A jury has found Bank of America liable for fraud for shoddy mortgages sold by its Countrywide unit. The rare win by the government in a jury trial against a financial institution could open the door to more lawsuits against banks.
With the federally run health insurance exchange at HealthCare.gov mired in technology problems, there's a lot of talk about how long people who need insurance can wait to buy it. Tardy purchasers face a potential tax penalty.
For the first time on record, bicycles outsold cars in Spain. More bikes than cars were sold in Italy for the first time since World War II. Indeed, bicycle sales have outpaced new-car sales across the Continent. Is it a long-term trend or just a reflection of the recession in much of Europe?
A commission evaluating the impacts of animal agriculture says the industry has resisted change. And it says government agencies have failed to regulate the industry's environmental and health practices because of "overwhelming" political influence.
There were 350,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance filed, down 12,000 from the week before. But the report seems to be in line with others that indicate job growth remains relatively weak.
A jury in New York found Bank of America liable for fraud Wednesday after a monthlong civil trial. The verdict was considered a win for the Justice Department's prosecution of misdeeds during the financial crisis.
Anita Elberse's new book, Blockbusters, examines the strategy behind making and marketing megahits. She tells NPR's Renee Montagne that content companies — publishers, movie studios and the like — can create blockbusters by dedicating most of their budgets to a select few likely winners.
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