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Delinquent Mines: Congress Revives Bill To Hold Mine Owners Accountable

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 5:55pm

The measure, first proposed in 2910, would shut down mines if owners fail to pay fines for safety violations.

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Biometrics May Ditch The Password, But Not The Hackers

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 4:44pm

Fingerprints, facial and voice recognition — companies are investing in more secure methods to verify people. But even biometrics can be defeated, and they raise privacy concerns.

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Return Of Horses A Sign Of Spring On Michigan Island

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:46pm

Over the next two months, more than 300 draft and riding horses will be transported by ferry to Mackinac Island.

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15 Years After The Dot-Com Bust, A Nasdaq Record

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:05pm

The Nasdaq has closed at a new high. It last peaked just before the dot-com crash, and "Nasdaq 5000" soon became code for stock market bubble. Does the record hold any of the same warnings today?

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How Texas Ranchers Try To Clinch The Perfect Ribeye

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 2:15pm

The ribeye is the best-selling cut of beef in America both at the supermarket and the steakhouse. Once a year, breeders bring their stock into the barn to take a peek at the steak using ultrasound.

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Couples Counseling Catches On With Tech Co-Founders

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 1:56pm

Friction between close business partners is the reason many startups fail. But increasingly in Silicon Valley, co-founders of companies are turning to therapists before things go south.

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Rubio Takes Up Koch Brothers Charge On Export-Import Bank

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 1:11pm

"We're not some sort of developing country," Rubio said Thursday, opposing reauthorization of the agency that helps finance American companies overseas. "We're a developed financial sector."

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Germany's Largest Bank Fined $2.5 Billion In Rate-Fixing Scandal

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 9:58am

At least 29 employees of Deutsche Bank are thought to have participated in manipulating the Libor rate from 2005-2009.

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More Whistleblowers Say Health Plans Are Gouging Medicare

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 4:08am

Federal authorities are investigating claims that some Medicare Advantage health plans have overcharged the government for years by claiming that patients are sicker than they are.

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How A Swiss Cheese Cartel Made Fondue Popular

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 4:06am

The popularity of fondue wasn't an accident. It was planned by a shadowy association of Swiss cheese makers. A cheese cartel basically ruled the Swiss economy for 80 years, until fairly recently.

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CDC: Blue Bell Listeria Outbreak Started In 2010

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 4:06am

Texas ice cream maker Blue Bell Creameries has recalled all its products over Listeria concerns. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the outbreak has been going on for five years.

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Oklahomans Feel Way More Earthquakes Than Californians; Now They Know Why

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:25am

Today the USGS will issue a report on earthquakes linked to oil and gas drilling, but Oklahoma has acknowledged that the industry's wastewater disposal is the cause. What isn't known is how to fix it.

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Fruit Growers Try Tricking Mother Nature To Prevent Crop Damage

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:22am

In Michigan's orchard country, extreme heat and cold can mean disaster for fruit growers. Now some are using a new twist on old technology to fool trees when sudden, unexpected weather changes occur.

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Some Companies Fight Pay Gap By Eliminating Salary Negotiations

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:22am

Women are often less assertive when it comes to negotiating salaries and raises. Some firms are trying to neutralize the disparity by refusing to negotiate salaries. But will that hurt recruitment?

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New Orleans Bans Smoking In Bars, Restaurants

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:50pm

The smoking ban stems from a law passed earlier this year.

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Comcast, Time Warner Push For Merger Approval Amid Opposition

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 3:31pm

Company officials met with regulators who are considering whether to back the proposed $45 billion merger. A group of U.S. senators say the deal should be rejected, calling it anti-competitive.

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Actors' Equity Implements $9 Minimum Wage For LA's Small Theaters

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 3:27pm

Less than a week after union members in LA overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to make small theaters pay their performers minimum wage, Actors' Equity decided to go ahead and implement it anyway. Many say the move could force many 99-seat theaters in LA to close.

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Closing Arguments Begin In AIG Bailout Case

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 3:27pm

Closing arguments begin Wednesday in a case that has its roots in the 2008 financial crisis. American International Group shareholders claim the U.S. government overstepped its authority when it seized the company in a financial rescue. The government says the shareholder suit should be rejected because the company's only alternative was bankruptcy.

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Google Announces Foray Into The Wireless Business

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 1:55pm

The service will only work on Google Nexus phones, but it could potentially disrupt the wireless industry with its pay-only-for-what-you-use data plans.

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Bail For Alleged 'Flash Crash' Trader Set At More Than $7M

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:35am

U.S. prosecutors say the U.K. man contributed to the 2010 "flash crash" that wiped about $800 billion from the value of shares. He told a London court that he opposes extradition to the U.S.

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