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As Pharma Jobs Leave N.J., Office Space Ghost Towns Remain

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 3:59am

In the last 20 years, New Jersey went from having more than 20 percent of U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturing jobs to less than 10 percent. That means offices, labs and warehouses have gone dark.

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Bolivia Makes Child Labor Legal, In An Attempt To Make It Safer

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 3:59am

New legislation in Bolivia will allow children as young as 10 to work. Critics say the law will keep kids out of school, but supporters argue that children are working anyway — and need protection.

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New York Skyscraper's Separate 'Poor Door' Called A 'Disgrace'

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 3:59am

A developer got tax breaks for creating affordable units in its luxury high-rise, but those tenants will have to use a separate entrance. Officials vow to review zoning laws that allowed the design.

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Ruling: McDonald's Can Be Held Liable For Franchises' Labor Violations

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 3:59am

The case grew out of a series of strikes by employees demanding higher wages. McDonald's will challenge the ruling, but if it's upheld, it could become easier for U.S. employees to unionize.

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McDonald's Responsible For Treatment Of Workers, Agency Says

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 5:19pm

The National Labor Relations Board has found that McDonald's shares responsibility for working conditions at its franchised restaurants. The company will fight the ruling.

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OkCupid Sometimes Messes A Bit With Love, In The Name Of Science

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:59pm

OkCupid, the online dating site, disclosed Monday that they sometimes manipulate their users' profiles for experiments.

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Court Orders Seizure Of $100 Million Oil Shipment

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 1:32pm

A tanker carrying 1 million barrels of oil from Kurdistan was cleared by the U.S. Coast Guard to unload, but a judge has agreed with Iraq's central government that the oil belongs to them.

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Widely-Used Insecticides Are Leaching Into Midwest Rivers

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 1:23pm

Researchers found that a class of chemicals similar to nicotine used on corn and soy farms have run off into streams and rivers in the Midwest. There they may be harming aquatic life, like insects.

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Chances Are Pretty Good That's A Bill Collector Calling

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 1:11pm

About 77 million adults in the U.S. have at least one debt in the collection process, according to a study released by the Urban Institute.

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White House Threatens More Russia Sanctions, As Kerry Decries Rebels In Ukraine

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:02pm

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Russia to use its "considerable influence" to give investigators access to the debris field of the downed Malaysia Airlines plane.

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Solving The Scourge That Is Slow Hotel Wi-Fi

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:54am

Hotels are happy to charge you $300 a night for a stay, but their Wi-Fi speeds are often too slow to stream a movie. Now, two competing sites are trying to solve the problem.

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Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut, Sometimes You Just Drive One

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 8:39am

After graduation, a group of college students landed a nutty job — quite literally. For the next year, they will don the monocle of Mr. Peanut and drive the Planters Peanut Nutmobile.

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White House Says Delayed Action On Climate Change Could Cost Billions

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 7:48am

The White House says the cost of inaction outweighs the cost of implementing more-stringent regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.

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Sit Down, Plug In And Travel The World Through Sound

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:55am

You can travel the world without opening your wallet — or your eyes. Sound Transit, a collaborative website, allows users to immerse themselves in the everyday sounds of faraway places.

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Brothers Exploit Loopholes In Airbnb, Kickstarter

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:55am

Two brothers rented a condo in Palm Springs and began claiming tenants' rights after 30 days, then threatened to sue the owner for negligence, claiming the tap water damaged their espresso machine.

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Zillow To Buy Rival Real Estate Site Trulia

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:55am

Zillow has agreed to buy Trulia for $3.5 billion in stock. The two websites represent more than 60 percent of the total Internet traffic for real estate listings.

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Uber, Airbnb Under Attack In Spain As Old And New Economies Clash

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:55am

The taxi and hotel industries are pressuring Spain to crack down on popular "share economy" apps and websites. Airbnb was recently fined $40,000 for failing to list rentals with a local tourism board.

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IBM And Apple Team Up To Become Tech's New Odd Couple

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 6:29pm

In a deal that would have been unimaginable 20 years ago, Apple has announced a partnership with IBM. The two companies will work together on a new class of applications for iPads and iPhones.

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It's Boom Times For Pop-Up Shops As Mobile Shopping Clicks

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:56pm

One-click online shopping is changing how we shop. Stores with leases as short as a day are proliferating — meaning a storefront can be a designer clothing store one day and a test kitchen the next.

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House Votes To End Full-Fare Rule For Airline Tickets

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:16pm

The airline industry and its unions support the bill, which would allow them to list ticket prices without taxes and fees. Consumer groups say that will lead to deceptive marketing.

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