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NPR Topics: Economy

The 5 Business Stories That Made 2014 A Memorable Year

From hack attacks to the bottom falling out of oil, 2014 has been a year of big swings at the top and stagnation at the bottom.

For Updated 'Annie', The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

The comic strip <em>Little Orphan Annie</em> was launched during the Great Depression. A remake of the 1987 movie arrives when the income gap between rich and poor is the highest it's b...

Many States Now Have $2 Gasoline, Analyst Says

An analyst from GasBuddy.com says 24 states have at least one station with the price per gallon at $1.99 or less.

The Africa I Know Isn't The Africa In The Headlines Today

In 1990, our commentator visited Africa and fell in love with the energy and dreams of its people. Today he sees a land full of promise. But Ebola has revived the image of Africa in chaos.

Government Sells Last Major Stake In A Bank Post-Financial Crisis

The government has sold its stake in Ally Financial, the last major bank that was involved in the TARP bailout program.

3 Business Best-Sellers Show Inequality Is Now The Hot Topic

Many business books try to help you get rich quick. But three of 2014's biggest sellers focused on unfairness and inequality. Economists say expect more: Books on inequality are riding a huge wave.

Opportunity, Caution Seen For U.S. Banks As Cuba Rules Ease

President Obama eased restrictions on Cuba this week, including a relaxation of rules barring U.S. banks from doing business there. But banks are awaiting details and are likely to proceed cautiously.

No Fracking In New York? That's OK With Pennsylvania

Environmental groups cheered New York's decision to ban the practice, and some in the industry say when it comes to good-paying jobs, New York's loss is Pennsylvania's gain.

And The Award For Most Offensive Fundraising Video Goes To ...

If you're a charity that wants to help the developing world, you really, really, really don't want to win a "Rusty Radiator."

Putin: Sanctions, Falling Oil Prices Causing Ruble's Tumble

In a year-end news conference, the Russian president said the worst-case scenario for his country's economy would involve two more years of unease.