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February 18, 2015 2:07 AM Shinzo Abe to Japan, Inc.: Raise wages or else!

Abe has in recent weeks cajoled, threatened and otherwise pressured corporate leaders to hike salaries. The lobbying effort has even extended to the golf course, where Abe is reportedly in the habit of inviting business titans for a round, and then asking them to raise wages. The success of Abe's economic revival plan may depend on the lobbying campaign 10

February 17, 2015 7:26 AM 'Better Call Saul' Episode 3 recap

In episode three of Better Call Saul’s premiere season, Jimmy finds himself unable to shake Nacho, one of Tuco’s brutal henchmen, who's hanging around like a bad cold. But before we learn of Jimmy’s latest predicament, Better Call Saul flashes us back to when Chuck was still lucid and Jimmy was still ... Jimmy, practically estranged from his family 27

February 16, 2015 11:27 PM Texas public universities shouldn't have to rely so heavily on tuition increases

This Valentine’s season, there’s been no love lost between Chancellor William McRaven and the Texas state legislature. Ever since the state of Texas dissociated itself from setting tuition prices in 2003, the cost of attending UT has risen exponentially, falling in line with a worrisome national trend. As a response, former Gov. Rick Perry began to champion 16

February 16, 2015 8:33 PM Will Malloy’s new budget add up to a tax increase?

Middletown – While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy pitched his sales tax plan Monday as middle-class relief, he withheld details that would show whether his new budget would increase state taxes overall. The governor wants to reduce the sales tax rate, which, by itself, would cost the state money. But at the same time, he wants to alter sales and business tax rules 23

February 16, 2015 5:48 PM Gas to stay below $2.50 in 2015

MURFREESBORO – Even though the price of gas increased last week, U.S. Energy Information Administration forecast the national average will fall further in 2015. “The national average pump price is expected to stay below $3 a gallon during 2015,” EIA Administrator Adam Sieminski said. Sieminski explained global oil inventories are expected to reach record 19

February 16, 2015 4:25 PM Appalachian Trail Crowds, Parks in Winter, Cruise Trends

Here's some travel news about crowds on the Appalachian Trail, national parks in winter and cruise trends. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is asking hikers planning to walk the entire 2,185 miles of the trail to consider alternatives to traditional itineraries as a way of reducing overcrowding on southern stretches of the trail. Last year, some 2,500 hikers 10

February 16, 2015 1:16 PM Still Fighting Ebola: A View from Liberia's Front Line

We’ve pretty much signed off on Ebola in the United States — last week, President Obama withdrew the US troops sent to fight the disease — but in Africa, the news on the epidemic has seemed pretty good. The overall number of known cases stands at 22,894, with 9,177 deaths, far below the dire predictions made last fall that the epidemic could sicken millions 23

February 16, 2015 12:42 PM Japan’s Economy Needs a Pay Rise

Japan’s escape from recession is slow. But that doesn’t mean investors should be quick to panic. In the fourth quarter, Japan’s gross domestic product rose 2.2% on an annualized basis from the third quarter. Coming after two consecutive quarters of shrinking output, the figures mark an end to the recession brought on by April’s sales-tax increase. Still 10 1

February 13, 2015 10:12 PM Ohio smokers targeted by proposed tax hike

Smokers say they’re tired of being singled out for higher taxes after Gov. John Kasich proposed a $1 hike in the price of a pack of cigarettes. “When is the discrimination going to stop against smokers? They have already made it so we can’t smoke inside places, made it so we can’t smoke outside certain places and made it so we spend more money on cigarettes 12

February 13, 2015 5:38 PM Portugal main opposition Socialists extend lead in poll

LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal's main opposition Socialists have slightly extended their lead over the center-right ruling coalition ahead of an autumn election but would fall short of a parliamentary majority, an opinion poll showed on Friday. The Socialists have criticized the government's austerity program but are a mainstream party and analysts say they would 22