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Start World Series Games Earlier, Let Us Sleep

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 4:00am

Commentator Frank Deford says the Fall Classic could boost its sagging ratings by scheduling games early enough for people in the Eastern and Central Time Zones to see the end.

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Can Authorities Cut Off Utilities And Pose As Repairmen To Search A Home?

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:53pm

That's what federal agents did earlier this year to see if gamblers staying in Las Vegas were running a sportsbook operation. Agents lacked evidence for a warrant. Courts are considering the case.

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Marvel Studios To Diversify Its Movies

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 7:43pm

The comic juggernaut announced Tuesday that one of its upcoming films will have a female lead, and another will be headlined by a black man.

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Firm Buys Big Bike-Share Service; Expansion And Higher Rates Seen

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 5:23pm

Announcing the deal today, the company said it would expand its service and raise the annual fee to $149 for its New York customers. Alta also operates in other large cities.

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The Next Shirt You Buy May Say 'Made In Ethiopia.' Here's Why

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 5:16pm

The garment industry is still seen as a good partner for jump-starting the economies of undeveloped nations. Manufacturers entering these countries say they're trying to treat workers more ethically.

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Why Does Saudi Arabia Seem So Comfortable With Falling Oil Prices?

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:15pm

Normally, the "central banker of oil" would slow production to push up prices. Not so now. Some say it's a geopolitical tactic aimed at Russia and Iran; others say it's just protecting market share.

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Safety Regulators Turn Attention To Faulty Air Bags

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:39am

Honda reports at least two deaths related to defective inflators in air bags. The air bags, made by Japanese supplier Takata, are in Toyota and other automakers' vehicles, too.

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Behold The Entrenched — And Reviled — Annual Review

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:39am

Performance review season is nearing, and if you're like most people, there's no celebrating that. Studies show that 60 to 90 percent of employees dislike the ritual. So some firms are backing away.

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Soda-Makers Try To Take Fizz Out Of Bay Area Tax Campaigns

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 4:35pm

Voters will decide on a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks in Berkeley and a 2-cent-per-ounce tax in San Francisco. But the soda industry's lobbying group has spent millions blasting the measures.

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Competition Brews In the World Of Mobile Payments

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:22pm

With much fanfare earlier this month Apple launched its mobile wallet — Apple Pay. Now CVS and Rite Aid have disabled Apple Pay from working in their stores.

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CVS Pulls Apple Pay, And Many See A Fight Over Mobile Wallets

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 1:23pm

Rite Aid took the same step, leading many observers to note that the two companies are part of a group of retailers that's developing its own payment system, called CurrentC.

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Witches, Vampires And Pirates: 5 Years Of America's Most Popular Costumes

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 11:59am

Thanks to shows like The Walking Dead and movies like World War Z, zombies are climbing the costume charts. The undead have risen from the 13th most popular costume up to No. 4 in just five years.

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Chiquita Fruit Company Is Bought By Two Brazilian Firms

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:29am

The Charlotte-based company traces its roots to the 1870s, when American entrepreneurs brought bananas to U.S. consumers from the Caribbean.

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Love Is Saying 'Sari': The Quest To Save A South Asian Tradition

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:36am

Commentator Sandip Roy says the traditional sari has been falling out of fashion in the new India, but designers are turning to pop art prints and other changes to boost its appeal.

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Pandora Hopes To Lure Musicians Backstage With Analytics

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 1:45pm

The music streaming company is making a play for artists' goodwill, announcing a new service that gives musicians access to data on who is listening to their music, when and where.

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EU Stress Test Finds 25 Banks Need To Shore Up Reserves

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 8:21am

The total shortfall was measured at €24.6 billion, or around $31.2 billion. Officials say that some banks have already made up the shortfall that's based on a snapshot of data taken last December.

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Iranian Entrepreneurs Make Pitches That Are Just Practice, For Now

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 12:58pm

Young Iranians are brimming with ideas for tech startups. But extensive financial sanctions facing their country prevent them from entering the global marketplace.

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Tech Week: Voice Mail Hang-Ups, Apple Pay And Zuckerberg's Chinese

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 4:40am

In this week's roundup, Apple rolls out its mobile payment system but confronts a security test in China, the problem with voice mail messages and Mark Zuckerberg shows off his Mandarin.

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Tracing A Gin-Soaked Trail In London

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 4:36am

Around the world, new gin distilleries are popping up like mushrooms after a rain. NPR traces the boom to its historic roots in London, which once had 250 distilleries within the city limits alone.

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Tracing A Gin-Soaked Trail In London

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 4:35am

Around the world, new gin distilleries are popping up like mushrooms after a rain. NPR traces the boom to its historic roots in London, which once had 250 distilleries within the city limits alone.

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