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BRANCH OF THE FUTURE
NEW YORK â¿¿ In an age when checks can be deposited by smartphone and almost everyone retrieves cash from ATMs, the corner bank can seem a relic. But some banking executives say the brick-and-mortar branch is still the best way to serve existing customers and snag new ones. New branches will be hip, airy spaces where customers sign in to ATMs with a tap of their smartphones and talk to off-site tellers by video. They will also help banks replace expensive workers with cheaper machines. By Business Writer Christina Rexrode.
â¿¿ BRANCH OF THE FUTURE-GLANCE
WASHINGTON â¿¿ President Barack Obama's $3.8 trillion federal budget would trim Social Security benefits, raise taxes on smokers and devote almost a quarter-trillion dollars in new spending to highway and rail projects, jobs initiatives and early schooling. It would bring this year's automatic spending cuts to an end but offer longer-term reductions in health care programs and the military in a new pitch to Republicans for a "grand bargain" to cut future deficits. By Andrew Taylor and Jim Kuhnhenn.
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