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Why It’s Better to Be Apple Than AT&T

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) put out its earnings the same day that AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) did. Among the contrasts between the two are how great it is to be ...
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An iPhone for Nearly Everyone in Iran

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) sold 74.5 million iPhones as part of a quarter that has been described as the largest for any company based on net income in the history of ...
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Unemployment Near 7% in 8 States

National nonfarm payroll unemployment rate fell to 5.6% in December, as the nation added 252,000 jobs. However, some portions of the nation, geographically, have been left behind as their jobless rates have held ...
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GM Sales Expected to Surge in January

The astonishing recalls that General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) had last year do not appear to have hurt sales this month. GM is expected to have a large increase in ...
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Tencent Most Valuable Chinese Brand at $66 Billion

Chinese brand value has come of age as huge message company Tencent, a glorified instant messaging service, posted a brand value of $66 billion. Tencent is part of a Chinese holding ...
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Over 7 Million People Who Suffered Foreclosures Could Return to Housing Market

About 7.3 million people who owned a home that went through foreclosure in the housing market collapses could potentially be back in the real estate market within eight years. (These people are known ...
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Small Businesses to Lift Hiring

Economists often say that small businesses employ half of all Americans. If so, the prospects of people who work at or want jobs at these companies has improved. That is a ...
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American Obesity Rate Tops 27%

Heart disease, obesity and diabetes have become epidemics in America. Those trends should not improve soon, as obesity levels hit 27.7% last year. The drag on the American health industry ...
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Rivers in the Sky May Help US Drought

NOAA researchers have found "rivers in the sky" that carry more water than the Amazon or Mississippi. These could be a critical factor in bringing water to the drought-damaged West. ...
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North Dakota 2.7% Unemployment Will Soar

No state has a lower unemployment rate than North Dakota, where it is 2.7%. No state is at a greater risk to have its unemployment rate soar. Low oil prices get the blame. ...
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Union Membership Keeps Falling — BLS Data Summary

Looking back over the past several years, it seems the union movement has shriveled, both in size and influence. Federal government data show that to be true. Union membership has ...
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McDonald’s Still King of High-Calorie, High-Fat Food

Part of the McDonald's Corp. (NYSE: MCD) turnaround is supposed to be an altered menu, which also is supposed to have more healthy food choices. However, the core of the ...
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Are McDonald’s 38,000 Locations Too Many?

Based on measures by the month, quarter or year, McDonald's Corp. (NYSE: MCD) revenue is falling. Yet it continues to have more than 38,000 locations. With menu and customer problems, that ...
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Can Cadillac Get New Dealers to Boost Sales?

General Motors Co.'s (NYSE: GM) Cadillac division believes it can upgrade its dealer network and that will help sales. The plan's description still does not say whether there is much demand ...
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BMW and Volkswagen Electric Vehicle Plans Take Step Backward

BMW and Volkswagen said they would help build more electric vehicle charging stations to support the new wave of demand for these types of cars. The plan was announced with great ...
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