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Economic conditions poll

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Poll: Percentage who say economy's 'good' on the rise

Most Americans still say that the economy's in poor shape. But the percentage who describe economic conditions as good continue to slowly but steadily increase, and now stands at its highest level since before the last recession, according to a new national survey.

Family vacation roadtrip

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Start-ups can sometimes spur employee perks

How does this sound? On top of your regular two weeks of paid vacation plus holidays, your employer lets you take as much summer vacation as you like, and pays you for all but one-quarter of the time.

college, diploma, hat

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Students, parents borrowing less to pay for college

While college costs and student loan bills have soared over the past decade, some students and their families are finding ways to spend (and borrow) less.

Corn affected by drought

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Drought leads to high prices, low lakes

Just how bad is the drought in California? It's so bad, that in some extreme cases, thieves are stealing water.

A father and daughter living off a water tank in the Central Valley report being ripped off eight times -- 2,500 gallons disappeared. That ...

Floor of NYSE

Dow plunges 317 points, now down for year

The best thing we can say about Thursday's stock market trading is that it is now over. The Dow fell 317 points, erasing all of its gains for the year.

Brian Cornell

From Target

Target taps Walmart veteran to lead comeback

Target's effort to recover from its recent security problems will be headed by a former Walmart executive.

Money falling from the sky

Women on US currency? 'A pretty good idea,' says Obama

Move over, George Washington. Eleanor Roosevelt might be taking your spot on the $1 bill.

Tesla proposed 'Gigafactory'

From Tesla Motors

Tesla's new battery teammate: Panasonic

Tesla has found a partner for its plan to mass produce batteries for electric vehicles: Panasonic.

Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

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No deal: Argentina in default as talks fail

Argentina has defaulted for the second time in 13 years after officials failed to come to an agreement with the country's bondholders.

After frantic last minute talks failed to produce a deal late Wednesday, Standard & Poor's deemed the country to be ...

Elderly senior looking at bill

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Protection agencies: 5 'worst' consumer complaints

An annual survey of 40 local and state consumer protection agencies that were asked to single out the most common and outrageous complaints they have received over the past year.

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