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With uncertainties surrounding the independence referendum, anxious investors in Scotland have been busy adding to their holdings of gold. Online dealer BullionByPost, which claims to be the biggest online gold dealer in the U.K., said that it saw a 37 percent jump in sales to customers from Scotland between Sept. 9 and Sept. 16, a bigger …

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IBM is slashing the salaries of some of its employees for not keeping their skill set sharpened, according to a report from ComputerWorld. Read More Companies’ plan to boost workers’ pay Selected employees in IBM’s Global Technology Services strategic outsourcing group received a memo on Friday stating “that some managers and employees have not kept pace with acquiring the …

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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2014 in Cupertino, California. Apple is expected to unveil the new iPhone 6.

The CEO of Apple appeared to make a rather critical commentary of some of the tech giant’s Silicon Valley rivals on Wednesday with Apple unveiling its new privacy policy in an open letter to customers. In the message, signed by Tim Cook and uploaded to Apple’s website late Wednesday, Apple said that its business was to sell …

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Showing up to work high? You’re not alone. A new report has found nearly 1 in 10 Americans are showing up to work high on marijuana. Mashable.com conducted the survey in partnership with SurveyMonkey, and found 9.7 percent of Americans fessed up to smoking cannabis before showing up to the office. The data analyzed the marijuana and …

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Target confirmed that it will hire 70,000 seasonal workers this holiday, the same number as in 2013. In an email to CNBC, the company said it will issue a release with more details later Thursday. That information could include a breakdown of how many workers will be at the company’s distribution centers versus on its sales …

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Alibaba Group's founder and executive chairman, Jack Ma, waves as he arrives for a meeting at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Hong Kong.

Alibaba‘s initial public offering will unleash a flood of wealth for founder Jack Ma and his partner Joseph Tsai. But unlike some other recent tech IPOs, the big money isn’t being spread around the company. According to regulatory filings, Ma’s 206.1 million shares could be worth between $13.6 billion and $14 billion at an estimated share price …

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Saving is about discipline, and the best way to save is to start small and be consistent. To figure out how much you can save, you need to first identify where you spend your money and develop a financial plan or budget that can help build long-lasting savings. In fact, you’ll be surprised how quickly …

Future of education: End of University as we know it?

What might a college education look like 25 years from now? What will the student body look like? And what could be the impact of rising tuition costs and the current student loan bubble? In the final installment of our three-part series on the future of education, Sharon Epperson gives us a glimpse into the …

House passes funding bill

Democratic and Republican lawmakers may be on the same page, with the U.S. House of Representatives voting on a bill to fund the government into the next fiscal year, beginning October 1. But there’s a lot more than keeping Washington’s lights on in this congressional resolution.

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Sponsor signage at the new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Aug. 13, 2014

Getting hammered by fans and the media for its handling of the respective Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson domestic and child abuse cases is one thing. But when the NFL hears harsh words from some of the sponsors that provide billions in revenue each year to the league, that’s a more troubling situation, say experts. “I think that team …

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An employee works the production line at the Ian Macleod distillery in Scotland.

Lack of certainty about Scotland’s currency, interest rate levels and membership in the European Union—which eliminates trade barriers in its largest market—all compete for the top of the list of worries. Mike Younger, one of the few Scotch executives who will speak to the media, is finance director for Macleod Distillers, makers of Glengoyne Single Malt. …

FedEx delivers for investors

FedEx, which is widely considered a bellwether of economic activity, earned a lot of money last quarter, which could be a sign of good things to come.

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A trader works on the floor of the NYSE as Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks on television during a June news conference.

The Federal Reserve remained on its easy-money course Wednesday, allaying market fears that it might start raising interest rates sooner than expected. In a statement released following its two-day meeting, the U.S. central bank left largely intact key provisions, despite expectations in some quarters that it would indicate a tightening bias. The Fed’s Open Market …

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Tonight: The blue chip Dow Index closes at a record after the Federal Reserve Chair makes it clear the central bank is in no rush to raise interest rates.

Nightly Business Report — September 17, 2014

Tonight on Nightly Business Report, the blue chip Dow Index closes at a record after the Federal Reserve Chair makes it clear the central bank is in no rush to raise interest rates. And, Scotland makes a historic decision on independence tomorrow and the outcome could mean big changes for business. A report tonight from …