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Update: Existing Home Sales And Housing Starts Both Rose In August

Each month this year, builders have been starting work on many more homes than were being built after the housing bubble burst in 2008. Meanwhile, sales and prices of previously owned homes continue to rise.

Do Scores Go Up When Teachers Return Bonuses?

How do you turn average teachers into great teachers? One unusual field experiment suggests the answer may lie in giving bonuses to teachers upfront — with a catch: They have to give back the money if student performance doesn't improve.
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Council Members Call For Increased Funding For Homeless Families

D.C. Council members Jim Graham and Michael Brown expected to be greeted warmly as they announced a plan to direct funds to District family shelters, but they were met instead with anger and frustration.


Shriveled Mich. Apple Harvest Means Fewer Jobs, Tough Year Ahead

After a mild winter and a late-April freeze, Michigan's apple harvest was decimated. Less fruit means fewer picking jobs. It also means little to no income from apples in storage that growers rely on to get them through to next year's harvest.

Is The 'Fiscal Cliff' As Bad As It Sounds?

Large cuts to the budget will take effect in January if Congress doesn't agree on a spending and tax plan. The White House has said it'll work with lawmakers to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff," but experts predict a long budget battle. Host Michel Martin speaks with economics reporter Sudeep Reddy and NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax.