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How A Community Bank Tripped On Footnote 1,861 Of The Volcker Rule

An obscure provision in the finance overhaul is causing problems for small banks. It turns out, it's hard to figure out which risks banks should be allowed to take.
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Minimum Wage Fight Takes Shape Across The Map

Raising the minimum wage has become a focus for Democrats both in Congress and in statehouses around the nation. But anywhere it's on the ballot, expect an aggressive campaign to defeat it.
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December Jobs Report Disappoints

The monthly jobs report released Friday morning was a disappointment. Economists were expecting 200,000 new jobs. Employers actually added just 74,000. The unemployment rate did fall to 6.7 percent, but it was mainly because many people dropped out of the labor force.
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For Target, Holiday Woes Are Worse Than Expected

Target announced that the data breach late last year was even worse than originally reported. Personal information, including phone numbers and email addresses, from as many as 70 million customers may have been compromised. On top of that, Target says that the revelation of the data breach depressed fourth-quarter sales during the holiday season.
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Tech Week That Was: CES, T-Mobile CEO And Predictions For 2014

In this first full week of 2014, tech headlines came fast and furiously out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, and beyond.
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What's Behind The Drop In Unemployment

The unexpected dip to 6.7 percent may seem like good news, but the rate slid in December in part because the country found itself with a smaller workforce as people retired or just dropped out. At the same time, most of the jobs being created are in low-wage industries.
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Startups Often Focus On Data Security Too Late, If At All

There's been a proliferation of devices that allow people to track their health and learn about potential medical problems. Startups offering digital services where customers quantify themselves in various ways are out in full force at the Consumer Electronics Show. But what are those companies doing to protect customer data?
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China Releases 2013 Trade Figures

China may have just dislodged the U.S. from a position its held for decades — the world's top trading nation. The latest Chinese figures put the value of its overall trade at $4.6 trillion last year. The U.S. will release its own 2013 data next month.
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Alcoa To Pay $384 Million Penalty For Bahrain Bribes

Alcoa and a subsidiary of the the U.S. aluminum giant, will pay $384 million to the U.S. government for engaging in corrupt practices. The payment is part of a settlement in a bribery case involving the royal family of Bahrain.
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Safety Group Sues Buckyballs Founder In Product Recall Case

The government is going after Craig Zucker, the creator of a "desk toy" consisting of small round magnets that wound up being swallowed by a lot of children. The Consumer Product Safety Commisision initiated a recall but rather than go along, Zucker shut down his company.

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