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  • A demand for sand: Well operators using more and more to boost productivity

    PITTSBURGH The white sand beaches in Pennsylvania are a mile underground, where salt water and fine mesh sand luxuriate in the fracks of the Marcellus Shale. The volume of frack sand used at each well to prop open newly created fissures and allow gas...
  • What is the likely path of Fed interest rates?

    Federal Reserve policymakers conclude their two-day meeting Wednesday, and it's almost certain that the central bank will make another cut in its bond-buying stimulus and downgrade its near-term economic growth outlook to reflect the poor first quarter....
  • Economic impact of traffic accidents? About $1 trillion a year

    Motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. every year have an economic toll of almost $1 trillion. That includes $277 billion in actual cost, and an estimated $594 billion in "harm from the loss of life and the pain and decreased quality of life due to injuries,...
  • Economy was hit harder by severe winter than initially feared

    Economy was hit harder by severe winter than initially feared
    The economy stumbled badly during the severe winter, much more than first estimated, according to a government report, and stalled a recovery that appeared poised to take off this year. Economists, however, see the quarterly drop more as a delay in...
  • Robert B. Reich: The three biggest right-wing lies about poverty

    Rather than confront poverty by extending jobless benefits to the long-term unemployed, endorsing a higher minimum wage or supporting jobs programs, conservative Republicans are taking a different tack. They're peddling three big lies about poverty. To...
  • Top CEOs downgrade economic growth forecasts, expect to spend less

    Top CEOs downgrade economic growth forecasts, expect to spend less
    Top U.S. chief executives slightly downgraded their economic growth forecast and fewer said they expected to increase investments in their businesses amid uncertainty over whether Congress will reinstate some key corporate tax provisions, according to a...
  • 'Subminimum wage' for disabled workers called exploitative

    'Subminimum wage' for disabled workers called exploitative
    At a noisy warehouse off Veterans Highway in Millersville, a young woman concentrates as she pokes black shoelaces into cardboard packaging. In another room, workers slowly count tiny bottles of hair products, placing them in plastic bags that will end up...
  • China May FDI falls by most in 16 months as economy slows

    By Aileen Wang and Koh Gui Qing BEIJING (Reuters) - The amount of new foreign investment that China attracted in May shrank by the most in 16 months, hurt partly by its cooling economy, though the trade ministry said the outlook may be brightening for...
  • As summer warms up, employers loosen work hours

    Now that warmer weather has arrived after a long and harsh winter, some businesses are finding ways to give their workers longer weekends by letting them take off early on Fridays boosting morale without hurting the company's bottom line much, if at all....
  • U.S. CEOs more pessimistic on economy, capital expenditures

    By Nick Carey CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. chief executives are slightly less positive about the economy's growth prospects this year and fewer of them expect to increase their capital expenditures in the next six months, according to a quarterly by the...
  • New ECB long-term loans not likely to revive euro zone lending

    By Rahul Karunakar BANGALORE (Reuters) - The European Central Bank's latest offers for long-term cash won't revive lending in the region despite expectations for strong demand, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday. ECB President Mario Draghi announced...