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  • May 19- Recording Amanda Bortzfield's wedding last summer at the Breakers resort in Palm Beach, Florida, was no simple- or cheap- task. Still photography and video added up to more than $23,000, not far off the average total cost for a wedding in the United States. Her photography package included a two-and-a-half hour feature film and an elaborate collection of...

  • YOUR MONEY-How much should you give as a wedding gift? Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 8:00 AM ET

    BOSTON, May 14- When you go to as many weddings as Stephanie Wong does, you need to come up with some guidelines for gift-giving. During the past two years, Wong, 32, who works in marketing for a book publisher in San Francisco, has been to about a half-dozen weddings. She offers these guidelines to wedding-goers wherever they might be: A distant relative or co-worker...

  • May 11- Apollo Global Management Llc is in talks to buy ASG Security and combine it with another home security company it is acquiring, Protection 1, valuing them collectively at about $2 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Monday. Beltsville, Maryland- based ASG was acquired by Parthenon Capital in 2007. At the time it was the 11th largest security...

  • March 10- A federal jury ordered PNC Bank to pay $391 million in damages for its role in an alleged insurance scam involving prepaid funeral contracts at the now-defunct National Prearranged Services. PNC Bank is the successor to Allegiant Bank, which served as a trustee for the company from 1998 to 2004.. Reuters could not immediately reach PNC Bank for comment...

  • NEW YORK, March 2- AT&T Inc will link its connected car and smart home technologies to bolster its foothold in the fast-growing market for Internet-connected devices, a new battleground for the company and rivals ranging from Verizon to Google Inc.. The wireless company's home security and automation service "Digital Life" and connected car service "Drive" will...

  • Feb 16- ADT Corp Chief Executive Officer Naren Gursahaney expects the home security company to increase its subscriber base in North America this fiscal year, excluding acquisitions, for the first time since it was spun off from Tyco International Plc more than two years ago. ADT is under pressure from telecommunication companies such as AT&T Inc seeking to...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- A divided federal appeals court in New York allowed more than 100,000 potential plaintiffs to pursue class action litigation accusing Leucadia National Corp and a law firm of fraudulently cutting corners to win default judgments in debt collection cases. Tuesday's 2-1 decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals came after the U.S....

  • Super Bowl: The rare time a $3K TV is a bargain Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 | 11:13 AM ET
    A display of flat-panel televisions at a Best Buy in San Francisco.

    For the price of a Super Bowl ticket, you could end up with a top-of-the-line set that'll last several NFL seasons.

  • Payday Loans Cost Economy $1 Billion in 2011: Study Thursday, 2 May 2013 | 1:48 PM ET

    Payday loans cost the U.S. economy nearly $1 billion and thousands of jobs in 2011, while borrowers often face bankruptcy, according to a new report.

  • Yo! Finally, Smartphone Apps That Call a Taxi Wednesday, 1 May 2013 | 12:09 PM ET

    You can now get a taxi in the Big Apple using an app, and you'll soon be able to pay for your ride with a smartphone.

  • Making a Cup of Environmentally Sustainable Coffee Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 | 12:00 AM ET
    Martin Mayorga

    Being socially and environmentally responsible does not have to be achieved at the expense of profits. In Mayorga Coffee's case, focusing on sustainability has been a competitive advantage.

  • Taiwan Funeral Service Provider a Good Pick: Pro Wednesday, 13 Jul 2011 | 1:22 AM ET
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    Taiwan's columbaria products and funeral services provider Lung Yen Life Service, which recently invested $40 million to set up a subsidiary in China, has an analyst bullish on its future earning prospects.