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3 ways insurers can discourage sick from enrolling

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By TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using... More>>

UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

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Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes - banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors - until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday. More>>

Applications for US unemployment aid slip to 298K

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The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits slipped 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 298,000, a low level that signals employers are cutting few jobs and hiring is likely to remain strong. More>>

Stealz app is win-win for businesses and customers Video included

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Everyone is looking for a deal and sometimes it's as easy as checking-in or posting a photo to your social media accounts, according to a new app that helps you save money and connect with your friends.Stealz is a smart phone app that helps you earn points by posting on your Twitter and Facebook accounts. More>>

Burger King plans expansion of Tim Hortons

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The fight for the coffee and breakfast crowd is heating up, both at home and abroad. More>>

US home price gains slow in June

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U.S. home prices increased at a slower pace in June - a cooldown that could continue for several more months. More>>

Sales of US new homes fall in July

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Fewer Americans bought new homes in July, evidence that the housing sector is struggling to gain traction more than five years into the economic recovery. More>>

Democrats reframe debate on health care

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President Barack Obama's unpopular health care law is losing some of its political punch as vulnerable Democrats see it as less of an election-year minus and Republicans increasingly talk about fixing it instead of... More>>

United lures top fliers with promise of a hot meal

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To win the hearts of frequent business travelers, United Airlines is going through their stomachs. More>>

Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.10 pct

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Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week, with the 30-year loan rate hitting its 52-week low. More>>

Bank of America agrees to nearly $17B settlement

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The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday. More>>

Honda bolsters Fit to boost crash resistance

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When the subcompact Fit failed a crash test, Honda went back to the drawing board. More>>

Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 298K

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Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, another sign the job market is improving. More>>

Faster Netflix streaming coming to Time Warner Cable

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Netflix is opening up its wallet once again to improve streaming speeds on one of the country's largest Internet providers. More>>

NC justices uphold ruling leading to utility rates Video included

The state Supreme Court has upheld a decision by North Carolina electric power regulators that allowed a Duke Energy subsidiary to raise rates on residential customers of the former Progress Energy by 7.5 percent over two... More>>

US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July

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U.S. home construction rebounded in July, rising to an eight-month high and offering hope that housing has regained momentum after two months of declines. More>>

New Corvette feature keeps an eye on valets

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Face it. If you own a luxury or sports car, whenever you hand the keys to a valet, you imagine the car going on a high-speed joyride like the Ferrari in the 1980s cult movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." More>>

Unemployment rises in most US states in July

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Unemployment rates rose in 30 U.S. states last month, even as employers in two-thirds of the states stepped up hiring. The trends reflect an increase in job-hunters nationwide as an improving economy has encouraged more... More>>

US homebuilder confidence rises in August

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By ALEX VEIGA AP Real Estate Writer U.S. homebuilders are feeling more confident in their sales prospects headed into next year, a sign that home construction and sales of newly built homes may pick up... More>>

Three-wheeled Elio gets closer to going on sale Video included

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Your next commuter car could have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon. More>>

Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

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The clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health care law. More>>

Back-to-school shopping means bargains Video included

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Students, parents and teachers alike may be basking in the last few weeks of summer and counting down to Labor Day getaways, but for retailers it was time to go back to school a month ago. More>>

Amazon debuts mobile payment app and card reader

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Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through... More>>

Stores have a solid start to back-to-school season

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The back-to-school shopping season is off to a promising start, but retailers may be sacrificing profit for sales. More>>

US jobless aid applications rise to 311,000

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More people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, although jobless claims continue to be close to pre-recession levels. More>>

AG Cooper forces fracking company to obey state law

AG Cooper forces fracking company to obey state law Video included

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Attorney General Roy Cooper warns out-of-state firm to cease improper solicitations of fracking leases. More>>

ENC community certified as "WorkReady"

ENC community certified as "WorkReady"

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Onslow County is the latest community to be certified as WorkReady. More>>

MISSION BBQ to open soon in Jacksonville

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A restaurant known for traditional American BBQ with a hefty side of patriotism is coming to Jacksonville. More>>

Greenville store owner in national spotlight for offering healthy alternatives

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A local store owner gets national attention for providing healthy alternatives. More>>

New Bern Walmart Neighborhood Market moves closer to completion

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A new Walmart Neighborhood Market in New Bern, scheduled to open this spring, is moving closer to completion. More>>

Impress your friends and enrage your spouse with this Super Bowl TV buying guide

Buying a new TV can be a confusing and expensive endeavour. Here are some tips to ensure you get the most bang for your buck!
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5 steps to protect your credit

Recent data breaches remind consumers to secure financial information. More>>

Ten of the most fascinating cars for 2015

There are indeed a few boring cars on the market today; but these upcoming models in the pages ahead certainly won't be among them. More>>

Buying a car today? Go prepared or prepare to spend extra

If you're one of the many folks planning to purchase a new vehicle today -- or any day -- spend some time preparing for your shopping excursion. More>>

ENC shops offer discounts for Small Business Saturday

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Shops in eastern North Carolina offered deals to attract customers on Small Business Saturday.
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Apple launches slimmer, faster, and better looking new iPad Air

The iPad has been in need of an overhaul, given that the iPad 4 was a very light refresh over its predecessor, the iPad 3. Simply put, Apple has delivered here.
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Breast milk bought online may contain harmful germs

Even after working with several nursing experts, first-time mom Katie Sweet wasn't able to make enough of her own breast milk to feed her newborn daughter. More>>

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