Federal auto safety regulators plan to announce a new requirement this week. According to The New York Times, by 2014 all automobiles will come equipped with a rearview camera. The latest statistics show more than 200 people die each year from "backover accidents."
Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, of The Wall Street Journal, and Zanny Minton Beddoes, of The Economist, about how to read the latest economic signs, and whether there are any bright areas for growth.
About one-third of all home purchases these days are made in cash — far above normal. Some of those buyers are investors who crowd out people who want to buy the traditional way: with a mortgage. But cash buyers are also helping to mop up the huge inventory of foreclosures around the country.
The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline has skyrocketed to $3.65. Host Michel Martin and NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax explore what is behind the spike, and Andra Rush talks about how the prices are affecting her trucking business.
In much of the country, February brought purple crocuses and yellow daffodils instead of snowdrifts. Milder temperatures, along with an extended payroll tax break, mean more green in your wallet — helping ease the crush of higher gasoline prices.
Three years after its bankruptcy, General Motors has had a record year. The company, meanwhile, is hiring again — adding third shifts to meet increasing demand for its cars. But Republican presidential candidates still insist the bailout was a mistake.
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