NASA awards contracts to Boeing, SpaceX

It represents a significant shift for NASA, which has long owned and operated its own rockets. Now NASA’s astronauts would essentially rent space on vehicles provided by Boeing and SpaceX.

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More U.S. companies are closing down than starting up

More U.S. companies are closing down than starting up

During a hearing, experts urged lawmakers to adopt policies that are more friendly to new and young firms.

Law firm Venable to move headquarters in 2017

Law firm Venable to move headquarters in 2017

Firm will move its 400 attorneys and staff four blocks north to new Gould Property office tower near Mount Vernon Square.

Financial markets awaiting any Fed signal on rates

Financial markets awaiting any Fed signal on rates

There’s a phrase that investors will be alert for, and the presence or absence of it is viewed as key to the Fed’s timetable for a change in its key short-term rate.

US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August

US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August

U.S. consumer prices edged down in August, the first monthly drop since the spring of 2013.

Federal auto regulators face withering barrage on the Hill

Federal auto regulators face withering barrage on the Hill

The NHTSA chief was grilled in the Senate after a House report faulted the agency for slow action.

NII Holdings files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

The Reston-based provider of mobile phone service in Latin America has seen its revenue, subscribers erode

Columnists

Michelle Singletary

Michelle Singletary

A secured credit card can help to establish or mend credit

This method is good for those who have never built credit or are rebuilding credit after adverse events.

Steven Pearlstein

Steven Pearlstein

An odd approach to attacking crony capitalism

It’s disappointing that both parties are content to focus this debate on the obscure Export-Import Bank.

Thomas Heath

Thomas Heath

Sleep deprived at 29, she wakes up to million-dollar spa biz

With an assist from hippie-friendly Takoma Park, an acupuncturist finds economic health in the spa industry.

Market News

US stocks rise slightly in opening trade

U.S. stocks are rising slightly in early trading, ahead of a Federal Reserve announcement this afternoon that might signal when the central bank will raise interest rates.

Wonkblog

Wonkbook: The most important -- and disappointing -- aspect of today’s economy

Wonkbook: The most important -- and disappointing -- aspect of today’s economy

Economic growth doesn’t tell the whole story about the economy.

How Julian Castro plans to lower your rent and help you buy a home

How Julian Castro plans to lower your rent and help you buy a home

In his first public policy speech since taking over at HUD, Castro pushed to expand homeownership and combat the nation’s “rental housing crisis.“

Mapping the future of sea-level rise on the Potomac, the Chesapeake and the Atlantic.

Mapping the future of sea-level rise on the Potomac, the Chesapeake and the Atlantic.

Washington and Baltimore are making big plans to survive future flooding. But what do you do if you’re Ocean City?

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On Leadership

Wal-Mart spokesperson resigns over falsehood in resume

Wal-Mart spokesperson resigns over falsehood in resume

David Tovar is hardly the only high-ranking corporate manager who has lost his job for this reason.

What if Ray Rice worked in an average company?

What if Ray Rice worked in an average company?

Are NFL players in fact held to a “higher standard“?

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Get There

A guide to breaking up with your bank

A guide to breaking up with your bank

People who aren’t careful when they make the change can face steep fees for missed payments, money transfers and overdrafts.

Health care is often the biggest expense in retirement — and the hardest to predict

Health care is often the biggest expense in retirement — and the hardest to predict

Almost half of family caregivers spend more than $5,000 a year on caring for elderly family members, a new study shows.

The Switch

Reviewers weigh in: iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus?

Reviewers weigh in: iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus?

The reviews are in, and they’re universally glowing.

Are kids reviewing restaurants on Yelp--or are adults lying about their age?

Are kids reviewing restaurants on Yelp--or are adults lying about their age?

The company says the episode highlights how in many instances, people lie about their age online.

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