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More than a third of Americans lack retirement savings

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Monday, August 18, 2014

TIME: A new survey found that 36% of Americans have not set aside any money for retirement.

 

Coca-Cola acquires major stake in Monster Beverage

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Reuters: The world's largest soda maker paid $2.15 billion in cash for a 16.7% stake in Monster Beverage Corp.

 

Panama Canal turns 100

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Friday, August 15, 2014

CBS: Today marks the centennial anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal, an engineering marvel that permanently changed world trade.

 

Cisco Systems Inc. to cut another 6,000 jobs

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Reuters: The network equipment maker said it plans to cut another 6,000 workers as it transitions towards a new cycle of high-end switches and routers.

 

U.S. consumer debt declines for the first time in a year

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Bloomberg: Household debt dropped 0.2%, or $18 billion, to $11.63 trillion from January through March 2014.

 

U.S. retails sales flat in July

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WSJ: Retail and food services sales were essentially unchanged last month from June.

 

CDC: Fewer unmarried women having children

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WebMD: Births outside of marriage accounted for 40.6% of all births in the United States in 2013, 7% lower than the peak in 2008.

 

White House recruits Google engineer to fix websites

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

NYT: Google's Mikey Dickerson will lead a new government team to identify and fix the government's failing computer systems and websites, like Healthcare.gov.

 

Robin Williams, beloved actor and comedian, dead at 63

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

LA Times: Robin Williams was found unresponsive at his home in Tiburon. The Marin County Sheriff's Office said he appeared to have committed suicide.

 

Kinder Morgan to consolidate empire

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Bloomberg: Billionaire Richard Kinder plans to consolidate his pipeline empire to strengthen it for growth as the U.S. shale drilling boom opens up.

 

Walmart to deliver primary care

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Forbes: The retail giant quietly launched a half-dozen primary clinics across South Carolina and Texas; it plans to open six more by January.

 

U.S. launches first strike again ISIS in Iraq

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Friday, August 08, 2014

CBSnews: The U.S. military unleashed one 500-pound laser-guided bomb dropped from American F/A-18 fighter jets on Friday.

 

IBM reveals chip simulating brain

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Friday, August 08, 2014

Popular Mechanics: The chip simulates the human brain in its processes, thus making it far better at certain tasks than traditional microchip designs.

 
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