The lame-duck Congress has just weeks to jump to the rescue of an economy moving closer and closer to the so-called fiscal cliff — a $600 billion cluster of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes due to hit at year's end.
Exit polls showed the economy was Issue No. 1 with voters in this presidential election. And it didn't take long for labor organizers and business leaders to start offering their thoughts on the re-election of President Obama.
Severe weather could be headed for regions hard hit by superstorm Sandy, so many homeowners are scrambling to make repairs. The rush might make them vulnerable to so-called storm chasers — con artists posing as contractors. Host Michel Martin speaks with Angie Hicks, founder of the website Angie's List, for tips on how to avoid home repair scams.
Japan's Suzuki Motor Corporation has been selling cars in America for almost three decades. But unlike Toyota and Honda, it never managed to win over U.S consumers. The company has the smallest American market share among the big Asian automakers.
In Garfield, Pa., the owner of a tattoo shop wanted to spruce up her floors. Mel Angst of the Artisan Tattoo and Coffee Gallery went with pennies — 250,000 of them. She recruited some volunteers, and they spent three weeks painstakingly gluing pennies to the floor. It took about 400 hours.
The Environmental Protection Agency says the two South Korean carmakers, owned by the same parent company, overstated the gas mileage on 900,000 vehicles over the past three years. The automakers say they will reimburse customers by covering the additional fuel costs.
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