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When the Supreme Court voted Thursday to uphold most of the Affordable Health Care Act, also known as Obamacare, both Facebook and Twitter were thrumming with buzz about it. On Twitter, #AffordableCareAct and #Obamacare were trending almost immediately. Several folks, upset about the ruling, declared they were so unhappy they were going to move to...Canada. Others, recogni…

For a list of the 93 Western New York companies that have received low cost power from the New York Power Authority so far this year, click here.

Here are some deals to take advantage of this Independence Day weekend, courtesy of Kendal Perez and FreeShipping.org: 1. Botanic ChoiceTake $30 off purchases of $100 or more through July 8 with code 4THSALE. 2. TimberlandGet 20% off any order through July 5 with promo code JULY2012. 3. Kohl'sSave 15% on your purchase of $100 or more through June 30 with code USA15…

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For years, there have been two camps of people: those who believe that the burning of fossil fuels is changing our climate, and those who believe that climate change is a bunch of hooey. On Wednesday, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson came down on the side that believes global warming is happening and that it's a man-made problem. But, he said, it's not that big of a …

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With the Supreme Court's decision on President Obama's health care plan looming, let's take a look at the issue through the eyes of some editorial cartoonists. Here's one from the Washington Post's Lisa Benson: Jeff Parker's take: Here's one from Walt Handelsman: David Fitzsimmons from the Arizona Daily Star has a go: Here's one …

Six scenarios for developing the 1,035 acres of Buffalo Harbor were explored Tuesday at a public forum in Herman Badillo School 76.It was the first of three community forums scheduled this week for redeveloping Brownfield Opportunity Areas along the waterfronts of the outer harbor, inner harbor, the Buffalo River and Scajaquada Creek.Brendan Mehaffy, executive director of …

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Owning a vineyard and winery sounds like a dream: working the fields, crushing the grapes, tasting the product. But winemakers from the Niagara Wine Trail, brainstorming with U.S. Rep. Kathleen Hochul Monday, aired some of the concerns that make it a bit less romantic to operate in the industry. Things like marketing difficulties and sky-high duties that keep Canadian wine…

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An online knitting group called Ravelry spends each Olympic season holding its own Ravelympics, during which members knit certain projects and challenges while watching the Olympics on television, Bloomberg Businessweek reports: ...Thousands of knitters attempt to complete an ambitious project—such as knitting a hat for the first time, or finishing an entire blanket—du…

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If you're a Verizon landline customer, you could be eligible for a payout from the company. Verizon has settled a class action lawsuit accusing the telecommunications company of allowing deceptive overcharges onto customers' bills. Unlike many class action suits, which tend to reimburse just a tiny bit of the defrauded amount, consumers affected by this suit are…

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Some retail employees of the Apple Store will soon be getting raises, by as much as 25 percent. Workers there typically earn $9 to $15 per hour, while tech support makes as much as $30 per hour. The company said it is instituting the performance-review-based raises after a survey found its workers were underpaid, but analysts speculated the company was also motivated to be…

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Want to put your vacation on layaway? Sears is offering a way to do just that. On searsvacations.com, consumers can put hotels, cruises, rental cars and airline tickets on layaway, or choose from one of 100 vacation packages starting at $399. But is it a good idea? Here's some good advice from Time magazine: The one big problem with layaway: it’s often not a smart f…

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There's an interesting Q&A in today's Business section explaining some of the finer points of what the passage of so-called "Obamacare" might mean for owners of small businesses. Bill Frist, a heart surgeon writing in The Week magazine describes how the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare will affect every American citizen: If you are poor, the rulin…

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Is it the beginning of the end for the personal computer? Microsoft unveiled its line of tablet computers Monday, called Surface. The light, compact devices, described as a "tablet that's a great PC--a PC that's a great tablet," is intended to compete with Apple's game-changing iPad. The Washington Post pits the iPad and the Surface head to head, d…

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Greece's economic problems have been weighing heavily on a lot of minds. Let's take a look at the lighter side, courtesy of some political cartoonists. First, Grecio Komar takes a crack at it: Next up is Buffalo News alum Tom Toles: Here is one from our own Adam Zyglis: And a personal favorite:

If you checked out Monday's MoneySmart edition, you probably read Stephen T. Watson's piece, Living off campus. If you have a child in college or are studying yourself, living arrangement decisions can lead to major headaches or, if you make bad ones, daily nightmares. In today's institutional structure, students have never had more living options. Ther…