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New Jersey Law Causes Companies To Pull Gift Cards

American Express and two other companies say they're pulling gift cards off store shelves in New Jersey because of a law requiring merchants to collect zip codes from card buyers. Retailers have sued to block the law, which allows the state to take control of unused balances after two years.
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For-Profit Schools Under Fire For Targeting Veterans

Veterans, with their post-Sept. 11 education benefits, have been an important driver in the growth of for-profit colleges and universities in recent years. Some lawmakers say for-profit schools are ripping off veterans, and the government, by luring students into programs that seldom lead to good jobs.
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What Do You Owe In Taxes? Depends Who's Counting

If you're wondering if you're better off filing your income taxes through an online tax preparation service, a standard certified public accountant, or a more elaborate tax specialty firm, you may want to read an article called "Joel Stein Has Four Accountants."
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A Brief History Of The Mobile Phone

Early on, experts predicted about a million Americans would have cell phones by the turn of century. They were wrong. The actual number was more than 100 times that estimate. NPR's Wendy Kaufman explores the history of the mobile phone.
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Company Ties Shoes And Ethics Together

Gideon Shoes makes handcrafted hip-hop sneakers inspired, designed and marketed by young people at a youth center in a tough suburb of Sydney. But the company is struggling to balance its values with the brutal realities of production and competition.
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Indian Engineers Build A Stronger Society With School Lunch Program

The program, which is run by engineers, currently feeds 1.3 million children, making it one of the largest school lunch programs in the world. The program is so cost-effective it's become a Harvard Business School case study.
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Hiring Climate Affects Small Businesses

Audie Cornish talks to Bruce Lackey, CEO of Happy Chicken Farms in Ohio, about his business and the hiring climate.
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Jobs Report A Litmus Test For Economy's Direction

The U.S. economy added only 120,000 jobs in March, far below expectations. The job gains were the smallest in five months. The report isn't a conclusive verdict on the economy. It could be an off month of weak growth or the sign of something more troubling — a serious hiring slowdown.

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