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Last Build Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:24:00 -0400

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Buick Up, Honda And Subaru Down, Says Consumer Reports

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:24:00 -0400

Consumer Reports has released its Annual Reliability Survey. Lexus and Toyota are the top two, followed by Buick. The company ranks car brands based on a survey of more than a half-million car owners.

Rates Rise Again For Obamacare Health Plans, But So Do Subsidies

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:01:00 -0400

The premiums on benchmark plans are increasing by an average of 22 percent in 2017, the government says, but more than 70 percent of people can get one for less than $75 a month after subsidies.

AT&T-Time Warner Merger Raises Concerns Over CNN's Independence

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:28:00 -0400

CNN's profitability makes it an attractive part of the Time Warner portfolio that AT&T struck a deal to acquire over the weekend. Concerns have been raised about whether the deal could compromise CNN's independence.

Presidential Campaigns Blast AT&T-Time Warner Merger

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:25:00 -0400

Donald Trump said it put "too much concentration of power in the hands of too few" and Tim Kaine called for "less concentration, especially in the media."

Presidential Campaigns Spend $40 Per Vote In 1 Arizona County

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:03:00 -0400

Nothing has been normal about this presidential election — including ad spending. Donald Trump early on spent no money. Now he and Hillary Clinton have been targeting some unusual places.

AT&T-Time Warner Proposed Merger Is Compared To Comcast Deal

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:03:00 -0400

The AT&T-Time Warner merger proposal is reminiscent of the massive joining of Comcast and NBC Universal five years ago. Analysts say the Comcast deal remains controversial.

Waste, Families Left Behind As Nuclear Plants Close

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:36:00 -0400

The Fort Calhoun nuclear plant in Nebraska shuts down Monday, 17 years ahead of schedule. It is just the latest U.S. nuclear plant to close because it can't compete with other cheaper energy.

The Next Generation Of Local, Low-Power FM Stations Expands In Urban Areas

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400

The next wave of low power FM stations is coming on the air. Initially restricted to rural areas because of interference concerns, nearly 2,000 new stations have been approved — many in urban areas.

AT&T To Acquire Media Giant Time Warner For More Than $85 Billion

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400

AT&T and Time Warner agreed Saturday to an $85 billion merger that, if approved by federal regulators, would create a mammoth media and telecommunications company.

Small Business Owners Face Pressures Of Minimum Wage Bumps In Big Cities

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400

Minimum wages are on their way to $15 an hour in New York and California. Workers look forward to the bump. But some small businesses are bracing for a hit to their bottom line.

With More Big-Box Stores In Reach, Are Commissaries Still Needed?

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400

This year the U.S. military spent $1.4 billion to run nearly 240 stores that provide discount groceries to troops. Next year, the Department of Defense wants to cut $200 million from the subsidy.

TIMELINE: AT&T's Merger With Time Warner Follows Decades Of Industry Deals

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 21:39:00 -0400

The $85.4-billion merger of a telecom and a media giants is the latest in the web of consolidation, spurned offers and spin-offs that are increasingly interlinking the two industries.

AT&T To Buy Time Warner For $85 Billion

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:11:00 -0400

It emerged Saturday that AT&T is set to buy Time Warner for about $85 billion. If approved by federal regulators, the merger would create a mammoth media and telecommunications company.

AT&T Reaches Deal To Buy Time Warner For More Than $85 Billion

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 14:48:00 -0400

AT&T has agreed to terms with Time Warner to buy the media giant. "This is a perfect match of two companies with complementary strengths," AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson announced.

U.S. Parents Are Sweating And Hustling To Pay For Child Care

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:09:00 -0400

Kids may be little. But the cost of paying for someone to take care of them is really big. Stressed-out parents are pinching pennies, driving for Uber and putting off saving and having more kids.