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7/31/2015

According to a forecast by Fortune magazine, average airfare is expected to drop to $245 for a domestic round-trip ticket in August. That's 5% lower than last year, and the lowest average fare in four years. Analysts say low fuel costs and weaker demand will drive prices down.

7/31/2015

Mortgage rates fell this week as global economic news pushed bond yields lower. The 30-year fixed-rate average dropped to 3.98% -- the first time it dipped below 4% in eight weeks, according to Freddie Mac.

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7/31/2015

Hillary Clinton is in Miami today, where she will call for an end to the economic embargo of Cuba, making her the first 2016 candidate from either party to voice support for further engagement with the Castro regime. Clinton will "highlight that Republican arguments against increased engagement are part of failed policies of the past," her campaign said, drawing a pointed contrast between Clinton and Florida-based GOP rivals Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush.

7/31/2015

It's important to organize your job search by understanding your criteria and making a list of jobs that meet your needs, writes Carolyn Sun. Customizing your resume and cover letter for the jobs you apply for and reading job descriptions thoroughly before applying also can help you save time.

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7/31/2015

To keep pace with the rapid adoption of mobile devices, HR leaders must adapt their recruitment platforms for mobile-friendly applications and hiring processes, Shelly Dutton writes. McKinsey research says mobile talent platforms help HR expand applicant pools, focus on innovative retention strategies that boost engagement and improve the bottom line by finding the most talented employees.

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7/31/2015

Beth Shissler was looking for a change after spending years as a high-powered executive who was often on the road and away from her family. The solution came in the form of Sea Bags, a line of totes made from old sails that might otherwise end up in landfills. Shissler joined on, and, with CEO Don Oakes, has helped grow the brand to include almost 50 employees, 900 retail accounts and several of its own stores.

7/31/2015

Politicians are more likely to win elections if they smile, according to recent research. There are many kinds of smiles, from contemptuous grins to genuine, heartfelt beams, and all of them can help boost a candidate's public profile if deployed appropriately, explains facial-expression expert Patrick Stewart.

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7/31/2015

Too many small-business owners neglect their computers, said Corbett Speciale. He and his wife, Robyn, are filling that need with TekEase, which helps companies with repairs, systems monitoring and data backups. "There's an attitude among small businesses that they aren’t important enough to worry about hackers," he said.

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7/31/2015

The government could be plunged into a fresh fiscal crisis unless key funding measures are approved by the start of October, and Democrats and Republicans are currently deadlocked over how to divide money between military and domestic priorities. Analysts downplayed the risk of a shutdown, but acknowledged that the country appeared likely to keep bouncing from one budget impasse to another. "We're moving back to the environment we had in 2011 and 2013 when we were passing these stopgap measures because we couldn’t decide what we were going to do," warns Joel Prakken, chairman of Macroeconomic Advisers.

7/31/2015

Donald Trump claimed recently that the U.S. was home to up to 34 million undocumented immigrants, about three times more than the Department of Homeland Security's most recent estimate. It's true that it's hard to enumerate the number of people illegally present in the country, but there's no evidence to support Trump's figure. "There are, to my knowledge, no credible, research-based estimates of 30 million," says Jeffrey Passel of the Pew Research Center.

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