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High-Deductible Health Plans Cut Costs, At Least For Now

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 9:31am

Health plans that require people to pay thousands of dollars up front cut costs in the first three years, a study finds. But no one knows if costs will rise later as people avoid preventive care.

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Payday Loans — And Endless Cycles Of Debt — Targeted By Federal Watchdog

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 6:58am

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is readying new regulations on payday loans and other high-cost forms of credit. Officials with the agency say the loans can trap borrowers in a cycle of debt.

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SeaWorld Ads Counter Criticism Over Treatment Of Whales

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

SeaWorld has a new CEO and a new advertising campaign touting its care of killer whales. At the same time, a former orca trainer at SeaWorld has written a book criticizing his former employer.

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Closure Of Private Prison Forces Texas County To Plug Financial Gap

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:49am

A riot at a private immigration prison in Willacy County, Texas, forced officials to close the facility and relocate 2,800 inmates. But it also left the county with a $2.3 million budget shortfall.

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Midwest Town Braces For More Steel Layoffs

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 9:42pm

U.S. Steel is shutting down its Granite City Works in southern Illinois. The plant makes flat-rolled steel for oil companies, who are themselves hit by lower oil prices.

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Heinz And Kraft: Before They Were Food Giants, They Were Men

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:20pm

Henry Heinz was big into pickles before ketchup came along. James Kraft gave the world American cheese. (Ironically, he was Canadian.) Now, two companies that revamped how we eat will become one.

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Kraft, Heinz Merger Brings Together Famous Food Brands

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:33pm

The pending $45 billion dollar merger between Kraft and Heinz will create the world's fifth-largest food company. The deal comes as Kraft struggles to keep up with changing consumer tastes.

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Arsenic In California Wines: Should Drinkers Be Concerned?

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:12pm

A recent lawsuit raises a red flag about traces of arsenic in some lower-cost California wines. But, by Canadian standards, the trace levels are acceptable.

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Supreme Court Revives Pregnant UPS Worker's Discrimination Lawsuit

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:11am

At issue is an employer's responsibilities under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The decision gives a former UPS driver another chance to show the company discriminated against her.

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Affordable Care Act Makes This Tax Season Painful For Many

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 7:29am

Figuring out the penalty for not signing up for health insurance is just one complication. Tax filers who made more money last year than they anticipated may have to pay back some of their subsidy.

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Heinz, Kraft Announce Merger

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 6:33am

The deal would create the world's fifth-biggest food and beverage company. It would bring together under one corporate roof iconic brands such as Heinz, Kraft, Oscar Mayer and Philadelphia.

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Ex-Inmate Uses His Sentence To Create Successful Business Plan

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:14am

Frederick Hutson disrupted the biggest captive market in America. While in prison, he honed a business plan and re-imagined that system as an untapped consumer base.

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Oakland Kids Get A Raise From The New Minimum Wage

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:21am

The highest minimum wage in the nation just went into effect in Oakland, Calif. But what does that mean for young people and how are businesses making it work?

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Obama Administration Emissions Rules Face Supreme Court Test

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:03am

The rules are aimed at limiting the amount of hazardous pollutants coming from coal and oil-fired utility plants. They're being challenged by industry groups and more than 20 states.

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Foreign Carmakers Go Into Reverse In Russia

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 3:43pm

General Motors and Volkswagen are closing plants and laying off workers in Russia. The country's economic problems have led to an estimated 30 percent drop in the once booming Russian car market.

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A Top Weedkiller Could Cause Cancer. Should We Be Scared?

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 2:48pm

A respected scientific group says that glyphosate, also known as Roundup, is "probably carcinogenic to humans." Yet the actual risks — which are mainly to farmers, not consumers — remain uncertain.

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What If Web Search Results Were Based On Accuracy?

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 6:55am

Google has been researching the possibility of web search returns based on established facts. Were this to become the norm, it would have huge implications for future discourse, says Adam Frank.

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How Money Managers' Personal Lives Affect Your Investments

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 4:04am

For some people who discover a sudden drop in their investments, social science research offers a surprising explanation. When a hedge fund manager gets divorced, they underperform by 7.4 percent.

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Not Prosecuting Companies If They Promise To Behave

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 2:41am

A conviction can be fatal for a big company. So in some cases prosecutors have been holding off punishing firms that have broken the law. In return, the companies vow to clean up their act.

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Does This Strong Dollar Make U.S. Look Too Fat For Foreign Investors?

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 5:10pm

The economic expansion makes the country look both attractive for making money, and expensive for companies getting started here.

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