This is the unemployment benefit that no one knows about

7.4 million people are working part-time for economic reasons. Federal worksharing aid could help them -- except that few realize it exists.

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FDA outlines plan to regulate e-cigarettes

FDA outlines plan to regulate e-cigarettes

The agency is moving slowly, creating a “framework” while scientific study continues.

Leesburg’s K2M hopes to raise $136 million in IPO

In an April 22 filing, K2M said plans to offer 8.825 million shares, priced between $16 and $18 a share

Dirty dollars: Those bills are teeming with germs

Dirty dollars: Those bills are teeming with germs

Also: the price of home ownership and the benefits of financial literacy.

GM’s 1Q profit dragged down by recalls

GM’s 1Q profit dragged down by recalls

The automaker faced its worst quarterly performance in four years over the ignition switch defect.

Fixed mortgage rates rise, while adjustable rates hold steady

Fixed mortgage rates rise, while adjustable rates hold steady

The 30-year fixed-rate average increased to 4.33 percent after two weeks of declines.

Apple exceeds expectations as quarterly profits jump by 7%

Apple exceeds expectations as quarterly profits jump by 7%

But worries linger as analysts see customers increasingly being wooed by the competition.

Columnists

Thomas Heath

Thomas Heath

With concierge business, 25-year-old launches a career

A poli-sci grad uses smarts and connections to build a business serving Washington’s wealthy.

Barry Ritholtz

Barry Ritholtz

Barry Ritholtz: What’s gone up won’t always come down

You might think that after last year’s strong gains, the markets might be due for a breather, but . . .

Michelle Singletary

Michelle Singletary

Co-signing a loan is a favor you should think twice about

Helping out a family member seems a logical thing to do, but lending rules make the process a risky proposition

Market News

Stocks mostly higher on earnings gains; Apple up

Stocks mostly higher on earnings gains; Apple up

Mixed earnings from a large number of U.S. companies had stocks moving between modest gains and losses Thursday, despite strong results from a handful of names including Apple and Caterpillar. 3M was among those whose results disappointed investors.

Wonkblog

Aetna: Late Obamacare changes account for half of 2015 premium increases

Aetna: Late Obamacare changes account for half of 2015 premium increases

Aetna said rate hikes will vary significantly in 2015, but the Obama administration’s ‘fixes’ aren’t helping.

Wonkbook: The FCC is trying to thread the needle on net neutrality

Wonkbook: The FCC is trying to thread the needle on net neutrality

A look at the FCC’s middle-ground attempt on net neutrality

Big brains comes with big debt in the DMV

Big brains comes with big debt in the DMV

The Washington area has one of the highest levels of student loan debt.

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On Leadership

Apple’s new retail chief finally heads west

Apple’s new retail chief finally heads west

After more than a year without a direct boss for its retail operation, Apple welcomes Angela Ahrendts to a critical job.

Report: Gender balance still a token issue for many companies

Report: Gender balance still a token issue for many companies

A new study looks at how many companies are lagging behind on gender parity -- and names names.

How to be positive and realistic, at the same time

How to be positive and realistic, at the same time

An interview with psychologist and author Kathy Cramer.

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The Switch

Ask us anything in The Switch’s new weekly livechat, Switchback

Ask us anything in The Switch’s new weekly livechat, Switchback

Join us for a lively discussion about the week’s gadget news, tech policy and nerd culture.

A survey of 911 dispatchers reveals the horrible, human cost of bad technology

A survey of 911 dispatchers reveals the horrible, human cost of bad technology

Emergency responders often can’t find 911 callers on cell phones, and call centers are really upset about it.

FCC’s new net neutrality rules allow for Internet fast lanes

FCC’s new net neutrality rules allow for Internet fast lanes

The five tech policy stories you need to read.

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