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Features by Sally Herships

Trust issues: D.C. dysfunction means uncertainty for companies

There’s a better than average chance that the government could shut down again in a few months if Congress can’t come to an agreement. That uncertainty is a problem for everyone from contractors to the entire US economy.
Posted In: uncertainty, debt, private contractors, government shutdown 2013

Google pushes advertisers to buy ads for all devices

Is Google’s strong-arming of advertisers to buy ads across multiple platforms paying off?
Posted In: Google, ads, YouTube, Gmail

Medicare enrollment confusion could cost us cash

Medicare enrollment is already confusing enough. The new health care exchanges will only make it more so. And that could end up being costly for taxpayers.
Posted In: Medicare, Obamacare

The real cost of upkeep for a TV show home

Ever wonder how much it would cost to keep "Downton Abbey" running? A look at the real costs of staffing, upkeep, and more for some of TV's famous homes.
Posted In: Housing, television

Why is it so hard to make a career as a short story writer?

Alice Munro's Nobel Prize for Literature is unusual in that she was a short story writer, rather than a novelist. How did she manage to make a career as a short story writer?
Posted In: literature, Nobel Prize

Sotheby's auctions blue diamond for a lot of green

Sotheby’s Hong Kong is auctioning the world’s largest round blue diamond, the Premier Blue, for $19 million dollars. There’s not much you can do with diamonds but they are always in demand.
Posted In: diamonds, auctions

Target puts a bullseye on Walmart's phone-card business

Target takes on its giant rival, and launches its own pre-paid phone service.
Posted In: Target, Wal-Mart, smart phones, Brightspot

The rising cost of infertility

It's getting more and more expensive to make a baby.
Posted In: IVF, in vitro, fertility, reproductive health

When the financial crisis met pop culture

How the bad banks, home foreclosures and layoffs of the financial crisis found their way into pop culture.
Posted In: Pop Culture, Wall Street

The $5 menu? Doesn't have the same ring to it

McDonald's is exploring tweaking their Dollar Menu to include items priced at $1, $2 and even $5.
Posted In: McDonald's, dollar menu, fast food

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