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What is happening to Atlantic City's gambling industry?

It is ironic that Atlantic City, once a bustling seaside resort, home to the Miss America Pageant and the inspiration for the iconic “Monopoly” game, finds itself in the economic doldrums today. 
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A Staples survey explains why you may soon go bankrupt

Two-thirds of business owners don't have a five year plan? Do you?

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Richard Branson's marvelous mission to space: It's just so crazy, it must work

Virgin's plans to bring consumers to space has the right panache and zing, but will it democratize space?

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What drives summer blockbuster movie profits?

Domestic box offices had a terrific summer. IBut what makes the summer months, and the blockbusters the studios release during those months, profitable?

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Top 9 vacation destinations for Wall Street geeks

If you're geeky about Wall Street and investing, it may not matter whether you're placing trades with your broker or standing in line at the grocery store - the world of finance is never far from your thoughts. Here are some top spots! More>>

HP recalls 6 million laptop power cords

HP issued a voluntary recall, explaining that a recently discovered overheating issue made the cords a “fire and burn hazard.”
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Why did the man behind Windows jump ship, and who’s left to steer?

What does Steven Sinofsky's abrupt departure from Microsoft mean for Windows … and the way the company will compete with Apple and Google? More>>

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

Digital Trends goes over the many ways Apple's $1 billion victory over Samsung could hurt Android users, and a few ways it could help. More>>

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

McDonald's Director of Marketing tackles a popular fan question by taking you behind the scenes of an advertisement photoshoot. More>>

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  • Volunteers respond to report of theft to build new wheelchair ramp for veteran

    Volunteers respond to report of theft to build new wheelchair ramp for veteran

    Monday, October 20 2014 12:58 AM EDT2014-10-20 04:58:50 GMT
    Roger Rupp was incredulous when he learned his wheelchair ramp had been taken from his home two weeks ago. Rupp, a U.S. Army veteran, has multiple sclerosis. The 10-foot by 3-foot aluminum ramp helped him access a garage at the rear of his 11th Street house -- or at least it did. Quincy Police say the ramp and two handrails were swiped sometime between Oct. 5 and 6. "I really couldn't believe it," Rupp said. Neither could a group of local volunteers. After hearing about the ramp's ...
    Roger Rupp was incredulous when he learned his wheelchair ramp had been taken from his home two weeks ago. Rupp, a U.S. Army veteran, has multiple sclerosis. The 10-foot by 3-foot aluminum ramp helped him access a garage at the rear of his 11th Street house -- or at least it did. Quincy Police say the ramp and two handrails were swiped sometime between Oct. 5 and 6. "I really couldn't believe it," Rupp said. Neither could a group of local volunteers. After hearing about the ramp's ...
  • ‘Biggest Loser’ contestant 'Big Vinny' visits Quincy to promote music in schools

    ‘Biggest Loser’ contestant 'Big Vinny' visits Quincy to promote music in schools

    Tuesday, October 21 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-10-21 22:37:29 GMT
    At first, Vinny Hickerson had to help himself. Now he's busy helping others. Hickerson — also known as “Big Vinny” — gained national fame three years ago when he lost 205 pounds on the NBC reality weight-loss series “Biggest Loser.” Now he is a motivational speaker, part of the Trailer Choir country band and advocate for keeping music in schools through his connection to the non-profit “Music With A Mission” project.
    At first, Vinny Hickerson had to help himself. Now he's busy helping others. Hickerson — also known as “Big Vinny” — gained national fame three years ago when he lost 205 pounds on the NBC reality weight-loss series “Biggest Loser.” Now he is a motivational speaker, part of the Trailer Choir country band and advocate for keeping music in schools through his connection to the non-profit “Music With A Mission” project.
  • Tennessee man identified as tugboat worker who drowned in Mississippi River

    Tennessee man identified as tugboat worker who drowned in Mississippi River

    Tuesday, October 21 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-10-21 22:00:10 GMT
    The body found Monday afternoon in the Mississippi River across from La Grange, Mo., has been identified as 20-year-old Jacob Climer of Henderson, Tenn.
    The body found Monday afternoon in the Mississippi River across from La Grange, Mo., has been identified as 20-year-old Jacob Climer of Henderson, Tenn.
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