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In Booming San Jose, Businesses Settle Into A Minimum Wage Hike

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 2:46am

Since an increase in 2013, the minimum wage in San Jose is now one of California's highest. Some businesses have thrived in the past year, but for others, it's a more complicated picture.

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The One Thing Obama Didn't Say About Student Loan Repayment

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 3:33pm

The president's order expanded the number of people whose student loan payments will be capped at 10 percent of their monthly incomes. But here's the fine print of his announcement.

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Apple Jacks The Headphone Port

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 3:16pm

Industry folks and Apple fanatics are upset about the company's plan to lose the standard 3.5mm connector in favor of a Lightning port. But the decision might be good for consumers in the long run.

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California Farmers Ask: Hey Buddy, Can You Spare Some Water?

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 3:03pm

Water is scarce in California, and prices are all over the map. Some farmers are paying almost 100 times more than others. Should water flow to the highest bidder?

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Reach For The Sky, YouTube: Music Service In Standoff

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 2:47pm

For more than a year, YouTube has been trying to launch a music streaming service. It has reached licensing agreements with the major labels, but has put independents on notice.

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Obama Signs Order Easing Student Loan Payments

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 12:25pm

The executive action will expand the number of students whose student loan payments will be capped at 10 percent of their monthly incomes.

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French Open Ups Prize Money

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 4:09am

Rafael Nadal won the tennis tournament for an unprecedented 9th time. Maria Sharapova took the women's title. They each take home $2.5 million in prize money — up 10 percent from 2013.

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Tyson Foods Prevails In Bidding War For Hillshire Brands

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 4:09am

Tyson, the nation's biggest meat company, beat out Pilgrim's Pride, which is owned by a giant Brazilian food corporation. The deal, reportedly worth just under $7 billion, was made over the weekend.

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HealthCare.gov's Next Version Is In The Hands Of Young Techies

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 4:09am

David Greene talks to Wired magazine's Steven Levy about his story on Healthcare.gov 2.0 and the "tech surge" team that's parachuted in to build it. The next generation launches on Nov. 15.

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More Scripted TV Shows Included In Top-10 List

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 4:09am

The ratings for prime-time shows are out. If you look at the demographics advertisers pay the most for, young people, there are even more scripted shows edging out reality TV.

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'Downton Abbey' Craze Serves Up A Demand For Butlers

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 5:03pm

Buttling — the proper term for what butlers do — is a booming vocation, mostly in emerging economies. The popularity of the PBS drama series Downton Abbey is helping to revitalize the status symbol.

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Tech Week: Apple In Homes, Snowden Anniversary, Sexism Flare-Ups

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 9:37am

At Apple's annual developers conference, the company announced it's moving into smart homes and tracking health. At another developer's conference, a controversial slide sparked outrage.

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Job Outlook Brightens For Graduates, Though Problems Linger

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 4:46am

The Class of 2014 is coming into a labor market that now offers a record number of jobs. But May's employment report also shows 9.8 million people remain out of work, and the jobless rate is stuck.

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To Sell A House In California, It Might Need Good Feng Shui

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 4:43am

Chinese nationals are buying real estate in historic numbers in Southern California. That's got some sellers using a new sales pitch: location, location, location — and chi.

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GM Recalls 105,000 More Vehicles

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 5:01pm

The latest recall comes a day after General Motors admitted that it had failed customers who owned cars with potentially deadly ignition switch problems.

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Despite Va. Order, Car Services Uber, Lyft Refuse To Pull Over

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 3:33pm

The smartphone-linked services have run afoul of taxi drivers who accuse them of having lax insurance and background checks.

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Uber Car Service Company Is Now Valued At $17 Billion

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 12:50pm

Uber, the company whose app pairs drivers with passengers, hit it big in a new financing round, bringing in investments of $1.2 billion and sending its valuation skyward.

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World Cup Makes Brazilians Crazy, But Soccer's Not To Blame

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 11:55am

While workers scramble to prepare stadiums and airports for visiting fans, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro says many Brazilians are angry and frustrated.

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Illinois Declares Truce In Cupcake War

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 11:16am

When a girl's business got shut down for lack of a license, lawmakers decided the rules went too far. With states regulating so many professions, even consumer groups wonder if they should cut back.

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The U.S. Finally Gets Past Pre-Recession Jobs Total

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 7:15am

With today's monthly jobs report meeting predictions, the U.S. has surpassed the number of jobs before 2008. But the recovery has been slow and long, economists say.

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