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Features by Sally Herships

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

Labor Day labor: Tactics for boarding your flight before overhead bins fill

Travelers share their strategies for jumping the line and avoiding bag check.
Posted In: airline travel, labor day, luggage

A high-tech pair: Flat screen TVs and e-cigarettes

As the e-cigarette market heats up, R.J. Reynolds plans its first TV ad since 1971, when cigarette commercials were banned.
Posted In: e-cigs, R.J. Reynolds

How much will Microsoft pay its next CEO?

As Microsoft starts the search for a new CEO, yet another report highlights the growing gap between CEO pay and that of the average worker.
Posted In: ceo pay, CEOs, income inequality

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