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12/14/2018

Congress took a break for the holidays without a plan for heading off a partial shutdown of the US government next week. Talks on keeping the government running haven't progressed since President Donald Trump said he is willing to take the blame for a shutdown if he doesn't get funding to build a wall along the border with Mexico.

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ABC, NBC and CBS refused to pay more for NFL broadcast rights when Commissioner Paul Tagliabue was seeking a more lucrative deal in 1993, and Rupert Murdoch wanted credibility for his fledgling Fox network that had yet to broadcast sports, according to this oral history of the deal 25 years later. "I believe if they hadn't gotten the NFL, Fox would have puttered along, like the WB or UPN," says David Hill, president of Fox Sports.

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12/14/2018

The positive results of adopting small, healthier habits may be imperceptible at first, but compound quickly when replacing bad behaviors. "But when we repeat 1 percent errors, day after day, by replicating poor decisions, duplicating tiny mistakes, and rationalizing little excuses, our small choices compound into toxic results," writes author James Clear.

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12/14/2018

Her first few days as CEO of UNICEF USA taught Caryl Stern the importance of a support system. "I've stayed close to so many of those women and am forever thankful for that network," she writes.

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12/14/2018

The Dracula ant, found in Australia and Southeast Asia, snaps its jaws closed at 200 mph, the fastest animal movement on record. "Likely, they use their jaws to hunt prey, employing the tremendous forces involved to stun or kill them before carrying them back to the nest," writes Avery Thompson.

12/14/2018

Ask questions of your teams that prompt them to look to the future, writes Mary Jo Asmus. For example, ask employees to think about "How will we interact differently when we trust each other?"

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12/14/2018

A modified tax-relief package was introduced to the House this week and includes provisions to allow access to 401(k) funds to pay for childbirth or adoption expenses penalty-free. If enacted, it would also expand tuition benefits for Section 529 savings plans.

12/14/2018

Go back no further than 10 to 15 years on your resume for most industries, recommends the experts, to keep the resume length short and easy to scan. You can still highlight skills learned from past employment, but do not waste the resume space on listing jobs beyond the 15-year recommendation.

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12/14/2018

Harness the heightened awareness brought on by workplace anxiety to become more productive, rather than letting it debilitate you, suggests Julie McCarthy, lead author of a recent study on the topic. Moderate levels of anxiety can provide a motivational effect and increased concentration that is beneficial in getting things done, the study found.

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12/14/2018

In Australia 45,000 years ago, a marsupial carnivore known as T. carnifex walked the earth, and remains of the creature were discovered more than a decade ago. But scientists at Flinders University have only recently fully reconstructed a skeleton of the animal and found that its movements and hunting habits are similar to those of lions.

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