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The Economic Impact Of Airline Mergers

The Justice Department, along with several state attorneys general, dealt American Airlines and US Airways an unexpected blow by seeking to block their proposed merger. The airlines say their union would increase competition, but critics fear higher prices and reduced service. Diane and her guests discuss the impact of airline consolidation on consumers and local economies.


Will 'The New York Times' Be Next To Be Sold?

The purchase of The Washington Post by founder Jeff Bezos has renewed speculation that the Times might also soon go on the auction block. Could New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg be a potential buyer?

Bezos Tells 'Post' Employees He Shares Paper's Values

The world of newspapers was rocked Monday by news that Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of, is buying The Washington Post for $250 million. Bezos' purchase of the paper will bring to an end its association with the Graham family, which bought the Post in 1933.

General Motors Lowers Sticker Price Of Chevy Volt

The company is hoping the move will increase sales. The 2014 model of the plug-in car will now cost about $35,000 — more than 12 percent less than last year's model. Ford and Nissan have already reduced the prices on their electric cars.

Study: Glass Ceiling True For Female White Collar Criminals

A new study suggests female white collar crooks face the same barriers as their law abiding counterparts in the corporate world. A team of researchers from Penn State studied the involvement of women in recent corporate fraud cases. It found women held inferior positions in criminal conspiracies, and profited significantly less from their misdeeds.

GM Looks To China To Boost Car Sales

General Motors set a July sales record in China. That country is already the most important auto market in the world. It could be where GM maintains global dominance.

Jeff Bezos To Buy 'Washington Post' From Graham Family

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is buying The Washington Post and its sister papers. The Graham family, which controlled the Post for eight decades, is selling the flagship paper.

Ski Resorts Find Ways To Stay Busy When There's No Snow

In an effort to make money year-round, ski resort companies in the West offer attractions like mountain biking and hiking during the summer months. These attractions help resorts bounce back to pre-recession numbers and offer year-round jobs for resort workers.

Dredging South Carolina's Rivers For Long-Forgotten Timber

Dense forests of old-growth pines and cypress once blanketed South Carolina. As farming spread, nearly all the state's virgin trees were logged, but some sank into rivers en route to the sawmills. Now, some entrepreneurs are raising the preserved trees from the muck — and selling them for big money.

On The Road With Max And Dave: A Tax Overhaul Tour

Sen. Max Baucus and Rep. Dave Camp skip much of Washington's formality when they're out traveling the country to try to drum up support for simplifying the tax code. They want to convince Americans — and their colleagues in Congress — that it's possible, and worth it.