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Maryland Casinos Win Big In Fiscal Year 2013

Maryland's casinos made more money than planners predicted in the current fiscal year.

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Despite Hefty Payouts, Fire Insurance Costs Hold Steady

The insurance industry is bracing to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in claims to people whose homes lay in the path of major forest fires. But with government policies that indirectly encourage building in high-risk areas, insurance premiums for those living in the woods are unlikely to rise much.
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June Job Numbers Perk Up Optimists

The economy added 195,000 jobs in June, a surprise and a delight to both economists and Wall Street, even though the unemployment rate was stuck at 7.6 percent. NPR's Sonari Glinton reports that the economic recovery continues at a slow but steady pace.
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With Bullets Scarce, More Shooters Make Their Own

Factories are running at full capacity to try to keep up with the surging demand for ammunition in the U.S. The current shortage has prompted more shooters to take up "reloading," or making one's own ammo. But now, even the components needed to make one's own bullets are harder to come by.
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At Cambodia Hotel, The Workers Are The Boss

Majority ownership of the Soria Moria hotel in Siem Reap now includes all 29 full-time employees, putting control of the hotel in the hands of workers who may have never had this kind of opportunity before.
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Jobs Keep Growing. How Soon Should The Fed Stop Helping?

The latest data from the Labor Department suggests there's a bit more wind in the sails of the economic recovery. Still, the job growth in the private sector now appears to be strong enough that some people worry that the Federal Reserve might start to pull back on its efforts to boost the economy.
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How To Spend $442 On A 15-Minute Cab Ride

The price of a ride in a New York City pedicab is notoriously unpredictable. "The whole business is based on hustling," one driver says. That's about to change.
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June Jobs Report Exceeds Expectations, But Concerns Remain

The Labor Department announced Friday that the economy added 195,000 new jobs in June, exceeding expectations. Concerns remain over the fact that many of the jobs being added are for relatively low-paying seasonal work in leisure and hospitality, and the fact that the number of long-term unemployed remains stagnant.
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At Tech-Free Camps, People Pay Hundreds To Unplug

As electronic communication grows more pervasive, demand is growing for paid retreats where you have to surrender all electronic devices. One participant says giving up his phone for a weekend was "liberating"; another says she was inspired to observe tech-free Friday nights.
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Better Than Expected Job Growth In June

There were 195,000 jobs added to payrolls last month, but the unemployment rate was 7.6 percent. That was unchanged from May.

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