Did You See That Press Release? Michael Jackson Returns and Biking to Work Increases

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This CD cover image released by Epic shows "Xscape," a release by Michael Jackson. (AP Photo/Epic)

Source: AP Photo/Epic

Michael Jackson’s XSCAPE Set For Global Launch

The launch of Michael Jackson’s highly anticipated May 13 album, XSCAPE, curated and produced by Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid, is off to a thrilling start with last week’s world premiere of “Love Never Felt So Good.” The song rocketed into the Top 5 at iTunes in the U.S., peaking at No. 1 in 17 countries and landing in the Top 5 position in 67 countries around the world, within 24 hours of release.  See the full release to learn more.

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Biking to Work Increases 60 Percent Over Last Decade, Census Bureau Reports

Many U.S. cities are seeing an increase in bicycle commuters, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report.  Nationwide, the number of people who traveled to work by bike increased roughly 60 percent over the past decade, from about 488,000 in 2000 to about 786,000 during the 2008-2012 period. This is the largest percentage increase of all commuting modes tracked by the 2000 Census and the 2008-2012 American Community Survey.  See who’s riding a bike to work.

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Source: PRNewsFoto/U.S. Census Bureau

Source: PRNewsFoto/U.S. Census Bureau

New Citibank Survey Reveals U.S. Small Business Owners View Current Business Conditions As Best In At Least Four Years

Half of all U.S. small business owners say business conditions are good or excellent, the most since at least 2010, according to the findings released today from Citibank Small Business Pulse. The results mark a steady rise in outlook, up from 48 percent reporting the same in spring 2013, 43 percent in spring 2012, 32 percent in spring 2011, and 24 percent in August 2010, when the survey was first fielded.  See the rest of the results.

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CareerCast Publishes 2014 List of Top-Notch Jobs That Don’t Require a College Degree

Great careers in strong, fast-growing industries are available even if you don’t have a bachelor’s degree, says the annual CareerCast report on the best jobs without a college degree. Among the best professions on the list are Carpenter, Computer Service Technician, Dental Hygienist, Hair Stylist and Registered Nurse.  See what other jobs made the list.

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Source: PRNewsFoto/CareerCast

Source: PRNewsFoto/CareerCast

U.S. Postal Service Records Second Quarter Loss of $1.9 Billion

The U.S. Postal Service ended the second quarter of its 2014 fiscal year (Jan. 1– March 31) with a net loss of $1.9 billion. This marks the 20th of the last 22 quarters it has sustained a loss. See the full release to learn more.

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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists.  He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.

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