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Order Up! Food Businesses Find An Appetite For Bitcoin

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 3:12pm

From a Subway sandwich shop to a Peruvian chicken food truck, customers have a growing number of options for satisfying their hunger with Bitcoin. For food vendors, accepting the virtual currency offers substantial financial benefits – and risks, too.

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Dealt A Recent Defeat, Union Organizers Plot A Future In The South

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 3:00pm

The AFL-CIO executive committee is meeting in Texas this week to discuss the United Auto Workers' defeat in efforts to organize a Tennessee Volkswagen plant. Committee member hope to decipher what it may mean for other union membership drives across the South.

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Obama Wants Tougher Fuel Standards For Big Trucks

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 12:09pm

Better fuel efficiency for such vehicles is a "win, win, win," the president said. It will help reduce dependency on foreign oil, save drivers' money and cut greenhouse gas emissions. Manufacturers, though, say the standards could make the vehicles more expensive and less safe.

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Chinese Firm Gets Approval To Buy Electric Carmaker Fisker

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 10:23am

Wanxiang Group, China's largest auto parts company, won a bankruptcy auction last week for Fisker, which made plug-in, hybrid sports cars. Wanxiang's bid is valued at about $150 million.

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Despite Law, Health Plans Refuse Medical Claims Related To Suicide

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 9:34am

Under the federal health law and 2006 regulations, insurers can't deny medical coverage for an individual's injuries because they resulted from medical condition such as depression, even if it wasn't diagnosed before the injury.

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California Toasts 2013's Record Wine Grape Harvest

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 4:00am

Finally there's some good news out of drought-ravaged California. The state's reporting the largest wine grape harvest on record.

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Candy Crush Saga's Developer Plans To Go Public

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 4:00am

King Digital Entertainment filed for an initial public offering aimed at bringing in a half-billion dollars. The company revealed it has 128 million active daily users, with 93 million playing Candy Crush Saga, the Apple App Store's No. 2 highest-grossing game. King also makes Pet Rescue Saga and Farm Heroes Saga.

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California Toasts 2013's Record Wine Grape Harvest

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 4:00am

Finally some good news out of drought-ravaged California. The state's reporting the largest wine grape harvest on record.

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Black Market Tobacco Sales Hurt New York Businesses

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 4:00am

Drug store giant CVS has announced it will stop selling tobacco products later this year. Industry watchers say other drug store chains may follow CVS's lead. What does that change mean for New York City's bodegas, newsstands and other small shops?

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Tue, 02/18/2014 - 4:00am

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Mega Mall Helps Pakistanis Escape Pressures Of Everyday Life

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 4:00am

Islamabad's a pretty quiet place at night. That's no big surprise in a capital full of forts and road blocks. But that's not the case at the city's latest landmark, the Centaurus Mall, where Pakistanis, young and old, flock to a place that feels far removed from the problems of Islamabad.

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More U.S. Companies Switch To High Deductible Health Plans

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 4:00am

Over-all health care cost increases have slowed dramatically, but consumers may not notice it. Many face higher deductibles, co-pays and out-of-pocket maximums as employers' insurance plans try to encourage them to pay more attention to health care costs. One big problem is health care price information is often not available.

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Battling Blight: Detroit Maps Entire City To Find Bad Buildings

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 2:33am

The city has a lot of abandoned buildings, and to decide which ones should be demolished, the federal government and some major foundations started a massive, high-tech mapping project. The new mayor says that's just what he needs to improve the neighborhoods.

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Oklahoma Pharmacy Won't Provide Drug For Missouri Execution

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 1:12am

A Tulsa pharmacy has agreed not to provide Missouri with a made-to-order drug for an inmate's execution scheduled for later this month. According to court documents filed Monday, The Apothecary Shoppe will not prepare or provide pentobarbital or any other drug for use in Michael Taylor's execution.

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Las Vegas Sands Websites Restored 1 Week After Hacking

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 12:45am

Casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. pulled down its sites Feb. 13 after hackers defaced them with images condemning comments CEO Sheldon Adelson had made about using nuclear weapons on Iran.

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Demographic Shifts Contribute To The Changing Face Of Retail

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 3:00pm

With jobs and populations growing in the cities, it's no surprise that retailers, including Wal-Mart and Target, are trying to adapt their models to suit urban areas. Competition from online stores is also contributing to a changing retail landscape.

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Hurting For Cash, Online Porn Tries New Tricks

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 3:00pm

Online pornography was the cutting edge of e-commerce during the Internet's early days, but its heyday is over. To recoup some of those costs, one porn empire in San Francisco is using data analytics, lifestyle events and new products to keep customers loyal.

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Founder Of Hair And Skin-Care Line Aveda Dies

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 4:00am

Horst Rechelbacher died over the weekend at age 72 at his farm in Wisconsin. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer three years ago. Aveda was among the first to use organic ingredients for hair and skin.

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So Far, 2014 Is A Good Year For Precious Metals

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 4:00am

Gold has reached a price of more than $1,300 an ounce — the highest since early November. Gold is up 10 percent this year after a 28 percent drop in 2013. Silver has posted even greater gains – it's up 12 percent.

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Compounding Pharmacies Called On To Make Execution Drugs

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 4:00am

Pharmaceutical companies in Europe are blocking the sale of drugs used for lethal injection in the U.S. That has states that use the drugs turning to compounding pharmacies to create them. David Miller, the CEO of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists, talks to Steve Inskeep about why that's problematic.

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