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Red Robin's 'Monster' Burger Wins Xtreme Eating Awards

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:53am

The Center for Science in the Public Interest says, at more than 3,500 calories, it's the "single unhealthiest" meal among 200 chain restaurants.

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On The Eve Of A Possible Lockout, Met Opera Talks Remain Contentious

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:07am

Labor disputes are nothing new to the Met Opera, but never have they been so public. With a deadline looming, both sides signal that negotiations are going nowhere.

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Send Your Dearly Departed Dog Into Space

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:07am

Houston-based Celestis is offering to ship your pet's remains to rest among the stars for as little as $995. The remains are sent up on vehicles already carrying scientific and commercial payloads.

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Senate Antitrust Panel Eyes Contact Lens Pricing Policies

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:07am

Under "UPP," or universal pricing policies, manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson tell retailers they can't sell their contact lens below a certain price. And if they do, their supply will be cut off.

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A Prospective Pro Athletes' Backup Plan? Pit Crewing For NASCAR

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:07am

Some college athletes who dreamed of going into pro sports are instead finding full-time work on NASCAR pit crews. NASCAR is recruiting athletes, not mechanics, and has a special training center.

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Argentina Is In Default. What Does That Actually Mean?

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:07am

Talks between Argentina and holdout bondholders collapsed Wednesday. With no additional talks scheduled, it appears Argentina has defaulted for the second time in about 12 years.

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Bankrupt California City May Turn To Taxing Pot

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 7:24pm

San Bernardino, which filed for bankruptcy two years ago, is wasting money fighting marijuana sales, says the city attorney. Better to regulate pot, end the black market — and collect taxes.

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Why Your 'Small-Batch' Whiskey Might Taste A Lot Like The Others

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 5:33pm

A factory in Indiana is churning out massive quantities of beverage-grade rye whiskey. A food blogger discovered that many small distilleries are buying it and using it in bottles labeled "artisan."

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Job Worries Linger But The Economy Is Looking Good

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 4:54pm

Both the Commerce Department and the Federal Reserve gave the economy good marks after years of slack performance. The Fed still frets about jobs but generally is upbeat, predicting "moderate" growth.

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Why Are Theater Tickets Cheaper On The West End Than On Broadway?

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 4:24pm

In London, a matinee ticket for Matilda costs about $60; in New York, it's $137. What's going on? The West End has weaker unions and subsidized theater, while Broadway has amenities.

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Grocery Chain Workers Want Their CEO Back

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 4:04pm

Arthur T. Demoulas, chief executive of the New England grocery chain Market Basket, was pushed out by his cousin in a boardroom struggle. Protesting employees have brought business to a standstill.

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Judge Orders Bank Of America To Pay $1.3 Billion Fine

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 3:27pm

A jury had found the bank liable for fraud related to mortgages sold by its Countrywide Financial unit last October. Bank of America may appeal.

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Can Pinterest Compete With Google's Search?

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 2:07pm

Pinterest has created a database of things that matter to humans. And with a programming team that's largely been hired away from Google, the company has begun offering what it calls "guided search."

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Fed Continues To Ease Up On Economic Stimulus

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 1:38pm

The Fed announced modest cuts in its bond-buying program and noted that inflation is becoming an issue. But with room to grow in the labor market, the bank is not ready to raise interest rates.

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Some Loyal Foursquare Users Are Checking Out After Swarm Spinoff

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:12pm

Backlash to the company's move to break its app in two is costing it the users that loved Foursquare the most. "Why do I need two apps when I had one that provided both services?" asked one user.

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U.S. Economy Rebounds In Spring With GDP Expanding At 4 Percent Rate

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 8:03am

The news from the Commerce Department comes after the economy shrank at a 2.1 percent rate in the first quarter of the year. The numbers raise hope for continued growth in the second half of 2014.

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France's Nude Models Threaten To Strike

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 5:09am

The models say they have no job security or vacation pay and aren't allowed to collect tips. Organizers have said "not just anyone can take their clothes off and hold a pose."

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NCAA Head-Injury Settlement Includes $70 Million Medical Fund

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 4:58am

The NCAA has settled a class-action lawsuit over its head injury policies, pending approval. Supporters laud a $70 million fund for medical monitoring; others say there's no money for injured players.

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How Much Impact Will New Sanctions Have On Russia?

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

Linda Wertheimer talks with Financial Times reporter Kathrin Hille in Moscow about the economic impact on Russia of accumulating Western sanctions.

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U.S. Judge Sides With Iraq, Blocks Kurds' Attempt To Sell Oil

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

A U.S. judge has blocked an effort by Iraq's Kurdistan region to sell $100 million worth of crude oil to refiners in the U.S. It's sitting in a giant tanker ship off the coast of Texas. The judge agreed with the Iraqi government that the oil belongs to it and not the Kurds.

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