Archive for December 22nd, 2018

Economic growth is expected to slow next year but still turn in a solid performance. Consumer spending should be healthy while housing, trade hurt gain

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<p>Since De Beers abandoned its decades-old policy of refusing to sell lab-grown diamonds as jewelery, the price gap between man-made stones and natural gems has widened - and the difference is set to get even bigger.</p>

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Altria has paid a total of $14.6 billion for a hand in companies beyond its traditional hold in cigarettes over the past two weeks — a 45 percent in cannabis company Cronos and 35 percent stake in e-cigarette maker Juul.

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Food-starved communities see dollar stores as a saving grace, but others worry they are pushing neighborhoods into decline.

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High taxes. Stifling regulations. Exorbitant housing costs. Freeway gridlock. Fires and floods. Hand-wringing over an exodus of disillusioned Californians may be a Golden State pastime, the subject of political punditry and strung-out social media threads. But the latest data are far from dire. The U.S. Census Bureau, in its newly released surveys for 2017, shows that California's net …

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The engineers at Epic Systems work on a campus full of childish whimsy but also sit in on open-heart surgery. Is this the indulgence of an oddball founder, or a better way to run an I.T. company?

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Stocks have taken a beating, but let’s not lose perspective.

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A retired couple can live comfortably on $1,700 a month in this locale — which also earned high marks for everything from health care to recreation.

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"I believe strongly in giving back to the community" FloraCraft owner, Lee Schoenherr, 82, said in a statement, calling his employees, "the heart and soul" of the business.

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<p>Congress had until midnight Friday to either pass spending bills for seven federal agencies or approve a stopgap spending measure that would push off a shutdown by a few months.</p>

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