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Gilt Addicts Anonymous: The Daily Online Flash Sale Fixation

(23) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 9:48 AM

NEW YORK -- Over a four-year period, Heather racked up more than $50,000 in credit card debt.

The 35-year-old New York-based talent agent, who declined the use of her last name, once considered a Kate Spade handbag a perfectly reasonable status symbol.

But over the last few years,...

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Pregnant In Heels Star Rosie Pope Talks Pregnancy Myths And Misconceptions

(6) Comments | Posted December 9, 2011 | 8:09 AM

NEW YORK -- Rosie Pope practices what she preaches.

On Thursday morning, at Rosie Pope Maternity on Madison Avenue, Bravo's "Pregnant in Heels" star presided over a discussion about pregnancy's myths and misconceptions while wearing a black cocktail dress and sky-high Chanel heels.

Pope is pregnant with her third...

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Occupy Wall Street: A Generation Of 20-Somethings Airs Its Grievances, Its Frustrations

(1545) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 7:30 AM

NEW YORK -- Since graduating a year and a half ago from the Rhode Island School of Design, Nate Barchus hasn't shaken a nagging feeling: that he's aimless.

During college, the 23-year-old illustration major had grown accustomed to feeling like a productive member of society. But ever since Barchus got...

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Older Married Couples: Sex Key To Happiness

(61) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 6:01 PM

For married couples to stay happy as they grow old together, a healthy and robust sex life is essential, a new study concludes -- and the more sex, the better.

According to research presented at last month's annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, the more...

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Boost Financial Happiness: Try These Tips

(4) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 2:46 PM

What separates people who are optimistic and positive about their finances from those who aren't? One key factor is a sense of control, according to a new study by insurer Lincoln Financial Group. And no matter where you are on the wealth spectrum, adopting the habits of people who feel...

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Sexting Among Teens Isn't As Prevalent As Previously Reported, Study Shows

(33) Comments | Posted December 5, 2011 | 5:55 PM

NEW YORK -- The practice of teenagers engaged in "sexting" is far less widespread than previously reported, according to a new study released early Monday.

Published in Pediatrics, an academic journal, the study found that 1 percent of children between the ages of 10 to...

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Gloria Steinem Talks Women's Progress, Aging Well At TEDxWomen

(79) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 7:36 AM

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem, author, activist and co-founder of Ms. Magazine, sat down with the Huffington Post’s Amanda Fairbanks in New York to discuss the advances women have made over the last four decades, the challenges that remain, and why she loved turning 60. Steinem participated in TedxWomen, a conference...

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Overworked, Older Americans Not Using Up Allotted Vacation Days

(100) Comments | Posted November 26, 2011 | 10:21 AM

NEW YORK -- By year's end, the average American worker will have accumulated more than a week's worth of unused vacation days.

According to a recent American Travel Behavior Survey, commissioned by the discount travel website, older Americans tend to have a disproportionate share of unused...

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Occupy Seattle Protester Alleges Miscarriage After Pepper Spray Incident [LATEST UPDATES]

(2246) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 6:00 PM

NEW YORK -- In recent weeks, the repeated use of pepper spray by police officers against Occupy Wall Street protesters has elicited widespread criticism.


Whether it's September's use of pepper spray against young demonstrators in New York's Union Square...

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Occupy Student Debt Campaign Announces Nationwide Loan Refusal Pledge

(3964) Comments | Posted November 21, 2011 | 5:55 PM

NEW YORK -- Early Monday afternoon, a group of faculty and student organizers unveiled the Occupy Student Debt campaign from the southeast corner of lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park.

As part of the Occupy Wall Street movement, the national Occupy Student Debt campaign asks that borrowers default...

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Occupy Wall Street's Student Supporters Walk Out Of Class In Solidarity

(91) Comments | Posted November 17, 2011 | 5:11 PM

NEW YORK -- On a damp Thursday afternoon, several hundred students walked out of class and gathered in Union Square Park to demonstrate continued solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

As they have during previous demonstrations, many students expressed outrage over the increasing cost of tuition...

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State Of Young America: Indebted And Dubious Of Attaining American Dream

(101) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 5:22 PM

NEW YORK -- Five years ago, when TiffanyAnn Johnson first embarked on her dream of a college education, her parents agreed to shoulder a majority of the costs associated with getting a degree.

But soon after, the financial collapse decimated her father's mortgage business, forcing her family of four...

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Opportunity Nation: By Measuring Opportunity, Index Hopes To Restore Access To The American Dream

(2) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 9:50 AM

NEW YORK -- As of Friday morning, every state and nearly every county in the U.S. has been given an "opportunity score" to determine where in the country economic mobility is flourishing and where it has grown stagnant.

Called the "Opportunity Index," the interactive website is being...

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Average Debt Load For 2010 Graduates Hits Record High Amid Difficult Job Market

(13) Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 12:40 PM

NEW YORK -- For the class of 2010, graduation marked a harsh introduction to a cruel reality: the highest average debt load on record and a 9.1 percent unemployment rate.

Student loan debt continues to climb, according to a report released early Thursday morning by the Project...

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Occupy Colleges: Student Supporters of Occupy Wall Street Plan Third Act of Support

(297) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 11:43 AM

NEW YORK -- College students at more than 70 campuses around the country will hold teach-ins late Wednesday and on Thursday as a way of building awareness and showing solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Over the past month, Occupy Colleges, a student-led initiative based in...

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Private College Students Arrive At Zuccotti Park To Air Complaints

(82) Comments | Posted October 28, 2011 | 5:02 PM

NEW YORK -- Since graduating from Ithaca College in May, Nathan Grant has searched high and low for steady work.

After spending the summer renting kayaks at a local campground, Grant moved back in with his parents in Little Egg Harbor, N.J.

In mid-September, Grant first read about...

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Public College Students Flocking To Occupy Wall Street To Voice Frustrations

(188) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 7:07 PM

NEW YORK -- Wednesday evening, three college students descended on lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park with the hope of unfurling their sleeping bags and staying the night.

All three men mentioned the rising cost of higher education as their main motivation for leaving the comfort of their own beds to...

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Obama's Student Loan Plan Is Too Little, Too Late For Recent Graduates

(2072) Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 5:55 PM

NEW YORK -- Compared to many of her unemployed classmates, Gabby Bladdick counts herself among the lucky ones.

Since graduating with a degree in public relations from Valparaiso University in December, Bladdick has landed a full-time job in her chosen field that even includes benefits.

But she's quickly learning...

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College Dropouts Comprise A Small But Impassioned Contingent of Occupy Wall Street Protesters

(18) Comments | Posted October 25, 2011 | 6:40 PM

NEW YORK -- This past May, Audrey Hollingsworth had finally reached her limit.

The rising debt and chronic joblessness among her friends, combined with the thought of personally plunking down $35,000 for another year at Warren Wilson College, was more than Hollingsworth could stomach.

So, the 19-year-old, Lexington,...

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Oberlin College Students Join Occupy Wall Street Protesters

(15) Comments | Posted October 24, 2011 | 6:30 PM

NEW YORK -- As their classmates spent fall break putting finishing touches on fellowship and graduate school applications, a group of Oberlin College students voyaged to lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park armed with nothing but sleeping bags and a change of clothes.

Twelve Oberlin students will spend the next week...

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