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Tough Mudder Organizers Offer Refunds

Organizers of the Tough Mudder 12-mile race will offer refunds to participants due to the event being cut short over the weekend.


Master Violin Maker Feels Economy's Sour Notes

Artists and musicians often take the first hit when the economy takes a turn for the worse. Host Michel Martin speaks with writer Amanda Abrams about one violin maker's struggle to make ends meet in tough times. Abrams chronicles Howard Needham's story in this week's Washington Post Magazine.

Government To Sell Controlling Interest In Bailed-Out AIG

The government will reduce its stake in the insurance giant to less than 50 percent for the first time since the 2008 bailout.

Who's Responsible When A Business Succeeds?

A recurring debate in the presidential contest is who's responsible when a business succeeds. The candidates' arguments have stirred a debate within the business community itself.

Hot Colors For Spring: Tender Shoots, Tidal Foam

Tender Shoots is one of the hot colors for spring 2013, according to a statement from Pantone, the New Jersey color company that works with designers to decide the dominant hues for the fashion industry each season. Pantone describes the color as "vibrant yellow-green, invigorating, active and cheerful." For men, the color for spring is Tidal Foam.

U.S. To Sell $18 Billion In Shares Of AIG

The U.S. government has announced it will sell at least $18 billion worth of shares of American International Group. During the financial crisis in 2008, the struggling insurance company was rescued with a government bailout. The federal government became AIG's majority stakeholder, but had promised that it was not a long-term investor.

Why Knockoffs Are Good For The Fashion Industry

In The Knockoff Economy, Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman say that in the world of fashion, copycats make styles go in and out of vogue faster. Copying breeds competition, Raustiala says, and that makes clothes cheaper for consumers.