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The Great Solar Panel Debate: To Lease Or To Buy?

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 2:36am

More homeowners are cutting energy costs by installing solar panels, due in part to leasing programs that require no up-front investment. Leasing means less hassle, but may also save you less money.

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Insurers And Austin Mayor Promote Obamacare To Texas Latinos

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 2:35am

It's no secret that most state and federal legislators in Texas aren't fans of Obamacare. But insurers and Texan cities are successfully marketing plans on HealthCare.gov without the state's help.

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Unions Have Pushed The $15 Minimum Wage, But Few Members Will Benefit

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 2:33am

Most union members won't benefit from a higher minimum wage because they already earn far more than that. With membership declining, some union leaders fear collective bargaining is dead.

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Qualcomm Hit With Record Fine In Chinese Anti-Monopoly Case

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 2:23am

China fined chipmaker Qualcomm $975 million in the biggest of a wave of anti-monopoly penalties that have rattled foreign companies. The San Diego-based company said it will not contest the matter.

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Samsung's Privacy Policy Warns Customers Their Smart TVs Are Listening

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 4:04pm

Samsung warned its customers that their TVs are sending reports to third parties and that could include sensitive information spoken by the owners. The policy has drawn comparisons to Orwell's 1984.

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Document Leak Reveals Secret Swiss Bank Accounts

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 3:26pm

For years the Swiss banking industry has been under pressure to get out of the tax evasion business. A trove of documents released by a former employee of HSBC shows just how aggressive the bank was in marketing tax avoidance schemes to clients.

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Los Angeles Residents Divided Over Proposed $15 Minimum Wage

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 3:26pm

Los Angeles is considering raising its minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour in order to help its 800,000 residents in poverty. But no major city has yet raised its wage this dramatically and this fast.

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Q&A: Sen. Ed Markey On Protecting Data Our Cars Are Sharing

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 3:26pm

We've entered the age of Internet-connected cars, and the Massachusetts lawmaker says they're vulnerable to all kinds of data breaches.

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HSBC Helped Clients Hide Millions, News Report Says

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 2:53pm

The Washington-based International Consortium of International Journalist's story was based on documents leaked in 2008. HSBC says it ended those practices starting that year.

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With New Rules In Place, Netflix Expands To Cuba

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 1:42pm

Starting today, Cubans with an Internet connection and access to international payment methods will have access to a wide array of movies and shows. There are huge hurdles, though.

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Madoff's Victims Are Repaid Another $355 Million, Trustee Says

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 11:56am

More than half of the accounts with allowable claims against disgraced financier Bernard Madoff have now been fully repaid, according to the trustee handling recovery efforts.

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From Soy Sauce To Bullet Trains: Famed Japanese Designer Dies At 85

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 9:07am

Decades after Kenji Ekuan created Kikkoman's iconic soy sauce bottles with their red caps, he designed Japan's bullet train, in a career driven by a desire to make good design accessible to everyone.

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Anthem Data Stolen By Hackers Raises Identity Theft Concerns

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 3:59am

Following the Anthem health insurance hack, we look at what happens if your Social Security number is stolen. How bad can the damage be? Can you get a new number? And, will that solve your problems?

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Oil Price Dip, Global Slowdown Create Crosscurrents For U.S.

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 2:34am

The big drop in oil prices is a gift to consumers that should propel the U.S. economy, analysts say. But those lower prices are hurting the energy sector and consumers continue to be cautious.

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Leaked HSBC Documents Shed Light On Swiss Banking Industry

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 12:44am

The documents were downloaded by a former computer security expert at the giant bank HSBC. They were released over the weekend by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

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NBC's Brian Williams To Temporarily Step Away From Anchor Desk

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 3:44pm

The anchor, who apologized for misremembering that a helicopter he was traveling during the 2003 invasion of Iraq had been fired on, said he would return to hosting the Nightly News "in a few days."

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Huffington Post Bets People Will Read Good News — And Share It, Too

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 6:02pm

Arianna Huffington says readers need more positive news coverage, so her site is launching an effort focused on good stories. Their shareability may make "What Works" a smart business move, too.

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Brian Williams Under Microscope After Recanting Helicopter Story

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 3:45pm

NBC Chief Anchor Brian Williams has been bombarded by criticism this week over his shifting accounts of a 2003 helicopter landing in the Iraqi desert.

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For Rockfish, A Tale Of Recovery, Hidden On Menus

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 3:38pm

Once depleted by decades of overfishing, rockfish have rebounded. But it's hard to tell this conservation and fishery management success story if purveyors continue to misidentify the tasty fish.

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U.S. Jobs Picture Finally Getting Back To Normal

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 3:09pm

The Labor Department provided more evidence Friday that the U.S. job picture is finally getting back to normal — nearly six years after the great recession ended. The monthly jobs report showed an increase more than a million jobs over the past three months. The unemployment rate did tick up to a notch, but even that is a positive signal.

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