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May Employment Data Show U.S. Surpassed Pre-Recession Job Totals

The Labor Department released its monthly employment report on Friday. The economy added 217,000 jobs in May, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.3 percent.

Farm Workers' Low Wages Hinder San Joaquin Valley's Economy

If you look at the jobs picture across the U.S., one place stands out for high levels of unemployment: Central California's San Joaquin Valley. It's been called the Appalachia of the West.

The 'Cool War' With China Is Unseen, But Comes With Consequences

Dueling charges of cyberspying between China and the U.S. are escalating in this new conflict, which could have huge stakes for American industry and trade secrets.

From Coffee Futures To Bulk Buying: A Year Of Adventurous Investing

Last year NPR's Uri Berliner took money from a savings account that was losing value to inflation and bought a range of assets that included a painting and a haul from Costco. So how'd his money do?

Is Pushing Interest Rates To Less Than Zero A Crazy Idea?

If a bank wants to deposit cash with the European Central Bank, it won't earn interest. In fact, the bank will actually have to pay the ECB for parking cash. It's designed to boost Europe's economy.

Europe's Central Bank Goes Negative

The European Central Bank became the first major central bank to announce a negative interest rate. The ECB is trying to encourage spending in the eurozone, which has been mired in ultralow inflation.

Sprint Might Finally Get Its Way With Possible T-Mobile Deal

Reports say that a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile is at hand. Sprint has made no secret of its designs on its smaller rival; why are the companies considering a deal now?

Sprint Is Reportedly Close To Deal To Buy T-Mobile For $32 Billion

If the sale goes through, T-Mobile would join Sprint as the second U.S. wireless company acquired by Japan's Softbank. It would unite America's third- and fourth-ranked carriers.

Couple Goes High-Tech And Low Cost For Their Big Day

Putting on a wedding in New York City can be financial suicide. But one young couple, profiled in Fast Company, say they priced their upcoming celebration at just $10,000 by using online startups.

A Master's In Media...From Conde Nast?

Architectural Digest, Wired, Vogue, Gourmet...why a magazine brand is getting into the education business.