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.

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.

FBI probes hack against JPMorgan, U.S. banks

FBI probes hack against JPMorgan, U.S. banks

The FBI is investigating cyberattacks against the computers of JPMorgan Chase and other U.S. banks.

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.

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

Ukraine fears weigh on global stock markets

Ukraine fears weigh on global stock markets

Worsening tensions in Ukraine are sending markets lower, overshadowing an encouraging report on U.S. economic growth.

Wonkblog

This is why it feels like the recession never ended

Take a look at this chart.

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.

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On Leadership

Market Basket employees fought for weeks to bring back their former chief. They won.

Market Basket employees fought for weeks to bring back their former chief. They won.

The two sides in the epic grocery battle have final 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

Apple’s iWatch may come earlier than originally thought

Apple’s iWatch may come earlier than originally thought

Apple’s rumored wearable device may debut alongside the company’s new iPhone models

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.

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