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Martha's Vineyard casino issue becomes a question of character

 August 31, 2014; Updated: 1:33 am

Aquinnah, Massachusetts - On the western tip of Martha's Vineyard, bright clay cliffs and a red brick lighthouse draw visitors as they pile out of cars and tour buses and head up to this town's scenic overlook.But the leaders of the...

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Study: Social media users self-censor opinions

 August 31, 2014; Updated: 1:37 am

People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.

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Sweet new logo

 August 30, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm

The Hershey Company is rolling out a new corporate logo that features a freshly stylized version of one of its most famous chocolate products. The candy maker on Friday announced the new design, which adds a new version of the Kisses chocolate at...

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GOOGLE TESTS DRONES FOR FAST DELIVERIES

 August 30, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm

Google is taking its rivalry against Amazon.com to the skies. The search giant's X laboratory division is developing drones that can handle deliveries, a move that would be in direct competition with the e-commerce company that is testing its own...

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Ratings firm surprisingly upbeat on Atlantic City

 August 30, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm

Atlantic City, N.J. - A Wall Street firm predicted Friday that much of the revenue generated by three Atlantic City casinos that are closing will remain in the city after they're gone.Fitch Ratings predicted in a report that...

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Victorious Market Basket workers celebrate return of popular CEO

 August 29, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Tewksbury, Mass. - Hours after reaching an agreement to buy the company, the restored chief of New England's Market Basket supermarket chain celebrated with workers in a rally at headquarters Thursday, saying he loved them and appreciated...

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Business investments give boost to quarter

 August 29, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Washington - The biggest gain in U.S. business investment in over two years helped the world's largest economy expand more than previously forecast in the second quarter, raising expectations for the rest of 2014.Gross domestic...

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Boomer wealth depressed by mortgages poses spending risk

 August 29, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Washington - Mortgage-burning parties in the U.S. may be going the way of home milk deliveries and polyester leisure suits.A growing number of homeowners are reaching retirement age still owing money on their houses. The share of...

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What’s next? Apple roll-outs Sept. 9

 August 29, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Apple will show off its newest products Sept. 9. The iPhone and iPad maker set the date in invitations mailed Thursday to reporters and others who typically come to see the unveiling of Apple's latest twists on technology.These events have...

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Mortgage remain stay at 52-week low

 August 29, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

The average 30-year U.S. mortgage rate remained at a 52-week low this week.Mortgage company Freddie Mac says the nationwide average for a 30-year mortgage was 4.10 percent, the same as last week. The average for a 15-year mortgage, a...

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Low unemployment applications show increased hiring continues

 August 29, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Washington - The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits slipped 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 298,000, a low level that signals employers are cutting few jobs and hiring is likely to remain strong.The Labor...

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Walking the runway

 August 28, 2014; Updated: 11:19 pm

Airport and airline employees walk a runway at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Wednesday to clear debris as the sun rises. The annual Foreign Object Debris Walk drew about 100 airline and airport employees volunteering to find and...

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Buffett puts $3B wager on Burger King takeover

 August 28, 2014; Updated: 11:16 pm

New York - Billionaire investor Warren Buffett got his entrepreneurial start at age 7, buying six-packs of Coke for a quarter, then hawking the beverages for a nickel apiece on hot summer nights.Now, at age 83, he's still betting on...

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Revised U.S. growth forecast a gloomy 1.5 percent

 August 28, 2014; Updated: 11:16 pm

Washington - The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday forecast that the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent in 2014, undermined by a poor performance during the first three months of the year.The new assessment was...

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Alibaba revenues soar as IPO nears

 August 28, 2014; Updated: 11:16 pm

Less than a month before its initial public offering, the Alibaba Group is intent on showing just how profitable - and focused on mobile - it really is.The Chinese e-commerce behemoth disclosed Wednesday that its profit nearly tripled in...

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Disney files for patents for 'blimp-sized' puppets run by drones

 August 28, 2014; Updated: 11:16 pm

Disney's "imagineers" are no strangers to using complex machinery to create spectacles. And patents filings from last week show the company is interested in exploring drones as a way to spice up events at the company's chain of theme parks -...

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Survey: Consumer confidence at 7-year high

 August 27, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Washington - U.S. consumer confidence this month reached its highest point in nearly seven years, boosted by strong job gains.The Conference Board said Tuesday that its confidence index rose for a fourth straight month to 92.4 from...

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Two airlines will stop listing on Orbitz

 August 27, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

American Airlines and US Airways are pulling flight listings from Orbitz after they were unable to reach agreement on a long-term contract.American said Tuesday that it had dropped its fares from the travel website and that US Airways...

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Hewlett-Packard recalls 5 million AC power cords

 August 27, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Hewlett-Packard Co. is recalling about 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords in this country and another 446,700 in Canada because of possible overheating, which can pose a fire and burn hazard.HP has received 29 reports of power...

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Economists seem divided on Federal Reserve actions

 August 27, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Washington - Economists appear to be of two minds about the Federal Reserve.They agree with the Fed that the job market still isn't healthy. Yet the latest Associated Press survey of economists finds that most fear the Fed will wait...

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Turner Broadcasting offering buyouts

 August 27, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

The corporate parent of CNN, TNT and TBS on Tuesday offered voluntary buyouts to 600 veteran employees, part of an overall cost-cutting effort at the Atlanta-based broadcasting company founded by Ted Turner.The offer went out to U.S.-based...

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PlayStation network back after hacking

 August 26, 2014; Updated: 1:51 am

Sony, maker of the world's best-selling video-game console, resumed services at its online game and entertainment networks after a hacking attack knocked them off line.PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network, which enable gamers...

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Burger King eyes doughnut hole in tax code

 August 26, 2014; Updated: 12:13 am

Chicago - Burger King Worldwide Inc., the second-largest U.S. burger chain, is in talks to buy Tim Hortons Inc. and move its headquarters to Canada, becoming the latest American company seeking to relocate to a lower-tax...

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S&P 500 touches 2,000 points as deals continue

 August 26, 2014; Updated: 11:03 pm

Summer doldrums? Not on Wall Street.The stock market notched another first on Monday as the Standard & Poor's 500 index nudged briefly past the 2,000-point mark and closed with its second record high in a week.The move was the...

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Amazon outbids Google for gamer website

 August 26, 2014; Updated: 11:03 pm

San Francisco - Jeff Bezos is ramping up Amazon.com's entertainment ambitions, buying video service Twitch Interactive Inc. for about $1 billion in its biggest acquisition ever.Amazon moved in to buy the online gathering place for...

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