In coal country, only the most desperate flee

(Katherine Frey / The Washington Post)

More than 10,000 miners have lost jobs over the past two-and-a-half years in southern West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky, and their plight illustrates how, even amid an economic recovery, certain segments of the workforce are being shut out.

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Lawyers take scientific approach to beat data breaches

Lawyers take scientific approach to beat data breaches

For cars, there are mechanics. For corporate data breaches, there are Chris Cwalina and Steve Roosa.

Energy start-up that made ‘artificial leaf’ is acquired by Lockheed Martin

Energy start-up that made ‘artificial leaf’ is acquired by Lockheed Martin

Sun Catalytix, founded by a former M.I.T. chemistry professor, has since turned its attention to energy storage.

U.S. economy grew at brisk 4.2 pct. rate in Q2

U.S. economy grew at brisk 4.2 pct. rate in Q2

The U.S. economy grew slightly faster than it had first estimated.

Curious about if anyone actually read your tweets? Twitter now opens its analytics dashboard to all users.

Curious about if anyone actually read your tweets? Twitter now opens its analytics dashboard to all users.

You can see exactly how many people viewed and engaged with your tweets, the demographic breakdown of your followers, etc.

Americans fall deeper in love with credit cards

Americans fall deeper in love with credit cards

Consumers have grown more comfortable with plastic -- and they’re smarter about how they use it.

How food shopping is changing, in three charts

How food shopping is changing, in three charts

From more last-minute list-making to a heightened focus on labels, grocery shoppers are changing their behavior.

Columnists

Michelle Singletary

Michelle Singletary

Tax alert on health insurance premiums

The credit helps offset the cost of the policy and is intended to make it more affordable.

Barry Ritholtz

Barry Ritholtz

Time, not timing, is key to investing success

The greatest market timer and the worst market timer fare about the same as the dollar-cost averager.

Warren Brown

Warren Brown

Cadillac ELR plug-in: Friendly to environment, not wallet

The swanky hybrid coupe is a good step toward better fuel economy, but it’s hard to justify the price.

Market News

Stock market closes at record high

Stock market closes at record high

The Standard & Poor’s 500 is ending the week at a record high after a day of quiet trading.

Wonkblog

What your 1st-grade life says about the rest of it

What your 1st-grade life says about the rest of it

A study over decades of young Baltimoreans offers insight into who succeeds and why.

Where foreign students are coming from

Where foreign students are coming from

No city sends students to American universities quite like Seoul, South Korea.

Why are Venezuela’s supermarkets so empty?

Why are Venezuela’s supermarkets so empty?

It’s Econ 101: Price controls cause shortages

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Roger Goodell finally takes a stand

Roger Goodell finally takes a stand

After much criticism, the NFL commissioner admits “I didn’t get it right” and changes the league’s domestic violence policy.

How employees of a grocery chain fought management and won

How employees of a grocery chain fought management and won

The two sides in the epic Market Basket grocery battle have finally reached a deal.

The bonus round

The bonus round

A new survey finds that companies are devoting a record percentage of their compensation budget to paying annual bonuses.

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The Switch

Nintendo unveils the ‘New 3DS’ and ‘New 3DS LL,’ but not for the U.S.

Nintendo unveils the ‘New 3DS’ and ‘New 3DS LL,’ but not for the U.S.

The devices are bigger, brighter and more powerful than their predecessors.

Everything connected to the Internet, in one map

Everything connected to the Internet, in one map

Shodan founder John Matherly pings all devices connected to the Internet.

A former FCC chair is now advising Obama on intelligence

A former FCC chair is now advising Obama on intelligence

Julius Genachowski, who stepped down as Obama’s top telecom regulator just months ago, kickstarted the FCC’s cybersecurity efforts.

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