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Even in industries with traditional schedules, workers are more likely to do their job outside regular office hours and respond to work e-mails off the clock. That flexibility can lead to better work/life balance, but at the risk of blurring the boundaries between an employee's job and personal life.
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The Labor Department released detailed guidelines this week for determining whether businesses should designate their workers as "employees" or "independent contractors," and suggested that the latter classification has been used a bit to liberally as companies re-organize and streamline costs.
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US retail sales fell 0.3 percent in June, a far cry from analysts' expectations for a modest gain. As the economy has recovered well elsewhere, the weakness in the consumer sector has weighed heavily on the Federal Reserve’s eventual decision to finally raise long-term interest rates.
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From last year, on the Redskins' trademark ruling. 
The US Patent and Trademark Office will cancel trademarks for the Washington Redskins name on the grounds that it is 'disparaging to Native Americans.' If the decision is upheld, the potential financial loss could finally prompt a Redskins name change.
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Calling all House Hunters fanatics. 
Home prices in the US are getting more and more expensive each year; they increased 1.7 percent in May, according to CoreLogic. But from state to state and neighborhood to neighborhood, real estate prices are as variable as the weather. Things like square footage and number of bedrooms and materials are obvious factors in determining the price of a home, but those beyond the home itself can matter just as much: crime rates, the public school syst...
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No one asked, and Oreo listened. 
'Oreo Thins' will be added to the Oreo cookie lineup in US stores starting next week. The new Oreos will have fewer calories, and be thinner.
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Existing home sales rose 3.2 percent to a 5.49 million annualized pace in June as stable job prospects and a much-improved economy encouraged buyers. But thanks to shifting demographics and the lingering effects of the housing crash, more Americans are still renting than they have in decades.
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Why would anyone want a micro-apartment in a low-cost housing market like Kalamazoo? 
Micro-housing has been touted as a solution for urban coastal areas experiencing a housing crisis, but its spread to other, more spacious areas have left some wondering if there might be more to it.
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Taco Bell is testing out food delivery service in more than 200 restaurants in California and Texas. If fast food restaurants can fine-tune their technology and packaging, they could find huge success with adding delivery service.
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"It took just 16 minutes for Carli Lloyd to secure her place in the recurring nightmares of the Japanese women’s national team. By the time she was finished, millions of Women’s World Cup final viewers hadn’t even turned on the game yet."
The US women’s 5-2 dismantling of Japan during the Women's World Cup final Sunday night drew the highest TV ratings of any soccer match ever aired in the United States, according to broadcaster Fox.
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The US economy added 223,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent. While factors like slow wage growth and low participation remain a concern, hopeful long-term prospects for workers were given an extra boost by President Obama and the Labor Department this week.
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Staff writer for The Christian Science Monitor. I cover consumer news, sports, and the occasional sandwich. Follow me on Twitter @Schuyler_V. I'm usually there.
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