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Last Build Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:29:00 GMT

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This important benchmark rate just spiked — are your loans next?

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:22:33 GMT

When the price of debt rises, Wall Street gets nervous about the economic repercussions.Traders Tommy Kalikas, left, and Greg Mulligan work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on April 23, 2018.

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Hula hooping and salsa making: What goes on at Pinterest's annual conference?

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:29:00 GMT

It's not about yarn. "Knitting" is Pinterest's core value: the idea that the best ideas come from a meeting of opposing viewpoints.On April 20, 2018, more than 1,000 Pinterest employees stepped away from their desktops for the company's fourth annual, "Knit Con," so-named because "knitting" — or being met with diverse viewpoints — is a core corporate value for the San Francisco-based tech company.In her day job, Dana Faataui is a member of the Pinterest human resources team. But for this year's Knit Con, the hula and Tahitian dancer led a class of her co-workers in hula.It's not every day that you can watch your tech company's general counsel lead a class in salsa making! Christine Flores took a break from legal matters to offer up tips on which peppers to add for certain degrees of spice to a tortilla chip crunching crowd of Pinterest employees. Flores is also the executive sponsor of the company's Latinx and Hispanic employee resource group "Todos Pincluidos."Pinterest software engineer Kim Toy (left) leads her fellow Pinterest employees in a lesson about making flower crowns and lapels out of colorful felt and hot glue.After attending Knit Con for the last two years, Pinterest product designer Cheryl Chepusova (not pictured) wanted to channel her passion for leatherworking by teaching a course in making monogrammed wallets. "It's very different from my day job," said Chepusova. "When I'm working, it's very precise, whereas this is very organic, a craft, with malleable fabric."Pinner Alejandra Ramos serves up her mixology expertise in her class "That's my jam" on hacking jam cocktails and desserts — with a healthy serving of tequila.Pinterest engineer Kathy Zhou leads colleagues in mixing, kneading, and even tossing pizza dough in her "On the rise" course at Knit Con.

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Comcast challenges Rupert Murdoch with rival bid for U.K.-based Sky

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:24:00 GMT

The cable giant is offering bidding about $31 billion for the European cable company

Alexa for kids? Amazon's newest device stirs up controversy

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:10:00 GMT

With kid-friendly content and parental controls, the device should help keep kids safer on the internet.Amazon boxes are stacked for delivery in New York.

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FDA cracks down on Juul sales to kids

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 01:17:03 GMT

Convenience stores warned about selling e-cigarettes to children under 18; eBay also urged to control listingsA Juul e-cigarette is pictured for sale at Fast Eddie's Smoke Shop in the Allston neighborhood of Boston on Nov. 15, 2017.

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Job-hopping is on the rise. Should you switch roles to make more money?

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:15:00 GMT

Think of job-hopping like aspirin. A little can be beneficial and healthy; too much can be really bad for you.Right now, job-hopping is on the rise because of the good economy and millennials who've grown up suspecting that there's no such thing as loyalty from employers anymore.

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Royal wedding mania means big bucks for media companies

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:11:00 GMT

Royal weddings, with their pomp and splendor, only come along every so often, and media companies are making sure they rake in every last dollar available.Prince Harry and \Meghan Markle sign autographs as they arrive at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales.

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Victims sued a Mideast bank for financing terror. Supreme Court said they can't.

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:50:00 GMT

In a 5-4 vote, the court refused to revive lawsuits that sought to hold Arab Bank responsible for attacks against foreign nationals in the Middle East.Israeli police and aid workers search the scene of a suicide bomb attack on Sept. 19, 2002 in Tel Aviv, Israel. At least five people were killed and dozens more were wounded in the attack.

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Amazon's newest service: delivering packages to your parked car

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:09:00 GMT

It's available immediately in 37 cities across the U.S.Amazon Key, the service that already enables in-home delivery and keyless guest access, now gives customers an option to receive deliveries inside their vehicle.

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Special Trump tax provision gives $17 billion break to millionaires, gov't report finds

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:30:00 GMT

The beneficiaries are those who claim the new "pass through" deduction of up to 20 percent in the Trump/GOP tax plan.President Donald Trump displays his signature on the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul plan on Dec. 22, 2017.

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Banning after-hours emails is more tricky than it seems

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:06:00 GMT

It sounds great, but what about companies with employees or clients in different time zones?

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Southwest cancels dozens of flights in wake of deadly midair explosion

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:38:00 GMT

On Monday, 128 flights were reported canceled, but the company did not detail why.A Southwest Airlines aircraft nears an airport over the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin, Texas, on April 22, 2018.

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Eat it or toss it: A guide to leftovers

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:26:00 GMT

By eating leftovers, you can easily cut down on food waste and save some cash. Here's how to do it safely.Leftovers are a great way to save money if you remember to eat them.

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Could 'constant calibration' be the key to work-life balance?

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:15:00 GMT

Letting go of 'work-life balance' helped this mom and executive shine at home and at work.Working mom Sima Sistani says there's no right way to commit to work and family.Sima Sistini, Founder and COO of Houseparty and mom of two

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'Accidental Americans' fight to stop double taxation

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:35:51 GMT

Born in the U.S., they might have never lived in the United States as adults but now they are required to pay back taxes — and claiming it's unfair.Fabien Lehagre, president of Accidental Americans Association, hopes French President Emmanuel Macron will raise the issue with U.S. officials on his visit to the country this week.Accountant Mojgan Chanipour gives advice to many "accidental Americans."

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Fighting pollution by saying 'no' to plastic straws

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 19:56:00 GMT

Environmental groups say reducing your straw use is an easy way to be more green.Environmentalists are targeting straws as a way to reduce the amount of plastic in our waterways.

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The travel industry marks Earth Day by cutting emissions, plastic — and prices

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 11:26:14 GMT

Just one hotel cutting out individual shampoo/conditioner bottles will divert 250 pounds of plastic per year from landfills.Second grader Harper Stiles puts his handprint on a mural with fellow students' prints during Earth Day activities at Adams Elementary School in Eugene, Ore., on April 20, 2018.

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The top safety mistakes we make when we fly, according to flight attendants

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 15:27:26 GMT

While the chances of being involved in a flight-related accident are low, these experts say it pays to listen to and follow the safety rules on every flight.The tendency to zone out during the safety instructions is one that Jan Ibarra, a former flight attendant and supervisor, has observed among countless passengers.

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Vice Media hit with lawsuit after employee is assaulted, terminated

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 04:01:58 GMT

After being sexually assaulted in the field, the employee was shunned from her workplace, the complaint alleges.Saher Shakir, who filed a lawsuit against Vice Media on Friday for causes including wrongful termination, whistleblower retaliation, and defamation.

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Growing like a weed? California marijuana market off to slow start

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:15:00 GMT

Sales at California dispensaries were just $339 million through February, a figure well below the state's expectations.A customer purchases marijuana at Harborside marijuana dispensary on Jan. 1, 2018 in Oakland, Calif.

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Wells Fargo hit with $1B fine for mortgage, auto lending abuses

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:45:00 GMT

It's the first fine that controversial CFPB head Mick Mulvaney has imposed since he took over the bureau in late November.

Trump hits out at OPEC as gas prices continue to climb

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:07:00 GMT

Gas prices nationwide have gone up 3 cents in just three days.A customer pumps gas on April 9 in Miami.

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As algorithms take over, YouTube's recommendations highlight a human problem

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:14:00 GMT

A supercomputer playing chess against your mind to get you to keep watching.Every day YouTube serves around one billion users who watch billions of hours of video.Within a few clicks, a search for "Saturn" and other science topics on YouTube lead to recommendations for clusters of conspiracy and propaganda videos.Chaslot's model found YouTube was recommending conspiracy videos at much higher rates than others for certain search terms.

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Trolls spread hateful fake Starbucks coupon for 'people of color only'

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:44:00 GMT

A meme machine of hate is behind several viral hoaxes.Starbucks has become the target of trolls after a racial-profiling incident at a Philadelphia store.

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Inside the government agency designing tech to fight fake news

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:46:00 GMT

The team that brought you driverless cars and Siri is now fighting a new kind of war on information.Parkland shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez is pictured ripping up a shooting range target, left. At right, a doctored photo circulated the Internet, depicting Gonzalez tearing apart the U.S. Constitution.

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