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Amazon's Alexa will soon be teaching your child manners

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. Amazon.com’s Alexa has a little something to teach your kids about manners. After receiving feedback from some parents concerned about how voice assistants are affecting their kids attitudes, the company updated Alexa to reward children who asks for things nicely....


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What to do if you still haven't filed or paid your taxes

On The Money Unfiled Taxes

Tax day has already come and gone. But what if you still haven’t filed or paid? It’s only a few days late at this point thanks to some delays in the federal tax deadline this year. Or maybe it has been a few years. Regardless of how behind you are, it’s time to address it. This isn’t a problem that...


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Businesses balance Facebook privacy concerns, ad needs

SmallBiz-Small Talk Facebook

NEW YORK (AP) — Some small businesses that use Facebook ads to promote themselves and attract new customers are wrestling with whether they need to change strategy after the company’s data-misuse scandal. The revelations that Cambridge Analytica gathered personal information from 87 million...


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The Latest: S Carolina House takes risk, passes own rate cut

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on South Carolina’s House considering cutting electric rates used to pay for failed nuclear plants (all times local): 3:45 p.m. The South Carolina House has renewed its demand that utility customers stop paying the 18 percent fee on their bills for two nuclear...


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This year's Mother's Day looks like it will be one of the best ever

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. Looks like there will be two very happy groups come May 13 - moms . . . and merchants. That’s because a recent survey of more than 7,500 consumers conducted by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics is forecasting a near-record $23.1 billion...


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Sen. Klobuchar presses Honda on efforts to track down deadly Takata air bags

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. WASHINGTON - A U.S. senator who heard testimony last month on the recall of Takata automotive air bags, which have sprayed shrapnel that has killed 22 people and injured hundreds more, is continuing to put pressure on Honda Motor Co. about its efforts to track down...


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A 48,000 percent return on a painting may be Illinois' best investment

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. Art may not save the world, but it could help a municipal authority in Illinois. The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority voted Tuesday to sell a painting by Chicago artist Kerry James Marshall, estimated at $8 million to $12 million, at a Sotheby’s auction next month....


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High-flying home prices seen getting another jolt

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. The U.S. housing market’s storyline for the last several years has been one of steady demand and limited supply, pushing prices ever higher. Now, a new chapter has opened up for the industry and its customers: soaring costs for building materials. Reports on Tuesday underscored...


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Finland has done everything right, but the euro is still making it permanently poorer

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. There are three kinds of countries that have been hurt by the euro: Ones that did everything wrong, ones that did everything right and all the rest in between. That first group has gotten the most attention because they’ve done the worst economically and have been the...


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BofA says 151 employees were affected by mass shootings in U.S.

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. Bank of America’s new policy denying loans and other services to certain gun makers came after dozens of employees lost family members or suffered other trauma related to mass shootings in the past few years. “This comes from our teammates saying we have to help,” Chief...


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