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Programs Target Poverty In Obama's 5 'Promise Zones'

The idea is to basically carpet-bomb specific urban neighborhoods and rural areas with programs like after-school classes, GED courses and job training, with the goal of turning those areas around.
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It's A Nice Day For A Flash Wedding

In these pop-up weddings, locations are never booked, planning is minimal and fingers are crossed that you don't get asked to leave before you finish the ceremony.
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Ex-Editor Gets 18 Months In U.K. Phone Hacking Case

Andy Coulson, the former editor of the now defunct News of the World, was found guilty last week of conspiracy to hack personal voicemails.
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2010 World Cup Helped South Africa Attract Latin American Tourists

Brazil's World Cup soccer stadiums and hotels are packed. But events like that don't pay for themselves. South Africa hosted the last World Cup and the country wasn't left entirely empty handed.
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It's Going To Cost More To Have A Burger This July 4

"For most people, this is going to be the most expensive hamburger they've eaten in their life," says economic analyst Joe Deaux of the street.com. Prices are soaring because of the on-going drought.
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BMW Announces Plan To Build First Mexican Factory

BMW says the plant will employ about 1,500 people and will produce up to 150,000 cars a year. BMW's only other North American factory is in Spartanburg, S.C.
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Fastest Growing U.S. City Faces Housing Shortage

Census data show San Marcos, Texas, is the U.S.'s fastest growing city. Students make up many of the 10,000 people who've moved there since 2010, pushing the population from 45,000 to over 54,000.
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Facebook Apologizes For Manipulation; Data Research Likely To Go On

A mood study that Facebook conducted on unwitting users has been criticized. Data science plays an integral role at Facebook — for bottom line reasons, and in collaboration with academic researchers.
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Authors Take Opposite Sides On Hachette, Amazon Spat

Bestsellers published by traditional means accused Amazon of "unfair pricing." Self-published authors penned a stinging critique of traditional publishing.
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SunTrust Settles In Probe Into Mishandled Home Loan Modifications

The bank's mortgage-lending arm agreed to pay up to $320 million to resolve allegations that it bungled applications for the federal Home Affordable Modification Program.

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