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Markets May Stumble Or Skyrocket, But This Economist Says Hold On Tight

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 4:59pm

It's been more than four decades since Burton Malkiel published A Random Walk Down Wall Street. Eleven editions later, Malkiel hasn't wavered in his mantra of patience and broad investing.

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U.S. Solar Industry Sees Growth, But Also Some Uncertainty

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 3:09pm

The solar industry employs nearly 174,000 workers in the U.S., up 22 percent from a year ago. But the industry's future is murky, as government subsidies are set to expire within two years.

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Chipotle's Pulled Pork Highlights Debate Over Sow Welfare

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 3:07pm

Wondering why your local Chipotle is no longer serving pork? It's because a big supplier was housing pigs in confined quarters. But there's debate about whether that's really worse for the animals.

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Private Sector Included In Plan To Finance Infrastructure Improvements

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 4:01am

The Obama administration is looking to the private sector to help finance costly improvements to the nation's aging infrastructure.

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White House Rolls Out Tax Proposals Before State Of The Union Address

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 4:01am

The focus of Tuesday's speech will be the middle class. One item to be discussed will be a plan to increase taxes on the wealthy to pay for tax cuts for the middle class and working poor.

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U.S. District Judge To Calculate BP's Fine For Gulf Oil Spill

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 4:01am

Oil giant BP is back in court this week for the third and final phase of a civil trial over the worst offshore oil disaster in U.S. history. BP faces up to $18 billion in fines for the spill.

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New Justice Department Environment Chief Takes Helm Of Gulf Spill Case

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 3:03am

John Cruden returns to the department as litigation over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill intensifies. He'll also defend Obama climate change rules and try to protect wildlife while in the post.

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Delegation Of Congressional Democrats Visits Cuba

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 2:26pm

The group of four senators and two congressional representatives will meet with members of the Cuban government in hopes of enhancing cooperation between the long-time adversaries.

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Tech Program Helps Put Latinos On A Path To Silicon Valley

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 8:23am

A unique group of college students from California's Salinas Valley — many the children of farmworkers and immigrants — is working toward careers in major tech companies.

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Obama's Trouble Articulating The State Of The Economy

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 8:05am

It's easy to give a rousing State of the Union speech when the economy is doing well, but Obama has had a hard time hitting the right note in years when the country was hurting.

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As Cities Push For Their Own Broadband, Cable Firms Say Not So Fast

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 8:43am

Some U.S. cities are bypassing private Internet providers and creating their own, faster networks. But laws in 19 states impede those efforts, and some cities want the FCC to get involved.

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Falling Oil Prices: Good For Drivers, Bad For Banks

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 6:30am

Lending money to energy companies can be pretty profitable. But if oil prices drop enough, the threat of bank defaults becomes real, Portales Partners analyst Charles Peabody tells NPR's Scott Simon.

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Fire Doors And Sprinklers Debut At Garment Factories In Bangladesh

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 6:30am

In April 2013, the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh collapsed, killing over 1,100 workers employed in the garment factories in the building. Now there's an effort to make sure all garment factories are safe.

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Lower Gas Prices, Faster Economy Float Boating Industry

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 4:27am

With hiring up and fuel prices down, a sales rebound is in the boating forecast. For power boaters, gas prices make a big difference: They measure fuel consumption in gallons per hour.

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Concept Cars, Once Outlandish, Now Vital To Auto Industry's Future

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 3:26pm

Those futuristic prototypes that cost millions to produce have re-emerged at the Detroit auto show. It's a sign that the industry has regained confidence amid an accelerating economy, analysts say.

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Food Trucks, Share The Lane. Food Bikes Are Merging Into The Business

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:09pm

A growing number of food vendors are literally pedaling their wares. From baristas to veggie farmers, many say bikes are a cheaper, greener, more convenient way to launch their mobile food businesses.

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Archdiocese Of St. Paul-Minneapolis Files Chapter 11

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:03pm

Facing more than a dozen claims of sexual abuse by priests, the archdiocese says it needs protection to reorganize. Eleven other U.S. dioceses have filed bankruptcy since 2004.

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Latest Judge's Ruling On BP Oil Spill Is Key To Upcoming Trial

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:10am

A federal judge in New Orleans has ruled that BP dumped 3.19 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The company could face a maximum $13.7 billion fine.

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Obama Urges Congress To Make Paid Sick Leave Mandatory

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:10am

President Obama says employers should offer more generous leave policies, including paid sick leave for the 43 million American workers who don't have it. Obama is urging Congress to require that.

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White House Begins Implementing Changes In U.S.-Cuban Relations

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:10am

The moves to be made on Friday, loosen restrictions on travel and trade. The U.S. travel ban to Cuba is still technically in place, but experts say it's become a lot easier to go there anyway.

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