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Q&A: A French economist's grim view of wealth gap

If you'd like to live in Downton Abbey, the good news is that our economy has entered a second Gilded Age of opulence and elegance. The bad news is that you'll likely end up among the vast majority stuck sweating in the kitchen.

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Tech Tips: Add 2nd layer of protection online

If the Heartbleed security threat teaches us anything, it's that passwords don't offer total protection.

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Sales of new US homes plunge 14.5 percent in March

The number of Americans buying new homes plummeted in March to the slowest pace in eight months, a sign that real estate's spring buying season is off to a weak start.

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Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock

Apple plans to buy back an additional $30 billion of its stock, raise its quarterly dividend by 8 percent and split its stock for the first time in nine years.

US stocks edge lower after a six-day rise

Stocks edged mostly lower Wednesday, breaking a six-day winning streak, as investors reacted to another round of quarterly earnings reports from U.S. companies.

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Investor pressure pushing drugmaker M&A deals

Drugmakers eager to satisfy shareholders by boosting profits and share prices are wheeling, dealing and in one case even making trades like a pro sports team looking to shake up its roster. The moves could spur more mergers and acquisitions in the industry.

Feds investigating brakes on Chevrolet Impala

Federal regulators are investigating the 2014 Chevrolet Impala after a driver reported that the emergency braking system activated multiple times without warning.

Southern Oregon farmers divided on GMO bans

Southern Oregon farmers are choosing sides in a pair of local campaigns to ban genetically modified crops.

North Dakota tribes' oil output rivals US states

Oil production on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota has become so large that it would rank among the top 10 oil producing states in the nation, a tribal leader said Tuesday.

Oil companies fight ND plan to slow production

The North Dakota Industrial Commission is considering a proposal that would cut back on the state's booming oil production as a means of controlling the amount of natural gas that's being burned off at well sites and wasted as a byproduct of the more valuable substance, oil.

Drug firm exec gets 16 months in inside-trade case

A former pharmaceutical executive has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for his role in an insider trading scheme.

US says average airfares rising slowly; $381 in 4Q

The average price of an airline ticket for travel within the U.S. rose by just $1 last year, although prices are still modestly higher than they were five years ago.

EPA scales back biofuel mandate to reflect reality

The Obama administration is significantly reducing the amount of cellulosic biofuels refiners will have to prove they blended into gasoline last year, acknowledging that the market lagged far behind government projections.

Oil slips to $102 as US crude supplies seen rising

The price of oil fell 2 percent to settle just above $102 a barrel Tuesday as investors weighed expectations of rising U.S. crude stockpiles against tensions in Ukraine.

Thawing out: Warmer temperatures lift US economy

Spring’s thaw is reviving the economy, too. A recent batch of government and business reports show a U.S. economy emerging from winter’s deep freeze.

Earnings and corporate deals lift US stocks

Corporate deals and some solid earnings reports propelled the stock market to its sixth straight gain Tuesday.

JetBlue pilots vote for first time to unionize

The National Mediation Board said Tuesday that pilots at JetBlue Airways Corp. voted overwhelmingly to unionize, reversing two earlier votes.

Stocks log longest win streak in 6 months

The stock market logged its longest winning streak in six months Monday as another big week for company earnings began.

USDA sets up rural business investment program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday a new $150 million program designed to provide investment capital to help small agriculture-related business in rural areas with cash needed to expand.

Kraft recalls 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer wieners

Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese.

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