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An overlooked water resource

'Green water,' or water absorbed by soil and plants and then released back into the air, makes up 61.1 percent of all precipitation, and it's underutilized. 

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How immigration helps the US economy: Report

Researchers found little evidence that immigration significantly affects the overall employment levels of native-born workers.

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Five tips for avoiding online shopping scams

While shopping online is convenient, it can also make you an easy mark for scammers.

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Tesla sues Michigan for the right to sell cars. The end of franchise laws?

If Tesla makes its case successfully, it could have implications far beyond the borders of the Wolverine State.

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This is the most affordable time of year to buy a home

NerdWallet analyzed the past two years’ worth of listings and found that home sale prices — the amount a buyer actually pays — in the nation’s largest metro areas typically peak during the summer, dip in the fall and are lowest in winter.

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Black Friday 2016 smartphone predictions: Flagship Androids are finally affordable

If you're in the market for a new smartphone this holiday season, then Black Friday and the weeks after can be a boon.

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Are global oil prices set to start rising?

The shale boom may have insulated the global market from dramatic rises in oil prices, and given the US greater independence. That isn't without its drawbacks.

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Who will buy Twitter?

The struggling social media site is reportedly in talks with several suitors, including Google's parent company Alphabet and Salesforce.

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McDonald's makes changes to all-day breakfast

Consumers now will be able to order the whole McDonald's breakfast menu—muffin, biscuit and McGriddle sandwiches—all day.

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Starwood and Marriott are merging. What does it mean for your loyalty points?

Starwood's loyalty program is much loved by its members, and many people in the travel world are worried about what this merger might mean for this very popular program.

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How the Obama administration wants to regulate self-driving cars

The Obama administration has finally outlined its plans for legislating self-driving cars, a strong indication that automated vehicles will proliferate the highways of tomorrow.

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When should you claim Social Security benefits? How to decide.

Since Social Security represents about 39 percent of the income for the elderly population, understanding the benefit-claiming options is important in an overall retirement plan.

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How to save for college without skimping on retirement

There’s no reason you can’t put the bulk of your efforts into retirement while still taking steps — small as they may be — to build a pot of money for college, too. Here’s how to do that.

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What to expect from Target's 2016 Black Friday sale

Target likes to offer early access to its doorbusters, as well as in-store only deals on Black Friday itself.

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Key financial considerations for people who live alone

Regardless of your age or relationship status, living alone has financial implications. Here are some important considerations for your solo financial life.

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Is it worth paying interest to earn credit-card rewards?

Many readers frequently ask whether one can earn enough reward points to nullify the negative effects of interest charges. While technically the answer is 'yes,' it's not something that should be done. In most cases, you will end up losing money.

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An end to all disease? Zuckerberg, Chan pledge $3 billion to ambitious cause.

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan hope their investment will help shift the bulk of health care funding from treatment to cures and prevention.

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Trump’s childcare tax breaks would benefit families who need them least

Donald Trump has proposed a new childcare plan, which is a revised version of an idea he introduced in August that mostly benefits high-income families. 

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Lyft will have self-driving cars in five years. Will Chevy Bolt have starring role?

While GM continues to prepare the Bolt EV for launch, its allied ride-sharing service Lyft announced that it will have self-driving cars within five years.

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You probably don't need to worry about estate taxes

Many people cite avoiding estate tax as a top priority in their financial plan. But in reality, very few people accumulate enough wealth to make it an issue.

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