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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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.

Mortgage rates hold steady heading into holiday weekend

Mortgage rates hold steady heading into holiday weekend

The 30-year fixed-rate average is unchanged at 4.1 percent. It hasn’t moved above 4.14 percent or below 4.1 percent since late June.

Challenge college students about degrees that underpay

Challenge college students about degrees that underpay

Liberal arts and business majors are more likely to say they’re underemployed.

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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

Ukraine conflict weighs on markets; Retailers fall

Ukraine conflict weighs on markets; Retailers fall

Worsening tensions in Ukraine and some weak showings from retailers are sending U.S. stocks lower for the first time this week.

Wonkblog

Contraception, Obamacare subsidies and ice buckets: Health care’s summer to remember

Contraception, Obamacare subsidies and ice buckets: Health care’s summer to remember

A look back at health care’s biggest stories of the summer — and what’s to come.

Pennsylvania’s Republican governor expands Medicaid

Pennsylvania’s Republican governor expands Medicaid

He becomes the 9th GOP governor joining the Obamacare coverage expansion.

The core question in Jindal’s Common Core suit

The core question in Jindal’s Common Core suit

Is Common Core a curriculum, or just a set of aspirations? The answer has legal ramifications.

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How employees of a grocery chain fought management and won

How employees of a grocery chain fought management and won

ON LEADERSHIP | 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.

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.

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The Switch

Google reveals its delivery drone ambitions with ‘Project Wing’

Google reveals its delivery drone ambitions with ‘Project Wing’

The company has been looking into developing a delivery service for two years, but only began tests of the self-flying vehicles in mid-August.

Hacked? Customers are often last to know

Hacked? Customers are often last to know

Days, weeks or longer can pass between when a company learns of a cyber-crime and when its customers do.

Take a look at the newest smartwatches from Samsung, LG

Take a look at the newest smartwatches from Samsung, LG

Samsung and LG are both going after the wearables market this year.

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