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Did Steve Jobs lower your salary?

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Basketball Diaries: Lessons in leadership from the Final Four coaches

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Console wars heating up

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With Nintendo's Wii U now more than a year old, the two remaining members of the triopoly of video game console makers - Microsoft and Sony - are now vying for market share with the latest versions of their signature consoles.
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Companies' all-time best April Fools' Day pranks

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Minimum wage hike: Why what happens in Connecticut may not stay in Connecticut

State Dems say hiking the state minimum is good for workers, Republicans say it's bad for business. More>>

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Happiness can boost employee productivity by 10 percent

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Why did the man behind Windows jump ship, and who’s left to steer?

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Google Free Zone brings the Internet to feature phones for free

Google Free Zone enables feature phone users use mail, Web search and Google+ for free. Is it generosity at work, a savvy market grab, or both? More>>

How Apple's victory over Samsung will affect you

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Why do McDonald's burgers look different from their advertisements?

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  • Boston police destroy 2 backpacks at marathon site

    Boston police destroy 2 backpacks at marathon site

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:16 PM EDT2014-04-16 02:16:30 GMT
    Police have blown up two unattended backpacks found near the Boston Marathon’s finish line. They say they’ve taken a man into custody in connection with them.Police spokesman Dave Estrada says the backpacks were discovered Tuesday evening, a year after two bombs in backpacks exploded at the end of the marathon and killed three people. Police say the bomb squad detonated the two backpacks found Tuesday as a precaution. Police have kept people away and tweeted asking people to avo...
    Police have blown up two unattended backpacks found near the Boston Marathon’s finish line. They say they’ve taken a man into custody in connection with them.Police spokesman Dave Estrada says the backpacks were discovered Tuesday evening, a year after two bombs in backpacks exploded at the end of the marathon and killed three people. Police say the bomb squad detonated the two backpacks found Tuesday as a precaution. Police have kept people away and tweeted asking people to avo...
  • April 15 not as rushed because of online forms; taxes higher for U.S. residents

    April 15 not as rushed because of online forms; taxes higher for U.S. residents

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:06 AM EDT2014-04-15 14:06:16 GMT
    Procrastinators, beware. Tax forms dropped into U.S. Postal Service collection boxes late tonight will not have April 15 cancellations, triggering fines for late filers. “Post offices are not staying open later in the day. We’re told that 91 percent of all tax returns are done electronically now. The mail volume of tax returns has decreased,” Valerie Welsch, regional spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service, said.
    Procrastinators, beware. Tax forms dropped into U.S. Postal Service collection boxes late tonight will not have April 15 cancellations, triggering fines for late filers. “Post offices are not staying open later in the day. We’re told that 91 percent of all tax returns are done electronically now. The mail volume of tax returns has decreased,” Valerie Welsch, regional spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service, said.
  • Hannibal approves lease extension for General Mills

    Hannibal approves lease extension for General Mills

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:41 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:41:15 GMT
    The Hannibal City Council authorized the mayor to draft a three-year letter of extension of the city’s lease with General Mills, located at 3725 Warren Barret Drive in Hannibal. The least was set to expire Jan. 1, 2015.The city has had a lease with General Mills for 11 years. Jeff LaGarce, city manager, said the city negotiated a market rate proposal that included a 0.9 percent annual increase over the course of the three-year extensio...
    The Hannibal City Council authorized the mayor to draft a three-year letter of extension of the city’s lease with General Mills, located at 3725 Warren Barret Drive in Hannibal. The least was set to expire Jan. 1, 2015.The city has had a lease with General Mills for 11 years. Jeff LaGarce, city manager, said the city negotiated a market rate proposal that included a 0.9 percent annual increase over the course of the three-year extensio...
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