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Fed To Begin Closely Watch 2-Day Meeting On Interest Rates

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 4:12am

It's been nine years since the Federal Reserve raised interest rates. The Fed begins a two-day meeting on Tuesday to decide whether its time to raise rates.

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Giving More Workers Overtime Could Have Downsides, Employers Say

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:45pm

New federal rules would make millions more workers eligible for overtime. Some employers say they'll be forced to cut costs through furloughs or converting salaried positions to hourly.

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Federal Reserve Faces Fork In The Road Over Interest Rates

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 3:21pm

The last time the Federal Reserve raised interest rates Lance Armstrong was a hero and Lehman Brothers was a thriving investment bank. This week, the Fed may raise a key interest rate for the first time since 2006. By keeping interest rates near zero for so long, the Fed may have prevented the ultimate financial catastrophe. Is it finally time to take off the economy's training wheels?

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Jeff Bezos Announces Plans To Build, Launch Rockets From Cape Canaveral

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 3:21pm

Jeff Bezos, the founder of, visited Florida Tuesday to announce his other company, Blue Origin, will launch rockets from Cape Canaveral. He created his private space firm 15 years ago.

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CBS Entertainment Chief Nina Tassler Is Stepping Down

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 3:16pm

Tassler has been at the helm of the most-watched broadcast network's drama, comedy and late-night offerings since 2004. It's a surprising development at a network known for executive stability.

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Small Changes By Employers Can Raise Workers' Health Costs

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 12:00pm

As the enrollment window opens for employer-provided health insurance, workers may see changes for wellness programs, dependents' coverage and specialty drugs that could be costly.

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In Divided Nicaragua, National Dish Brings Rich And Poor Together

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 11:54am

Nicaragua's civil war and dictatorship exacerbated social problems and economic disparity. But the richest and the poorest eat vigorón, a hearty dish of yucca and pork, side by side.

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#Cashtag: Twitter To Allow Direct Campaign Contributions

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 11:34am

The announcement is welcome news for political campaigns, which all want to make it as seamless as possible for supporters to turn over their money and personal information.

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Do You Use Money? If So, You'll Want To Read This By Thursday

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 10:56am

This week, the Federal Reserve will be making decisions that could affect your ability to borrow. But because it works behind closed doors, it can seem mysterious. Here's what the Fed is and does.

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FDA Orders 4 Cigarette Brands Pulled From The Market

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 10:42am

The Food and Drug Administration exercised its regulatory power to compel a tobacco company to stop selling cigarettes after the maker failed to show they don't raise new public health issues.

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Amazon's Bezos Plans To Build, Launch Rockets From Florida

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 9:49am

In announcing a new expansion of commercial efforts to launch earthlings into space, founder and CEO Jeff Bezos says the launch pads at Cape Canaveral have been dormant for too long.

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When Cyber Fraud Hits Businesses, Banks May Not Offer Protection

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:04am

Cyber thieves steal hundreds of millions of dollars a year from the bank accounts of U.S. businesses. Many business owners are surprised to find out their bank is not obliged to make them whole.

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Scott Walker's Anti-Union Push May Not Prove So Easy As President

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 4:00am

His candidacy has floundered, so the Wisconsin governor is going back to what made him a hero to Republicans — taking on labor unions. But his sweeping efforts will likely run into stiff resistance.

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Obama Makes College Aid Application Earlier And Easier

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 2:06pm

The Obama administration announced big changes Monday to help students fill out the Free Application For Federal Student Aid, predicting hundreds of thousands more students will get help as a result.

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What To Do With Railroad Tank Cars That Are No Longer Safe Or Economical?

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 4:06am

New safety regulations and a slump in oil prices means tens of thousands of railroad tank cars are being taken out of service. Railroads are scrambling to find space to store unwanted oil trains.

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Rich In Charm But Losing Money, Amtrak's Southwest Chief May Fade Away

Sat, 09/12/2015 - 4:05pm

Amtrak's Southwest Chief train line travels from Los Angeles all the way to Chicago. Despite its nostalgic charm, the Chief is now under threat of closure.

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Oh, Nuts! Why California's Pistachio Trees Are Shooting Blanks

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 3:28pm

This year, as many as 50 percent of the pistachios harvested in California could be hollow inside. Blame it on drought, heat and weather changes that are messing with male trees' virility.

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Why China's Official Economic Numbers Shouldn't Be Trusted

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 4:09am

Economic news coming out of China often rattles or rallies global markets. But how reliable is that news? It turns out basic measures like Gross National Product may be far from accurate.

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Why Influx Of Migrants Could Be A Good Thing For Europe

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 4:09am

One argument holds that migrants arriving in Europe is good for countries with an aging labor force and vast government debt. Steve Inskeep talks to Oliver August of The Economist about this idea.

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Joe Biden, Andrew Cuomo Push For $15 Minimum Wage In New York

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 4:09am

With Vice President Biden at his side, Gov. Cuomo announced a plan to raise his state's minimum wage to $15 an hour. New York could become the first state to raise the minimum wage for everyone.

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