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When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:45pm

China has been a big and growing market for U.S. corn. But then farmers started planting a kind of genetically engineered corn that's not yet approved in China, and the Chinese government struck back.

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Weekly Innovation: 3-D Printed Fashion For Your Feet

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 4:36pm

You can use a 3-D printer to craft yourself a cell phone case, a toy car, or a new trachea. This week's innovation introduces 3-D printed high-heels, and the print-and-wear fad as a growing trend.

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Amid Smoking Decline, Look Who's Still Lighting Up

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:20pm

Analysts say the merger of Reynolds American and Lorillard is driven by the changing demographics of smoking. But the lower smoking rate masks a more complex and varied pattern of cigarette usage.

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Dow Dives 317 Points, Erasing A Month Of Gains

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 3:06pm

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 16,563. It was the worst daily decline since April.

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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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