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American tries to learn from United's mistakes after video of employee-passenger confrontation goes viral

American Airlines said it has grounded the flight attendant who got into a verbal confrontation with a passenger on Friday. The move, experts said, signifies a trend of airlines to deescalate tense situations during air travel after United's incident. 

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Building resilient rural livelihoods is key to helping Yemen

Yemen is facing the risk of large-scale famine. To lessen the damage, immediate support – mainly in agriculture and fishing – must be an integral part of the humanitarian response, says a UN expert.

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When climate change was part of the farm bill

Climate change wasn't always the political hot potato it is today. 

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GM closes up shop in Venezuela after government seizes its factory

General Motors said on Thursday that it has withdrawn its operations in the South American country after local authorities illegally seized its factory, a move that experts say could have deeper implications on the relationship between the two countries. 

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How long should you keep your tax records?

Your tax work isn't done once you file your return. 

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Fox News cuts ties with Bill O'Reilly

The conservative news network has decided to part ways with the star cable news host over sexual harassment allegations.

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Americans think their income-tax share is fair, according to polls

Congress may be headed toward passing a tax cut the public is not demanding.

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Netflix nears 100 million subscribers: Why that doesn't mean the end of cable TV

The expansion of Netflix is changing how audiences want to watch their favorite shows and movies. But it has also led to surprising partnerships between Netflix and cable and cellphone companies it once battled. 

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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer launches database on government spending

Mr. Ballmer was frustrated he couldn't find a single source on local, state, and federal spending. So he created his own site.

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Most American pay their taxes. So why do so many think others are cheating? (+video)

Most Americans pay their taxes and feel pride in doing so, yet they continue to believe that about a third of US adults skip out on their civic duty. 

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VW releases $2 billion settlement plan for electrifying America

The first of four phases of Volkswagen's national plan – part of its settlement in the diesel emissions case – has been issued. Now, the public can review it and offer input.

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Tax Day: Seven alternative ways to pay your taxes

Most payments come in the form of a paper check or a withdrawal directly from a bank account, but those aren't the only ways to pay the tax man. 

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More young Americans want moms to stay home. What's behind that?

In the past 20 years, high school seniors have moved toward the view that it's ideal if mothers can stay home with children – even though those seniors also support gender equality in the workplace.

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Are you financially healthy?

Just as physical health is a combination of behavior, genes, and access to good medical care, financial health is a result of personal decisions and abilities, the economy and access to good, unbiased financial services and advice.

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Trump comments trigger dollar to slide in sharpest drop since June 2016

The US dollar and Treasury yields slid on Thursday and were on track for their biggest weekly declines this year after President Trump said the currency was too strong.

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United to compensate people on flight when man dragged off

A Chicago city council committee will be holding a hearing on the incident, while the passenger has asked the airline and the city to preserve evidence in the case -- often the first steps towards a lawsuit.

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Millennial homebuyers, faced with a tight market and heavy debt, still forge ahead

More Millennials are diving into the homeownership market as the economy stabilizes. However, with low inventory and rising prices, they will face intense competition this year in the housing market. 

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Why United Airlines fiasco resonated with so many

Some people saw implicit racism. Some were outraged at the lack of humanity and fairness. But the video of a passenger being forcibly removed also speaks to the boiling frustration many Americans have toward the corporate class.

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Could an activist investor save Whole Foods?

Jana Partners seeks to give the organic grocery chain's operations and management a much-needed shakeup.

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'Food deserts' sprout groceries that nourish people – and communities

A twist: Experts find that adding supermarkets to bring fresh foods to low-income urban neighborhoods aren't a panacea for obesity. But it's progress all the same.

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