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Pentagon budget would affect cost of living for troops and families

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday proposed trimming the Defense Department’s personnel costs with cuts in military benefits, pay and troop numbers.<p>The Pentagon’s 2015 budget request, due for release next Tuesday, would reduce housing allowances, increase health-care fees for active-duty …

House GOP tax plan would cut top rates but also hit high earners with a surtax

The long-awaited simplification of the tax code being drafted by House Republicans would slash the top income tax rate to 25 percent from 39.6 percent and impose a surtax on some of the nation’s wealthiest households.<p>Under the proposal, set for release Wednesday, the vast majority of taxpayers …

Why Google doesn’t care about hiring top college graduates

Google has spent years analyzing who succeeds at the company, which has moved away from a focus on GPAs, brand name schools, and interview brain teasers.<p>In a conversation with The New York Times’ Tom Friedman, Google’s head of people operations, Laszlo Bock, detailed what the company looks for. And …

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Legal Drinking Age Of 21 Saves Lives, Even Though It's Flouted

Eighty percent of college students say they drink, despite laws making it illegal for anyone under 21 to drink alcohol. Critics of that drinking age say that lowering it would reduce binge drinking and alcohol-related deaths.<p>But that might be wishful thinking, a study says. Researchers from Boston …

Poll: Economists have no idea if Obamacare is going to hurt the economy

To hear Republicans talk about it, the Affordable Care Act is tantamount to a national economic plague. To hear Democrats talk about it, the ACA is an antidote to many of the nation's economic woes.<p>Economists have an answer of their own: We don't know what it will do.<p>The National Association of …

Obama to propose 1 percent pay hike for federal workers, troops

President Obama will propose a 1 percent pay raise for federal employees and members of the military in the fiscal 2015 budget he announces next week.<p>The increases are consistent with the pay hikes civilians and troops received this year.<p>An administration official said the proposed civilian …

Video Streaming Is Straining, But Who Will Ease The Tension?

Suzie Felber's kids are only just learning what a commercial is.<p>"They start screaming when they come on," she says. "They think the TV's broken."<p>The Felbers usually stream television shows over the Internet in their New Jersey home.<p>More and more people are following suit, using services such as …

Interactive: Wealth, Equality, and Olympic Success

The Winter Olympics are inherently unequal. Most of the sports require cold weather (or, at least, easy access to it), as well as snow. There may be lugers from India, but they don’t win. There are a hundred and ninety-six countries in the world, and since the 1994 Games only thirty-one of them …

Wolf of Wall Street triggers $25m legal action

<b>The producers of Oscar-nominated film Wolf of Wall Street are being sued for $25m (£15m) by a former stockbroker who claims he has been depicted as a "depraved" drug-fuelled criminal.</b><p>Andrew Greene has filed court papers in New York claiming the character Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff is based on him.<p>Mr …

Obama Buoys Democrats By Dropping Social Security Cut Idea

For a political party already facing a difficult midterm election the way the Democrats are, the fewer internally divisive issues the better.<p>And few items were more divisive among Democrats than President Obama's previous proposal to reduce Social Security entitlement spending by using a less …

Risk Is Low And Business Is Booming In The Malware Market

Malware is malicious, bad software. It's the code that cybercriminals use to steal credit card numbers and bank accounts. And the big hack against Target showed how good these criminals are getting: They've built a thriving underground where credit cards go on sale before anyone even knows that a …

Inside DuckDuckGo, Google’s Tiniest, Fiercest Competitor

By John Paul Titlowlong Read<p>When Gabriel Weinberg launched a search engine in 2008, plenty of people thought he was insane. How could DuckDuckGo, a …

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