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How organic farming is helping black farmers come back to the land

Black-owned farmland is experiencing a resurgence. Organic and sustainable farming are methods driving that change, but persistent obstacles remain a burden to those trying to break into new markets.

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Lockheed CEO pledges to cut cost of F-35, create 1,800 jobs

On Friday the CEO of Lockheed Martin announced the company's intention to lower the cost of the F-35 Lighting aircraft and to create 1,800 jobs in Texas.

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Ringling Bros. shuts down: Is this the end of an entertainment era? (+video)

'The Greatest Show on Earth' announced that the circus will perform for the last time in May, bringing more than a century of entertainment to a close.

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Here's what it will cost to charge Tesla cars at company's Supercharger stations?

Tesla said in November that it would end free unlimited use of its Supercharger DC fast-charging stations. Now the company is offering more details on Supercharger pricing.

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Why January Is the best time to buy a home

While winter homebuyers generally encounter lower inventory, they have the advantage of less competition.

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Fiat Chrysler latest target of investigation over alleged emissions cheating

The carmaker faces a criminal investigation over the Environmental Protection Agency's claim that diesel engines in Jeep Grand Cherokees and Ram 1500 pickups violated the Clean Air Act. 

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How laddering your certificates of deposit could pay off

By dividing your funds into several CDs of staggered lengths, as opposed to a single long-term CD, you ensure that a portion of your investment becomes accessible on a regular basis, either to use or to reinvest.

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Here's why it pays off to max out your annual IRA contribution in January

According to estimates from robo-advisor Betterment, people who make early annual contributions to their retirement accounts end up with almost a third more in savings after 10 years.

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US retail sales jumped during the holidays, after a rocky election season

US retail sales increased 4 percent in November and December, compared to 2015, totaling $658.3 billion and topping a forecast of 3.6 percent. 

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Will pickup owners ever trade in their trucks for more efficient cars?

Car manufacturers want the EPA to hold off in its push to increase fuel economy standards. But consumers' changing expectations may not give them much of a choice.

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SpiceJet buys 100 narrow-body planes: The future of air travel in India?

A decade ago, ultra-large aircraft were seen as the future of air travel. But now, a budget airline in one of the world's fastest-growing markets sees a more streamlined future.

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Is Amazon's exclusive Prime credit card a good deal?

The new card rewards its cardmembers as much as five percent on any purchases from its website. 

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Study: Millennials really are making less than their parents did

Despite parents' hopes for better futures for their children, Millennial children are struggling to make ends meet with 20 percent less income than their parents had at the same age.

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Do Millennials have a financial lesson for their elders?

Sixty percent of Americans have less than $500 dollars in savings to cover unexpected expenses, according to a new survey from consumer financial services company Bankrate. But one generation is notably better prepared.

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5 ways to book cheaper flights

One thing you can do is travel during less busy times, whether that's early in the morning, on a Tuesday, or during vacation off-season.

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Record-breaking Takata airbag recall expands again

Takata recalls pushed well over the 1-million mark, with 816,000 Ford, Lincoln, Mercury vehicles added.

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3 ways to keep your credit score from becoming a casualty of your divorce

Going through a divorce is stressful enough without having to worry about how it could affect your credit. But it does. Understand three common risks and how to protect yourself to end up in a better financial position.

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As legacy retailers make deep cuts, Amazon promises 100,000 jobs by mid-2018

Within a week of dismal sales and major cuts announced by retailers including Macy's and Sears, Amazon says it's growing in a big way.

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EPA questions Fiat Chrysler’s diesels: A repeat of the VW scandal?

The EPA is investigating whether Fiat Chrysler used 'defeat devices' to trick emissions tests for its vehicles, similar to those used on approximately 580,000 Volkswagen cars sold in the US.

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The San Diego Chargers are moving back to L.A. Is being a ‘major league’ city worth it?

The economic benefits of sports franchises are usually exaggerated. But some cities love them anyway.

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