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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DOJ preparing criminal charges against Wall Street executives

DOJ preparing criminal charges against Wall Street executives

The Justice Department has launched criminal investigations of individuals at Wall Street firms for financial fraud, with the hopes of filing formal charges in the coming months.

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.

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 at midday ahead of Fed statement

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

It’s time to bury the ‘death panel’ myth for good. Is this the way to do it?

It’s time to bury the ‘death panel’ myth for good. Is this the way to do it?

An expert panel has a new plan for navigating the tricky politics around end-of-life care.

Mass incarceration is making the Fed’s job harder

Mass incarceration is making the Fed’s job harder

Arrests, convictions and prison sentences are among the factors holding back the job market and complicating the central bank’s calculations.

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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

How the pay gap leads to the retirement savings gap

How the pay gap leads to the retirement savings gap

Lower pay over time amounts to less in savings -- and smaller Social Security payments down the road.

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.

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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