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Farm Workers' Low Wages Hinder San Joaquin Valley's Economy

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 4:08am

If you look at the jobs picture across the U.S., one place stands out for high levels of unemployment: Central California's San Joaquin Valley. It's been called the Appalachia of the West.

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May Employment Data May Reflect Record Job Growth

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 4:08am

The Labor Department releases its monthly employment report on Friday. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones expect an increase in payrolls of 210,000.

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SEC To Focus Oversight On High-Speed Trading

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 4:08am

Head of the Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White has unveiled a set of initiatives aimed at better oversight of Wall Street. The SEC is looking to step up regulation of high-speed trading.

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Beastie Boys Win Copyright Fight

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 4:08am

The Beastie Boys have won a $1.7 million verdict against the makers of Monster Energy drink in a copyright infringement dispute over the company's use of the band's songs in a 2012 promotional video.

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The 'Cool War' With China Is Unseen, But Comes With Consequences

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 2:47am

Dueling charges of cyberspying between China and the U.S. are escalating in this new conflict, which could have huge stakes for American industry and trade secrets.

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From Coffee Futures To Bulk Buying: A Year Of Adventurous Investing

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 2:46am

Last year NPR's Uri Berliner took money from a savings account that was losing value to inflation and bought a range of assets that included a painting and a haul from Costco. So how'd his money do?

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Is Pushing Interest Rates To Less Than Zero A Crazy Idea?

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 5:34pm

If a bank wants to deposit cash with the European Central Bank, it won't earn interest. In fact, the bank will actually have to pay the ECB for parking cash. It's designed to boost Europe's economy.

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Why A Pack Of Peanut Butter M&M'S Weighs A Tiny Bit Less Than A Regular Pack

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 5:08pm

One hungry reporter goes on a quest to find out why his package of Peanut Butter M&M'S weighs .06 ounces less than a package of Milk Chocolate M&M'S.

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'New York Times' Editor: Losing Snowden Scoop 'Really Painful'

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 4:22pm

Edward Snowden didn't trust The New York Times with his revelations about the NSA because the paper initially spiked an earlier story about the warrantless wiretapping of Americans.

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Internal Probe Decries GM's 'Incompetence And Neglect'

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 3:16pm

An internal probe of how General Motors handled an ignition switch defect has found "a pattern of incompetence and neglect" at GM. On Thursday, CEO Mary Barra announced the dismissal of 15 employees, many of whom were executives and senior managers.

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A Privacy Capitalist Wins Big After Snowden

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 3:16pm

The NSA scandal has hurt some companies but there are also some tech winners, including an American who has been cashing in on the political hype. Mike Janke's firm sells privacy devices and apps.

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Sprint Might Finally Get Its Way With Possible T-Mobile Deal

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 3:16pm

Reports say that a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile is at hand. Sprint has made no secret of its designs on its smaller rival; why are the companies considering a deal now?

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Sprint Is Reportedly Close To Deal To Buy T-Mobile For $32 Billion

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 1:17pm

If the sale goes through, T-Mobile would join Sprint as the second U.S. wireless company acquired by Japan's Softbank. It would unite America's third- and fourth-ranked carriers.

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Couple Goes High-Tech And Low Cost For Their Big Day

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 11:48am

Putting on a wedding in New York City can be financial suicide. But one young couple, profiled in Fast Company, say they priced their upcoming celebration at just $10,000 by using online startups.

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GM CEO Announces Firings In Wake Of Report On Recall Failings

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 11:39am

Mary Barra announced Thursday that 15 employees have been fired and others disciplined over the company's failure to disclose a defect with ignition switches that is linked to at least 13 deaths.

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Chicago Conference Is The Latest In Tech Sexism Hall Of Shame

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 10:28am

Creating another sore spot for an industry under scrutiny for lack of inclusiveness, Techweek Chicago sends out a party invite featuring scantily clad women in provocative poses, then apologizes.

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The Fight Over Drones, As Seen From A Drone

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 10:07am

This is a video filmed by a drone. It also explains the legal fight over where drones can fly, and what they can do.

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GM Review Found 'History Of Failures' In Ignition Switch Debacle, CEO Says

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 8:24am

An internal inquiry into a long-delayed recall by General Motors found an 11-year "history of failures," CEO Mary Barra says.

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A Master's In Media...From Conde Nast?

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 7:03am

Architectural Digest, Wired, Vogue, Gourmet...why a magazine brand is getting into the education business.

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Afghans Must Pass Anti-Money Laundering Law Or Face Blacklist

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 4:10am

The international community has told Afghans to fix their banks and pass anti-money laundering legislation by June 22. If officials fail to do so, the country will be blacklisted for five years.

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