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SEC Nominee Faces Senate Panel In Confirmation Hearing

President Obama's pick to head the Securities and Exchange Commission faces the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday. Mary Jo White released prepared testimony Monday, in which she pledges to beef up enforcement efforts, citing her experience as a New York prosecutor. But some critics point to her more recent work, in which she defended some high-profile Wall Street names.
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SEC Charges Illinois With Fraud Over Pensions

For only the second time ever, the Securities and Exchange Commission is charging a state with fraud, for allegedly misleading investors about the health of its pension funds. The SEC says the state of Illinois did not properly inform investors that its pension funds were significantly underfunded when selling bonds from 2005 to 2009. This is the latest fiscal black eye for a state with a pension shortfall approaching a whopping $100 billion. The state has agreed to settle the charges.
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Self-Tracking Apps To Help You 'Quantify' Yourself

Technology is making it easier than ever to track everything from your sleep cycles to the food you eat — and even your amino acid levels.
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From Grief Comes A Mission To Make Estate Planning Less Daunting

A Seattle widow's one-stop estate planning advice blog was inspired by her own paperwork frustrations after her husband's death. Chanel Reynolds offers a checklist of documents to prepare, a will template and a list of details to write down, like passwords to online accounts.
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Betting Site Intrade Shuts Down Under Mysterious Circumstances

The online betting market Intrade has shut down. Intrade allowed customers to wager on the outcome of events such as presidential elections. The company says all betting is on hold until it can investigate possible financial irregularities.
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In Trendy World Of Fast Fashion, Styles Aren't Made To Last

Chains like H&M and Forever 21 turn out new styles so quickly that they've been dubbed "fast fashion" retailers. While the stores reap big profits, many say the business model has hidden costs, like encouraging poor labor practices and churning out cheaply made products that quickly end up in landfills.

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