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Senate Bill Would Do Away With Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

It has been more than five years since the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac forced the government to move the mortgage giants into conservatorship. Congress is finally starting to grapple with what comes next.
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McKesson CEO's Pension Reported At A Record $159 Million

John Hammergren, the chairman and CEO of drug distributor McKesson, may have the largest pension ever reported for an individual, at $159 million. That's what he would have been owed in a lump sum if he had left voluntarily on March 31.
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Nostalgia Products: Making A Tasty Comeback

In what Hostess calls "The Sweetest Comeback In The History Of Ever," Twinkies will return in July — just the latest iconic product to reappear, as vinyl records and Polaroid cameras experience a surge in popularity. The twist? Some of the products' biggest fans were born after the age of CDs and digital cameras.
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Paula Deen's Sons Speak Up, But Her Empire Further Crumbles

Bobby and Jamie Deen say their mother is the victim of character assassination. Their defense comes as the queen of Southern cooking continues to lose endorsement deals. But not all of Deen's business partners are abandoning her, nor are all her fans.
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Cardboard Bike's Fundraiser Is Rolling

Israel inventor Izhar Gafni hopes to make reliable, tough bikes that can sell for only about $20 each. Videos of his invention went viral last year. He's using the Web to raise money.
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5-Year High In Consumer Confidence Bodes Well For Economy

It looks like many Americans are feeling better about how the economy is doing. That could translate into more spending, which in turn could help boost job growth.
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Closing The Tech Industry's Gender Gap Requires Better Data

Only 3 percent of venture-backed companies were led by all-female teams, while 89 percent were all male. The staggering male-to-female ratios at the top of the tech industry can't be addressed without a clearer count, writes Code for America's Catherine Bracy.
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Idaho Leads Nation In Number Of Low-Wage Workers

Tuesday marks the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act. That law created a nationwide minimum wage which is now $7.25 an hour. Democrats are pushing to raise the wage, but Republicans say higher pay would hurt job creation. Idaho has been losing higher paying manufacturing jobs but gaining low-paying service jobs.
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Barge Traffic Increases Along Erie Canal

New York's Erie Canal is reviving its history to again be an economic corridor for commercial shipping through upstate New York — after decades of being mostly used by recreational boats. Shipping from Canada it expected to lead to a level of commercial traffic not seen in decades.
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Saudi Arabia Changes Its Weekends To Friday And Saturday

The shift aligns the biggest Arab economy with its neighbors. King Abdullah ordered the change to begin this Friday.

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