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    Gay Couples Who Lose Jobs Face Extra Sting

    Gay Couples Who Lose Jobs Face Extra Sting
    For millions of American couples, the federal COBRA program is their health-care safety net in the recession. But not if they are gay. Couples such as Mark McNealy and Robert Meredith are just now finding out that the federal program excludes domestic partners from coverage. That means McNealy, a Disney employee for 30 years until he was laid off in April, ...
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    5 Part Time Jobs to Make Some Extra Cash

    5 Part Time Jobs to Make Some Extra Cash
    Maybe you're around the corner from 30 and aren't even half way through student loans. Or you bit off more than you can chew with the nice house everyone said you could afford. If you've cut back to absolute frugal basics and still find it hard to get by, you need to generate more revenue. This might mean getting a better ...
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    Best Cities to Earn More

    Best Cities to Earn More
    Despite the gloomy economy and bleak job outlook, there are scattered cities where wages are rising and the number of jobs is increasing. Washington, DC, and several parts of Texas top the list, but cities as far apart as Anchorage and East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, continued to experience job and wage growth at the end of last year, according to Bureau ...
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    Lying on the Employment Resume

    Lying on the Employment Resume
    Ever wanted to just erase your inglorious past as a Denny’s server and forget that unfortunate plate-smashing incident that got you fired? Have dreams of starting over as an advertising executive at a posh design firm? But you just don’t seem to have any actual advertising experience. Okay, maybe you’d be more of a success as a chef. After all, you’re ...
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    Scam Artists Take Advantage of Slide in China's Economy

    Scam Artists Take Advantage of Slide in China's Economy
    Zhang Xue remembers how dazzled she was by the sales pitch - a glamorous, middle-aged woman who appeared in a sleek suit and jewelry and spoke of her successful struggle to become a millionaire. "I only wanted to earn money and live by myself," says Zhang, 21, sobbing at the memory, "but I hurt my parents and friends." The ensuing ...
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    P&G Cuts Prices to Adjust, but Sees Sales Rising

    P&G Cuts Prices to Adjust, but Sees Sales Rising
    The world's largest consumer products maker is finding that "new and improved" is still good, but "lower price" is working better. The Procter & Gamble Co., a bellwether of consumer spending, has shifted tactics in the chase for bargain-hunting shoppers with price cuts, promotions emphasizing value, and even a shakeup of its famed laundry business. Some economic indicators have implied the ...
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    Retailers Upbeat As Sales Top Projections

    Retailers Upbeat As Sales Top Projections
    Spokesmen for several Valley department stores reported a decrease in sales during the second quarter, when compared to 2008, but said the numbers weren't as bad as they expected. They also said the number of shoppers for the back-to-school season increased. "Traffic is certainly better than last year at this time," said Geoff Daffier, assistant store manager and spokesman for the ...
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    One Resume Error Can Ruin Employment Prospects, Executive Survey Shows

    One Resume Error Can Ruin Employment Prospects, Executive Survey Shows
    MENLO PARK, Calif., July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Job seekers take note: One false stroke at the keyboard could send your resume into the "circular file." Three out of four (76 percent) executives interviewed said just one or two typos in a resume would remove applicants from consideration for a job; 40 percent said it takes only one typo to rule candidates ...
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    The Future of Work

    The Future of Work
    The American work force is headed in ways unimagined just a decade ago. Careers are out and skill sets are in. Workers should think in terms of being contractors instead of employees, academics and futurists say. Jobs will become even more portable because technology has made it easy to work from almost anywhere, including outside the country. Accelerating technologies will create ...
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    How One Woman Survived Unemployment: She Enjoyed It

    How One Woman Survived Unemployment: She Enjoyed It
    During her eight-month jobless stint, Amy Tinsley of Houston may well have been the happiest unemployed woman in America. Tinsley, a former marketing director for a local law firm, was laid off in December. It was the first time since age 16 that she'd been without a job. Unlike most of America's unemployed, however, Tinsley wasn't fretting about her down time. ...
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    Small Business, BIG WORRIES: Recession Makes Staying Afloat Harder Than Some Think

    Small Business, BIG WORRIES: Recession Makes Staying Afloat Harder Than Some Think
    Keeping a small business afloat is a tough task during the best of times, but espe cially so in a sluggish economy. Few folks know that better than Diane Heath, the owner and president of Custom Made Inc., a Gibsonville company that makes signs, banners, decals, displays and other items for businesses. "What has been ... the most challenging thing for ...
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    Among Millions Of Jobless, A Few Entrepreneurs

    Among Millions Of Jobless, A Few Entrepreneurs
    Until this summer, salesman Jorge Ocampo had always been what he calls a W-2 man. Proof was the Mercedes he bought with cash. But he had always longed to be his own boss. "Almost every day I thought of it," the 54-year-old said. The opportunity came June 2 when he was laid off from a high-tech company. Unlike the millions of ...
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    Homeless Help Spread the News

    Homeless Help Spread the News
    Tony Angello looks like a tourist, sunglasses on top of his bald head, wearing tidy jeans and a bright Hawaiian shirt. The stack of newspapers under his arm tells a different story. He and his wife, Quita Thornton, are on the way to hawk The Contributor, a monthly newspaper written and sold by the homeless and formerly homeless. The couple are ...
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    Pepsi Worker Still Bubbly After Nearly 50 Years; His Secret: 'I Like People'

    Pepsi Worker Still Bubbly After Nearly 50 Years; His Secret: 'I Like People'
    When Mario Gutierrez started delivering Pepsi products, the job started early. He got into the habit of arriving at work around 5 a.m. each weekday at the Pepsi Bottling facility off the Palmetto Expressway in Doral. Almost 50 years later, the 69-year-old maintains virtually the same routine - and says he'll retire the day he feels he can't do his job ...
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    The 10 Worst Ads

    10. Homeless People Don't Know Grammar We're not sure what to make of this ad. Is it for something? Is it promoting some political view? We can't tell. The only takeaway seems to be that homeless people talk about food but don't do grammar good. Hat Tip: Brandon Myhre --- 9. Skin May Melt on Contact This is a photoshop ...
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    Auto Dealers Shift Gears, Hire More Women

    Auto Dealers Shift Gears, Hire More Women
    It's a Thursday morning, a traditionally slow day in the car buying business. But today, negotiations are going throughout the showroom of Toyota of South Florida. The government's Cash for Clunkers program had jump-started a buying binge that had customers streaming in, for a change. Gretel Santana is alternating between scrutinizing contracts and explaining to me how taken aback customers are ...
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    Retailers Report Sales Declines For August

    Retailers Report Sales Declines For August
    Retailers on Thursday posted sales declines for August as shoppers held back on back-to-school purchases and continued to focus on necessities, but overall results came in ahead of analyst predictions. A monthly compilation of 31 retailers' results by The International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs showed sales in established stores fell 2.1 percent, better than the 3.5 percent to ...
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    Pfizer to Pay Record $2.3B Penalty Over Promotions

    Pfizer to Pay Record $2.3B Penalty Over Promotions
    Pfizer Inc., the world's largest drug maker, will pay a record $2.3 billion civil and criminal penalty over unlawful prescription drug promotions, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. The department said the $2.3 billion settlement included a $1.2 billion criminal fine, the largest criminal fine in U.S. history. The agreement also included a criminal forfeiture of $105 million. "Combating health care fraud ...
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    You Could Own a House for $100

    You Could Own a House for $100
    Ed Bolden is hardly a snake oil salesman, but you can't blame anyone who thinks he's selling something that seems too good to be true. Bolden is pitching a dream house valued up to $600,000 for $100. "The house of your choice could be the house of your choice," he says. "It could be in Virginia or it could be in ...
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    Top-Selling Vehicles in the US in August

    Top-Selling Vehicles in the US in August
    Automakers released August U.S. sales figures Tuesday. These were the top-selling vehicles, as well as the total number sold and the percent change in sales from August 2008. Rank VehicleAugust 2009 Sales% Change 1.Toyota Camry/Solara54,39628.2 2.Ford F-series45,59017.1 3.Honda Civic43,29449.6 4.Toyota Corolla/Matrix43,06151.9 5.Honda Accord39,726-5.4 6.Chevrolet Silverado32,421-39.6 7.Honda CR-V30,28458.3 8.Nissan Altima26,83310.1 9.Ford Focus25,54761.9 10.Hyundai Elantra21,673124.4 -- Source: Autodata Corp.A service of YellowBrix, Inc. ...