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Nov. 15, 2019, 5:42 p.m. EST

Use this calculator to add up the ‘true’ cost of your streaming services, and Taylor Swift is squaring off with private-equity giant Carlyle Group — here’s how the combatants stack up

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No pizza boxes, batteries or shredded paper — fix your recycling sins

Effective paper and plastic recycling is dictated by tossing only “empty, clean and dry” containers. Otherwise, the bin that feeds your green soul is really only a second garbage can.

Before you sign up for Disney+, use this calculator to add up the ‘true’ cost of your streaming services

Netflix for $12.99, Disney+ for $70 a year, Hulu with no ads for $11.99, and add on HBO for $14.99… wait, how much is this all costing? Welcome to the next phase of the streaming wars.

One viral Reddit poster explains how the Apple Card fails compared to other cards

‘I’ve owned the Apple Card for 3 months…this is why it sucks.’

Taylor Swift is squaring off with private-equity giant Carlyle Group — here’s how the combatants stack up

‘I’m especially asking for help from the Carlyle Group, who put up money for the sale of my music to these two men.’

Tax rules have been largely written by rich, white men — and it shows, researchers say

‘Everyone wants a tax code that treats everyone equally,’ said Adam Michel, senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, a right-leaning think tank. ‘We’re certainly not there today.’

One more reason to delete Facebook that has nothing to do with privacy or mental health

New research appears to validate what many parents and educators have long suspected.

Equifax settles case with woman who sued after a credit file mix-up allegedly ‘destroyed’ her family’s life

A separate ‘mixed file’ case against Equifax went to trial and ended with a $18.6 million jury award.

Are you cheap if you split the check by only paying for what you ordered?

‘I see now there are pitfalls I didn’t anticipate. What’s the appropriate etiquette for dealing with such a scenario?’

Scammers are using $5 iron-on patches to fake $1,000 Canada Goose coats

Faux versions of the coveted patch can be found on eBay.

Another health warning for e-cigarette users — that has nothing to do with lung disease

New research on vaping will be presented at an annual medical conference in Philadelphia from Nov. 16 to Nov. 18.

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NRA slammed for touting strong gun sales moments before the initial reports of the Saugus High School shooting

Just before 8 a.m. on Thursday, shots rang out at Saugus High in Southern California, in a school shooting that left two dead and several other students injured.

Trump attacks former Ukraine envoy Yovanovitch as impeachment hearings go for second day

President Trump on Friday attacked the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine as she was testifying in Democrats’ impeachment probe, and announced a new rule on hospital prices.

Tech giants Google, Amazon and Facebook accused of posing threat to small business

Tech giants Amazon, Google and Facebook are facing increasing scrutiny from Congress over their online dominance and potential to threaten the thousands of small businesses that compete with them.

Fed’s Brainard calls for ‘heightened vigilance’ on financial stability

Fed Governor Lael Brainard on Friday called for ‘heightened vigilance’ of the financial sector, as the central bank released its latest financial stability report.

Yovanovitch pushes back against Trump in real time: ‘I ... made things better’

The ousted U.S. ambassador to Ukraine on Friday rebutted a critical tweet about herself from President Trump during the second day of open impeachment hearings, as she testified such attacks are ‘intimidating.’

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