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The activist nun reforming profit-prisons

Some of America's most controversial companies -- for profit prisons -- have unlikely owners: nuns.

Mercy Investment Services Inc. is the investment fund for the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, an international religious order.

The fund...

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Pebble Time Kickstarter project raised $20.3 million

During its monthlong crowdfunding campaign, which ended 10 p.m. ET Friday, Pebble Time shattered two Kickstarter records -- fastest project to raise $1 million (49 minutes) and most raised ($20.3 million).

Ellen Pao

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It's official: Kleiner Perkins wins gender bias case

Now, it's official: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers did not discriminate against a former female partner.

But it took a strange turn of events to get to this outcome in a case that has riveted Silicon Valley for weeks.

At issue in the case: Did Kleine...

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Would pilotless planes make sense?

Would you be willing to fly on a plane with no pilot?

First US penny

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First US penny sold for $1.2 million

The first U.S. penny is 223 years old, and is also worth a lot more than one cent.

Ruth Porat

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Google's new CFO and her $70 million pay package

Google snagged a star to be its new chief financial officer, and will pay her like one. Ruth Porat, formerly the CFO of Morgan Stanley, received a $70 million-plus cash and stock deal from Google.

Lufthansa planes

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Lufthansa will now keep 2 crew members in cockpits

Lufthansa was forced to introduce new rules on keeping two crew members in the cockpit at all times after its Germanwings flight crash killed 150 people on Tuesday.

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

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And the world's busiest airport is ...

The birthplace of Coca-Cola, "Gone with the Wind" and Martin Luther King Jr. is still home to the busiest passenger airport in the world.

Payday lenders

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The big profits of payday lenders may be over

About 12 million Americans take out payday loans every year. It's a big -- and controversial -- business.

Wall Street

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Bad news: Stocks likely to fall further

Corporate earnings for the first quarter are probably going to stink like a giant pile of dirty laundry in a teenager's bedroom.

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