Losing a job is always terrible. For workers over 50, it’s worse.

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New data from AARP shows that older workers stay unemployed longer, and their new jobs pay less.

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    US home prices rise modestly

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    Main Street Morning: One Direction departure hits employers

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

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    China’s stock market sure looks like a bubble

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    US consumer spending edges up

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    Tesla to unveil new product next month

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    Michelle Singletary

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    Barry Ritholtz

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    Allan Sloan

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    Thomas Heath

    Thomas Heath

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    US stocks slightly lower a day after big jump

    US stocks slightly lower a day after big jump

    U.S. stocks moved lower in early trading Tuesday, erasing some gains from the day before. Investors had their eye on the latest round of corporate deals and new data showing U.S. home prices rose modestly in January.

    Wonkblog

    A map tracks the northward migration of hummingbirds

    A map tracks the northward migration of hummingbirds

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    Politicians need to get over their squeamishness about needle exchange programs

    Politicians need to get over their squeamishness about needle exchange programs

    Needle exchanges are safe and effective. So why are they still banned in 24 states?

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    Businesses didn’t always boycott discriminatory laws

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    Testing, testing. Who’s happy at work?

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    What makes good government leaders

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    Good news: Millennials are savers after all

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

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    The Switch

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    Hillary Clinton also used an iPad for e-mails, undercutting her single-device defense

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    IBM’s making a new business unit just for the Internet of Things

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