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High-Deductible Health Plans Cut Costs, At Least For Now

Health plans that require people to pay thousands of dollars up front cut costs in the first three years, a study finds. But no one knows if costs will rise later as people avoid preventive care.
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Payday Loans — And Endless Cycles Of Debt — Targeted By Federal Watchdog

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is readying new regulations on payday loans and other high-cost forms of credit. Officials with the agency say the loans can trap borrowers in a cycle of debt.
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SeaWorld Ads Counter Criticism Over Treatment Of Whales

SeaWorld has a new CEO and a new advertising campaign touting its care of killer whales. At the same time, a former orca trainer at the theme park has written a book criticizing his former employer.
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Closure Of Private Prison Forces Texas County To Plug Financial Gap

A riot at a private immigration prison in Willacy County, Texas, forced officials to close the facility and relocate 2,800 inmates. But it also left the county with a $2.3 million budget shortfall.
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Midwest Town Braces For More Steel Layoffs

U.S. Steel is shutting down its Granite City Works in southern Illinois. The plant makes flat-rolled steel for oil companies, which have been hit by lower oil prices.
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Heinz And Kraft: Before They Were Food Giants, They Were Men

Henry Heinz was big into pickles before ketchup came along. James Kraft gave the world American cheese. (Ironically, he was Canadian.) Now, two companies that revamped how we eat will become one.
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Kraft, Heinz Merger Brings Together Famous Food Brands

The pending $45 billion merger between Kraft and Heinz will create the world's fifth-largest food company. The deal comes as Kraft struggles to keep up with changing consumer tastes.
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Arsenic In California Wines: Should Drinkers Be Concerned?

A recent lawsuit raises a red flag about traces of arsenic in some lower-cost California wines. But, by Canadian standards, the trace levels are acceptable.
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Supreme Court Revives Pregnant UPS Worker's Discrimination Lawsuit

At issue is an employer's responsibilities under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The decision gives a former UPS driver another chance to show the company discriminated against her.
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Affordable Care Act Makes This Tax Season Painful For Many

Figuring out the penalty for not signing up for health insurance is just one complication. Tax filers who made more money last year than they anticipated may have to pay back some of their subsidy.

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