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Monsanto, Angling For Global Pesticide Dominance, Woos Syngenta

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 3:08pm

The world's biggest seed company wants to buy the world's biggest pesticide company, Syngenta. Syngenta is playing hard to get, but a veteran industry executive says the deal may happen.

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Anxious About China, Asian Nations Buy More U.S. Military Hardware

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 2:36pm

The shopping spree by Southeast Asian nations is expected to total around $40 billion over the next year. But the U.S. has competition, from Russia, Europe and other countries in Asia.

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Here's How Inflation Has Eroded American Workers' Overtime Eligibility

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 11:06am

The Obama administration might soon make millions of workers newly eligible for overtime, but experts disagree over how the new rules should look.

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Highest-Charging U.S. Hospitals Are For-Profit And Concentrated In Florida

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 7:40am

Insurers typically get substantial discounts off hospital sticker prices, but people treated out of their plan's network or the uninsured can wind up paying the full bill.

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Apple Jumps Into The Music Streaming Business

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 4:04am

The tech giant, whose iTunes store is the recording industry's largest retailer, finally unveiled its streaming service, which will cost $9.99 a month for unlimited access to music.

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Some States Make Obamacare Backup Plans, As Supreme Court Decision Looms

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 2:47am

A Supreme Court ruling could threaten health insurance subsidies in about three dozen states. But many states aren't sharing contingency plans lest they be seen as supporting Obamacare.

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This Summer, The Cafeteria Comes To The Kids

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 2:42am

Twenty-one million kids eat free and reduced-price meals throughout the school year, but getting them fed during the summer is a challenge.

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Texas Cattle Ranchers Whipsawed Between Drought And Deluge

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 2:40am

Years of drought have taken a toll on agriculture, particularly cattle ranching. Now instead of too little water, there's too much. But the rains may revive pastures and allow rebuilding of herds.

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For Baltimore Businesses, Riot Aid Is Not Coming Fast Enough

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 2:38am

Baltimore, the state of Maryland and nonprofits are trying to get money quickly to almost 400 businesses affected by recent unrest to reopen or recoup their losses. But the aid is coming in slowly.

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In Atlantic City, A Silver Lining For Casinos Left Standing

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 4:16pm

Four of 12 casinos in Atlantic City closed last year, but the first quarter of 2015 brought good news to those remaining. The local economy is still reeling, but less competition means higher profits.

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Apple Announces Music Streaming Service

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 4:02pm

The tech giant, whose iTunes store is the recording industry's largest retailer, finally unveiled its streaming service, which will cost $9.99 a month for unlimited access to music.

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Online Health Searches Aren't Always Confidential

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 3:41pm

Searching a medical issue on the Internet seems harmless enough, but one researcher found that online medical searches may be seen by hidden parties, and the data even sold for profit.

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Insurer Uses Personal Data To Predict Who Will Get Sick

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 2:08pm

A Philadelphia health insurance company analyzes its clients' health data and other factors to find the frailest and assign them health coaches. That may improve health, but is it a breach of privacy?

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Georgia's Giant Clay Pots Hold An 8,000-Year-Old Secret To Great Wine

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 1:14pm

Making ancient Georgian wine is pretty uncomplicated: Toss grapes into a huge, egg-shaped pot, bury it, walk away. What comes out is an orange wine with a deep tannin flavor prized around the world.

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5 Questions Answered On The Legal Challenge To Obamacare Subsidies

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 9:48am

If the court rules against the Obama administration, health insurance subsidies could be eliminated for more than 6 million people in states that use HealthCare.gov, the federal exchange website.

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Spain's Air Traffic Controllers Go On Strike; Pay Isn't The Big Complaint

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 9:25am

At issue: punishments for an earlier strike. NPR's Lauren Frayer says of Spain's controllers, "They're among the best-paid civil servants, with average salaries almost half a million dollars a year."

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Federal Judge To Assess Damages In Chinese Drywall Lawsuit

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 4:06am

Residents are still fighting Chinese manufacturers who sold bad drywall that went into the post-Katrina rebuilding effort. On Tuesday their case picks up again in a New Orleans federal courtroom.

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The Forces Behind The Decline Of For-Profit Colleges

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 4:06am

New regulations are scheduled to take effect July 1 — the latest in a series of challenges to the industry.

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What Makes Algorithms Go Awry?

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 4:27pm

Every time you "Like" a Facebook post, among other things, you help provide data to an algorithm. But algorithms, like the humans who design them, aren't foolproof — and can reflect bias.

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Once Feared, Now Celebrated, Hudson River Cleanup Nears Its End

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 4:15pm

General Electric is entering the final year of a billion-dollar cleanup of PCB-contaminated water. The project was once controversial — now, even some early critics are asking for it to be continued.

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