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March 19, 2019, 5:09 p.m. EDT

The FAA responds to Capt. Sullenberger and what Kool-Aid and cigarettes have in common

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By Meera Jagannathan, MarketWatch

Happy Tuesday, MarketWatchers! Don’t miss these top stories:

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The physical and financial costs of extracurricular sports — and the potential lucrative rewards

10% of parents say the benefits of extracurricular activities don’t justify the expense, a recent study found.

The ‘simple trick’ to make your work day go better

This morning trick is ‘a low-effort strategy that employees can use in order to start their work day in an optimal way,’ researchers say.

Is Starbucks’ new tiered rewards program worth it?

Big-spending Gold members may get burned at Starbucks as the new tiered system can be more rewarding for customers making smaller purchases.

FAA responds to Capt. Sullenberger: FAA certification ‘consistently produced safe aircraft designs’

The FAA responded to a MarketWatch article by Capt. ‘Sully’ Sullenberger on Boeing’s 737 Max in which he said Boeing and the FAA ‘have been found wanting in this ugly saga.’

I bought a house for my son, but now his wife is divorcing him and wants half of it

This woman says she tried to help her family with a big inheritance, but fears it has now backfired.

Women with twin brothers make less money than women with twin sisters

A new study analyzed data on all children born in Norway from 1967 to 1978.

Television commercials featuring perfect people could be making us miserable

‘Forget Occupy Wall Street, maybe Occupy Madison Avenue is a better idea.’

Catastrophe struck when my husband was killed. Here’s what I learned about creating a ‘what if’ plan

Making big and often very hard decisions during a stressful and emotional situation adds more pain, suffering and confusion to what is already a terrible or even traumatic time.

Here’s what Kool-Aid and cigarettes have in common

A study looked at how cigarette companies marketed sugary drinks like Hawaiian Punch, Kool-Aid and Capri Sun to kids.

How 99-cent cans of Arizona Iced Tea became cheaper than bottled water

The drink has been less than a dollar for more than two decades.

Elsewhere on MarketWatch

Trump Today: President warns Venezuela of tougher sanctions and brands Kellyanne Conway’s husband a ‘total loser’

Trump also escalated his attack on former Sen. John McCain, who died in August.

Let’s stop bashing billionaires — they are making our lives better

Billionaires aren’t Piketty’s ‘rentiers’ — America’s wealthy demonstrate entrepreneurial innovation.

The lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are aiming at Realtors and their 6% fee

A new class-action lawsuit takes aim at real estate agents and the tools they use to do business.

The economic slowdown looks like a hiccup — but then what?

Complacent stock-market investors may be shocked when the Fed gets back to raising rates by the end of the year, writes Tim Mullaney.

These stats say now may be the time to buy home-builder stocks

A decline in interest rates and increasing wages set up good times for this cyclical industry.

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