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The sweltering heat wave that's sweeping across the Northeast, Midwest, and Southeast U.S. is expected to scorch the sales of many retailers. This concern comes just as retailers are reporting uneven results for June.
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Europe's leaders have a simple explanation for the current financial crisis on their continent: greedy Wall Street hedge funds caused it.
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The Canadian Red Cross says it is still stuck in emergency mode in Haiti – almost six months after the earthquake. It says longer-term recovery operations have been delayed by a shortage of space and an unstable political climate.
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The show comes with a title befitting Election Day or something equally presidential: "The Decision." It will be preceded by three hours of Super Bowl-style hype and followed by two hours of post-decision analysis.
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Career
If you're unemployed the next career step is obvious – get a job. There may be questions about exactly what job, do you go for a career change, or how much time can you take off. But directionally, you know where you're headed.
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Millennials – according to a recent Pew Research Center survey that surveyed 2,020 older adults and Millennials in January on their political and social values, lifestyle, digital technology, and social media habits – are on track to become one of the most educated generations in America's history.
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Education
A lot of interns will end the summer without a job offer, but they shouldn't lose hope: Here are ways to breathe new life into a stalled job search.
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Thousands of students are preparing to attend historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in August. But some of those students are on the receiving end of blows of ire from friends and family for choosing an HBCU.
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International
At first glance, all would seem well in the International Monetary Fund's latest global forecast. It thinks the world will grow a bit faster this year than it thought in April: by 4.6%, instead of 4.2%.
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As public outrage over Wall Street bonuses fades a bit in the U.S., the European Parliament on Wednesday approved tough new rules that limit bankers' bonuses and align compensation with long-term financial performance.
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Conference Job Match connects corporations with talented MBAs attending the National Black MBA Association's 32nd Annual Conference & Exposition Sept. 21-25 in Los Angeles. Not registered? Register now and take advantage of job searching and résumé posting through Conference Job Match – as well as the top level educational sessions, speakers, career and networking opportunities at the NBMBAA Annual Conference & Exposition.
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Up to six people will have five minutes each to sell their business idea to a mixed panel of venture capitalists, academic instructors and successful entrepreneurs at the NBMBAA 32nd Annual Conference & Exposition Sept. 21-25 in Los Angeles. The catch? You use only a whiteboard and marker. But your genius idea can win you $10,000! Sign up today! Registration ends July 15!
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Technology
As a public service, I'm offering a handy clip-'n'-save guide to the social networking services you're most likely to hear about at this summer's barbecues. (Warning: This is an extremely basic overview. If you're already someone who, you know, tweets, this will all seem like old news. But it's not intended for you.)
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Two partners, the Independent Film Channel (IFC) and the Huffington Post, announced the release of Foursquare location layers today. It's a new feature from Foursquare that could turn out very cool and useful, or ravaged by disingenuous ads.
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Entrepreneurship
In 2006, NBA star LeBron James launched a marketing company, LRMR Innovative Marketing & Branding, and tapped Maverick Carter, a former high school teammate who was then just 24, to run it. Carter talks about managing the brand that is LeBron.
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As a business owner and entrepreneur, you're probably pretty savvy when it comes to negotiating credit terms with banks and vendors. Consumer credit is a whole different game, however.
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The Economy
Americans didn't go on many shopping sprees in June, resulting in sluggish sales for many retailers. It often took deeply discounted clothing to get shoppers to spend – and then only if they needed it.
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The talk about the economy in recent weeks has been somewhat deflating. There's the ongoing crisis in Europe, disappointing jobs numbers, a falling stock market – and the prospect of deflation itself.
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Personal Finance
Since federal aid expired, more than 1 million people have lost benefits. The U.S. Labor Department estimates that another 1.7 million lost benefits July 3, and a total of more than 3 million could lose benefits by the end of July if an extension isn't passed.
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Beating the heat this summer is an expensive proposition as temperatures soar into the triple digits in some parts of the U.S. Here's how to stay cool and keep electricity bills reasonable.
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Corporate America
Looking for skilled, low-cost labor? Forget about India and China. How about Jonesboro, Ark.? As the national unemployment rate hovers near 10%, some companies are starting to eye job-hungry areas of the country as prime candidates for the kind of outsourced work that once would have gone overseas.
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Government
For the last few years, California stood more or less unchallenged as a symbol of the fiscal collapse of states during the recession. Now Illinois has shouldered to the fore, as its dysfunctional political class refuses to pay the state's bills and refuses to take the painful steps – cuts and tax increases – to close a deficit of at least $12 billion, equal to nearly half the state's budget.
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Voters over 50 are leaning increasingly Republican, according to recent polling. That's a big problem for Democrats.
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Leadership
In the most unpredictable business conditions most managers have seen, it's harder than ever to plan for three months out – never mind a year. Despite the chaos, there are well-established tools that can be used to navigate a murky business environment.
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Lifestyle
More U.S. adults – particularly African Americans and Hispanics – are using smartphones to e-mail, network, surf, and send video, says Pew Research.
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New Yorkers Laura Jackson and Gary Zaremba met on a dating website in 2005. Two years later, Mr. Zaremba, a 52-year-old real-estate developer, popped the question. Ms. Jackson accepted. Then he popped another: "Will you sign a prenuptial agreement?"
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