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La. Shrimpers Complain Low Prices Aren't Worth Their Effort

Hundreds of Louisiana shrimping boats are docked this week, their nets dry. Shrimpers want more money for their catch. Current prices barely allow them to cover their fuel bills.
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July's Airline Flights Were More Likely To Be On Time

Of the nation's 14 largest airlines, about 75 percent of flights arrived on time in July, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. That's up 2 percent from the same time last year.
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Eagles Running Back Accused Of Leaving 20 Cent Tip On $60 Check

A burger joint in Philadelphia posted LeSean McCoy's receipt on Facebook. Actor Charlie Sheen has pledged to give the waiter $1,000.
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Employer-Sponsored Health Costs Rose Modestly In 2014

Health insurance premiums went up only a little more than inflation this year, according to a new survey. The average family plan cost about $16,800. That's a 3 percent increase over last year.
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Is Amazon's Failed Phone A Cautionary Tale?

While Apple unveils a futuristic new smart watch, Amazon slashes prices on its smartphone for shoppers. Both companies are searching for the innovation sweet spot in mobile.
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The Alibaba Effect: How China's eBay Transformed Village Economics

At first, Sun Han made a staggering 100 percent profit margin on his furniture. Soon everyone in his village was opening a furniture factory — and didn't need to raise pigs anymore.
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Freight Delays Causing Great Pain Across Plains

Grain elevators, auto manufacturers and Amtrak passengers are still facing lengthy delays on rails, as freight train congestion continues to be a drag on the economy all across the country. The problem is particularly bad in the upper Midwest and Great Plains states, where some grain elevators have been waiting to ship their product to market since April. Many blame the delays on the huge increase in Bakken crude oil shipped by rail from North Dakota to refineries in the south, Midwest and on both coasts. The railroads deny they're favoring oil shipments over other products. On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce committee held a hearing on the matter while considering legislation to beef up the enforcement power of the Surface Transportation Board.
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Airline Social Media 'Command Centers' Direct Complaint Traffic

Southwest Airlines has joined a growing number of airlines that are hiring social media "first responders" to help with customer relations.
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'Ask The White Guy' About The Hawks

Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson's email about the diversity of the team's fans could end his run in the NBA. But were his comments really out of bounds?
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Government To Drop Background Check Firm USIS

The Falls Church, Va.-based private contractor conducts most of the government's background checks and was the target of a cyberattack last month that breached thousands of personnel files.

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