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Car Dealers Sue Tesla, Citing State Franchise Laws

Car dealers in New York and Massachusetts have filed a lawsuit that seeks to block Tesla from selling its pricey electric vehicles in those states. The dealers say they are defending state franchise laws, which require manufacturers to sell cars through dealers they do not own.

CBO Warns Again: Ignoring Fiscal Cliff Could Result In Recession

But the non-partisan government agency says it's a double-edged sword, because going over the cliff could also set up the economy for a healthy long run.

You Can Thank A Whey Refinery For That Protein Smoothie

Milk isn't just something you drink anymore. It's become a raw material, like crude oil, that's refined into more valuable products, such as sugar for infant formula and protein powder that's used in energy bars.

Corn Belt Farmland: The Newest Real Estate Bubble?

Investors looking for safer and more profitable investments have been buying farmland across the Midwest, and the price of land is rising fast. But some economists say cropland prices can't go up forever and that investors are turning farmland into a bubble.

Can Bipartisanship Save Us From The Fiscal Cliff?

The election is over and the deadline for the so-called "fiscal cliff" is drawing closer. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax about how the two relate, and what it could mean for America's economic future.

Word To The Wise: Change Your Twitter Password

The micro-blogging service has warned many users that their accounts may have been "compromised" and that they should immediately create new passwords. While details haven't been released about where the threat is coming from, some users are pointing to China.
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Former Nun Finds Her Stride As Mom, Businesswoman

Grace Steckler joined a convent at 18 — but left at 30 after realizing her chosen path wasn't right for her.


McDonald's Has First Drop In Key Sales Figure Since 2003

Sales at the chain's restaurants that have been open at least 13 months fell 1.8 percent in October. It's the first month-to-month decline for the fast-food giant in that important indicator since April 2003.