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Giant mounds of sand sit by a rail spur at an 800-acre frac-sand facility run by Hi-Crush Partners in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin.

Sand turns a rural county upside-down

Jan 15, 2015
Fracking creates a sand rush in western Wisconsin, and not everyone is happy.
Posted In: fracking, sand
People line up to change their Swiss francs at a currency exchange office in Geneva.

Swiss National Bank gives up the ghost

Jan 15, 2015
The bank surprised just about everyone by letting go of the franc.
Posted In: Swiss banks, exchange rate, euro
President Obama speaks about increasing access to high-speed and affordable Internet on Wednesday at a utility company in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Obama promotes Internet independence for communities

Jan 14, 2015
President encourages municipalities to set up their own high-speed fiber-optic networks.
Cover of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo featuring the Prophet Muhammad is displayed with newspaper front pages from around the world outside the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Latest Charlie Hebdo will barely be distributed in US

Jan 14, 2015
3 million were printed but only 300 copies of the magazine will be sold here.
Posted In: Charlie Hebdo, France, U.S.
Mark Bertolini, CEO of Aetna.

Aetna raises its minimum wage.... Who's next?

Jan 13, 2015
Don't expect other companies to quickly follow Aetna on the wage front. The move is strategic.
Posted In: Aetna, minimum wage, health insurance, labor market
U.S. Treasury Building in Washington, D.C.

Weiss withdraws but will still work at Treasury

Jan 13, 2015
Is there a difference between an adviser and someone with Senate confirmation?
Posted In: treasury, Democrats, antonio weiss, department of education
A worker unloads sand from a delivery truck into one of three "Sand Kings" on an oil-drilling site north of Denver.

Fracking makes sand a $10 billion industry

Jan 13, 2015
Even though drilling is expected to taper, demand for sand could keep growing.

Lithuania embraces the Euro

Jan 13, 2015
Lithuania has taken its old currency, the Litas, out of circulation.
Posted In: lithuania, Euro Eurozone, Eurozone
Water gushes from the ground from a water main break oustide of a mobile home park in Napa, California.

'Smart' devices used to hunt for water leaks

Jan 12, 2015
Entrepreneur's company tracks down leaky water pipes with data collected by sensors.
Posted In: technology, water, Israel
A gas station customer in Miami.

Texan winks, plays 'let's make a deal' with customers

Jan 12, 2015
Houston furniture dealer ties a tidy potential refund to the price of oil.
Posted In: oil prices, gas prices, Houston, furniture dealers

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