in 2003. He also was the runner-up on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” in 2012. Shortly thereafter, he jumped into politics, running for Congress in his home state. As an LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) advocate, we asked Aiken about the impact of the state’s controversial HB2 law. Will it stand in the face of national business backlash? And what’s his take on the Donald Trump phenomenon?
Under CEO Lynn Good, Duke energy has sales of more than $25 billion dollars, providing power to North and South Carolina, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Florida – even Disney World. We ask Good how low oil prices are impacting energy costs, and Duke Energy’s strategy of selling old power plants, while investing in renewable projects including solar and wind.
New Labor Department rules will require brokers to recommend investments that suit their client's needs. Financial advisory firms say the changes will reduce options for mom-and-pop investors. What the new rules mean for future fees, and how to protect your nest egg, with CNBC's Sharon Epperson.
The big trend of going tiny. The movement maximizes efficiency while minimizing living space. Reporter Diana Olick goes to North Carolina to see what you gain and what you give up when you “go small.”
We talk to NASA administrator and former astronaut Charles Bolden about the journey to Mars, private partnership, and space tourism.
eHarmony CEO and founder Neil Clark Warren explains what factors make a job fit between applicant and employer. The company is launching "Elevated Careers" this week.
Reporter Mary Thompson meets a 24-year-old photographer who turned her personal blogging on Tumblr into a career.
Senior Personal Finance Correspondent Sharon Epperson has tips on what you can do to avoid an audit.
The ink is real, the designs artistic, but they don’t last more than a week. Reporter Jane Wells takes you to the Brooklyn tattoo parlor and gets tatted.
The terror attack in Belgium shook Europe to the core. How will this event impact open borders, safety abroad, and safety here? And what measures should be taken to prevent more attacks from happening? We talk to Ian Bremmer of Eurasia Group and Michael O’Hanlon from the Brookings Institution.
Low oil prices are not all good news. It means companies that recycle make less money because the market for recyclables has tanked, and it’s cheaper to use virgin materials that are petroleum based. That has a widespread impact on companies like Waste Management, municipalities that depend on income from recycling and it’s unclear what it will mean for the environment. We talk to Waste Management CEO David Steiner.
If you got married, divorced, had a child or retired last year, it will have an impact on your taxes. What you need to know before you file, and how you can save money.
Easter weekend is one of the busiest times for chocolate makers. More than 100 million chocolate bunnies will be made for the holiday. We talk to chocolatier and business owner Jacques Torres about the big business of chocolate, how he handles the rush, and the rising cost of cocoa.
Some 35% of all Americans are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In 2014, more than $64 billion dollars was spent on the business of weight loss. Why is so much of this country overweight? Nutrisystem CEO and President Dawn Zier and former White House Chef Sam Kass on what can be done to halt the growing obesity epidemic.
Ogden, Utah was once a hub of rail and industry. But beginning in the 1970’s, people left and the town slipped into decline. Reporter Mary Thompson heads there to see what’s working now in this town near the Wasatch Mountains.
New York’s American Museum of Natural History, renowned home to dinosaurs, is expanding its digital footprint. AMNH President Ellen Futter explains how the museum is using technology to create a more interactive experience for its more than five million annual visitors.
With April 15th rapidly approaching, how will you file your taxes this year? Senior Personal Finance Correspondent Sharon Epperson has Consumer Reports’ test results of popular name brand tax software.
With the presidential field continuing to narrow, will your tax bill shrink or expand next year? It’s time to look at what the candidates are promising and how it could impact your wallet. How would you fare under the various Republican or Democratic plans? Tax Foundation President Scott Hodge crunched the numbers and provides insight into what it could mean for your taxes and your retirement.
Launching a new business is never easy, but entrepreneurs say some states and cities have created legal obstacles that make starting a small business even more difficult and costly. For example, aspiring tour guides complain Charleston, SC’s 200 question exam has a 50% fail rate and Wisconsin has a ban on “home-baked” goods. But do these regulations and licensing laws help maintain safety and high standards or are they excessive barriers to entry? Reporter Kate Rogers looks at the weird world of small business regulation.
Can a non-profit grocery store help reduce food waste while selling healthy food cheaply to low-income neighborhoods? That’s the idea behind Daily Table, created by a former Trader Joe’s President. His store is located outside Boston, offering wholesome food, deemed either too “ugly” or too close to expiration dates for traditional supermarkets to stock. We ask Daily Table Founder and President Doug Rauch if his idea can succeed and expand to other cities.