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Growing Worker Shortage Looms Over Logging Industry's Future

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 3:25pm

Logging is dangerous, arduous work, and fewer young people are pursuing it. Logging groups hope more outreach, and a bill that would lower the minimum logging age, will help keep the industry going.

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How Retailers Use Smartphones To Track Shoppers In The Store

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 3:07pm

Retailers aren't only tracking consumers online; they're also doing it when consumers shop in brick-and-mortar stores. Robert Siegel talks to Latanya Sweeney, chief technology officer for the Federal Trade Commission, about how the tracking works and whether consumers can opt out.

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Software That Sees Employees, Not Outsiders, As The Real Threat

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 3:07pm

Security software that's meant to prevent data loss in firms is shifting the focus to employee behavior, monitoring activity round-the-clock in search of bad intent. But will bosses go too far?

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Starbucks Will Pay For Employees To Complete College

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 8:03am

An online bachelor's degree from Arizona State University for every barista.

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Book News: Labor Department Investigating Deaths At Amazon Warehouses

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 6:40am

Also: Ugandan writer Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi has won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize; notable books coming out this week.

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In Escalation, Russia Cuts Gas Supplies To Ukraine

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 6:37am

Russia announced the move after the two sides failed to come to an agreement over the price of natural gas.

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A Chinese Chemical Company And A 'Bath Salts' Epidemic

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 5:13am

When the drugs first appeared, U.S. law enforcement officials had a tough time figuring out what they contained and where they came from. One source was a lab in Shanghai.

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Large Blue Diamond Unearthed In South Africa

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 4:10am

The Petra mining company says it's found a blue diamond that's more than 122 carats. The largest rough diamond ever found was discovered in the same mine back in 1905.

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Starbucks Brews Up College Educations For Employees

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 4:10am

Starbucks will pay for the online college education of thousands of its U.S. employees, according to The New York Times. The program is part of a partnership with Arizona State University.

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Federal Reserve Has New Worries About Inflation Rate

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 4:10am

After years of concern about prices and wages going up too much, central banks are worried about too little inflation. Linda Wertheimer talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution.

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Power To The Health Data Geeks

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 2:52am

There's a gold rush on in health information technology. Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are betting on companies that aim to help consumers, insurers and providers save money.

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Hunting For Alien Bug And Seed Invaders At Baltimore's Port

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 2:51am

A few weeks ago, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers spotted an unfamiliar moth in a shipment of organic soybeans. It was a small victory in the effort to prevent the spread of exotic pests.

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Medtronic To Buy Irish Medical-Device Manufacturer

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 1:02am

U.S. medical device manufacturer Medtronic announced Sunday night that it has agreed to buy Ireland-based competitor Covidien for $42.9 billion in cash and stock.

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Home, Food Or Health Care: A Choice Many Renters Can't Afford

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 4:40pm

As of 2012, rentals made up 35 percent of American households. Their numbers are growing, but the demand isn't easing rental rates. Many renters now pay more than 50 percent of their income on rent.

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The Milkman's Comeback Means Dairy At The Door And More

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 9:04am

The milkman has been out of style for decades, but all over the country, trucks have started delivering fresh milk, organic vegetables and even humanely raised chickens to your door.

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It's Pink, It's Fresh, It's Everywhere: Rosé Is Rising!

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 5:35pm

Years ago, your wine snob friends would have laughed if you brought a rosé out for Father's Day. Now rosé is the summer's coolest wine, not to mention a lot more complex than you thought.

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In Silicon Valley, Some Entrepreneurs Seek Social Change

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 4:03pm

Carlos Watson, co-founder of, talks with Arun Rath about the intersection of capitalism and conscience in Silicon Valley.

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Tech Week: Snooping On Steve, Uber Battles, 3-D Nutella Printing

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 4:46am

In this week's roundup, a federal court says warrantless cellphone tracking is unconstitutional and we look back on a weeklong series exploring just how much of our digital data is exposed.

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U.S. Coal Companies Ride Exports To Booming Business

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 3:11pm

One might expect the U.S. coal industry to be reeling from the glut of low-cost natural gas and the regulations imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Instead, coal companies are doing a booming business in exports to Europe and Asia.

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Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:03am

Women make up a significant proportion of dedicated gamers, but they were hardly represented on stage and in games previewed at a big game industry trade event in Los Angeles.

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