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House Votes To Cut Student Loan Rate, Sends Bill To Obama

The Republican-controlled House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan bill that would allow undergraduates to borrow through the federal Stafford loan program at 3.9 percent for this school year.
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Tampon Marketing Gets Real For The Social Media Age

An online video spot for HelloFlo breaks the familiar mold of cheesy tampon commercials in a clever way. Ad watchers say it's a reflection of the open, transparent conversations spurred by social media.
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Better GDP Report Doesn't Mean Economy Is In Good Shape

The economy grew at an annual rate of 1.7 percent in the second quarter. That's better than most analysts expected, but far below the historical average. Federal Reserve policymakers meeting in Washington decided to leave interest rates alone and kept plans to begin phasing out a stimulus program later this year if the economy holds up well.
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Federal Reserve Will Continue Bond Buying Program

After a policy meeting the Federal Reserve also decided to leave its interest rate unchanged. It promised that would be the case, as long as economic conditions demand it.
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Weekly Innovation: A Better Travel Neck Pillow

It's called the Nap Anywhere, and the doctor who invented it promises it's far more comfortable — and easier to pack — than the standard inflatable U-shaped travel pillow you know well.
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New Health Exchanges: What You Need To Know

On October 1st, online health insurance exchanges open up as part of the Affordable Care Act. Kaiser Health News' Mary Agnes Carey speaks to host Michel Martin about what will change, and how you can prepare for the roll-out.
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Facebook Sees Its Shares Hit $38 IPO Price

It has been more than a year since Facebook's stock debuted at $38 in its initial public offering. But after a problematic start and a slide below $20 last year, the company saw its shares' value reach that initial price again in early trading Wednesday, one week after it reported strong results.
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U.S. Economy: GDP Surprises, And Hiring Rises In July

The U.S. economy grew by an annualized rate of 1.7 percent in the second quarter of 2013, according to gross domestic product data from the Commerce Department. And U.S. companies boosted payrolls by adding 200,000 new jobs from June to July.
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Consumer Groups On The Lookout For Immigration Scams

There's been a lot of talk about immigration reform on Capitol Hill this summer. But scam artists are not waiting for a new law to pass before luring unsuspecting immigrants with the possibility of gaining legal status. Local consumer protection agencies are trying to prevent immigrants from becoming fraud victims.
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Ford Taking America's Best-Selling Truck All 'Natural'

Ford is taking a big step into the alternative fuel world with an F-150 pickup truck that can run on natural gas. If it succeeds, the move could have repercussions for the broader auto industry.

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