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The Best Time to Ace Work-Life Balance? On Vacation

The Best Time to Ace Work-Life Balance? On Vacation

Think twice about packing your laptop for your vacation. Staying plugged in all the time has its drawbacks to both family fun and work productivity.

When it comes to work-life balance, blend is the new trend – even when taking days off during summer months.

While you may wish things were different, the fact is that heightened job expectations have forced many vacationers to find ways to…

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How we pay for Facebook

How we pay for Facebook

Facebook’s second quarter included a surprise scandal that raised concerns about how powerful it can be and what we give up to use the network.

If you could, would you pay for Facebook?

That was one of the underlying questions users weighed in the past few months as they learned the world’s largest social-networking service had conducted experiments on nearly 800,000 people in 2012.

The…

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How we pay for Facebook

How we pay for Facebook

Facebook’s second quarter included a surprise scandal that raised concerns about how powerful it can be and what we give up to use the network.

If you could, would you pay for Facebook?

That was one of the underlying questions users weighed in the past few months as they learned the world’s largest social-networking service had conducted experiments on nearly 800,000 people in 2012.

The…

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3-D Printing Becomes Accessible for High School Teachers

3-D Printing Becomes Accessible for High School Teachers

Educators say there are ways to make 3-D printing affordable, easy and educational.

Imagine a classroom where teens design and manufacture a chess set, a scanner or even a prosthetic hand, for pennies on the dollar.

While it may seem like science fiction, it is happening in high schools around the country with the help of 3-D printers – which can be more affordable than most think.

A 3-D…

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VA nominee McDonald goes before Congress

VA nominee McDonald goes before Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department goes before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday as Congress considers a bill to help the next VA leader do his job.

VA nominee Robert McDonald appears headed to easy confirmation. The path for the veterans’ bill is decidedly rockier.

The Senate approved a bill last month…

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Oil gains further on concerns over Ukraine, Gaza

Oil gains further on concerns over Ukraine, Gaza

By The Associated Press

The price of oil rose above $103 a barrel Tuesday on persisting jitters over the situation in Gaza and the standoff over the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine.

U.S. benchmark crude for September delivery was up 21 cents to $103.06 a barrel at 0615 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 91 cents to $102.86 on Monday.…

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5 Lesser-Known Email Etiquette Rules You Might Be Breaking

5 Lesser-Known Email Etiquette Rules You Might Be Breaking

In the two decades since email began saturating most American workplaces, most people have come to agree on some basic etiquette rules, such as don’t reply-all when you don’t need to and avoid using all caps unless you’re screaming at someone.

But there are finer points of email etiquette that aren’t as universally acknowledged but can make you a far more effective emailer. Here are five…

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Will Debit Card Rewards Become a Perk of the Past?

Will Debit Card Rewards Become a Perk of the Past?

Along with closing bank branches and the elimination of free checking accounts, debit card rewards are one more piece of the banking industry on the way out.

Banks are still struggling to regain their footing from the financial collapse and resulting Great Recession. As profits shrink and expenses expand, the biggest banks in America are shedding thousands of jobs, cutting lobby services, shutt…

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