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Defunct Colorado Prison Could Be Used To Grow Marijuana

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 4:06am

Brush, Colo., voted against legalizing pot but now a cannabis entrepreneur wants to grow pot there. The city council will hear comments about the plan to create a maximum security pot farm and shop.

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New Lego Play Kit Features Women In Roles Of 3 Scientists

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 4:06am

Lego has made billions of dollars from a mostly male consumer base. But now, the Danish company is renewing its push to appeal to girls with a new kit that includes three female scientists.

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Proposed Gondola For Grand Canyon's Rim Has Community On Edge

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:33am

Developers and the Navajo Nation are negotiating to bring a tourist complex — and jobs — to the edge of the Grand Canyon. But some Native Americans say the project would tread on sacred land.

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As Ballot Deadline Looms, A Muddied Debate Over Colo. Fracking

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:28am

Colorado is embroiled in debate over how to regulate oil and gas development. Up to four energy-related issues could be on the November ballot, and the run-up is causing confusion among voters.

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Forgoing School To Pay The Bills

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 2:01am

In one predominantly Latino neighborhood outside of Washington, D.C., young people are working instead of going to school at four times the national average.

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Africa's Leaders Aim To Change Perception Of The Continent

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 5:46pm

Scores of African leaders gather in Washington this week at an unprecedented summit organized by President Obama. The goal: Get the U.S. invested in Africa, and shape a new narrative along the way.

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Customer Dissatisfaction: The Fine Art Of The Funny Complaint

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 4:02pm

Anthony Matthews is a master of the consumer complaint, writing and collecting some of the best letters to customer service. Two of his tips for success: use humor and write a real, hard-copy letter.

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Lego Releases Female Scientists Set; May Appease 7-Year-Old Critic

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 11:07am

Months after a girl took the company to task for its female toy figures, Lego has released the Research Institute, a play set created by a "real-life geophysicist, Ellen Kooijman," the company says.

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Crushed Under Credit Card Debt: A Tale Of Survival

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 8:18am

Unexpected expenses and health issues sunk Claire Shrout and her family into frightening levels of debt. What she went through is familiar to a lot of Americans.

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Stock Markets Take A Dive After Months Of Growth

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 4:05pm

On Friday, the stock markets took a dive for the first time in months. NPR's Eric Westervelt asks The Wall Street Journal's Erin McCarthy whether the mounting global conflicts had something to do with it.

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Economic Growth Hits Headlines, But Not Wallets

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 4:05pm

Despite the economy adding more than 200,000 jobs last month, unemployment ticked up and incomes have stayed stagnant. For many people, stretching every dollar is still an economic necessity.

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9 To 5 Not For You? Try T. Rex Puppetry Or Aquatic Mail Delivery

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 3:10pm

The daily grind isn't everyone's style. Around the nation, young people are hard at work at offbeat jobs — like tracking bats in the dark of night or wandering a museum in a 75-pound dinosaur costume.

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Sanctions Target Russian Oil, But Will That Persuade Putin?

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 10:12am

Under new sanctions imposed this week, Russia will no longer be able to buy technology from Western companies to develop its oil fields. Still, the sanctions are limited, and Russia has vast reserves.

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Tech Week: The CIA Apologizes, Twitter Soars, Foursquare Swarm

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 7:02am

In this week's roundup of digital culture headlines, the hardcore Foursquare users have a problem with Swarm. Twitter got a big boost. And why buy shoes when you can print your own?

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GM Stays At The Top As U.S. Car Sales Surge In July

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 6:21pm

An analyst says GM might have benefited from the safety recalls that brought customers back to its dealerships. Many automakers saw strong gains compared to last year.

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Some Public Pension Funds Making Big Bets On Hedge Funds

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:14pm

States and cities have been investing billions of pension money in hedge funds. That's costing a lot of money in fees, and experts say the pensions don't have much to show for it.

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President Obama Slams Congress As He Welcomes Economy's Gains

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 3:03pm

Citing 6 months of strong job gains, President Obama says America's recovery from a debilitating recession is well underway. But he says the economy "could be doing even better" if Congress helped.

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Restaurant's 'Prayer Discount' Sparks Mix Of Praise, Anger

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 12:22pm

When a patron of Mary's Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, N.C., posted a photo of her tab denoting a 15 percent discount for "praying in public," the post went viral.

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These Ivory Coast Cacao Farmers Had Never Tasted Chocolate

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:46am

Ivory Coast is the world's No. 1 producer of the cacao beans that are the base of our beloved chocolate bars. But as a TV report shows, some cacao farmers have never enjoyed the final product.

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As Labor Market Advances, Millions Stuck In Part-Time Jobs

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:52am

Payrolls have grown by more than 200,000 for six months in a row — the longest stretch since 1997. But 7.5 million people are working less than 40 hours per week even though they want full-time jobs.

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