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IRAs: Come for the tax savings, stay for the gains

Let's take a moment to quote, in its entirety, the <i>Big Book of Things You Can Do at the Last Minute to Reduce your 2014 Tax Bill</i>: Make a tax-deductible contribution to an individual retirement account before April 15.<p>Well! That's it, and enjoy your weekend.<p>Actually, there are plenty of good reasons …

Retirement

Workers respond to McDonald's pay increase: we fight on

Photograph: Matt Rourke/AP<p>A fast-food worker chants slogans before being detained by police during a protest to push fast-food chains to pay their employees at least $15 an hour, outside a McDonald’s restaurant in September 2014, in …

McDonald's

Five arrested in deadly attack on Kenyan college

<b>Garissa, Kenya (CNN) —</b> Kenyan police have arrested five suspects in connection with Thursday's attack at Garissa University College, Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said Friday, according to CNN affiliate NTV.<p>Nkaissery told reporters the university will be able to confirm Saturday if everyone …

Lawmakers lambaste Apple's tax strategy as 'an absurdity'

Apple came in for a bipartisan beating on Tuesday as senators portrayed the company as a global tax avoider which exploited loopholes in the system to escape paying its fair share.<p>Apple CEO Tim Cook is scheduled to appear this morning before the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. …

Open-plan offices make employees less productive, less happy, and more likely to get sick

A well-designed office is a happy office. As facilities managers strive to save space and cash, they’re reshuffling desks and fiddling with temperature gauges. All of which has an impact on workers’ performance. Open-plan offices may make some kinds of collaboration easier, but are they more …

Ergonomics

GIGS.2.GO USB sticks by Bolt Group (j) Each tab on this credit card-sized pack by American designers Bolt Group can be torn off and used as a USB stick. The GIGS.2.GO pack by Bolt Group is made of recycled paper pulp and contains four tear-off tabs with a USB flash drive in each. The concept was inspired by Bolt Group designers frequently having problems sharing presentation and CAD files with clients. "Burning CDs is slow and impractical, and nobody wants to leave behind their trusty—and expensive—32GB thumb drive. We saw a need for a smaller pack of drives that could be shared and even left behind with a client," said designer Kurt Rampton. Though the drives are designed to last for many uses, the paper and electronic components can eventually be separated and recycled. (via dezeen)