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U.S. Doctors Get $3.5 Billion From Drug Companies

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New York — U.S. doctors and teaching hospitals were paid $3.5 billion by drug and device makers over five months in 2013, according to the first comprehensive disclosure of the companies’ financial ties to the medical professionals that prescribe and use their products. The disclosures by the U.S. government cover 4.4 million payments to about 550,000 doctors and 1,360 teaching hospitals from August to December 2013. The companies had to …

Secret Service Chief on Hot Seat

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Washington — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson on Tuesday took “full responsibility” for what she called an “unacceptable” intrusion at the White House last week but failed to mollify a bipartisan group of lawmakers who worried that repeat slipups by the elite agency could leave President Obama and his family vulnerable to attack. …

First Ebola Case Confirmed in U.S.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Dallas — A man who flew from Liberia to Dallas this month was diagnosed with Ebola Tuesday, becoming the first person to board a passenger jet and unknowingly bring the disease here from West Africa, where it has killed thousands of people in recent months. Experts have said that such an event was increasingly likely the longer the epidemic rages in West Africa. …

Six Credit Report Tips For Homebuyers

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Whether you plan to buy a home in six months or a year or two, you’ve probably been told to request your free credit report to check for errors and to see what a lender can learn about you from the report. “We usually tell people to request …

New Face for a Former Gambling Mecca

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Atlantic City, n.j. — Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, the fourth boardwalk casino here to close this year, was pronounced dead at 5:59 a.m. on a Tuesday, which in and of itself seemed an insult. In the end, …

Using Vintage Electronic Parts To Make Jewelry

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Seattle — Steve Grzadzielewski has more than a million electronics parts lying around his house in West Seattle. But he’s no engineer — Grzadzielewski and his sister Susan make and sell jewelry made out of vintage electronics parts. …

Consumer Confidential: Stop Bad Service, Not Bad Reviews

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Nobody likes to be criticized — especially online, where negative opinions can proliferate like cockroaches. Some companies are trying to head off bad comments and reviews. They’re placing provisions in their contracts that impose hefty penalties on customers if they say anything negative about them online. Arguing that …

Americans Underplay CEO Pay Gap

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Americans might think they know how bad inequality is, but it turns out they have almost no idea. A new study conducted at Harvard Business School found that Americans think CEOs make roughly 30 times what the average worker makes in the United States, when in actuality they …

Middle-Class Squeeze

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Washington — Three years ago, Jason Prosser was stunned to discover the cost of child care for his newborn son — so much so that he and his wife postponed having a second child. The day care center …

How Costs Have Surged for American Families

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Associated Press The picture painted by a report from the Center for American Progress released last week is a gloomy one. For a typical married couple with two children, the combined cost of health care, day care, …

No Easy Fix for Slumping Sales At McDonald’s

Sunday, September 28, 2014

McDonald’s probably won’t be sorry to see 2014 come to a close. The world’s largest restaurant company has posted three consecutive months of declines in global sales at long-standing locations, its longest such slide since early 2003. McDonald’s itself, under the leadership of CEO Don Thompson since July …

Decorating Mistakes Cramp Small Spaces

Sunday, September 28, 2014

In a small space, every inch counts — and every mistake can have big consequences. Five designers offer their go-to remedies: The mistake: Heavy window treatments. “I’ve walked into countless small spaces and discovered heavy, dark drapery that devours the space and makes it smaller,” said Trystin Kier …

Ex-Rep. Frank Takes on Harvard

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Cambridge, Mass. — After retiring from Congress at the end of 2012, Barney Frank sat down to write a political memoir. As one of the first openly gay members of Congress, and a lifelong fighter for LGBT rights, …