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Target expands subscription service

 April 18, 2014; Updated: 10:11 pm

New York - Target is vastly expanding the goods available to order by subscription as it fends off its biggest nontraditional retail rival, Amazon.com.

The nation's second-largest discounter first dabbled with subscriptions last...

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Home building thaws in March

 April 17, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm

Washington - U.S. home construction rose moderately in March as builders resumed work at the end of a frigid winter. But applications for building permits slid, clouding the outlook for future construction.

Builders started work on...

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Fed survey finds economic activity picks up in 10 of 12 reporting regions

 April 17, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm

Washington - A Federal Reserve survey shows economic growth picking up across most of the United States over the past two months as bitter winter weather subsided.

Ten of the Fed's 12 regions reported an increase in economic...

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Premium Content Their ship's come in

 April 16, 2014; Updated: 11:03 pm

The newly-built passenger ferry Nova Star arrives Tuesday in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, ready to for its daily, round-trip crossings between Yarmouth and Portland, Maine, beginning on May 15.

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U.S. Highway Trust Fund nearly broke

 April 16, 2014; Updated: 11:03 pm

Dayton, Ohio - On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: The government's Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects across...

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Five things to know about tax day

 April 16, 2014; Updated: 11:03 pm

The deadline for filing taxes was midnight Tuesday. Here are five things to consider:

1. No penalty for most

If you're due a refund - and about three-quarters of filers typically are - the April 15 deadline was no big deal.

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U.S. consumer prices rise by a slight 0.2 percent in March

 April 16, 2014; Updated: 11:03 pm

Washington - Lower U.S. gasoline prices kept consumer inflation in check last month, helping to offset higher costs for food and clothing.

The Labor Department said Tuesday that the consumer price index rose 0.2 percent in March,...

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Tax refund fraud costs victims billions

 April 15, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Toledo, Ohio - Laura Hankins knew something was wrong when she filed her daughter's tax return and it was rejected hours later: An identity thief already had sent in a return using the 19-year-old's personal information.

"This is the...

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Vidalia onion farmer back in court over shipping date

 April 15, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Savannah, Ga. - One of Georgia's most prominent Vidalia onion farmers is going back to court in an effort to stop the state agriculture commissioner from fining growers who ship the famous sweet onions before a certain date.

Delbert...

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Congressional report urges stricter rules for e-cigarettes

 April 15, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Richmond, Va. - Concerns about electronic cigarettes, including flavors and marketing that could appeal to young people, underscore the need to regulate the fast-growing industry, according to a Congressional report released...

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How to save money when booking hotels

 April 13, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

Summer vacationers looking for deals on hotel rooms are going to have to search a little harder.

The average cost of a room now stands at $110, up 4 percent from last year and 8 percent from two years ago, according to travel research...

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Summer gas price to dip a penny to lowest since 2010

 April 13, 2014; Updated: 12:17 am

New York - Drivers will get the slightest of breaks on gasoline prices this summer, according to the Energy Department.
The national average price is forecast to fall - by just one...

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SAC to pay record $1.8B in insider trading case

 April 11, 2014; Updated: 10:50 pm

New York - SAC Capital Advisors' landmark $1.8 billion settlement of a U.S. government insider-trading probe stretching back to 2007 was approved by a federal judge, bringing to an end the hedge fund's role as a money manager and...

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Top energy regulator says steps underway to protect power grid

 April 11, 2014; Updated: 10:50 pm

Washington - The top federal energy regulator said Thursday that her agency is taking steps to improve hand ling of classified national security information, following a report that officials improperly allowed widespread access to a...

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Survey: Positive views of Atlantic City rise

 April 11, 2014; Updated: 10:50 pm

The second year of the "Do AC" promotional campaign helped increase positive perceptions of Atlantic City among residents of nearby states, even as concerns remained about the safety and cleanliness of the seaside gambling resort. In a report...

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Stocks drop; Biotech takes another plunge

 April 11, 2014; Updated: 10:50 pm

New York - Another plunge in the biotechnology sector led stock indexes down Thursday, as Biogen Idec, Gilead Sciences and other biotech companies extended a recent slump. EBay fell after Carl Icahn abandoned an effort to shake up the...

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BofA paying $772M for misleading credit card extras

 April 10, 2014; Updated: 11:56 pm

Washington - Bank of America Corp. is paying $772 million in fines and refunds to settle regulators' accusations that it misled customers who bought extra credit-card products and illegally charged others for credit monitoring and...

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CVS goes cold turkey; may pressure rivals

 April 10, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

It has long been gospel among retailers that tobacco pulls so much business into stores, with smokers also picking up water, gum or a bag of chips, that dumping it would be a sales killer.

However, with pressure from anti-smoking forces...

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Cheating scandal leads poker tournament to high-tech chips

 April 9, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Atlantic City, N.J. - A cheating scandal at a casino poker tournament has led to new security measures, including chips that are more intricate, have more colors and include an authentication element that can be checked under ultraviolet...

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American, US Airways tweak fees, mileage rules

 April 9, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

If you use miles to get a free ticket on American Airlines, you may have to pay to check your suitcase.

American and US Airways announced changes Tuesday to their policies on checked-bag fees and redeeming miles for free flights.

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Research: More moms staying home

 April 9, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

New York - More women are staying at home full time to raise their children, according to a new Pew Research Center report released Tuesday.

Factors cited by Pew to explain the increase include more immigrant mothers, who tend to...

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U.S. employers advertised more open jobs in February

 April 9, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Washington - U.S. employers posted more job openings in February, a sign that hiring will likely improve in the months ahead.

The Labor Department said Tuesday that employers advertised 4.2 million job openings, up 7.7 percent from...

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Atlantic City casino profits plunge 35%

 April 8, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Atlantic City, N.J. - Not even a boost from Internet gambling money and the comparison with an extremely slow period after Superstorm Sandy could prevent Atlantic City's casinos from seeing a big decline in their earnings in...

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Late air flights are up, complaints down

 April 8, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Dallas - A big drop in customer complaints helped U.S. airlines post their best ratings ever even though more flights were late and more bags were mishandled, according to a report released Monday by university...

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Investing? It's elementary

 April 8, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

N.D. sixth graders beat college business majors in stocks competition

Fargo, N.D. - A class of sixth-graders from North Dakota has schooled some of the best college business students in the country on...

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