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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CFPB proposes rule to supervise big auto finance firms

The move would let the consumer protection agency study the lending arms of Toyota, Ford and Honda

Investigation reveals cyberattacks on defense contractors

Investigation reveals cyberattacks on defense contractors

The Senate Armed Services Committee probe focused on the U.S. Transportation Command.

Legal industry start-up Lateral.ly hopes to replace headhunters

Legal industry start-up Lateral.ly hopes to replace headhunters

Similar to online dating for the legal business, start-up Lateral.ly aims to replace headhunters with its online job-searching platform

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.

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

Dow ends at record after Fed maintains low rates

The Dow Jones industrial average is closing at a record high after the Federal Reserve maintained its stance on record-low interest rates.

Wonkblog

A look at who did (and didn’t) get mortgages in the boom, bust and after

A look at who did (and didn’t) get mortgages in the boom, bust and after

Hispanics and African Americans entered the housing market when it was priciest, and got shut out when home prices dropped, Urban Institute analysis says.

Federal Reserve keeps record-low rate

Federal Reserve keeps record-low rate

The central bank cuts bond-buying by $10 billion, will keep a key interest rate low “for a considerable time.“

This chart bodes very badly for the taxi industry in its battle against Uber

In San Francisco, cab rides are down 65 percent over the last year and a half.

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Treating citizens like customers

Treating citizens like customers

Federal government ranks lower than cable companies when it comes to customer satisfaction.

When really bad ideas go to market

Urban Outfitters is hardly the only company to leave customers asking, “How could that get through quality control?“

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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

Amazon unveils six new tablets and e-readers

Amazon unveils six new tablets and e-readers

Launch is the latest sign that the Web retailer is trying to reach consumers through devices where it can sell more books, movies and TV shows.

Jeff Bezos is taking on SpaceX with a new rocket engine. How does it stack up?

Jeff Bezos is taking on SpaceX with a new rocket engine. How does it stack up?

Everything we know about the Blue Engine 4, Bezos’s big bet on spaceflight

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