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Indiana governor signs Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Indiana governor signs Religious Freedom Restoration Act

The measure has been criticized by gay rights groups as a “license to discriminate.”

Why investors like AOL co-founder Steve Case are betting big on food

Why investors like AOL co-founder Steve Case are betting big on food

The food industry’s huge opportunities for disruption are now attracting one of tech’s biggest names.

Washington’s most prophetic economy watchers

Washington’s most prophetic economy watchers

Last year, we asked local economists for their 2014 predictions. Here’s who had the best crystal ball.

A surprising cost to posting negative reviews

A surprising cost to posting negative reviews

Some businesses are suing individuals for poor online reviews, citing defamation.

Mortgage rates fall as Treasury yields decline

Mortgage rates fall as Treasury yields decline

The 30-year fixed-rate sinks to its lowest level since mid-February, dropping to 3.69 percent.

Main Street Morning: Apple Store pranksters

Main Street Morning: Apple Store pranksters

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

Columnists

Michelle Singletary

Michelle Singletary

Handling a heart-stopping letter from the IRS

Take a deep breath, read through the notice carefully, then prepare to wait to talk to a live person at the agency.

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

Kids’ playing time comes with a price tag

Koa Sports’ board of directors includes prominent local names. The goal of the league’s programs, which can run as high as $1,200 per player, is to put fun ahead of everything else.

Market News

US stocks fall for a 4th straight day; price of oil surges

US stocks fall for a 4th straight day; price of oil surges

A see-saw day for U.S. stocks ended with slight losses on Thursday, giving the market its fourth drop in a row.

Wonkblog

In surprise show of support, filibuster-proof Senate majority backs paid sick leave

In surprise show of support, filibuster-proof Senate majority backs paid sick leave

If passed, the Healthy Families Act would be the first meaningful expansion of federal time-off requirements since 1993.

On Leadership

Only one elected U.S. official makes this year’s ‘world’s greatest leaders’ list

Only one elected U.S. official makes this year’s ‘world’s greatest leaders’ list

There’s a serious and alarming lack of leadership in elected office today, and this list is just another reminder.

Yet another advantage to having more women on boards

Yet another advantage to having more women on boards

Boards with higher numbers of women tend to ask for more top-ranked advice, a new study finds.

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Get There

The case for not paying off your mortgage by retirement

The case for not paying off your mortgage by retirement

Being debt free doesn’t beat having cash in the bank, one financial adviser argues.

Some TurboTax customers had refunds stolen after they filed

Some TurboTax customers had refunds stolen after they filed

All of the customers had elected to have their filing fees pulled from their refunds

The Switch

The vicious funding cycle that makes it hard for women to compete in tech

The vicious funding cycle that makes it hard for women to compete in tech

As explained by Ellen Pao’s ex-boss.

How Periscope is already helping politicians kill the press conference

How Periscope is already helping politicians kill the press conference

Lawmakers are already testing out Twitter’s new tool that lets you livestream your own video feed.

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