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Wellness programs grow more popular with employers
That little voice nagging you to put down the cake and lace up the running shoes is increasingly coming from your employer and is likely to grow louder with a looming change under the federal health care overhaul....

Q&A: A French economist's grim view of wealth gap
NEW YORK (AP) -- If you'd like to live in Downton Abbey, the good news is that our economy has entered a second Gilded Age of opulence and elegance....

US stocks edge lower after a six-day rise
NEW YORK (AP) -- The stock market slipped Wednesday, after rising for six straight days, as investors worked through another round of quarterly earnings reports from U.S. companies. Intuitive Surgical was among those announcing disappointed results. A worse-than-expected report on the housing market also weighed on the broader market....

Spy plane outlasts Cold War, but not defense cuts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and proved crucial a half-century ago when two superpowers were on the brink of nuclear war....

Gay business owners still face challenges
NEW YORK (AP) -- It happens a few times a year: A customer refuses to work with Dave Greenbaum because he's gay....

Amazon snares classic shows in deal with HBO
NEW YORK (AP) -- Fans of classic HBO shows like "The Sopranos" and "The Wire" will soon have access to those series and more through Amazon Prime in the first online streaming deal signed by the cable network....

Sales of new US homes plunge 14.5 percent in March
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of Americans buying new homes plummeted in March to the slowest pace in eight months, a sign that real estate's spring buying season is off to a weak start....

Faster production brings Boeing $965M 1Q profit
Boeing's increased rate of commercial jet manufacturing is starting to pay off for shareholders....

Tech Tips: Add 2nd layer of protection online
NEW YORK (AP) -- If the Heartbleed security threat teaches us anything, it's that passwords don't offer total protection....

Delta navigates nasty winter, tops profit forecast
DALLAS (AP) -- Delta Air Lines Inc. is making more money by filling more seats on its planes and paying a bit less for fuel....

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