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    US home prices rise modestly

    US home prices rise modestly

    U.S. home prices rose at a steady pace in January, pushing prices up at a faster pace than wages and causing affordability problems in the housing market.

    Wiley Rein cuts a combined 48 attorneys and staff

    The reductions represent about 9 percent of the firm’s overall workforce.

    Main Street Morning: One Direction departure hits employers

    Main Street Morning: One Direction departure hits employers

    Our rundown of news affecting start-ups and small businesses.

    With real estate deals, D.C. Mayor pushes to “keep prosperity moving”

    With real estate deals, D.C. Mayor pushes to “keep prosperity moving”

    Muriel Bowser proposes redevelopment of six properties, plus programs for small businesses.

    China’s stock market sure looks like a bubble

    China’s stock market sure looks like a bubble

    China’s economy is slowing down, but its stocks are up more than anything else in the world the last nine months. What gives?

    US consumer spending edges up

    US consumer spending edges up

    U.S. consumers spent just slightly more in February even though their income rose by a healthy amount.

    Columnists

    Michelle Singletary

    Michelle Singletary

    The IRS’s automated tax notices can be a source of sleepless nights

    The agency’s formidable collection powers can strike fear into the hearts of taxpayers, but mistakes do occur.

    Barry Ritholtz

    Barry Ritholtz

    Ritholtz: Admitting my 2014 mistakes

    If a columnist writes about other people’s financial errors, he has to admit his own. Mea culpa.

    Allan Sloan

    Allan Sloan

    The Dow we know and love, but don’t really use

    Despite is high profile, the famous stock average isn’t useful as an investment tool.

    Thomas Heath

    Thomas Heath

    Family-owned Capital Meat carves a beefy niche with customized cuts

    After 75 years in the meat business, the Alafoginis family’s legacy is as full-bodied as its dry-aged beef.

    Market News

    Upbeat European data prompts stock market turnaround

    Upbeat European data prompts stock market turnaround

    European shares rebounded from early losses on Wednesday as a monthly survey showed factory output at a 10-month high in March. U.S. markets were poised for modest losses at the open after slightly weaker than anticipated U.S. jobs data.

    Wonkblog

    Presidential candidates need to own up to running, FEC chair says

    Simply denying that you are running for president doesn’t exempt you from campaign finance rules.

    Why comfort food tastes so good when you’re down

    Why comfort food tastes so good when you’re down

    Comfort foods are delicious, sure, but behind their appeal is also a much deeper truth you may not realize at all.

    Gap is finding out whether boosting the minimum wage really boosts business

    Gap is finding out whether boosting the minimum wage really boosts business

    With companies racing to increase their minimum wages, it’s not clear yet whether they’ll see a return on investment.

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    On Leadership

    Zappos is offering severance to those who don’t like its ‘no bosses’ approach

    Zappos is offering severance to those who don’t like its ‘no bosses’ approach

    ON LEADERSHIP | The company is gently showing the door to workers who dislike the lack of hierarchy.

    Testing, testing. Who’s happy at work?

    Testing, testing. Who’s happy at work?

    At Google, Laszlo Bock’s team has examined questions like: What’s the ideal number of interviewers needed to assess a job candidate?

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    Get There

    Good news: Millennials are savers after all

    Good news: Millennials are savers after all

    Even if they don’t save very much.

    A revolt is growing as more people refuse to pay back student loans

    A revolt is growing as more people refuse to pay back student loans

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will meet with a group of Corinthian Colleges students who refuse to repay their federal loans.

    The Switch

    PSA: There’s a ‘Pac-Man’ mode on Google Maps. Go play. Right. Now.

    PSA: There’s a ‘Pac-Man’ mode on Google Maps. Go play. Right. Now.

    Hope you’ve done all of your work for the day.

    Facebook’s “Empathy Lab”: How Facebook designs for disabled users

    Facebook’s “Empathy Lab”: How Facebook designs for disabled users

    Facebook is releasing its tenets for how it makes the social network accessible to all users -- regardless of physical ability.

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