Hackers stole personal information from 104,000 taxpayers, IRS says

The breach comes on the heels of millions of cases of identify theft plaguing the IRS.

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    After years of setbacks, the embattled F-35 fighter jet could soon be ready for combat

    After years of setbacks, the embattled F-35 fighter jet could soon be ready for combat

    For the Marine Corps, the flights the F-35s have been taking around the USS Wasp for the past week have been as much a victory lap as they were training exercises.

    Main Street Morning: “Organized crime syndicates” steal IRS data

    Main Street Morning: “Organized crime syndicates” steal IRS data

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

    The Darth Vader of telecom is back

    John Malone, a cable industry pioneer, has a big stake in the Charter-Time Warner Cable deal.

    Government investigation finds companies are not overcharging troops on student loans

    Government investigation finds companies are not overcharging troops on student loans

    Investigation followed earlier cases of high interest rates

    EMC to buy Bethesda cloud-computing company for $1.2 billion

    The IT giant’s acquisition of Virtustream is one of the largest in the Washington region this year.

    Media CEOs dominate ranks of top-paid executives

    Media CEOs dominate ranks of top-paid executives

    They’re not Hollywood stars, they’re not TV personalities and they don’t play in a rock band, but their pay packages are in the same league.

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    Michelle Singletary

    Michelle Singletary

    529 plans can help you save for college, so let’s get started with the basics

    COLUMN | A survey shows that more people need to learn about the college savings accounts.

    Barry Ritholtz

    Barry Ritholtz

    Are you not feeling the economic recovery? This could be why.

    The recovery is not evenly distributed, and a few factors have a major influence on whether you feel it.

    Allan Sloan

    Allan Sloan

    Holding shares or units — those little words can mean big differences

    If you invest in master limited partnerships, you can get stuck with a big tax bill.

    Thomas Heath

    Thomas Heath

    Moving customers, including military top brass, for up to $100M a year

    Interstate views moving furniture as a skill to be mastered: “Use the legs, not the back.”

    Market News

    US stocks open modestly higher in quiet trading

    US stocks open modestly higher in quiet trading

    U.S. stocks rose modestly in early trading Wednesday, recovering some of the steep losses the market had the day before.

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    A lot of dark chocolate has milk in it—even when it says it doesn’t

    A lot of dark chocolate has milk in it—even when it says it doesn’t

    Are you allergic to milk, lactose intolerant, or not eating animal products? You might want to avoid dark chocolate.

    Quiz: Can you tell these 16 cities by their skylines?

    How much about the world’s big cities do you really know?

    On Leadership

    But really, what kind of leader doesn’t have a six-story gold and marble statue?

    But really, what kind of leader doesn’t have a six-story gold and marble statue?

    Any isolated leader worth his state-run media outlet has got to have one.

    Podcast: Stanley McChrystal on leadership

    Podcast: Stanley McChrystal on leadership

    The former top Army commander joins our series to talk about lessons learned over his career.

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    A billionaire explains what investors always get wrong

    A billionaire explains what investors always get wrong

    Investors need to stop worrying so much, says Ken Fisher, chief executive of Fisher Investments.

    One-in-four people overestimate their retirement knowledge. How much do you know?

    One-in-four people overestimate their retirement knowledge. How much do you know?

    People who don’t trust their instincts risk being too conservative with their cash.

    The Switch

    Microsoft will release its Cortana voice-control app for iOS and Android, too

    Microsoft will release its Cortana voice-control app for iOS and Android, too

    The company announces it will build iOS and Android versions of its own smartphone voice assistant.

    Vox Media to acquire respected but financially pressed tech site Re/code

    Vox Media to acquire respected but financially pressed tech site Re/code

    Vox, led by Jim Bankoff, has been raising venture capital to fund an aggressive expansion spree.

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