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    Paul Ryan continues his assault on Obamacare and Medicare — this time on the 'Charlie Rose' show

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    Front-load your IRA in January for a bigger payoff

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    Uber pays $20 million to settle claims it deceived drivers about pay

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  • U.S. ends investigation of fatal Tesla crash and finds 'no safety defects' in car's Autopilot

    U.S. ends investigation of fatal Tesla crash and finds 'no safety defects' in car's Autopilot

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  • Hanjin wins approval to sell stake in container terminal operator

    Hanjin wins approval to sell stake in container terminal operator

    South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Co. has received permission from a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge to sell its majority stake in a Long Beach container terminal operator. Hanjin will sell its stake to a subsidiary of Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Co., which already owns 46% of operator Total...

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