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U.S. Postal Service Reports Quarterly Losses

The U.S. postal service posted $740 million in losses last quarter — making it nearly $4 billion so far this year. These losses come despite major trims to the operating budget in 2013.

Premium Parking Space Comes With Big Price Tag

A parking spot in London is on the market for $465,000. That buys an outdoor location near Buckingham Palace and a 91-year lease.

Sequestration Has Georgia Town On Edge

Warner Robins, Ga., is a booming community that is entirely dependent on civilian Defense Department employment. The local Air Force Base is massive, but because it's mostly a logistics depot, the bulk of the employees are not service members.

Food Delivery Hits The Web, But Restaurants Pay The Price

If you're a takeout or delivery customer, websites like Seamless and Grubhub are a marvel. Just type, click your order and the food is on its way. But if you're a restaurant, this shift to the web may not sit so well with you.

Too Much, Too Fast: China Sees Backlash From Massive Growth

Years of rapid industrial expansion have left many parts of China contending with thick smog and dirty water. The move comes at a time when China is trying to shift away from the investment-led economic model that has generated such dizzying growth in recent years, but the global economic downturn has made the transition a lot more challenging.
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Maryland's Tax-Free Week: Aug. 11-17

Maryland's tax-free school shopping holiday is underway this week.


America, Are You Tough Enough To Drink Real Russian Kvas?

Russians have been drinking kvas, a barely alcoholic fermented grain drink, for centuries. But the version sold commercially in the U.S.? It's largely just a wimpy, watered-down, sugary version, say aficionados. Now some new kvas makers are hoping Americans will embrace traditional, hard-core versions of the drink and its tangy, sour goodness.

The Tricky Business Of Predicting Where Media Will Go Next

One of journalism's most recognizable mastheads, The Washington Post, is entering a new era with a new owner. In 1992, the paper's managing editor urged it to get at the forefront of the upcoming digital revolution, but it so far has fallen short in a world of fast-paced BuzzFeeds.

Rise Of The New American Barons

Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post, Sergay Brin funded test tube beef burgers — all in one week. It begs the question: Are we seeing a new rise of influential U.S. moguls? Guest host Celeste Headlee talks with Daniel Alef, author and publisher of the "Titans of Fortune" series, about the parallels between now and the Gilded Age.

Housing Market Shows More Signs Of Life

New reports showed that home sales and prices are rising despite the recent rise in interest rates. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to NPR's Chris Arnold about the housing market and and proposed changes for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.