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    Housing Deal, Hope for Insurers Lift Stocks

    Housing Deal, Hope for Insurers Lift Stocks
    NEW YORK – Wall Street broke a two-day slide Wednesday as investors cherry-picked insurance, technology and homebuilding stocks on bits of welcome news for those industries. But jitters about weak first-quarter corporate profit reports and a downbeat assessment of the economy from the Federal Reserve held the market's gains in check. Concerns over quarterly results and company forecasts for the remainder ...
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    Recovery.Gov Launches

    Recovery.Gov Launches
    Today, in effort to maintain the tranparency and accountability promised during the Presidential campaign, the Obama Adminstation launched Recovery.gov. The site is a searchable database of how and where tax dollars are spent as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. From the site's About Us section: * "Education: Explain the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; * Transparency: Show ...
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    November Retail Sales Gains a Positive Sign

    Non-auto retail sales were up slightly in November for the fourth consecutive month as store traffic was enough to offset smaller basket sizes, said the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). High unemployment and job insecurity continues to dampen consumer spending as cost conscious consumers seek out extreme value purchases. Excluding auto sales, retail sales increased 1.2 percent over the previous month ...
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    Yoga Makes Headway in Business Schools

    Yoga Makes Headway in Business Schools
    Walk through the halls of the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business during the school year, and along with students cramming facts for macroeconomics and operating strategy you may encounter some students stretching their bodies and doing something really unusual for business school students: relaxing. They're members of Chicago's yoga club, a student group founded earlier this year by two ...
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    GM Partners on 2nd-Gen Segway, the PUMA

    GM Partners on 2nd-Gen Segway, the PUMA
    NEW YORK - A solution to the world's urban transportation problems could lie in two wheels not four, according to executives for General Motors Corp. and Segway Inc. The companies announced Tuesday that they are working together to develop a two-wheeled, two-seat electric vehicle designed to be a fast, safe, inexpensive and clean alternative to traditional cars and trucks for cities ...
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    Jobless Rates Drop in Most Metro Areas in August

    Jobless Rates Drop in Most Metro Areas in August
    The unemployment rate fell in about 60 percent of metropolitan areas in August from the previous month, as layoffs eased nationwide. An Associated Press analysis of Labor Department data found that the jobless rate dropped in 232 of 380 metro areas. That's an improvement from July, when metro areas were split between those with rising and falling joblessness. It's much better ...
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    Sept. US Auto Sales Fall Amid Clunkers Letdown

    Sept. US Auto Sales Fall Amid Clunkers Letdown
    Chrysler Group LLC and Ford Motor Co. said Thursday their September sales fell, revealing a tough hangover from this summer's Cash for Clunkers buying spree. Ford and other automakers got a big lift in July and August from clunkers, which spurred sales of nearly 700,000 new cars and trucks. The government program's big discounts lured in many customers who otherwise would ...
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    'Controlling Your Future: Six Steps To A Better Life': New Self-Help Book Teaches the Art of Self-discipline, Self-control

    'Controlling Your Future: Six Steps To A Better Life': New Self-Help Book Teaches the Art of Self-discipline, Self-control
    Life is unfair, the economy is out of control and disaster can strike at any time. However true these statements might be, your ability to bounce back from your circumstances depends on your own control over yourself. In his refreshing new self-help book, "Controlling Your Future: Six Steps To A Better Life" (published by AuthorHouse), Richard Norgaard shows readers how to ...
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    Female Customers Labelled 'Dingbats'

    Female Customers Labelled 'Dingbats'
    A suburban Chicago auto dealership whose salesmen referred to female customers as "dingbats" has been accused of sexual harassment, court records show. The Chicago office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says in addition to the unflattering term, female workers at Castle Chevrolet charge they were subjected to sexually hostile, abusive and threatening remarks, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday. A case ...
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    The 10 Most Outrageous Infomericals

    The 10 Most Outrageous Infomericals
    Some kids watch cartoons on Saturday mornings. I watched infomercials. My favorite was for a chemical that magically removed paint from wood without damaging it. I didn't have any antiques covered in layers of paint, but I wanted that chemical product. I had to see for myself: how did it work such magic? The truth is, it probably didn't. Infomercials are ...
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    Airports Benefitting from Economic Stimulus

    Airports Benefitting from Economic Stimulus
    Akron-Canton Airport, one of the fastest-growing airports in the country, wants to redesign its entrance road to ease traffic and add a curbside lane for taxis and other shuttles. The Ohio airport has conducted design and other preliminary work for the $7.5 million project, which includes replacing aging sewer and storm-water lines. "We can begin this project this season if it's ...
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    America's Longest Yard Sale: 824 Miles

    America's Longest Yard Sale: 824 Miles
    Bonnie Dodson said she had no more set the first of many folding tables on the front lawn of her daughter's house when a potential customer rolled to a stop along the edge of the busy highway. "She asked if we were part of the yard sale, and I said yes, but we weren't set up yet," Dodson recalled telling the ...
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    On the Road Again: RV Sales See an Upswing

    On the Road Again: RV Sales See an Upswing
    A closely watched report today on consumer confidence is expected to show modest improvement, but some economists are heartened by a more obscure measure of buyer sentiment: recreational vehicle sales. RV wholesale shipments jumped 16% in August from July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 209,800, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association reports today. While that's about half the industry's torrid ...
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    An Entrepreneur Walks Into a Bar...

    An Entrepreneur Walks Into a Bar...
    If Shaun Clancy, owner of Foley's NY Pub & Restaurant, ever decides to leave the hospitality business, he could transition into a top marketing job based on how he promoted his business last year. Clancy, 39, created an Irish Baseball Hall of Fame inside his restaurant, which earned about $1 million in sales last year. Some of the memorabilia he displays ...
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    SEC Charges Salesman in $250M Ponzi Scheme

    SEC Charges Salesman in $250M Ponzi Scheme
    The Securities and Exchange Commission filed charges in Detroit alleging a $250 million Ponzi scheme had defrauded a mostly elderly investor pool. The SEC charged salesman Frank Bluestein of scalping 800 investors of more than $74 million between 2002 and 2007. "As part of his sales strategy, Bluestein specifically targeted retirees and seniors," the SEC complaint says, The Detroit News reported ...
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    Best Free Reference Websites: Eleventh Annual List

    Welcome to the eleventh annual "Best Free Reference Websites List." In 1998, the MachineAssisted Reference Section (MARS) of RUSA appointed an ad hoc task force to develop a method of recognizing outstanding reference websites. The task force became a formal committee at the 2001 ALA Annual Conference, and it is now appropriately named the MARS Best Free Reference Websites Committee. Like ...
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    Small Business Survival Plan: Cut Capital Spending, Squeeze Expenses and Conserve Cash

    Small Business Survival Plan: Cut Capital Spending, Squeeze Expenses and Conserve Cash
    h4. Owners Divided on Benefits of Federal Stimulus Program, PNC Survey Finds PITTSBURGH - U.S. small and mid-sized business owners intend to manage through the recession through reductions in capital spending and expenses amid divided opinions about the benefits of the federal stimulus program, according to the PNC Economic Outlook survey's newest findings. The spring findings in the PNC survey, which ...
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    Even in a Recession, Price Doesn't Matter

    Even in a Recession, Price Doesn't Matter
    Despite people saying they are altering their lifestyles to counter the effects of the recession, Ruth Mortimer discovers that while price may have some effect on behaviour it is aspects that arouse consumers' emotions that marketers must focus on Reports suggest that consumers are seeking comfort from the recession in nostalgia by tucking into childhood treats, such as Birds Eye potato ...
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    August Pending Home Sales Rise to 2 1/2 Year High

    August Pending Home Sales Rise to 2 1/2 Year High
    The volume of signed contracts to buy previously occupied homes rose for the seventh straight month in August as buyers rushed to take advantage of a tax credit for first-time owners that expires at the end of November. The National Association of Realtors says its seasonally adjusted index of sales agreements rose 6.4 percent from July to 103.8. It was the ...
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    Job Hunting Becoming Full-time Job

    Job Hunting Becoming Full-time Job
    The holiday season came early for Troy Bleeker and his family. A week before Thanksgiving, the 44-year-old Rochester man landed a job. It was the culmination of an 11-month search that began soon after Bleeker learned that his job at IBM was being eliminated and involved more than 350 contacts with individual employers. Bleeker's response to finding a job in the ...
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