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NJ, transit workers in tentative deal to avert strike
A strike would have thrown Monday’s commute into New York into chaos.
Some drillers see greener pastures beyond Bakken
Some North Dakota oil drillers are turning to acreage beyond the Bakken formation where their cost per barrel is lower.
Investing in 30 minutes a week? A book tells how
The environment ahead will be tough for investors — or maybe not, as a newly released book contends.
How to spot problem charities
Problems at the Wounded Warrior Project charity highlight the need to vet your charity. Here’s how to find the best ones.
GM buys self-driving car software company
The Detroit-based manufacturer declined to say how much it paid for the startup, reports USA Today.
UFC’s Tate wants it all: Better pay, better hair
Miesha Tate, the UFC’s bantamweight champ who they call “Cupcake,” talks to CNBC about equal pay and her desire to boost her sponsors.
Levchin: Why I changed my mind about Apple-FBI feud
Max Levchin, Affirm CEO, discusses why he changed his opinions about the ongoing battle between Apple and the FBI.
High-tech apps for low-cost booze
Subscribing to the night life is a model that appears to be taking off.
Tax scammers new target? Your medical records
Cybercriminals are buying medical records on the dark Web to file fraudulent tax returns.
Paul Ryan seeks halt to ‘Draft Ryan’ movement
The Committee to Draft Speaker Ryan has collected 1 million signatures in an online petition to draft Ryan as the GOP candidate.
Barkley, Hill, Smith talk madness: Politics, economy
Charles Barkley, Grant Hill and Steve Smith take a breather from hoops to talk about politics and the economy.
Start-up tries biggest change in shipping since 1973
Find out how this new, on-demand service is taking the headache out of packing up and sending back your returns.
FDA finds anti-Zika mosquito environmentally safe
A genetically engineered mosquito being used in the fight against Zika will not have a significant impact on the environment.
Money mistakes: What these NBA standouts learned
Former NBA stars Charles Barkley and Grant Hill share with CNBC mistakes they learned early on in handling big paychecks.
Sticky lawsuit: $400M dispute over Post-It inventor
Inventor Alan Amron, who claims to be the inventor of Post-Its, is suing 3M for credit.
Use Venmo? If you do this, Feds could come knocking
These four letters will trigger a terrorism alert in mobile pay app Venmo, The Verge reports.
Gulf Coast braces for ‘life-threatening’ floods
Torrential rains and flash floods are expected to hit the Gulf Coast again on Friday, NBC News reports.
AFL-CIO to launch anti-Trump ad campaign
The AFL-CIO, the largest U.S. federation of labor unions, will launch an anti-Trump campaign ad.
Beer, pizza, chicken nuggets: Recalls to watch
Several food items have been recalled this week, including junk food favorites like pizza and chicken nuggets.
West Coast watches as Fukushima leaks radiation
Small amounts of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear accident are still leaking into the ocean and drifting to U.S. shores.
Apple: DOJ ‘desperate,’ brief reads like indictment
The Justice Department filed a response to Apple, saying the tech giant “deliberately” put up barriers that now hurt an FBI probe.
Goldman hired daughter of ally to Malaysian PM Najib
Goldman hired the daughter of an ally of Najib Razak at a time when the bank was seeking to expand its Malaysia business, reports the FT.
US security boss: China’s building big island firepower
China will be able to project “substantial offensive military power” from islands in the South China Sea, James Clapper said.
Wounded Warrior board fires top execs over big spending
The Wounded Warrior Project fired its top two executives Thursday after accusations of lavish spending, the NYT reports.
5 takeaways from kinder, gentler GOP debate in Fla
If Donald Trump wins Marco Rubio’s home state and John Kasich’s home state, he’ll take a massive leap towards securing the Republican nomination.
North Dakota wakes up to hangover as oil swoons
The shale revolution transformed North Dakota’s economy. The question is what growth will look like on the other side of the oil price downturn.
Is the bond market getting more optimistic?
A potential sign of economic strength in the bond market has failed to convince some traders.
Amazon’s virtual helper adds bank teller to resume
Amazon and Capital One team up to offer first banking “Skill” for Alexa.
NJ Transit, unions meet Friday to try to avert strike
Negotiations between New Jersey Transit and its rail workers unions are heading into the final days before a weekend strike deadline.
Million dollar homes: Rent vs buy edition
CNBC goes to four cities, highlights two properties in each: A $1 million rental and a $1 million dollar. Which comes out on top?
Why Apple’s co-founder loves this Amazon device
Steve Wozniak thinks the Amazon Echo is better than Siri.
Until this happens, keep buying gold: Gartman
Gold is up nearly 20 percent in 2016, and that has veteran trader Dennis Gartman urging investors not to sit out on the rally.
How cheap oil has hit one shale boomtown
As oil prices have collapsed, drilling and overall business are down in Williston, a shale boomtown in North Dakota.
FBI should butt out of Apple’s biz: Ex-CIA chief
The FBI seems to be seeking a way to change the way Apple builds the iPhone’s operating system, James Woolsey says.
Colgate extends restructuring, plans more job cuts
The restructuring program, now expected to end in December 2017, will result in the reduction of 3,300 to 3,800 positions globally.
US import prices fall for eighth straight month
U.S. import prices fell in February, but the pace of decline is slowing as the dollar’s rally fades and oil prices stabilize.
Calm markets, positive data prime Fed to raise rates
The Fed will have more credibility at its meeting next week when it says further rate hikes this year remain firmly on the table.
Trump may be proven right on China tariffs: Chang
China export Gordon Chang tells CNBC tariffs on Chinese exports to the U.S. might have to be on the table.
Trump ‘fundamentally breaks’ the GOP: Ex-WH aide
The GOP needs Donald Trump’s rivals to stay in the race to force a brokered convention, Sarah Fagen says.
Ex-GOP presidential candidate Carson backs Trump
Former rival Ben Carson backed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Friday.
Millionaire may reap trillions mining asteroids
The co-founder of Planetary Resources reveals how he plans to harvest the cosmos for rich resources humanity needs.
Why are these election pundits so shy?
Call them the pundits of the plutocracy, a quite group of election analysts serving Wall Street who prefer lower profiles.
Seniors face Medicare drug cost-sharing shift
Most Medicare Part D plan drugs are now subject to coinsurance payments by customers.
Despite her rhetoric, big pharma likes Hillary
The pharmaceutical industry has donated more to Clinton’s campaign than to any other candidate. This despite her harsh words for the industry.
Can Samsung beat Apple with the new Galaxy S7?
Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have gotten some favorable reviews. Do they have what it takes to beat the iPhone?
Apple to hold media event March 21
Apple is planning to “loop” the media in on its latest plans at an invitation-only event March 21.
Amazon experiences intermittent outages
Amazon.com was intermittently down Thursday afternoon on desktop, mobile web and its mobile application.
New NYC buses to feature free Wi-Fi, USB ports
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will add around 2,000 fancy new buses to its fleet in the next five years.
USF president: Student-debt crisis is real
University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft discusses the state of student debt and how students can ease this burden.
Pro Research: How Trump can win general election
The Bear Traps Investment Newsletter team explains what a Trump victory would look like and how investors should position their portfolio.
The $1M bet that a solar stock hits new highs
Within the beaten-down space of solar stocks, First Solar has survived the past year’s sell-off. Are there more gains to come?
Chevy’s new take on the Camaro
Two new versions of the latest Camaro are rolling into Chevy dealerships this spring.
Sit courtside for Big East tournament, thanks to VR
Fox Sports, NextVR will stream the Big East tournament games in VR globally.
Household net worth rose on eve of market turmoil
The net worth of households rose in the fourth quarter, a sign households were on solid ground.
Donald Trump’s fifth-grade speaking level
College-level oration is not required at presidential debates, according to a Big Crunch analysis.
NASA salvages Mars mission, aims for 2018 launch
Instead of scrapping the grounded Mars InSight spacecraft, NASA announced Wednesday it’s shooting for a 2018 launch.
Calls grow for Fed to hike rates in … March?
Just weeks after Wall Street was preparing for the apocalypse comes talk that now would be a good time to raise rates.
California set to raise smoking age to 21
California lawmakers voted to make the nation’s most populous state the second to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21.
Lawmakers to airlines: Your fees are out of hand
The bill would limit airline fees for checked bags, ticket changes and cancellations, The New York Times reports.
The rush to invest in this booming $400B market
This economy is the world’s eighth largest and has nearly 80 million consumers clamoring for Western products.
How to trim those funeral costs by half
Shopping around for funeral costs hasn’t been easy, but a new website helps consumers compare prices.
‘Softer’ GOP debate on tap? So says Trump … maybe
The chairman of the Republican Party has said that he wants Thursday’s Republican debate to be “more of a G-rated” event.
Checking account fees may take all your money
Fees on checking accounts have risen steadily over the last several years, but there is a way around many of them.
Lawmakers cheer legalizing raw milk, then get sick
West Virginia health officials are investigating whether lawmakers became ill from raw milk after passing a law loosening restrictions on drinking it.
Pistachios recalled after salmonella outbreak
At least 11 people in nine U.S. states have been infected in a salmonella outbreak linked to pistachios and two of them have been hospitalized.
Amazon leases planes for new delivery network
Amazon.com signed a deal to lease 20 Boeing 767 widebody freighter aircraft to ensure capacity for fast deliveries.
Sonos announces layoffs, pivot toward voice control
Home speaker maker Sonos is laying off workers as the company shifts to voice recognition and music streaming.
Brent sinks on stockpile fear, output freeze doubt
Oil fell on Thursday following a report crude producers would not meet to discuss an output freeze in Russia on March 20.
Hedge funds are pouring money into the elections
About $47 million has been lavished on presidential candidates in the first 13 months of this election season.
Canada PM has faith in American electoral process
President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke in the White House Rose Garden on Thursday morning.
Pickens’ son celebrates $4M day
The son of legendary oilman Boone Pickens had a big day after his tech company disclosed a government contract.
Feds hit key Calif. water district with rare fine
The SEC settled with California’s largest water district for $125,000, alleging it mislead investors at the time of bond offering.
NKorea fuels tensions by shooting missiles into sea
North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off Wonsan early on Thursday, South Korea’s military said.
Donald Trump is unstoppable: Survey
A majority of CFOs think Donald Trump will win the GOP nomination, according to the CNBC Global CFO Council survey.
This chart may hold the key to markets: Technician
Predicting what global markets do next may come down to the Brazilian real, according to one technician.
Clinton, Sanders go big on immigration in Fla debate
Bernie Sanders sparred with Hillary Clinton on immigration at a debate in Miami Wednesday night, ahead of Florida’s primary Tuesday.
Honda to compensate dealers for losses over recalls
Honda will compensate U.S. dealers for costs of vehicles they can’t sell because of the massive recall linked to potentially faulty air bag inflators.
Calpers, Moody’s settle suit over mortgage deals
Calpers said it has reached a $130 million settlement with Moody’s and Moody’s Investors’ Service to resolve a case involving mortgage deals.
Chipotle completes cleanup of Massachusetts location
Chipotle Mexican Grill received praise for its handling of potential norovirus infections at a Boston-area restaurant.
Rain to drench the South amid ‘historic’ floods
Twenty-five million Americans were facing the threat of floods was set to wreak more misery across the Gulf Coast and South on Thursday.
Dollar General’s quarterly sales rise 7%
Dollar General’s quarterly sales rose 7 percent as demand increased for items such as candy and snacks, perishables, tobacco, and food.
Can Square and Box thaw the IPO market?
While Square and Box were big reasons the IPO market shut down, they’re now giving tech investors reason for excitement.
Over 55, out of work? Time to reinvent yourself
Laid off after 55? Landing a new job can be tough, but experts say several tactics can help you land a new gig.
How a hacker’s typo helped stop a $1B bank heist
A spelling mistake in an online bank transfer instruction prevented a nearly $1 billion heist involving the Bangladesh central bank and the N.Y. Fed.
Want free pizza? Better be good at math
Want to earn 3.14 years of free pizza from Pizza Hut? All you have to do is answer three math questions.
Taco Bell launches $1 breakfast menu nationwide
Taco Bell launched its $1 Morning Value Menu on Thursday, offering customers 10 breakfast items — some new — for just a buck.
Jobless claims fall to lowest level since October
The number of Americans filing for benefits fell last week, pointing to strength in the labor market that should further dispel fears of a recession.
Cookie bans? Small biz fights back against regs
Small businesses are taking on regulations, as government red tape has intensified. From “cookie bans” to hours of work training, the list of rules is long.
Twitter gives stock, bonuses to retain talent: Report
Twitter has been sweetening employee compensation packages to retain talent as the company’s user growth stalls and it stock price slides, the Journal reported.
Trump: GOP elites should stop working against me
Trump also tells CNBC that global currency devaluations are hurting the U.S.
Fiorina: Trump won’t challenge the system
Trump is not a conservative and will not challenge the system, former candidate Carly Fiorina tells CNBC.
White House vetting 5 Supreme Court nominees: Source
The White House is interviewing 5 potential nominees for the Supreme Court, according to a source close to the process.
These stocks are quietly hitting a record high
Amid the global market turmoil this year, at least one group of stocks has become a big benefactor — consumer staples.
Men’s Wearhouse parent closing 250 stores
Tailored Brands says it’s closing roughly 250 stores this year, including 80 or 90 full-price Jos A. Bank stores.
Americans spent how much on plastic surgery?!
In 2015, Americans set a new record for the amount of money spent on cosmetic procedures, The Fiscal Times reports.
CEO of Volkswagen’s American unit to depart
Volkswagen announced Wednesday that Michael Horn, chief executive of Volkswagen Group of America, will leave the position.
Expert: Student debt crisis has been ‘overblown’
An American Enterprise Institute staffer said it’s not clear that student loan debt has been a drag on the economy.
Is Trump worse for the market than Clinton?
David Lafferty of Natixis argues that Clinton is better for the markets because Trump will bring too much volatility.
Three things to know about El Nino
This El Nino is one of the strongest on record, but it is no cure-all for drought, and it may be contributing to flooding.
Darden gains on guidance, C-suite shake-up
Investors had an appetite for Darden Restaurants shares after third-quarter guidance and a leadership change.