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Comic-Con offers toy designers a chance to go wild

When it comes to designing the highly coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers... Read more »

Published July 21, 2014

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Microsoft makes design central to its future

Before Ralf Groene helped devise the look and feel of Microsoft's Surface tablet, he designed food — or "food concepts," he says, for people on the go. Read more »

Published July 21, 2014

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Verizon launches rewards program with tracking

Verizon Wireless is launching a nationwide loyalty program this week for its 100-million-plus subscribers. There's a twist, though: To earn points for every dollar spent, subscribers must consent... Read more »

Published July 21, 2014

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Consumers are padding their checking accounts

With wounds from the Great Recession still fresh, chastened Americans are hoarding more cash in their checking accounts than at any time in the last 25 years. Read more »

Published July 21, 2014

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To encourage saving, some states turn to prizes

Nearly a dozen states believe they’ve found a way to encourage people to save more money — and have fun doing it. And the idea costs not a dime in state funds. Read more »

Published July 21, 2014

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Obama gives protection to gay, transgender workers

President Barack Obama on Monday gave employment protection to gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, after being convinced by advocates of what he... Read more »

Published July 21, 2014

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Obama gives protection to gay, transgender workers

Federal workers and contractors who are gay and transgender are getting new protections from President Barack Obama. Read more »

Published July 21, 2014

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The Journey: How much income will that 401(k) generate?

Forget the big number you’re aiming for in your 401(k). Read more »

Published July 21, 2014

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Susan Tompor: Stop and look both ways for auto insurance discounts

Everybody wants a discount on car insurance. Why else would we watch the Esurance TV ads where a crazy lady in the beige turtleneck named Beatrice talks about how she shops for car insurance and... Read more »

Published July 21, 2014

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Puerto Rico on shaky ground with creditors

Puerto Rico's government has managed its first balanced budget in more than a decade. Sales tax revenues are up and the publicly owned power company has won breathing room to pay its debts. Read more »

Published July 20, 2014

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US outlines case against Russia on downed plane

Video of a rocket launcher, one surface-to-air missile missing, leaving the likely launch site. Imagery showing the firing. Calls claiming credit for the strike. Recordings said to reveal a... Read more »

Published July 20, 2014

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Amazon rolls out 'Netflix-for-books' style service

Amazon is rolling out a new subscription service that will allow unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month in the online giant's latest effort to expand its... Read more »

Published July 19, 2014

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New Toyota minivan makes it easier to yell at kids

Toyota wants to help you scream at your unruly kids. Read more »

Published July 18, 2014

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Gauge of US economy rises 0.3 percent in June

A gauge designed to predict the economy's future health increased in June for a fifth consecutive month, supporting the view that economic growth should accelerate in the second half of this year. Read more »

Published July 18, 2014

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Obama opens Eastern Seaboard to oil exploration

The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, announcing final approval Friday of sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the... Read more »

Published July 18, 2014

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Unemployment rates fell in 22 US states in June; Utah No. 3 in job creation

Since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, the U.S. economy has generated 7.8 million jobs. But the gains haven't been spread evenly across the country. Read more »

Published July 18, 2014

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GE 2Q profit jumps 13 pct on aviation, oil and gas

General Electric's net income rose 13 percent in the second quarter on strong performance from its aviation and oil and gas divisions. Read more »

Published July 18, 2014

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Axed Nokia X phones suffered from lack of identity

The Nokia X phones that Microsoft discontinued this week blend two rival operating systems, but leave out the best of each. Read more »

Published July 18, 2014

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Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited service

Amazon is rolling out a new subscription service that will allow users unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month in the online giant's latest effort to... Read more »

Published July 18, 2014

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US-EU trade talks sour amid chlorine chicken fears

Visions of chlorine-drenched chickens and the prospect of genetically modified "Frankenfood" invading dinner tables across the European Union are proving serious impediments to the signing of a... Read more »

Published July 18, 2014

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Why airlines didn't avoid risky Ukraine airspace

The possibility that the civilian jetliner downed over war-torn eastern Ukraine with nearly 300 people onboard was hit by a missile could have profound consequences for the world's airlines. Read more »

Published July 18, 2014

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South Carolina woman makes clothes from castoffs

For Jillian Owens, some of her passion for fashion was motivated by a desire for new garments without the creation of more waste. And, she says openly on her blog, "I was also quite broke and... Read more »

Published July 18, 2014

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Microsoft CEO pivots sharply with 18,000 job cut

Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its 39-year history Thursday, outlining plans to cut 18,000 jobs in a move that marked the CEO's sharpest pivot yet away from his predecessor's drive for... Read more »

Published July 17, 2014

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Putin: US sanctions hurt bilateral ties, US firms

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday lamented the latest round of U.S. sanctions against Russia, saying they will stalemate bilateral relations and hurt not only Russian but also American businesses. Read more »

Published July 17, 2014

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GM's legal staff targeted at recall hearing

A Senate subcommittee chairwoman says General Motors should have fired its chief lawyer in the wake of a long-delayed recall of millions of small cars. Read more »

Published July 17, 2014

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