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I caught a plane by accident: Inventive sick day excuses

The challenge for playing hooky is always coming up with a credible excuse. But according to a survey for the online career site Careerbuilder.com, while honesty may be lacking, inventiveness is not.

Warren Buffett

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Buffett lost $2 billion, but there's good news

The bad news for Warren Buffett: Two of his firm's largest investments have lost the company $2.3 billion this week.

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FCC calls timeout on Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

Those waiting for a Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger -- and possibly improved cable service in cities like New York City and Los Angeles -- are going to have to hold out a bit longer.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen

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Paul Allen pledges $100 million to fight Ebola

Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder, has increased his commitment in the fight against Ebola to $100 million on Thursday.

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After 6 months of recall costs, GM making money again

General Motors is back making money again, after six months in which recall costs essentially wiped out its profit.

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Toys R Us puts 'Breaking' figures on 'sabbatical'

"Breaking Bad's" drug-dealing chemistry teacher Walter White will have to stop making the sale at Toys R Us.

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You can put up to $18,000 in your 401(k) next year

Super savers and rich people will be able to put even more money in their 401(k)s next year.

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Refinancing your mortgage? Opportunity knocks

Homeowners seeking to save some money on mortgage payments can celebrate: The average rate for 15-year, fixed-rate mortgages, one of the most popular refinance products, has dipped to its lowest level since June 2013.

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This Halloween costume costs $1.6 million

What does a million-dollar Halloween costume look like? Hint: It gives new meaning to the phrase "dripping with diamonds."

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