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From Hot Sauce To Diapers, 'Superconsumers' Of Color Buy More Of, Well, Everything

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 8:15am

A new Nielsen report shows that wooing customers of color has got to be in every company's game plan.

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Blue Shield Of California Loses Its Tax-Exempt Status

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:55am

One of California's largest health insurers, Blue Shield of California, could be on the hook for a massive tax bill after the state revoked its tax-exempt status. The company is appealing the decision which could cost the health insurer tens of millions of dollars a year. The dispute comes as the nonprofit is facing mounting criticism for operating like a for-profit company.

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Companies Worried About Hackers Turn To Cyber Insurance

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:55am

Health insurer Premera Blue Cross says hackers may have compromised 11 million of its customer accounts. Such attacks are worrying companies, and they're increasingly turning to cyber insurance.

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More Americans Opt For Risky Long-Term Car Loans

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 2:33am

The length of the average car loan isn't just creeping up, it's leaping up. Nearly 40 percent of people secure car loans that take more than five years to pay off. The trend has some analysts alarmed.

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Microsoft Is Phasing Out Internet Explorer

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 8:39pm

The web browser will be replaced in Windows 10, with what's currently being called Project Spartan.

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Premera Blue Cross Cyberattack Exposed Millions Of Customer Records

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 4:24pm

The health insurance provider revealed Tuesday that a cyberattack discovered in January, may have made the medical and financial information of 11 million people vulnerable to thieves.

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Space Sharing Businesses Save Money, Create Hassle For Customers

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:49pm

A growing number of small business owners are holding down costs by trying out a concept called "Retail Space Sharing," where one retailer partners up with another to share space and customers.

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More Storefront 'Roommates' Splitting Space, Customers

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:49pm

A growing number of small business owners are holding down costs by trying out a concept called "retail space sharing." But the economic marriages of convenience can also come with some some stresses.

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Federal Reserve Says Job Market Conditions Have Improved

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:49pm

The Federal Reserve wrapped up a two-day policy meeting Wednesday, indicating in a statement that it is in no hurry to raise interest rates.

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Starbucks Faces Criticism Over 'Race Together' Campaign

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:45pm

Starbucks launched its campaign this week to spur a conversation around race. But despite criticism across social media, some Starbucks customers in New York City seem open to the discussion.

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Pain From The Grain: Corn Belt Towns Languish As Prices Drop

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:25pm

Some farmers won't break even this planting season, and may have to tap into their savings. Many Corn Belt towns depend largely on these farmers and businesses linked to farming.

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This Spanish Pig-Slaughtering Tradition Is Rooted In Sustainability

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:00pm

In Spanish villages, townspeople gather at dawn to collectively slaughter a pig, then prepare every last bit as food, even the ears. The ancient ritual, called matanza, is now drawing foodie tourists.

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Fed Sends Clear Sign On Raising Rates, But Says Hike Unlikely In April

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 1:06pm

In a statement, the Federal Reserve dropped a pledge to be "patient" before raising rates.

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The Fed's Next Move Is A Delicate One

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 4:09am

One of the Federal Reserve's main jobs is creating money. And the central bank has created a lot of it since the financial crisis — more than $3 trillion. One of the next jobs for the Fed is to make that money disappear.

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A Nuclear Deal With Iran Could Increase Global Oil Glut

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 4:09am

The price of oil has plummeted as a glut of crude sits idle in tankers and in storage. And more oil could be on the way if a nuclear deal removes the caps on Iranian oil exports.

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Kentucky Right-To-Work Battle Shifts To Counties

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:24am

While 25 states have passed right-to-work laws, Democrats in the Kentucky Legislature have long blocked attempts to pass legislation. Now there's a county-by-county effort to pass these laws locally.

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After Toxic Ash Spill, Energy Company And Locals Struggle Over Solution

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:22am

A storage failure at a coal-fired Duke Energy plant sent tens of thousands of tons of ash into a North Carolina river last year. They want to move the waste to two abandoned clay mines.

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Kraft Recalls 6.5 Million Boxes Of Macaroni And Cheese

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:45pm

Kraft Foods is recalling about 6.5 million boxes of original flavor Kraft Macaroni & Cheese because some of the boxes contain small pieces of metal. The company said it knows of no related injuries.

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European Allies Defy U.S. In Joining China-Led Development Bank

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 4:22pm

Germany, Italy, and France have become members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, one week after the U.K. joined. The U.S. says there's no need for another international lending institution.

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Sex Discrimination Trial Puts Silicon Valley Under The Microscope

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 3:52pm

Ellen Pao was vying to be one of the few women at the top of the venture capital world. Then she was fired. Now she's suing, in an industry where women often say they are sidelined and passed over.

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