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The Labor Department reported a new high in job openings, quits, and new hires. CNBC > Income for the middle class is now returning to where it was in 2000. CNN > Find out what 25 things cost 25 years ...

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Papa John’s founder John Schnatter has lost his office in the pizza chain’s corporate headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky. CBS NEWS > FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he has “serious concerns” about Sinclair Broadcast Group’s acquisition of Tribune Media. POLITICO > ...

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Beer is being rationed in the United Kingdom because of a shortage of carbon dioxide. CNN Money > A CEO who appeared in a viral video supposedly calling police on an 8-year-old girl has stepped down from her company. SAN ...

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Study: Immediate rewards improve motivation

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Your employees’ motivation — or perhaps that of your customers — can be increased by offering immediate rewards, rather than delaying them, according to research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology titled “It’s About Time: Earlier Rewards ...

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The Federal Reserve increased interest rates Wednesday. NPR > A federal judge decided that AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner should not be stopped. Now Comcast may bid for some film and TV studio assets that Walt Disney Co. already has ...

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Department of Homeland Security to meet with small businesses on road tour

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If your small business does research and development, the Department of Homeland Security may have a contract for you. The department’s Small Business Innovation Research program is about to start the second of four legs of its national road tour to ...

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Study: Corporate social programs may lead employees to dehumanize

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Here’s an unintended result of corporate social responsibility programs: they can lead to workers dehumanizing the people they’re intended to help. That’s according to research by Gareth Craze, a doctoral student at Case Western Reserve University’s Brain, Mind and Consciousness Lab, ...

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Multiple signs of inflation in freight-related industries are at or near historical highs, which could mean price pressures could affect the overall economy. CNBC > Summer bookings for hotels on Hawaii’s Big Island have fallen almost half since Mount Kilauea ...

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Study: Lonely customers who lack empathy more likely to shop unethically

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Consumers’ loneliness may be a factor when they engage in unethical shopping behaviors, such as returning used items, according to new research form Binghamton University. “Someone may buy a big-screen TV for Super Bowl Sunday, only to return it on ...

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More workers voluntarily quit their jobs in March. What does that mean for the labor market? REUTERS > Uber wants to try out flying taxis, perhaps as soon as 2020. USA TODAY > A small college’s endowment manager beat Harvard ...

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Credit card signatures are about to become a thing of the past. THE NEW YORK TIMES > How exactly does the pass-through deduction work? Nobody really knows. BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK > The world’s largest airplane, built by a billionaire, is getting ...

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