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Two-year degrees can really pay off

Steven Polasck of Corpus Christi, Texas, liked math and science in high school. He considered attending a four-year college but ultimately decided to use his strengths to get a two-year degree in instrumentation from Texas State Technical College. He has not looked back.

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Uber

Sharing-economy jobs make taxes uber-complicated

Before Jane LeBoeuf started driving for Uber and Lyft, doing her taxes was cheap and easy. LeBoeuf would swing by the local H&R Block office, pay $150 and end up with a refund. But now, that is not the case.

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Hillary Clinton

Clinton: Unfair that fund managers pay lower tax rate than truckers

Democrat Hillary Clinton blasted executive pay and tax rates for hedge-fund managers on Tuesday, using the first stop of her low-key campaign rollout in Iowa to highlight her promise to help Americans struggling toward economic recovery.

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Christie's

Auction features jewels once owned by Spanish queen, Jackie O.

A diamond brooch given by Spain's King Alfonso XII to his wife as a wedding gift and ruby ear pendants once owned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis are among highlights of an auction of precious jewels that could fetch more than $80 million, Christie's said on Thursday.

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Climate Change

Harsh weather cripples fishing and tourism on Cameroon's coast

For over 15 years, Raoul Meno has been fishing the waters off the coastal town of Kribi in southern Cameroon. He has sometimes had to face down storms and high seas to bring home a catch to support his family. But now, he is scared.

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London's Globe theatre

Shakespeare's Globe theaters sets stage for new funding for culture

William Shakespeare's Globe theaters is taking on a new role as a financial trail-blazer by seeking to tap into a form of funding dominated to date by social enterprises and charities.

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Howard Schultz

Starbucks ends 'Race Together' campaign in stores, effort not over

Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) head Howard Schultz told employees on Sunday they will no longer be encouraged to write "Race Together" on drinks cups, but the company's effort to promote discussion of racial issues “is far from over”.

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Intuit Turbo Tax software software filing package

How to avoid red flags when you change tax prep

Taxes are one of the few constants in life, but what happens when you change the way you do your return? People move or get divorced, tax preparers pass away.

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Cruise Ship

Miami Nice: Corcoran's Liebman on doing business at the beach

Everyone knows it is all about location, location, location in the world of real estate. And nothing says prime location like Miami's beachfront.

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Courtney Love, Kurt Cobain and Frances Bean Cobain

Nirvana rocker Kurt Cobain's childhood home on sale for $400,000

Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain's childhood home in Washington state is on sale for $400,000, complete with drawings he made on the bedroom wall, a realtor said on Wednesday.

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Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett's old Cadillac fetches $122,500 at auction

Warren Buffett's 2006 Cadillac attracted a high bid of $122,500, more than 10 times its market value, in a charity auction that concluded on Thursday night.

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Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid brings her creative touch to Miami skyline

For renowned international architect Zaha Hadid, something in Miami never added up: the architecture didn't match the city. The city lacked residences to back up its diverse, international population and burgeoning reputation for high-end culture, including Art Basel, a large, annual contemporary fair.

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Animated film ''Up''

Seattle home tied to Disney's 'Up' movie to be auctioned

A century-old Seattle house that was featured in a marketing stunt to publicize Walt Disney Co's balloon adventure movie "Up" because it is wedged in the middle of a modern development could be sold at auction next month, media reported on Friday.

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Africa Food

Local vendors, not supermarkets, key to Africa food security

Traditional markets sell more than 85 percent of the food consumed in sub-Saharan Africa, and rather than replacing them with Western-style supermarkets, governments should train local vendors to improve food safety, researchers say.

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Lava flow

Businesses plan to reopen as Hawaii lava flow stalls

The leading edge of a lava flow from a volcano that threatened a commercial center on Hawaii's Big Island appeared on Friday to have stalled again, prompting several businesses to make plans to reopen their doors.

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