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Hunter Stuart
Hunter Stuart is a Business Reporter at The Huffington Post, where he has worked since 2010. Before HuffPost, Stuart was a video reporter covering issues of reproductive justice for He’s originally from Concord, Massachusetts, and has lived in New York City since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @hoont.
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Payday Lenders Are Using The Internet To Evade State Law

(67) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 10:17 AM

Borrowing from any payday lender can be a risky endeavor. Borrowing from one online can be downright perilous.

The pitfalls of borrowing from storefront payday lenders -- companies that offer short-term loans with high interest rates -- are already well-documented. Regulators and consumer groups have...

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Did Boring Business Meetings Kill Barbie?

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 2:14 PM

While Barbie was busy becoming a tech entrepreneur, the company that makes her was mired in old-school business bureaucracy.

Mattel Inc., which owns the iconic doll, has seen Barbie sales plummet 18 percent this year. Sales of other big Mattel brands have also fallen recently,...

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How We Outsourced CIA Torture And Why It Matters

(37) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 3:43 PM

One big revelation in the explosive summary of the Senate report on CIA torture is just how much the U.S. government is outsourcing its dirty work.

The 500-page report on CIA interrogation tactics, released last week, details shocking instances of waterboarding, forced rectal feedings and various...

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New York City Protests Eric Garner Decision

(524) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 5:56 PM

NEW YORK -- New York City residents took to the streets on Wednesday after a grand jury said it would not bring charges in the death of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died in July after a police officer placed him in a chokehold.

Garner, 43, was...

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Wells Fargo Deliberately Pushed Dangerous Loans On Blacks, Hispanics: Lawsuit

(51) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 11:07 AM

Wells Fargo has been accused of targeting minorities with predatory high-cost home loans that pushed them into default and foreclosure.

Cook County, Illinois, which is home to the city of Chicago, filed a lawsuit in federal court on Friday against the nation’s largest mortgage lender. The suit...

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Witness: Michael Brown Said 'I Give Up' Before Being Shot

(264) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 12:44 PM

A witness to the Michael Brown shooting says she heard the teenager say, "I give up," before being fatally shot by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.

The unnamed witness told her story to law enforcement agents on Aug. 16, one week after the shooting. Her interview was...

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Your Credit Rating Might Predict How Likely It Is You'll Have A Heart Attack

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 10:30 AM

A new study has found that your credit rating may be able to predict how likely you are to have a heart attack or stroke.

The multi-decade study, which was published last week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was performed by Duke University psychologists...

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Used Car Dealership Hit With $8 Million Fine For Allegedly Harassing Customers

(17) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 3:21 PM

Elizabeth Warren's brainchild watchdog agency is cracking down for the first time on a used car dealer that also acted as an auto lender for allegedly harassing customers who were late on their payments.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, conceived by Sen. Warren (D. Mass.) during the financial...

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Old Navy Under Fire For Charging Plus-Size Women More Than Plus-Size Men

(112) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 12:39 PM

Old Navy is in hot water over allegations that it charges extra for women's plus-size clothing, but not for men's. Now, the company is explaining what's behind the double standard.

A petition on that has gathered over 16,000 signatures states that Old Navy charges...

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Weed Entrepreneurs In Oregon And Alaska Celebrate Legalization

(23) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 10:27 AM

On Tuesday, marijuana prohibition suffered another defeat.

Voters in Washington, D.C., Oregon and Alaska followed Colorado and Washington in voting to legalize cannabis for recreational use. The historic votes signal victories for pro-legalization advocates hoping to bring legal cannabis to even more states...

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CVS's Cigarette Ban Appears To Have Boosted Sales

(85) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 12:02 PM

CVS's move to ban cigarette sales earlier this year seems to be paying off.

Revenue jumped 9.7 percent in CVS' latest quarter from the same period a year ago, the company, which has rebranded itself as CVS Health, reported on Tuesday. That was due in part...

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Oregon's Cheap Legal Weed Could Starve Washington's Market

(292) Comments | Posted November 1, 2014 | 10:30 AM

Could Oregon’s legal marijuana market starve Washington’s?

Voters in Oregon decide on Tuesday whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana. If the measure passes, Oregon and Washington will boast the first shared border in the world of legal retail pot.

Yet the two states will have very...

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If You Had A Verizon Family Plan In The 2000s, There's Some Cash Coming Your Way

(31) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 10:40 AM

Verizon agreed to a proposed settlement last week under which it would pay $64.2 million to settle claims that it overcharged customers who signed up for family plans.

Family SharePlan customers were allegedly billed for in-network calls that were supposed to be free, according to a class-action lawsuit filed...

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Gas Hasn't Been This Cheap In Nearly Four Years

(88) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 1:36 PM

Gas prices always go down in the fall, but usually not this much.

At 56 percent of the nation’s gas stations, the price of gas is now under $3 per gallon, according to Michael Green, a spokesman for AAA, an auto club federation. AAA collects information on gas prices...

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Americans Fear Hacking More Than Any Other Crime, Poll Finds

(23) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 8:30 AM

The crime that Americans fear the most is having their credit card information stolen by hackers, according to a new poll.

A Gallup survey published Monday found that 69 percent of U.S. residents worry “frequently” or “occasionally” about computer hackers stealing their credit card information from stores....

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Uber, But For Kids. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

(7) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 12:33 PM

Parents used to tell kids never to accept rides from strangers. Now they pay for the privilege.

A new app called Shuddle, already dubbed "the Uber for kids," is designed to provide rides to children who are too young to drive themselves to...

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Company Makes Gun Tech That Could Help Prevent Police Brutality

(149) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 12:02 PM

Police may soon start using electronic guns that can track how, when and where the weapons are used, which could lead to greater accountability in investigations of police shootings.

The firearms technology company Yardarm Technologies has developed a new product that can record crucial information about when, where and how...

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Brooklyn Bowling Alley 'The Gutter' To Reopen After Ebola Cleanup

(3) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 11:02 AM

The bowling alley used by a New York man the night before he was diagnosed with Ebola will reopen Friday, according to the New York Times.

Williamsburg bowling alley The Gutter, shut down on Thursday as a "precautionary measure" while it...

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Uber Riders In NYC Not At Risk Of Ebola, Uber Says

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 10:19 AM

The Uber driver who drove an Ebola-infected man on Wednesday night in New York is not at risk of contracting the disease, and neither is anyone who rode in his car afterwards, according to Uber.

Uber said Thursday on its company blog that it had...

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WhatsApp CEO 'Deeply Sorry' For Assaulting Ex-Girlfriend In 1996

(4) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 1:43 PM

Jan Koum, the billionaire chief executive and co-founder of Facebook-owned WhatsApp, has apologized for behavior that led an ex-girlfriend to get a restraining order against him nearly 20 years ago.

According to the restraining order, which was made public for the first time by Bloomberg News...

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