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    Commentary: Why Pentagon’s innovation strategy matters

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    Pfizer’s attempt to gobble up AstraZeneca is biggest turkey

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    Companies, Congress still waiting for crowdfunding

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    When a nearly $1 billion divorce settlement award isn’t enough

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    What does the Pentagon’s latest call for innovation mean for contractors?

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    Best Buy is latest retailer to show fresh momentum going into the holidays

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    Michelle Singletary

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    Barry Ritholtz

    Barry Ritholtz

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    These extended financial periods — some of which can last decades — come to define each market era.

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    Thomas Heath

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    US stocks jump after surprise rate cut from China

    US stocks jump after surprise rate cut from China

    U.S. stocks are rising after a surprise interest rate cut in China and hints that the European Central Bank will step up its economic stimulus efforts.

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    The University of California just jacked up its tuition. Why your state could be next.

    The University of California just jacked up its tuition. Why your state could be next.

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    Americans could save a fortune this winter -- if they only understood their thermostats

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    The CEO apology, in 14 tweets

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    Talking leadership with Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker

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    What lenders shouldn’t be asking of people with disabilities

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    Wells Fargo and Discover to offer student loan modifications

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    The Switch

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    Civil rights groups are split when it comes to net neutrality

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