FBI, Secret Service Investigating Cyberattack on JPMorgan Chase

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_8b65da1c77.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The FBI is investigating a cyberattack earlier this month against JPMorgan Chase that may have been carried out by Russian hackers. It is not clear whether customer data was compromised by the attack. The FBI released a statement on Wednesday saying that they were working with the U.S. Secret Service to determine the scope of the breach, noting that it may also have impacted other financial institutions.

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Jobless Claims Fall to 298K

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_16968a1794.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims were slightly lower last week, decreasing by 1,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department. For the week ending Aug. 23, the number of people filing for benefits declined to 298,000. The previous week, claims stood at 299,000. The Labor Department said there were no "special factors" impacting that week's figures.

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Loyal Customers Sometimes Have Unreasonable Expectations

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_0b059be6ef.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Do you have a sense of “deservingness?” That’s the term Ohio State University researcher Rebecca Walker Reczek has for people who think that just because they’re a loyal customer of some retailer or business that they deserve special treatment. Very often, customers do receive perks but as Reczek points out, deservingness even extends to promotional contests where winners are chosen at random and the rules specify that no purchase is necessary to enter.

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EPA, DuPont Corp. Agree to $1.275 Million Settlement over Chemical Violations

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_50b8c34fd0.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice announced on Wednesday a settlement with DuPont Corp. for allegedly releasing hazardous substances into the Kanawha River in West Virginia over a four-year span. An EPA press release alleges that the company released chemicals into the river on eight occasions between 2006 and 2010. As compensation, DuPont will pay $1.275 million and take corrective actions to prevent similar activity in the future.

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At Least One US Company Takes Fight Against Counterfeiters into Own Hands

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_55f43ffee6.jpgHisham Ibrahim/Photographer's Choice RF/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- At the International Property Rights Center in Washington D.C., director Lev Kubiak said selling counterfeit items was a “very, very lucrative business," and "most Americans have no idea" just how much of what they’re buying is actually fake. The Federal Trade Commission says it’s been cracking down in recent weeks, sending cease-and-desist letters to companies that it says are making false or uncertified claims.

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