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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Legal aid groups to get $30 million from bank settlement

Bank of America agrees to steer at least $30 million of the $17 billion settlement to consumer relief efforts

D.C. area hiring cools off in July, unemployment rises

D.C. area hiring cools off in July, unemployment rises

After June showed some promise, July’s numbers have undercut hopes of a summer turnaround.

Canadians worry: Will Burger King wreck Tim Hortons?

Canadians worry: Will Burger King wreck Tim Hortons?

Hours after the merger announcement, Twitter rose up to say: Don’t mess with my coffee.

Small business, big mistake (Ep. 7)

Small business, big mistake (Ep. 7)

A local employer gets blindsided by naunces of the employee-contractaor distinction, costing her thousands.

Uber tests lunch delivery service called uberFRESH

Uber tests lunch delivery service called uberFRESH

Not content with what it already delivers to people - taxi, baby supplies and groceries - Uber now tests lunch delivery.

Cash still rules for small purchases

Cash still rules for small purchases

After cash, more people said they prefer to use debit cards over credit cards for purchases under $5.

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.

Thomas Heath

Thomas Heath

Bankruptcy is boot camp for Marine-turned-entrepreneur

After an uphill battle with debt, Nick Baucom’s conservative approach propels movers forward.

Market News

Stocks drift higher; S&P 500 holds on to 2,000

Stocks drift higher; S&P 500 holds on to 2,000

Stocks are drifting mostly higher as a main U.S. index sets a record for a third day in a row.

Wonkblog

Wonkbook: What you need to know about the CBO’s new report on the deficit

Wonkbook:  What you need to know about the CBO’s new report on the deficit

There are mixed signals on U.S. finances from the CBO.

Americans strongly agree: You shouldn’t stop people from reclining on planes

Americans strongly agree: You shouldn’t stop people from reclining on planes

A 2004 poll asked Americans what they thought of a device that lets you keep the person in front of you from reclining their seat.

In 30 states, a child can still legally own a rifle or shotgun

In 30 states, a child can still legally own a rifle or shotgun

In the wake of the accidental death of a gun instructor in Arizona, many are likely asking how a nine-year old was allowed to hold and fire an automatic weapon. There’s an answer.

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On Leadership

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.

A seal of approval for corporate gender equality

A seal of approval for corporate gender equality

L’Oreal USA is the first company in America to be certified by the global standard.

Looking for leadership in the Ebola epidemic

Looking for leadership in the Ebola epidemic

A conversation with Dr. Joanne Liu, president of Doctors Without Borders, about the challenge Ebola presents the global health community.

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The Switch

Switchboard: The FBI is investigating reported hackings at JP Morgan and other banks

Switchboard: The FBI is investigating reported hackings at JP Morgan and other banks

Your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team.

14 years ago, DOJ said letting one broadband company run half the country was a bad idea

14 years ago, DOJ said letting one broadband company run half the country was a bad idea

Inside the story of MediaOne, a merger from the year 2000 that Comcast opponents hope will be instructive for regulators.