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  • Futures Slip Lower at Start of Jobs Week Monday, 4 Oct 2010 | 8:55 AM ET

    Stock index futures pointed to a lower open for Wall Street Monday, following international markets lower, as investors eagerly anticipated the release of the September jobs report at the end of the week.

  • Lehman Omnipresent in Nomura’s Push Into US Monday, 4 Oct 2010 | 5:59 AM ET
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    The discreet sign by the door does not say Lehman Brothers. But step inside: a bit of Lehman lives on here in Manhattan, reports the New York Times.

  • Cheap Debt for Corporations Fails to Spur Economy Monday, 4 Oct 2010 | 4:49 AM ET
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    As many households and small businesses are being turned away by bank loan officers, large corporations are borrowing vast sums of money for next to nothing — simply because they can, the New York Times reports.

  • Stocks End Modestly Higher, as Tech Slips Friday, 1 Oct 2010 | 5:04 PM ET

    Stocks ended modestly higher for the first trading session of the fourth quarter despite a volatile start as investors digested a spate of economic reports giving conflicting accounts of the U.S. economy's health. JP Morgan and Bank of America rose.

  • Stocks Hold Gains as Close Nears; Banks Rise Friday, 1 Oct 2010 | 3:44 PM ET

    Stocks held gains for the first trading session of the fourth quarter despite a volatile start as investors digested a spate of economic reports giving conflicting accounts of the U.S. economy's health. JP Morgan and Bank of America rose.

  • Stocks Turn Higher, Led by Energy; HP Slips Friday, 1 Oct 2010 | 12:06 PM ET

    Stocks turned higher as investors absorbed a spate of economic reports giving a conflicting accounts of the U.S. economy's health.  Alcoa and IBM rose, while HP and Caterpillar fell.

  • Futures Rise After Spending, Inflation Data Friday, 1 Oct 2010 | 9:11 AM ET

    Futures pointed to higher open the first day of October after news that consumer spending in the U.S. rose a little more than expected in August, but inflation remained modest.

  • Stocks Fall, But End Higher for Quarter Thursday, 30 Sep 2010 | 5:12 PM ET

    Stocks declined after a volatile session, but ended the month with the best September results in 71 years.  American Express and Caterpillar fell.

  • Water Shortage Means Big Money for Small Alaska Town Thursday, 30 Sep 2010 | 4:59 PM ET
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    What if Sitka, Alaska, could sell its water to those people or entites in the arid parts of the world? That would give the town a healthy revenue and put water where it's desperately needed. That’s

  • Stocks Fall Ahead of Close; Up for Quarter Thursday, 30 Sep 2010 | 3:47 PM ET

    Stocks declined as the session end neared as quarter-end rebalancing, and profit-taking, caused the markets to waver despite positive economic news.  American Express and Caterpillar fell.

  • The Price of Water: Is Higher Better? Thursday, 30 Sep 2010 | 3:11 PM ET
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    San Diego County may be known for its famous coastline, but when it comes to fresh water, it has very little supply.  Residents pay for water to be imported from the Colorado River and other areas. But some believe even higher prices are needed, which would encourage conservation and reduce water use.

  • Stocks Extend Losses, Led by Technology Thursday, 30 Sep 2010 | 12:03 PM ET

    Stocks extended losses on the last trading day of the session despite a series of economic reports providing evidence of returning strength in the U.S. economy. Caterpillar and Hewlett-Packard fell, while Boeing rose.

  • Futures Rise After Jobless Claims, GDP Thursday, 30 Sep 2010 | 9:27 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures rose after the government report jobless claims were better than expected, and the reading on second quarter GDP was revised slightly higher.

  • Stocks End Lower as Materials, Banks Slide Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010 | 4:50 PM ET

    Stocks regained some ground in the last few minutes of a volatile session, but closed lower as traders continued to consider the Federal Reserve's plans to lift the U.S. economy. DuPont and American Express fell, while HP  rose.

  • Stocks Slide Ahead of Close, Led by Materials Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010 | 3:51 PM ET

    Stocks sank in the last hour of the session as traders continued to consider the Federal Reserve's plans to lift the U.S. economy. DuPont and American Express fell, while HP  rose.

  • 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.