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What's next for AT&T megadeal? A look back at Comcast-NBC
NEW YORK (AP) -- AT&T is following in the footsteps of its rival Comcast in snapping up its own entertainment conglomerate - in this case, Time Warner. But what's happened in the aftermath of Comcast's 2011 purchase of NBCUniversal may cast a shadow over AT&T's deal....

Obama administration confirms double-digit premium hikes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama's health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That will stoke another "Obamacare" controversy days before a presidential election....

President of struggling MTV out after a year
NEW YORK (AP) -- MTV's president is out after only a year as the network once at the center of youth culture continues to struggle for relevance....

Wave of deals lead US stocks higher; tech companies jump
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stocks rose Monday as investors were cheered by a spate of corporate dealmaking over the weekend. Technology companies made the biggest gains. But investors were doubtful the biggest deal, AT&T's agreement to buy Time Warner, will happen....

Is sneaker production making a return run to the US?
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Crafting the latest trends in global footwear used to be the pride of U.S. shoe industry workers, but most of those jobs left long ago for Asia. Now, the American sneaker factory could be coming back - with robots doing most of the work....

General Mills milks Girl Scout Cookie popularity with cereal
If you just can't get enough of Girl Scout Cookies, rejoice - you can soon have them for breakfast....

For some low-income workers, retirement is only a dream
CHICAGO (AP) -- It was a striking image. A photo of an 89-year-old man hunched over, struggling to push his cart with frozen treats. Fidencio Sanchez works long hours every day selling the treats because he couldn't afford to retire. The photo and his story went viral and thousands of people donated more than $384,000 for his retirement....

Lexus, Toyota and Buick top new auto reliability survey
DETROIT (AP) -- Lexus, Toyota and Buick are the most reliable brands in Consumer Reports' latest survey, a reward for their conservative approach to new technology....

Gov't: Cybersecurity should be part of auto design process
DETROIT (AP) -- The government's highway safety agency says automakers should make cybersecurity part of their product development process by assessing risks and designing in protections....

A merged AT&T-Time Warner may not do consumers much good
NEW YORK (AP) -- AT&T and Time Warner are playing up how their $85.4 billion merger will lead to innovative new experiences for customers. But analysts, public-interest groups and some politicians are far from convinced....

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