Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 11:30 am
Google's massive investment in SpaceX gives the tech giant another avenue for its goal of providing Internet access to remote parts of the Earth, and it gives Elon Musk's company money to continue its research on space transport, re-usability and satellite manufacturing.
Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 11:05 am
President Obama revved up quickly for his economic victory lap.
"After a breakthrough year for America, our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999," President Obama said less than a minute into his State of the Union address Tuesday night.
The lap was fueled by cheap gas: "We are as free from the grip of foreign oil as we've been in almost 30 years," he said.
Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:40 am
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And it's budget time in many states. Most are now projecting strong growth, even surpluses - not, however, the state of Illinois. There, a gaping budget hole appears to be even bigger than previously thought, as NPR's David Schaper reports.
Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 3:17 pm
Are you thinking about tax day yet? Your friendly neighborhood tax preparer is. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen declared this tax season one of the most complicated ever, partly because this is the first year that the Affordable Care Act will show up on your tax form.
Tax preparers from coast to coast are trying to get ready. Sue Ellen Smith manages an H&R Block office in San Francisco, and she is expecting things to get busy soon.
"This year taxes and health care intersect in a brand-new way," Smith says.
Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:05 am
After more than five years away, and at a significantly smaller weight, J.C. Penney Co.'s print catalog is back. The company discontinued its often 1,000-page "Big Book" in 2009 and phased out several smaller, specialty catalogs over the past few years as well. But the company announced this week that it's re-entering the print catalog game.
Deadlines for two types of U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loans are coming up in several Alabama counties.
Officials say small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private non-profit organizations in several south Alabama counties have until February 6th to submit disaster loan applications for severe weather between April 28th and May 6th. The counties are:
Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 1:41 pm
Demand for products that don't contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, is exploding.
Now many food companies are seeking certification for products that don't have any genetically modified ingredients, and not just the brands popular in the health food aisle. Even Cheerios, that iconic cereal from General Mills, no longer contains GMOs.
Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 11:09 am
In so many ways, Jan. 20, 2009, was a frightful day to be taking the oath of office.
The U.S. economy was in free fall as Barack Obama rose to deliver his inaugural address. "We are in the midst of crisis," he said. "Homes have been lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered."
Exactly six years later, Obama is returning to Capitol Hill to deliver a State of the Union address at 9 p.m. EST. He is expected to highlight the economic progress that has been made since that frigid Day One — and call for more changes.
Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 6:18 pm
The Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday began accepting tax returns electronically, and paper returns will begin to be processed at the same time. In a statement, the IRS reminded taxpayers that filing electronically is the most accurate way to file a tax return and the fastest way to get a refund.