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Poll: Uninsured sit on the sidelines as sign-up season ends

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most uninsured Americans are sitting on the sidelines as sign-up season under the federal health law comes to a close, according to a new poll that signals the nation's historic gains in coverage are slowing.

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Wednesday 01/27/2016
Panic is passé: investors stay steady on retirement savings
Posted: January 27, 2016

Panic is so passé.

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Tuesday 01/26/2016
US stocks rise as oil makes another swift reversal
Posted: January 26, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are rising Tuesday as the price of oil makes another abrupt reversal, rising about 5 percent after falling by about the same amount a day ago. Banks are also climbing, and consumer stocks are getting a lift from strong fourth-quarter results from companies like Procter & Gamble and handbag maker Coach.

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Saudi Aramco expects oil prices to rise by end of 2016
Posted: January 26, 2016

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil giant expects oil prices will climb toward the end the year, saying the current price of around $30 a barrel is not sustainable.

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Friday 01/22/2016
US stocks join global rally as energy prices jump again
Posted: January 22, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are jumping Friday as a rally that started in Asia reaches America and energy prices continue to climb from their recent lows, lifting oil and gas stocks. Big-name tech stocks like Apple and Microsoft also rose.

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Thursday 01/07/2016
The latest in gadgets: Turn tooth-brushing into a video game
Posted: January 07, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The latest developments surrounding the consumer-electronics show in Las Vegas known as CES (all times local):

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'Star Wars' Monopoly to include Rey after 8-year-old's note
Posted: January 07, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The "Star Wars" version of Monopoly will add a game piece based on the female character Rey after an 8-year-old girl wrote "Girls matter" in a letter to game maker Hasbro noting the omission.

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Monday 01/04/2016
Charter merger with Time Warner Cable delayed at FCC
Posted: January 04, 2016

NEW YORK — Regulators pushed back by two weeks their informal deadline to complete a review of Charter Communications Inc.’s purchase of Time Warner Cable Inc.

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Medicare is changing: What's new for beneficiaries
Posted: January 04, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whether it's coverage for end-of-life counseling or an experimental payment scheme for common surgeries, Medicare in 2016 is undergoing some of the biggest changes in its 50 years.

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The latest from CES: Ford embraces Apple, Google car systems
Posted: January 04, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The latest developments from the consumer-electronics show in Las Vegas known as CES (all times local):

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The smart-tech future beckons to us from the CES gadget show
Posted: January 04, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Look around. How many computing devices do you see? Your phone, probably; maybe a tablet or a laptop. Your car, the TV set, the microwave, bedside alarm clock, possibly the thermostat, and others you've never noticed.

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Friday 12/18/2015
House, Senate rush to send huge budget and tax deal to Obama
Posted: December 18, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House and Senate are rushing to send President Barack Obama a massive budget package that would fund the entire government through September 2016 and shower tax breaks on working families, businesses and a wide swath of special interests.

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Thursday 12/17/2015
SANTA ANA: AgriLife prepares to help growers meet new safety standards
Posted: December 17, 2015

WESLACO — To help producers and others meet the requirements of the newly implemented federal food safety laws, Texas A&M AgriLife is gearing up to begin training sessions, experts said.

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Wearable heart device cleared for children with cardiac risk
Posted: December 17, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials have cleared a wearable heart-zapping device for children who are at risk of deadly irregular heartbeats.

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Turing CEO Martin Shkreli in custody after securities probe
Posted: December 17, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Martin Shkreli, the former hedge fund manager under fire for buying a pharmaceutical company and ratcheting up the price of a life-saving drug, is in custody following a securities probe.

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Wednesday 12/16/2015
US stocks open higher ahead of Fed decision on rates
Posted: December 16, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening higher, led by gains in banking shares ahead of an interest rate decision by the Federal Reserve.

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Tuesday 12/15/2015
Gorilla Glass, used for cell phones, is coming to cars
Posted: December 15, 2015

DETROIT (AP) — The thin, lightweight glass on your smartphone could soon be found on your car.

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Thursday 12/10/2015
SANTA ANA: New tomatoes and spinach being developed for area
Posted: December 10, 2015

WESLACO  —  The revival of the once thriving vegetable production industry in South Texas will begin with the development of new tomato and spinach varieties designed to perform well in the area’s harsh conditions, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist.

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The Latest: 4 suspects sought in Geneva said to have IS ties
Posted: December 10, 2015

PARIS (AP) — The latest on the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. All times local:

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GM ignition switch fund pays out $594.5M on 399 claims
Posted: December 10, 2015

DETROIT (AP) — Lawyers hired to compensate victims of General Motors' faulty ignition switches have paid out $594.5 million to settle 399 eligible claims.

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Average US rate on 30-year mortgages rises to 3.95 percent
Posted: December 10, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged higher this week following three straight weeks of declines, amid expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise its key short-term interest rate next week.

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Wednesday 12/09/2015
Facebook hails US presidential race as 2015's top topic
Posted: December 09, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. won't elect a president until next year but the debate over the crowded field of candidates jostling for the Oval Office emerged as the hottest topic on Facebook this year.

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Thursday 12/03/2015
Master Clothing Volunteers set craft sale Dec. 5 in Edinburg
Posted: December 03, 2015

EDINBURG — Just in time for the holidays, volunteer sewing experts in Edinburg will host an event Dec. 5 to sell handmade crafts and teach others how to make their own, according to Joanne Ureste, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service family resources agent for Hidalgo County.

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Small business agency loans on the rise
Posted: December 03, 2015

The value of federally backed loans to small businesses in the Lower Rio Grande Valley has jumped substantially in the last year.

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More for the Money
Posted: December 03, 2015

DALLAS — Day in and day out, sedans, SUVs, convertibles and pickups pour in and out of the Fuel City gas station on the outskirts of downtown Dallas. They’re headed to Austin or Abilene or Shreveport or maybe just down the road, just as they did

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‘Business Courts’ take on complex conflicts
Posted: December 03, 2015

MIAMI — From his courtroom perch, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge John Thornton has seen all kinds of business disputes. There was the condo developer who sued his general contractor alleging serious construction defects, and the fight between two former partners over the creation of a health insurance app. And there was the suit against a developer who allegedly extorted and defamed one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, ending in a $1 billion judgment.

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Monday 11/30/2015
US stocks are little changed in early trading after holiday
Posted: November 30, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are little changed in the early going as investors return from the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

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Cyber Monday sales still on top, but losing some luster
Posted: November 30, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers are rolling out online deals on so-called "Cyber Monday." But now that shoppers are online all the time anyway, the 10-year-old shopping holiday is losing some of its luster.

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Friday 11/27/2015
Study: Truck traffic surging at Pharr International Bridge
Posted: November 27, 2015

PHARR — The Pharr International Bridge is on the verge of toppling Nogales, Arizona, as the longtime, No. 1 U.S. land port of entry for Mexican produce-laden trucks, according to a new study by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

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McAllen’s Holiday Inn Express changes name to Smart iStay Hotel
Posted: November 27, 2015

McALLEN — The McAllen Holiday Inn Express this week changed its brand name to Smart iStay Hotel.

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Wednesday 11/25/2015
A look at the hot toys for holiday 2015
Posted: November 25, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Which toys will warm the hearts of parents and kids for the holiday 2015 shopping season?

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Monday 11/23/2015
Thanksgiving weekend schedule for major retailers
Posted: November 23, 2015

Some of the largest retailers demonstrate the diminished importance of Black Friday.

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Is Black Friday dying?
Posted: November 23, 2015

Black Friday shopping this year will continue to have sizzle for the serious shopper, but the urgency to hit the stores early could be diminished because door-buster deals won’t happen only on Friday — and won’t necessarily involve doors, as more bargains are duplicated online.

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Black Friday deals: Bargain or bust?
Posted: November 23, 2015

Attention, holiday shoppers: Before you dart away from the Thanksgiving table or drag yourself out of a turkey coma in the wee hours Friday morning, you may want to pause. Many Black Friday deals are a bust, according to a report.

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Friday 11/20/2015
Mall stalwarts like Abercrombie falling out of fashion with teens
Posted: November 20, 2015

CHERRY HILL, N.J. — Where have all the teen mall rats gone?

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Oil producers hungry for deals drool over West Texas ‘tiramisu’
Posted: November 20, 2015

The worst oil market in decades would be hard to spot in West Texas, where two-lane county roads are still jammed with trucks and energy companies are on the prowl for deals.

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Real estate magazine profiles local broker
Posted: November 20, 2015

Dendea L. Balli, broker owner of the HomeSmart RGV franchise in McAllen, was profiled in the RIS Media’s RealEstate magazine.

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Mission’s Meade appointed to state economic development corporation
Posted: November 20, 2015

Alejandro “Alex” Meade of Mission is among six people named Gov. Greg Abbott last week to to the Texas Economic Development Corporation.

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Texas A&M signs agricultural agreement with Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Posted: November 20, 2015

COLLEGE STATION — Several entities of The Texas A&M University System have signed a memorandum of agreement with the state of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to train Bolivian students in the latest agricultural technologies, according to officials.

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Kmart resurrects the Blue Light Special
Posted: November 20, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — The blue light began to flash, and Angela Campbell bolted toward the front center aisle of a Kmart in Northeast Philadelphia.

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Tuesday 11/17/2015
US manufacturing output up in October
Posted: November 17, 2015

U.S. manufacturing output rose in October for the first time in three months as factories cranked out more steel, cars and computers.

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Friday 11/13/2015
Public asked to help keep citrus canker in check
Posted: November 13, 2015

WESLACO — After finding citrus canker in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, experts want the public to know the facts of the disease because they can play a big role in limiting its damage.

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Thursday 11/05/2015
Rains dousing Texas drought could harm RGV crops
Posted: November 05, 2015

BROWNSVILLE  —  Late October rains have practically wiped severe drought conditions from the face of Texas maps, and a new weather system is enhancing predictions of a wet El Niño winter, a weather expert says.

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Thursday 10/29/2015
SANTA ANA: New native plant center shaping up in South Padre Island
Posted: October 29, 2015

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Thor Lassen is counting on the generosity and involvement of donors and volunteers to give life to a native plant center at South Padre Island designed to help maintain the area’s ecosystems and tourism and educate the public.

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Monday 10/26/2015
FedEx predicts 12 percent increase in holiday shipments
Posted: October 26, 2015

With online shopping growing, FedEx is bracing for a record volumes this holiday season.

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Bridgestone buying Pep Boys for about $835 million
Posted: October 26, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Tire and auto service company Bridgestone Corp. is buying auto parts and repair company Pep Boys in for $835 million in a deal that will help Bridgestone gain a more dominant position.

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US stocks mostly lower in early trading; LendingTree rockets
Posted: October 26, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged mostly lower Monday as investors began another big week of company earnings and looked ahead to a policy meeting of the Federal Reserve. The Standard & Poor's 500 index remained positive for the year. The index moved into the black for the first time in two months on Friday, propelled by strong earnings from several big tech companies and the prospect of renewed support for the global economy.

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Thursday 10/22/2015
SANTA ANA: Drones survey waning red tide at South Padre Island
Posted: October 22, 2015

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Scientists from Texas A&M AgriLife, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Texas A&M Corpus Christi have collaborated on unmanned aerial vehicle flyovers of the red tide algae bloom that appears to be fading off the South Texas coast, according to experts.

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Wednesday 10/21/2015
Toyota recalls 6.5 million vehicles for window switch defect
Posted: October 21, 2015

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.5 million vehicles worldwide for a defective power window switch that can overheat, melt and lead to fires.

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23andMe returns with FDA-approved genetic health tests
Posted: October 21, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Genetic testing company 23andMe is reintroducing some health screening tools that federal regulators forced off the market more than two years ago, due to concerns about their accuracy and interpretation by customers.

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Tuesday 10/20/2015
Wireless carrier Verizon is also in the market for eyeballs
Posted: October 20, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon has long been known as a home phone and wireless service provider. But it's evolving to make more money by tracking what we watch and read on our phones.

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