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Verizon Customers Face Final Deadline For Requesting Refunds For Fraudulent Third-Party Billing Charges

If you’ve ever looked at your phone bill and been mystified by a third-party billing charge that you didn’t authorize, chances are good you’ve been a victim of a practice known in the telco industry as “cramming.”<p>Typically, your options for relief have been limited. Unlike credit cards, phone bills …

China leads global rally of share prices

Share prices in Europe and the US hit fresh highs on Friday as news of strong economic growth in China added to investors' mood of relief at the end of a nailbiting week.<p>Since Wednesday night's last-ditch cross-party deal averted the risk of a debt crisis in the US, investors have refocused on the …

Oil companies, environmentalists oppose fed rules for removing sunken oil rigs

Oil companies and environmental groups may spar over off-shore drilling, but there's one thing they can agree on: Leaving scuttled rigs on the ocean floor creates a rich environment for coral, endangered species and other marine life.<p>The Gulf of Mexico – home to approximately 3,600 offshore oil and …

Jobs Report: Expect 200,000 Print As Unemployment Falls To 7.2% On Tuesday

Beyond putting the U.S. on the verge of default, the government shutdown clearly had an economic impact, shaving as much as 2% off annualized GDP growth. The debt ceiling showdown between President Obama and Speaker Boehner also forced federal statistics agencies to delay their relapse of important …

India, China Top List Of Nations With Most Slaves

Nearly 30 million people live in slavery worldwide, with most of them in Asia and Africa, according to a report released Thursday.<p>The Walk Free Foundation's ranking incorporates factors that include the traditional definition of slavery — owning another person — as well as things such as child …

McDonald's Low Wages Cost Taxpayers $1.2 Billion Per Year: Study

The fast food industry’s low wages are costing us all, new research finds.<p>Taxpayers are shelling out $1.2 billion a year to help pay workers at McDonald’s, according to an estimate from the National Employment Law Project published Tuesday. The organization used estimated figures from a study by …

Business Leaders Decry The Economic Cost Of Uncertainty

Running a company is like driving a car. You need to be able to see what's coming down the road. The dysfunction in Washington has created a fog, and when driving in the fog, you have to slow down.<p>That's basically what's happening at thousands of companies around the country.<p>Bob Mosey, chairman of …

Traditional Work Hours Are a Myth: Ditch The 9-to-5 Standard

<i>Ilya Pozin is an entrepreneur, writer and investor. He is the founder of Open Me, a social greeting card company, and Ciplex, a digital marketing agency. He’s a columnist on entrepreneurship and marketing</i><p>The traditional 9-to-5 workweek has become a relic of the past. Today, the number of hours an …

Twitter the latest tech company looking to play tax avoidance shell game

Two weeks after Twitter filed the paperwork for a planned billion-dollar IPO, we learn that it's poised to take advantage of the same international tax loopholes as other large firms like Apple, Google, and Amazon. Citing Twitter Ireland documents, <i>Valleywag</i> reports that the company has all the …

Loop: The Future Of Mobile Payments Or A Temporary Fix?

Loop is a new mobile payments startup making some fairly big claims. The company says it has invented a technology that lets you pay with your phone at nearly any point-of-sale across the U.S., without requiring merchants to upgrade their hardware. Nor do you have to own a particular device, like …

Obama Would Be a Fool to Pursue Immigration Next

Rumor has it the president will pivot to immigration reform next. That’s a bad idea, writes David Frum—it’s a path littered with the same obstacles …

No, the “system” didn’t cause the shutdown — it was extreme GOP nuts!

<b>(Reuters/Joshua Roberts)</b><p>We’ve had divided government for years, and there are usually no calamities. The GOP has changed — and it’s broken<p>Jonathan Bernstein<p>October 19, 2013 10:30am (UTC)<p>OK, everyone: Stop trying to figure out how to fix the system in order to prevent future government shutdowns. …

Obamacare and the shutdown: rightful stand or neoconfederate obstruction?

Matt Rinaldi: 'Cruz's courageous stand exposed Quisling Republicans'<p>Senator Ted Cruz is the biggest threat to business as usual in Washington in the last 25 years – and that is a great thing for America.<p>His grassroots campaign for Senate in 2012 promised action, not mere talk, in addressing …

Republican Civil War Over Shutdown Drama

Not a single Republican senator or congressman voted for the Affordable Care Act, but the standoff over the government shutdown may have done the one …

Shutdown Is Wrapped Up, But Other Issues Are Starting To Unfold

The U.S. is back from the brink after a deal to reopen the government and lift the debt ceiling, but more crises may be on the horizon with a compromise budget due by mid-December and the federal government only funded through Jan. 15. Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's senior Washington editor Ron …

After the shutdown and the debt ceiling row – what happens next?

<b>The shutdown is over. The government is open. Does this mean everything is back to normal?</b><p>That depends on your definition of normal. Yes, the government is open. Federal employees are back at work. And Congress has kicked the can just a little bit further down the road.<p><b>And Thanksgivukkah has been</b> …

Republicans Lost the Shutdown Battle, but They’re Winning the Fiscal War

If there’s one thing just about every­one can agree on, it’s that the Re­pub­lic­ans lost this fight — and badly. They sur­rendered on every point, …

Obama: Washington 'has to change' after shutdown and debt ceiling crisis

Barack Obama used his weekly address on Saturday to repeat his appeal for greater co-operation between political parties in Washington DC, in the aftermath of the government shutdown and national debt crisis. The president also restated his claim that despite the Republican climbdown that cleared …

Conspiracy theories explain the right

The conservative mindset is in decline. Stories of cabals and secret plots provide comfort as its power wanes<p>Arthur Goldwag<p>October 20, 2013 10:59am (UTC)<p>What just happened in Washington?<p>Ask a true conservative believer, and they’ll tell you that it was the birth of a terrible beauty. They’ll say …