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When The World Bank Does More Harm Than Good

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:43am

Large projects funded by the bank have left millions of poor people worse off, an investigation found. The bank says the vast majority of its projects don't fall into this category.

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Feds Cancel Commercial Sardine Fishing After Stocks Crash

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 7:42pm

Federal regulators close commercial sardine fishing in an effort to rebuild the depleted populations of the fish. Sardine shortages are blamed for the high rates of starvation deaths of sea lion pups

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The Hidden FM Radio Inside Your Pocket, And Why You Can't Use It

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 6:39pm

Most smartphones have a built-in FM chip. But whether or not it's activated is in the hands of the mobile carriers, who profit when you stream radio. The broadcast industry is pushing to change this.

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LA Schools To Apple: You Owe Us

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 3:37pm

The Los Angeles Unified School District wants Apple to pay up for poorly performing software on its iPads.

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How Success Almost Killed A Game, And How Its Creators Saved It

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 3:17pm

When Magic: The Gathering became a hit, its creators faced a surprising problem.

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New Asian Development Bank Seen As Sign Of China's Growing Influence

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 3:17pm

China says 57 countries have signed on as members of the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, but the U.S. is not among them. Some analysts say the bank is a sign of diminished U.S. power.

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In Record Drought, Calif. Course Ethically Keeps Greens Green

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 4:06am

Golf courses are water hogs, and that thirst is especially notable as California's drought grows in severity. At Pelican Hill, a top golf course near Los Angeles, water conservation is an obsession.

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How Almonds Became A Scapegoat For California's Drought

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 2:51am

The relentless drought has turned almonds into a target for water conservationists who bemoan that it takes one gallon of water to grow one almond. Growers say the bad rap is unfair and misleading.

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Online Crafts Marketplace Etsy Prepares For Public Offering

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:19pm

Etsy — the company best known for selling handmade goods — is going public. The financial media is having a lot of fun with this IPO, even mocking it as "artisanal." But it's actually serious business. The company has grown steadily and is considered one of the more promising recent IPOs.

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Pumpjacks Represent Symbol Of Life In American Oil Fields

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:19pm

Pumpjacks have been part of the American landscape for decades, and they remain essential in today's shale fields.

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European Union Charges Google With Antitrust Violations

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:19pm

After a nearly five year investigation, European Union officials on Wednesday charged Google with antitrust violations and opened an investigation into its Android operating system.

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U.S. Predicted To Be Net Energy Exporter In Next Decade; First Time Since 1950s

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 12:28pm

Citing a boom in natural gas and shifts in demand, the Energy Information Administration says the U.S. could stop being a net energy importer "sometime between 2020 and 2030."

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You Didn't Check The 'Presidential Election Campaign' Box On Your Taxes, Did You?

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 9:03am

The little box is for presidential public financing. At first, it was relatively popular but now fewer people are checking the box and more candidates are rejecting the funds.

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EU Charges Google With Antitrust Violations, Will Also Look At Android

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 8:16am

Saying that Google abused its dominant position in the search market "by systematically favoring its own comparison shopping product," a European panel releases a list of antitrust charges.

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European Union Accuses Google Of Abusing Its Market Dominance

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 7:03am

The European Union has been looking into whether Google favors its own products in online searches. EU officials have filed a complaint against Google. The tech giant has not yet formally responded.

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Redistribute California's Water? Not Without A Fight

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:35am

What's a fair way to divide up California's scarce water? The current system relies heavily on history: Some farmers will get water, others won't, simply based on when their land was first irrigated.

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From Horses To High Rises: An Insider 'Unmasks' China's Economic Rise

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:33am

Over the past 25 years, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson watched China turn into the world's second largest economy. He explains what could halt the country's massive growth.

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SpaceX Launches Successfully, But Rocket Doesn't Survive

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:37pm

The Dragon spacecraft heads to the International Space Station on a routine resupply mission. What wasn't routine was the attempt to land the spent rocket on a floating barge in the Atlantic Ocean.

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How AeroPress Fans Are Hacking Their Way To A Better Cup Of Coffee

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:38pm

Coffee aficionados say the simple, syringe-like device makes exceptional espresso and allows for countless variations on the perfect cup. Not surprising, given that its inventor is a serial tinkerer.

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When Rates Turn Negative, Banks Pay Customers To Borrow

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:26pm

European interest rates are being pushed so low — to less than zero — that some banks are paying borrowers to take loans. Such low rates are aimed at boosting Europe's economy, but there are risks.

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