| Feb 20, 2014
| 12:29 PM
The debate over the minimum wage, both in Maryland and nationally, and related concerns over income inequality have provoked some unpleasant and ongoing side effects. The recent trend of billionaires flaunting their perceived superiority over the less-...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 11:05 AM
The U.S. Supreme Court gave consumers a victory on Monday by allowing them to proceed with class-action lawsuits alleging that millions of front-loading washing machines they bought suffered from mold or musty odors.
By refusing to hear the appeals in...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 11:31 AM
Earlier this month, the powerful Senate Finance Committee met to consider crucial legislation that would grant the president Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which would make it easier for him to negotiate deals with other countries. Maryland's own Sen....
| Jan 8, 2014
| 6:22 PM
SACRAMENTO — California's exports are booming, and companies are shipping goods at levels not reached since before the Great Recession six years ago.
In November alone, Golden State businesses shipped merchandise worth $15.2 billion, a 14% jump...
| Dec 14, 2013
| 7:22 PM
WASHINGTON — After a year that produced limited results, at best, for their cause, advocates of new gun-safety laws are recalibrating strategy, hoping to find more success at the ballot box and upset the conventional wisdom that opponents of gun...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 1:01 PM
SACRAMENTO -- It is still nearly three weeks before state lawmakers return to session, but some on Tuesday previewed the bills they plan to introduce, including measures involving revenge porn, ghost guns and oil taxes.
Sen. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres)...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 12:30 PM
So-called "vampire" TV set-top boxes that devour more power than some refrigerators are on their way out -- at least, most of them are.
Big cable and satellite TV providers and their manufacturing partners have agreed to curtail energy-hungry boxes for...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 2:12 PM
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge made no ruling Friday whether to grant the city of Irwindale's request to temporarily halt production at the Sriracha hot sauce plant because of odor complaints.
Judge Robert H. O'Brien said he would take the...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 3:06 PM
Have you turned an old appliance over to Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.? You're in good company, if so.
BGE said this week that customers have recycled 30,000 appliances through its Smart Energy Savers Program, which offers $50 "rewards" for giving up...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 2:05 PM
With a plastic-bag ban set to go into effect in Los Angeles on the first of the new year, city officials are launching a campaign to get residents in the habit of using reusable totes.
The city has teamed up with environmental groups and nonprofit...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 5:33 PM
It looks as if the blue shoelace gained some serious traction in the bid to become a symbolic yellow ribbon of support of American manufacturing on Tuesday, with a 30-day Kickstarter campaign fully funded in less than half a day.
The Bluelace Project,...