Commentary: Black water and Michael Jackson The memorial service for pop star Michael Jackson has tentatively been set for Tuesday, July 7. Like many people, commentator Gordon Stewart heard the news last week while driving in the car.5:54 p.m.
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U.S. Shed 467,000 Jobs In June
The Labor Department reported Thursday that U.S. businesses shed a bigger-than-expected 467,000 jobs in June. The unemployment rate rose slightly to 9.5 percent, the highest in nearly 26 years. The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 200 points on the news.
Obama Disappointed By Jobs Numbers
President Obama said Thursday he is "deeply concerned" about unemployment. The remarks to The Associated Press came after the Labor Department said U.S. businesses shed 467,000 jobs in June and that the unemployment rate increased to 9.5 percent.
Economist: Stimulus Appears To Be Working
More jobs were lost last month than expected, but the Obama administration's economic stimulus package promises to create 600,000 jobs by the end of the summer. Mark Zandi, the chief economist at Moody's Economy.com, says that without the stimulus, the numbers would be worse.
From Atop Sears Tower, A Ledge With A View
A new ledge opens at the Sears Tower Skydeck in Chicago. The enclosed glass box extends 4 feet from the building and allows visitors to stare 1,353 feet down to the ground.
Korean School Preps Students For Ivy League
With admissions getting more competitive every year, spots at top American colleges are becoming a globally coveted commodity. In South Korea, one elite prep school has become the envy of many upper-crust U.S. prep schools with its success.
Letters: Doctors, Sanford
Just how much can doctors earn before you stop feeling sorry for them? And Michael Jackson isn't the only story listeners are sick of this week.
Report: SEC Official Raised Madoff Concern
In 2004, an investigator with the Securities and Exchange Commission warned superiors of inconsistencies in convicted fraudster Bernard Madoff's trading practices. She was, however, told to focus on other investigations. Zachary Goldfarb, a business and economics reporter with The Washington Post, offers his insight.
In IMF Bonds, A Possible Rival For The U.S. Dollar
The U.S. dollar has long been the world's reserve currency — a haven in times of economic trouble. Countries like China and Russia would like to change that. They may have found a way in new bonds from the International Monetary Fund.