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The Oil Crash Is Making The Strong Stronger

Houston, America's fourth-largest city, is poised between the joys of cheap fuel and the pain of the industry which produces it. Dave Lesar, chief executive of Halliburton, which provides drilling and pumping services, says its customers are cutting spending by 25-30%. On January 21st BHP Billiton, …

10 Best Glorious Glamping Resorts & Vacations in the United States

Glamping - the quirky phrase for glamorous camping with added comfort and luxury items - could be part of the language for your next vacation. …

Airports

More Americans Are Putting Off Medical Treatments Because They Can't Afford Them

A new Gallup poll released Friday found that about one in three Americans say they have put off treatment for themselves or a family member because of cost—the highest rate recorded in Gallup's history.<p>Gallup said that about 38 percent of middle class people with a household income of between …

Health Care

Google Unseats Apple In U.S. Classrooms As Chromebooks Beat iPads

As of the third quarter of 2014, Chromebooks have displaced iPads as the most popular new devices shipping to U.S. schools. This is a huge win for Google in a market historically dominated by Apple and Microsoft. According to the <i>Financial Times</i> and IDC, “Google shipped 715,500 of the low-cost …

5 Lessons For Entrepreneurs From The World Cup Social Media Frenzy

Is there a place online where the World Cup <i>isn’t</i> being talked about right now? I only ask because my Twitter feed is filled with hashflags and #Brazil2014. Instagram is overloaded with soccer players cheesing it up. And my Facebook feed has been taken over by people sharing the latest …

A Better Way to Encourage Price Shopping for Health Care

Several studies show wide variation in prices for common health care services, even within local areas. For example, a recent report from Massachusetts found that there was at least a threefold difference between the maximum and minimum price for common hospital and professional services such as …

Impact of health care price transparency on price variation: the New Hampshire experience. - PubMed

Price variation for medical procedures performed in both hospital outpatient departments and freestanding facilities has not decreased in New …

Can J.Crew’s Mickey Drexler Turn Warby Parker Into The Next Apple Retail Store?

The last time the J.Crew CEO got his hands dirty with a major brand’s big bricks-and-mortar move, he was working for Steve Jobs. Here’s what that could mean for Warby Parker.<p>Of the $55 million in funding that Warby Parker has received over the past two years, arguably the most valuable investment …

US Oil Production Surged To A 24-Year High Last Week

U.S. oil production surged to 7.7 million barrels a day last week, according to the EIA.<p>It's the most in 24 years:<p>Here's what it looks like zoomed in showing it keeps going straight vertical.<p>And the domestic shale boom continues to reduce U.S. exposure to the overseas oil market.<p>Here's what the …

Oil

Tim Duy's Fed Watch

Philadelphia Federal Reserve President Charles Plosser spoke yesterday, reiterating his opposition to QE and his expectation that it will have no …

Forget Paul Ryan's Budget: His Scariest Idea Is About the Federal Reserve

<i>It's time to put down Ayn Rand and pick up Milton Friedman</i><p>(Reuters)<p>Paul Ryan is worried about the Federal Reserve. He is worried the Federal Reserve will try to bring unemployment down. There's a word for this. I can't print it, because this is a family publication.<p>For the past four years, Ryan has …

As Fed's Quantitative Easing Winds Down, Poll Shows Only Quarter Of Americans Know What It Is

(Restores dropped word "if" in the 2nd sentence of the 23rd paragraph)<p>By Ann Saphir<p>SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 17 (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve this week is expected to start winding down an epic economic stimulus that is credited with helping the United States claw back from the deepest slump since the …