There's an obscure law that governs just about anything that travels by ship in the US - bananas, hairdryers, gasoline, even people.
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A grandmother's gas bill can explain a lot about the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
Multiple economists have studied the fast-food industry to answer the question. They've found very different answers.
If you asked someone on the street 100 years ago, "How's the economy doing?" They wouldn't have had any idea what you were talking about.
After decades of heated debate, taxes and spending haven't changed much as a share of the overall economy. Here's a breakdown of where the money came from, and where it went.
It's a story of exploding bakeries, a blue eagle, and a guy who may or may not have been drunk.
The Brazilians said U.S. cotton subsidies violated global trade rules. So the U.S. government kept the subsidies, and started paying Brazilian cotton farmers, too.
For decades, the Supreme Court ruled that laws regulating things like wages and working conditions were unconstitutional. That changed during the Great Depression, when one of the justices switched sides, paving the way for the Fair Labor Standards Act.
An obscure provision in the finance overhaul is causing problems for small banks. It turns out, it's hard to figure out which risks banks should be allowed to take.
There are about 137 million jobs in America. Here's how they break down — and how the picture has changed over the past few years.