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Must Read Money Stories for Friday, Nov. 14
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Must Read Money Stories for Friday, Nov. 14

Amazon and Hachette bury the hatchet. After a six-month dispute that pitted one of the world’s largest and most powerful companies against a french book publisher, Amazon and Hachette announced a deal yesterday. Neither side has said much of anything about the deal they reached. But the fact that there is a deal at all […]

Must Read Money Stories for Wednesday, Nov. 12
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Must Read Money Stories for Wednesday, Nov. 12

Let’s make a deal. President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a new agreement that binds the two nations on carbon emissions for decades to come. The New York Times describes the deal as a “landmark agreement” between the two countries. As part of the deal, the United States will agree to reduce its […]

Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Oct. 21
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Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Oct. 21

Apple sold 39 million iPhones last quarter, shattering last year’s sales. The technology company made $8.5 billion in profit, according to the New York Times, which was 13.3 percent higher than 2013’s fourth quarter earnings. Analysts point to Apple’s skyrocketing sales of its new iPhones as one of the major reasons for its success, as […]

Ebola's catastrophic blow to African economies
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Ebola’s catastrophic blow to African economies

As the United States wrestles with its handful of Ebola cases, the impact on the economies of African nations has been far more devastating. The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has already claimed nearly 3,000 lives since January. In addition to lost lives, the disease has also dealt a severe blow to the families and […]

How is social media changing conventional cause-marketing tactics?
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How is social media changing conventional cause-marketing tactics?

What do Scotch tape, chewing gum, golf balls and Kentucky Fried Chicken have in common?  Well, at least around October, they are among the myriad products whose packaging blooms pink. For nearly 30 years, October has been designated by activists as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM); here’s a primer on how it all got […]

CNN's Sanjay Gupta reports on TKM-Ebola, a new drug in the works. PHOTO: CNN screenshot
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As concern over Ebola spreads, how are local firms affected?

Troubling news this week from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the burgeoning Ebola epidemic:  the CDC issued a worst-case scenario forecast of as many as 1.4 million cases by January.  While still largely confined to Africa, the Ebola outbreak is of growing concern worldwide and while […]

Joan Rivers photo in hands of a fan
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Joan Rivers’ passing spotlights surgical clinics, memorabilia sales

You know you’re a business writer when word of someone’s death spurs you to thinking about the economic impact of that permanent farewell.   The thought flitted across my mind the other day on word that comedienne Joan Rivers had died at age 81, and apparently I was not alone.  An Examiner.com story says “Ghoulish? Joan […]

Businesses beyond retail chalk up back-to-school sales
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Businesses beyond retail chalk up back-to-school sales

It’s axiomatic that back-to-school season is good business for apparel and footwear sellers, purveyors of pencils and gadget suppliers. But for an interesting twist on the standard end-of-summer stories, how about a look at other businesses that benefit from back-to-school, including unexpected sectors like lice salons and bars.  Services that reflect the realities of hectic […]

 What's Next in Covering the Affordable Care Act: Self-guided training
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What’s Next in Covering the Affordable Care Act: Self-guided training

“What’s Next in Covering the Affordable Care Act” was originally held on Aug. 6, 2014. After the launch of healthcare.gov, individuals will be anxious to see whether premiums go up when open enrollment, and for the first time, small businesses will be able to shop on an online federal exchange. Also, large businesses will be […]