Business

5:00am

Thu March 22, 2012
Business

Colorado Mining Companies Say Markets Unpredictable

The Climax mine near Leadville plans to reopen this year.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Mining company executives and industry leaders from around the West are in Denver for their annual meeting this week. Like many industries, mining has struggled during Colorado’s sluggish economic recovery; though some sectors are doing better than others due to volatile global energy prices.

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5:00am

Thu March 22, 2012

3:04am

Thu March 22, 2012
Energy

What's Making Americans Less Thirsty For Gasoline?

Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 5:03 am

Growing demand for more fuel-efficient cars and trucks, like these 2009 Dodge Journey crossover vehicles, has helped drive down gasoline consumption in the U.S.
David Zalubowski AP

The price of gasoline keeps rising for Americans, but it's not because of rising demand from consumers.

Since the first Arab oil embargo of the 1970s, the U.S. has struggled to quench a growing appetite for oil and gasoline. Now, that trend is changing.

"When you look at the U.S. oil market, you see that there's actually no growth," says Daniel Yergin, chairman of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates.

He says gasoline demand peaked in 2007 and has fallen each year since, even though the economy has begun to recover.

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2:56am

Thu March 22, 2012
Planet Money

From Abe Lincoln To Donald Duck: History Of The Income Tax

Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 7:02 am

U.S. Treasury Department/Walt Disney

The story of how the U.S. wound up with the income tax is the story of two wars, a Supreme Court justice on his death bed, and Donald Duck.

It's also the story of how the government overcame three obstacles.

Obstacle No. 1: Logistics

How do you make sure people pay?

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2:01am

Thu March 22, 2012
Business

Airlines, Fliers Seek To Fit More In Overhead

International airline travelers wait for their luggage at Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Airlines started charging fees for checked bags a few years ago. Now passengers are testing the limits of what they can carry onto planes. Some flight attendants say it's getting out of hand. But airlines are trying to address the problem with bigger overhead bins.

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