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Tough To Make Ends Meet Even With Unemployment Benefits

Congress returns to Washington this week, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has pledged the first item on the agenda will be restoring long-term unemployment benefits. Those benefits expired last week, and an estimated 1.3 million people stopped receiving checks.
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Senate To Vote On Yellen's Fed Nomination

Janet Yellen is President Obama's pick to succeed Ben Bernanke as the chairman of the Federal Reserve. If Yellen is confirmed as expected on Monday, she'll take over for Bernanke at the end of this month.
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Automakers Join With Google To Offer Android Software

Google and big automakers including Audi, GM, Hyundia and Honda are creating an open automobile alliance. That is, a framework that will allow Google Android software to work with theses cars creating connected mobile experiences.
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'Save To Win' Makes Saving As Much Fun As Gambling

One of the most common resolutions people make at the start of each year is to save more money. Researchers concluded if you want to help people save money, preaching isn't gonna cut it. You have to make saving money as fun as a visit to a casino.
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Financial Benefits Of A College Degree Accumulate

It's been said that having more education usually leads to higher pay. A study suggests the advantage continues even into retirement years. That's in part because those with more education tend to stay in the work force longer.
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Wearable Technology Generates Buzz Before CES Opens

The largest show of gadgets, gear and anything electronic kicks off Tuesday in Las Vegas. The Consumer Electronics Show is a glitzy, high profile opportunity for thousands of entrepreneurs and established companies to show off their newest stuff.
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Costs Climb As Sochi Winter Olympics Approaches

The Sochi Winter Olympics are on track to being the most expensive games in Olympic history. A $265 million ski jump, 42,000 hotel rooms and a $51 billion budget. It's been called a financial fiasco, as Josh Yaffa of Bloomberg Businessweek tells NPR's Arun Rath.
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'Cheers And Jeers' As Boeing Machinists Narrowly OK Contract

With 51 percent of machinists voting yes, a new labor pact was approved. It means production of the new 777X widebody jet will be done in the Puget Sound region. But many in the rank-and-file think they gave up too much to keep the jobs in Washington State.
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'Playboy' Gets Pranked: Group Flips The Script On Sex

A Baltimore-based group is working to change the messages companies are sending about sex. So far, it has created convincing, fake websites pretending to be Playboy and Victoria's Secret — but putting an emphasis on consent.
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How NAFTA Helped The Mexican Billionaires' Club

When the North American Free Trade Agreement was being negotiated, supporters promised it would increase the income of Mexicans. And the middle class did grow over the past two decades. But it's clear that the country's ultrarich are its big winners.

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