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5/24/2017

Sales of new homes fell by 11.4% in April, measuring at a rate of 569,000, according to the Commerce Department. Although new home sales dropped below expectations during the month, they were still up 0.5% year-over-year.

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5/24/2017

Government requests to Apple for user data for national security purposes jumped from between 2,750 and 2,999 in the first half of 2016 to between 5,750 and 5,999 in the second half, according to Apple's latest transparency report. The company also received 30,184 requests for technical information on devices from global law enforcement agencies.

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5/24/2017

Tami Fricks, founder of Sassy Bitch Wines, has turned a $500 investment into a million-dollar business. Frustrated by the difficulty of choosing a good wine, she created her own brand and set it apart from the competition with a catchy name and label intended to create a connection with women consumers.

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Forbes
5/24/2017

The monthly volume of people quitting their jobs suggests that too many employees go unrecognized for their hard work, says S. Chris Edmonds in this blog post and video. Remember that employees need regular praise and encouragement to continue doing their best.

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5/24/2017

Professionals should consider their motivation before agreeing to take on extra work, including whether they are passionate about the duties to be performed or are more motivated by financial benefits, writes Regan Walsh. The most important consideration of all may be whether the option to turn down the extra work even exists, Walsh writes.

5/24/2017

Crows have been observed mourning the death of their own by gathering together and cawing, writes James Ross Gardner. Researchers studying this behavior have to obscure their faces because crows can recognize human faces and possibly associate them as the dead crow's killer.

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Seattle Met magazine
5/24/2017

With its popular format and 158 million daily active users, Snapchat presents a unique opportunity for businesses. Expedia Canada's Tony Tie explores five proven strategies for the platform, including the creation of candid content and the inclusion of calls to action.

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Entrepreneur online
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Tony Tie
5/24/2017

Small businesses received $99.96 billion -- 24.34% -- of contracting funds from the federal government in the fiscal year ended in September, data from the Small Business Administration show. The government beat its 23% goal, but small firms received a smaller percentage of funds than they did in fiscal 2015.

5/24/2017

During a busy day on Capitol Hill where three senior intelligence officials testified Tuesday in front of panels investigating Russia's potential involvement with the 2016 election, former CIA Director John Brennan said he was "concerned" about intelligence he had seen about Trump campaign associates interacting with Russian officials. Republicans pressed Brennan on whether he had evidence of collusion, but Brennan said the CIA passes intelligence on to the FBI rather than determining if evidence exists.

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5/24/2017

First lady Melania Trump chose her clothing for the president's first foreign trip with the help of State Department officials, considering the customs and culture of the different countries. Trump donned a black veil for her audience with the pope, and she received praise from Saudi Arabian media for the black jumpsuit she wore for her visit that looked similar to the abaya worn by most Saudi women.

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CNN