| Dec 17, 2014
| 11:15 AM
The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that its first interest rate hike in eight years is approaching as policymakers stopped indicating that short-term rates would remain near zero for “a considerable time.”
Instead, the Fed said in a...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 4:27 AM
Thanks to cheap gas prices and a holiday calendar in which Christmas and New Year's Day both fall late in the work week, more Marylanders are expected to travel this holiday season than in any year on record, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.
| Dec 19, 2014
| 5:49 PM
Capping off three years of strong job growth, California employers added another 90,100 positions in November — one of the largest monthly hiring spurts in two decades.
The Golden State exited the Great Recession among the most wounded, as a...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The turkey-and-gravy window is getting smaller again.
Retailers are stumbling over one another to announce ever-earlier opening times on Thanksgiving as they race to woo Black Friday shoppers with deep discounts during hours usually reserved for...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 1:35 PM
BOSTON (Reuters) - As the U.S. holiday season spins into high gear, shoppers with quirky shopping lists got a bit of good news on Monday: The cost of the gifts in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" carol inched up 1.4 percent this year, a U.S. financial...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 5:30 PM
The City Council on Tuesday approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to boost Chicago’s minimum wage to $13 an hour by mid-2019, while efforts in Springfield to hike the state’s rate and apply some brakes to further city increases fizzled at...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 3:48 PM
Orlando International Airport has another record in the books.
Fiscal year 2013 may have ended with a record high for international traffic, nearly 3.95 million travelers, but fiscal year 2014 has comfortably surpassed it.
According to the Greater...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 11:22 AM
Ongoing cost-saving initiatives, increased passenger onboard spending and higher cruise prices helped boost third-quarter earnings for Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
The world's second-largest cruise company on Thursday reported third-...
| Dec 5, 2014
| 6:21 PM
Providing a surprising and much-needed bit of momentum to a shaky global economy, U.S. employers ramped up hiring last month and reported a significant rise in wages — welcome news for American workers feeling left behind by the nation's slow...
| Dec 7, 2014
As gas prices continue to descend to some of their lowest levels in more than five years, area consumers are beginning to loosen the strings on their purses, according to a recent federal report.
Strong to moderate job and wage growth in October and...
| Dec 8, 2014
| 9:32 AM
Almost all colleges, private or public, have levied a price tag that has grown on average twice as fast as the Consumer Price Index for the last 40 years. This is a larger increase over a longer period than any business or enterprise in the country. At...