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Tesla Stock Hits Record High

Shares of Tesla Motors crossed the $200 barrier on Thursday before falling back down to nearly $197 — a record high for the upstart electric car maker. In the last month, Tesla stock has soared more than 43 percent.
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Romantic Economist Applies Economic Terms To Relationships

On this Valentine's Day, Renee Montagne talks to a young economist about how he tried to apply the rules of the market to his love life. William Nicolson chronicles his journey to find a girlfriend in the memoir, The Romantic Economist.
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Consumer Advocates Warn Against Comcast-Time Warner Merger

The proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable by Comcast is raising concerns, not just for the mega cable provider it would create, but also because of the questions it raises about broadband access at a time of uncertainty around the future of network neutrality. More than half of Americans with broadband access are getting it from their cable provider.
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'Harried Mom' Becomes Dynamic Woman In These Stock Images

Getty's new "Lean In" collection steers clear of familiar stereotypes, such as women in stilettos stepping on men. Because women are the primary users of social media, the company's visual trends director says, it's time for a different kind of representation in media and advertising.
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Iran's Hope Is Sanctions Relief, But Reality Is Struggling Economy

Most Iranians back President Hassan Rouhani's efforts to reach out to the world, but so far there's been very little tangible improvement in an economy that's been hurting for years.
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Many Flights Canceled, But Fewer Fliers Stranded On Tarmac

A fliers' revolt on Valentine's Day in 2007 led to stiff fines against airlines that kept passengers waiting for too long. The delays still happen, but new technology and better planning are making them less inconvenient.
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Consumer Advocates Alarmed By $45 Billion Deal

Comcast, the nation's largest cable provider, is set to become even bigger. The Philadelphia-based company has reached an agreement to acquire Time Warner Cable, the nation's second-largest cable provider, in an all-stock deal valued at roughly $45 billion. Consumer groups oppose the deal on the grounds that it will hurt competition and raise prices. But the companies claim competition won't be harmed at all.
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Not Every Great Philanthropist Is A Household Name

The Chronicle of Philanthropy this week released its list of the 50 most generous donors of 2013. Alongside names like Mark Zuckerberg and George Soros is a relative unknown named Millicent Atkins, who left some $37 million to three institutions. Melissa talks with Jane Godfrey, director of trusts and estates at the University of Minnesota Foundation, the recipient of a surprise bequest from Atkins. We also talk with Stacy Palmer, editor of the Chronicle, about other low-profile philanthropists who year after year surprise institutions with their generosity.
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Debt Ceiling Vote Relied On GOP's 'Tough Vote' Caucus

The 28 House Republicans who voted for the debt ceiling increase made it safe for the rest of their fellow Republicans not to.
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How The Big Cable Deal Could Actually Boost Open-Internet Rules

Comcast's proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner might strengthen provisions intended to make sure Internet providers are treating all online traffic equally by extending so-called net neutrality to millions more users. But public-interest advocates worry the deal will hurt competition.

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