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Missing In The Housing Recovery: New Houses

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 4:25pm

Even now, five years after the crash, homebuilding is stuck at half its historical level. And a hoped-for bounce after the harsh winter hasn't materialized. Some analysts blame higher mortgage rates.

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Online Gambling In The Garden State Gets Off To A Slow Start

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 3:17pm

New Jersey legalized online gambling in 2013, expecting a big windfall in tax revenue, but it has earned less than $5 million so far. What's gone wrong with New Jersey's big bet?

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FCC Votes To Open Debate On New Net Neutrality Rules

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 3:05pm

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to move forward with considerations on a proposal for new open Internet rules. What exactly is in the proposal?

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On The Hill And Off It, Two Different GOP Positions On Minimum Wage

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 3:05pm

Prominent Republicans — including former presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Tim Pawlenty — have endorsed a minimum wage hike in recent weeks. And in Vermont, lawmakers approved the nation's highest statewide minimum wage, in a deal brokered by a Republican state senator. Nevertheless, a nationwide increase faces solid Republican opposition in Congress.

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Housing Is Perking Up, But Realtors Worry About Young Buyers

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 2:59pm

Homeownership rates are depressed for people under 35. Economists say nearly 3 million more young adults are living with their parents, compared with 2007.

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Solar-Powered Bike Lock Aims To Be The Airbnb of Bike-Sharing

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 11:04am

The Skylock can let you share your bike with others — and it'll send you a text if it thinks a thief has his hands on it.

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FCC Gives Initial OK To New Internet Rules; Comment Period Opens

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 10:31am

The issue has been lobbied heavily by industry and consumer groups. Public comments on the proposal are due by July 15.

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Who Wears Short Short?

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 4:12am

Hemlines are on the rise this summer. The Wall Street Journal spotted the trend, pointing out that inseams have gone from about 15 inches to more like seven.

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Travel Plans Are Looking Up For Airline Industry

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 4:12am

More than 200 million passengers are expected to fly on U.S. based airlines this summer, according to a leading industry group.

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Why Inflation Is Low And Likely To Stay There

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 4:12am

With the Federal Reserve pumping trillions of dollars into the economy the past several years, why is inflation so low? It makes no sense.

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TV Networks Use Elaborate Showcase To Pitch Shows To Advertisers

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 4:12am

Renee Montagne talks to Kim Masters, who's covering the upfronts for The Hollywood Reporter, about some of the new shows, and how the networks are faring in an increasingly competitive environment.

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FCC To Unveil Proposed Rules To Govern Internet Traffic

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 2:29am

The Federal Communications Commission will vote Thursday to unveil its proposed rules and begin the process of debate. There will be 2 months for comment and then another 2 months for revision.

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Regulators Couldn't Close U.S. Mine Despite Poor Safety Record

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 6:04pm

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says it had no authority to shut down the W. Va. mine where two people were killed this week, despite citing it for numerous violations.

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How Food Companies Court Nutrition Educators With Junk Food

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 5:09pm

Corporate sponsorship of professional events for nutritionists has been on the rise. But should the gatekeepers of nutrition information be taking free meals and snacks from McDonald's and Hershey's?

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The Latest Food Truck Theme Is Marijuana For Lunch

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:32pm

The food truck craze and recreational marijuana have now collided. MagicalButter, a Seattle-based company, says its Samich food truck is just one of many pot culinary ventures.

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To Make It Stateside, Gaza Strip Exports Must Pass Israeli Obstacles

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:00pm

Gaza farmers broke new ground in 2013, selling fresh herbs in U.S. supermarkets. But despite cheap labor and excellent soil, the hurdles to creating an export-driven economy are enormous.

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Minimalist Shoes Smacked With Lawsuit, As Health Claims Get The Boot

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:00pm

The running world's recent trend of "minimalist" shoes has earned popularity partly from idea that they're more natural than regular running shoes. Now, not so much — minimalist shoemaker Vibram has just settled a class-action lawsuit for $3.75 million, agreeing to stop making health claims. Brian Metzler, the editor-in-chief of Competitor magazine, comments on the news.

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The Times Announces Surprise Change Of Management

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:00pm

The New York Times has announced that Dean Baquet, the newspaper's managing editor, will replace Jill Abramson as the executive editor. Both Abramson and Baquet were named to their current jobs in 2011. NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik comments on the move.

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Russia's Energy Giant Turns Up The Heat On Ukraine

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 2:49pm

Gazprom, the energy company, has dramatically raised the price it charges Ukraine for natural gas. Despite its weak, ailing economy, Ukraine must now pay far more than any other Gazprom client.

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'New York Times' Replaces Jill Abramson As Executive Editor

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 1:48pm

Dean Baquet, the paper's managing editor, is taking over. He will become The Times' first African-American executive editor. Abramson took the job in 2011. The reason for the switch isn't yet clear.

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