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Businesses Hope Weather Doesn't Interfere With Valentine's Day

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 4:00am

The snowstorm is also interfering with Valentine's Day. Mary Beth Reagan, owner of The Flower Pot in Knoxville, Tennessee, says that day is very important to business and even a couple of inches of snow could be trouble.

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'Citizens United' Critics Fight Money With Money

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 2:02am

Four years after the controversial Supreme Court ruling, the meaning of campaign finance reform depends on who you ask. But those advocating for stronger laws are organizing a long campaign of their own to reduce the political influence of big money.

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Collecting Money For Songwriters, A 100-Year Tug-Of-War

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 1:00am

ASCAP — the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers — was founded on Feb. 13, 1914, to protect its members' copyrights by monitoring public performances of their music. It hasn't been an easy century; in fact, just about every victory has come as the result of litigation.

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Reports: Comcast To Buy Time Warner

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:06pm

Media report Comcast will announce its acquisition Thursday morning. The merger would combine the country's two largest cable companies and likely draw scrutiny from regulators.

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The High Cost Of Treating People Hospitalized With West Nile Virus

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 9:25am

Most people who are infected with West Nile virus never get sick. But some of those who do can wind up in the hospital, or suffer permanent disability. A Texas outbreak in 2012 may have made West Nile one of the more costly diseases in the state that year.

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The High Cost Of Treating People Hospitalized With West Nile Virus

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 9:25am

Most people who are infected with West Nile virus never get sick. But some of those who do can wind up in the hospital, or suffer permanent disability. A Texas outbreak in 2012 may have made West Nile one of the more costly diseases in the state that year.

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Cornell Pair Introduce American-Chinese Food To Shanghai

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 5:32am

Two Americans open Fortune Cookie, a restaurant that serves Chinese-American food in Shanghai. The owners believe there is a market among expats nostalgic for their hometown takeout. A Chinese customer says Westernized Chinese food lacks the subtly of the original cuisine.

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Shanghai Restaurant Makes American Versions Of Chinese Food

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 5:32am

Last summer two Americans opened Fortune Cookie, a restaurant that serves Chinese-American food in Shanghai.

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Mass. Suit Aims To Clarify Religious Groups' Latitude In Hiring

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 4:00am

When it comes to hiring pastors and teachers, religious organizations like churches or schools are exempt from most employment discrimination laws. But a lawsuit in Massachusetts wants to clarify how much leeway they have. For example, can they discriminate against people in same-sex marriages for non-religious jobs like gym teacher or cafeteria worker?

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Tennessee Volkswagen Workers Vote On UAW Membership

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 4:00am

In Chattanooga on Wednesday, workers at Volkswagen's auto plant will vote on whether to unionize. This is billed as the most closely watched unionization vote in the South in decades.

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Al Capone's Florida Villa Is Up For Sale

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 4:00am

Al Capone made his fortune running booze during Prohibition. He bought the Palm Island estate from a member of the Anheuser-Busch brewing family in 1928.

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Virgin America To Go Public

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 4:00am

Virgin America aims to go public this year after recording its first profits since it was founded 10 years ago. Barclays and Deutsche Bank will co-lead the IPO, which is slated for the second half of the year.

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Can Underfunded Community Colleges Provide More Job Training?

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 4:00am

Community College leaders are in Washington lobbying for more money and a bigger role in training Americans for the workforce. In most states though, community college funding has been slashed. It's unclear if the schools can open their doors to more people or create new job-training programs.

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U.S. To Ban Commercial Trade Of Elephant Ivory

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 4:00am

The U.S. government has announced new restrictions in the trade of African elephant ivory. Imports and exports are banned and sales are limited to antiques at least 100 years old. It's part of a broader effort to protect elephants and other animals from escalating illegal wildlife trade.

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CVS Stock Rises Ahead Of Lost Tobacco Sales

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 4:00am

Less than a week after CVS announced it would no longer sell tobacco products, its stock is on the rise.

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At Last, New York Fashion Week Brings 'Good News For Real People'

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 2:39am

Wearing oversized sweaters, sensible shoes and loose-fitting suits, the models on the runway this year look downright comfortable. New York Times Style Magazine editor in chief Deborah Needleman says these styles are "much more about comfort" than they have been in the past.

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NBC's Tom Brokaw Announces He Has Cancer, Says He's 'Optimistic'

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 8:15pm

Tom Brokaw, the NBC News correspondent who for years was one of America's favorite news anchors, has been diagnosed with Tmultiple myeloma, a cancer that affects blood cells in bone marrow, the network says.

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European Union Moves To Approve U.S. Genetically Modified Corn

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 6:38pm

Despite efforts by two-thirds of its 28 member states to block the move, the European Union took a large step toward approving a new genetically modified corn Tuesday. Opponents say the corn, a DuPont Pioneer product called TC1507, has harmful qualities.

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Going To College May Cost You, But So Will Skipping It

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 4:41pm

The gap in earnings between young people who have a college degree and those who don't has continued to widen over the past several decades. And while total student loan debt in the U.S. continues to rise, millennials say a college degree is still worth it.

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House Votes To Extend Debt Limit To March 2015

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 4:30pm

Congressional reporters quickly note that Rep. Paul Ryan was one of many Republicans who voted "no." The vote came after the Republican majority abandoned its hopes to tie other legislation to the debt measure.

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