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With Harvest Season, 'Trimmigrants' Flock To California's Pot Capital

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 4:52pm

Humboldt County is famous for towering redwoods — and pot. Every fall, young people descend on its small towns. They're seeking work as trimmers, who manicure marijuana buds to prepare them for sale.

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'New Republic,' In Major Change, Cuts Publishing Schedule; Top Editor Out

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 4:29pm

Editor Franklin Foer and longtime literary editor Leon Wieseltier are both leaving. The magazine will drop to 20 issues a year from 10 and move its headquarters from Washington, D.C., to New York.

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North Korea's Cyber Skills Get Attention Amid Sony Hacking Mystery

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 4:21pm

A North Korean official now denies its involvement in one of the worst corporate hacks in history, after a different official played coy. How sophisticated are the Hermit Kingdom's hackers?

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Where Wages Are Rising (And Falling), In 1 Graph

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 1:40pm

Overall, wages were stagnant over the past year. But workers in some sectors saw significant gains.

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Is The Food Babe A Fearmonger? Scientists Are Speaking Out

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:26pm

The food system is awash in chemicals and additives. One woman has made a career out of investigating them. But a cadre of critics says she's creating more confusion than clarity about food.

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Justice Department Plans New Cybercrime Team

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 5:03am

The reorganization being announced today will "provide a central hub for expert advice and legal guidance" and improve coordination among law enforcement, businesses and elected officials.

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Making Electronics Cheaper Requires Detective Work

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 4:06am

Consumer electronics get cheaper year after year. Our Planet Money team visited a company called Monoprice, where employees spend their days trying to figure out how to make stuff get cheaper.

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A Syrian Entrepreneur Looks To Build The Amazon Of The Arab World

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 2:37am, created by U.S.-educated Ronaldo Mouchawar, has a strong presence in the Middle East. Since the boom in cell phones in the region, "you can feel the crescendo" in its tech sector, he says.

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The Man Argentines Love To Hate Is An American Judge

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 2:26am

Little-known in the U.S., Thomas Griesa is a villain and scapegoat in the Argentine media. The federal court judge in New York has ruled against Argentina in its battles with its "vulture" creditors.

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Pregnancy Discrimination Act In The Spotlight At Supreme Court

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 3:22pm

Driver Peggy Young sued UPS for suspending her job and health insurance during her pregnancy. She claims the company was required to accommodate her, but UPS says its policy was within the law.

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Takata Pressured By Congress To Take Air Bag Recall Nationwide

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 3:22pm

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill blasted the Japanese supplier Takata for refusing to participate in a national recall of its air bags. So far, the potentially deadly air bags have been recalled in warm and humid areas where they may be most likely to rupture. While Takata is resisting a nationwide recall, Honda said Wednesday it would recall all its vehicles with Takata driver-side airbags in the U.S.

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Hey, College Kids: You Really Can Minor In Craft Beer Studies

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 2:51pm

Paul Smith's College, in upstate New York, is among a handful of higher ed institutions offering coursework in craft beer. Be forewarned: The classes are heavier on the science than the partying.

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Takata Back On Capitol Hill After Deadline To Widen Air Bag Recall Passes

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:16am

Federal regulators had given Takata Corp. until Tuesday to widen its recall of air bags to the entire U.S., but the Japanese company appeared to ignore that demand.

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Kalashnikov's New Slogan? 'Weapons Of Peace'

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 8:42am

Millions of Kalashnikov's AK-47 have found their way to battlefields across the globe. With the new branding, the company hopes to expand its business domestically and internationally.

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Russian Economy Takes Multiple Hits

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:05am

Sanctions, in response to Russia's role in eastern Ukraine, and falling oil prices are biting. Russia's reliance on tax revenues from the oil industry makes it sensitive to price movements.

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Is 'Womenomics' The Answer To Japan's Economic Woes?

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:05am

The government has set up a female lumberjacks program, part of a wider effort to fuel growth after long-term stagnation. But critics of 'womenomics' say it does little to tackle fundamental problems.

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Russia Heads Toward Recession, With No Relief In Sight

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:05am

Western sanctions are biting, oil prices are down sharply and the Russian currency is tanking. The government now expects the economy to shrink in 2015.

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Did UPS Discriminate Against A Pregnant Worker By Letting Her Go?

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 3:03am

When Peggy Young became pregnant, her doctor recommended not lifting more than 20 pounds and she lost her job. Now a federal law banning pregnancy discrimination faces a test before the Supreme Court.

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Mischief Under The Mistletoe: Office Partygoers Behaving Badly

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 2:20am

Partying with co-workers can lead to awkwardness and worse. And, HR experts say, alcohol is often to blame. "If people used common sense, I wouldn't have a job," says employment attorney Jon Hyman.

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Microsoft Says Goodbye To Clip Art

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 7:40pm

Microsoft announced that it is eliminating clip art libraries from its suite of Office productivity software, and replacing it with Bing Image search. But the iconic illustrations may live on.

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