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Biz Break: Netflix to increase subscription prices as streaming service hits new high

Today: Netflix announces a price increase for its streaming service after adding another 4 million customers, pushing the company's quarterly sales in that area past $1 billion for the first time. Also: Apple makes an environmental push as Samsung trial continues. 
Retirement assets at the end of 2013 were the highest on record, a strong indication that many savers have seen their investment accounts bounce back from the financial crisis of 2008 when the stock market fell so hard it lost nearly half its value.
 
 
Real estate firm Redfin recently asked 1,900 prospective home buyers nationwide what they planned to do with their old house when they bought a new one. As you'd expect, the majority said they would sell. But 39 percent said they'd rent it out.  
 
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Safeway profit tumbled in the first quarter this year as the supermarket chain began to fully see the financial loss of spinning off hundreds of stores in Chicago and Canada.  
 
For many retailers,
price discounts are
a 'necessary evil'  
 
There's a chance now for the middle class to feel like movie stars. Or for a movie star to feel like a movie star away from home. In the past few years, some of the biggest car rental companies have added the finest cars money can buy to their fleets. Alongside the practical Toyotas and Fords are Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Bentleys, Aston Martins and Teslas, to name a few.  
 
 
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The cat came back, but it took 5 years

A cat that went missing five years ago has been reunited with its owner in Indiana thanks to an implanted microchip. Full Story