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ECB seen aiding small-business financing: Van Rompuy

Friday, May 31st, 2013

ROME (Reuters) – The European Central Bank and the European Investment Bank will likely present a plan to improve financing to small- and medium-sized companies before the next European Union summit,…

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No Smoking Outside Starbucks Shops Starting Saturday

Friday, May 31st, 2013

The coffee chain says it will enforce its no-smoking rule at its outdoor seating areas and within 25 feet of store entrances. So, no coffee and a smoke for those who enjoy them together. Have smoking bans gone too far or not far enough?

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No, Frosted Mini-Wheats Won’t Make Your Kids Smarter

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Breakfast foods purveyor Kellogg has agreed to create a $4 million fund to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging it ran a deceptive marketing campaign for the sugary treat. The ads, which ran several years ago, claimed eating the cereal boosted kids’ attentiveness by nearly 20 percent — but the science didn’t back that up.

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New Data Confirm The Economy Isn’t Growing As Fast As Hoped

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Gross domestic product expanded at a 2.4 percent annual rate in the first quarter, the government reports. At one point, economists thought growth was closer to 3 percent in the first three months of the year.

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Fixing Your Online Reputation: There’s An Industry For That

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

What an employer finds when researching an applicant online can make or break a job opportunity. Pete Kistler says he found this out the hard way. Since online reputation-management services were too pricey for his college budget, he started his own.

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