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R.J. Reynolds Vows Appeal Of $23 Billion Cancer-Death Verdict

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:21am

The nation's No. 2 tobacco manufacturer was slapped with the whopping punitive damages award in the death of a 36-year-old man of lung cancer in 1996.

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Justice Dept. Charges FedEx For Online Drug Shipments

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:14am

The Justice Department has indicted FedEx for shipping prescription drugs from illegal online pharmacies. FedEx had been warned, and now faces up to $1.6 billion in fines if found guilty.

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Temporary Tenants Give Luxury Homes A Lived-In Look

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 3:40pm

A home-staging company fills vacant properties to make them more attractive to prospective buyers. The occupants pay for the privilege of living the high life — even for a short while.

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States That Raised Minimum Wage See Faster Job Growth, Report Says

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:25am

The 13 states that lifted their minimum wage levels on January 1 experienced added jobs at a faster pace than the 37 states that kept wage levels steady.

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Deploying Drones To Get An Overview Of Factory Farms

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:09am

Writer Will Potter raised money through Kickstarter to buy drones and other equipment to investigate animal agriculture in the U.S. He says drones will help him circumvent so-called "ag-gag" laws.

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Tech Week: Microsoft Layoffs, Comcast Call Hell And Call Of Duty

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 4:42am

Also in this week's tech headlines: Visa looks to boost online shopping, a Wall Street cyber scare, and fears that driverless cars could be used as "lethal weapons."

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Soylent DIYers Sell Their Own Versions Of The Powdered Food

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:59am

Soylent, the offbeat meal replacement company, has built an online community of more than 18,000 users. But some are impatient to get their orders, so they're making and selling it themselves.

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Amazon Launches Subscription Service For E-Books

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 9:08am

Kindle Unlimited will give readers access to over 600,000 titles for $9.99 a month. The service was short on newer releases when it launched Friday.

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Sony Forgets To Renew Games Domain Name

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 4:29am

The lapse temporarily knocked out online games like Everquest and Landmark. Sony says it's possible the expiration notices were sent to the wrong email.

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Microsoft Announces Biggest Layoffs In Company's History

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 4:29am

Microsoft will eliminate 18,000 jobs in the next year. That's 14 percent of the company's global workforce, and the largest reduction in its history. The changes reflect Microsoft's shift to mobile.

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Better Culture Could Have Prevented Viral Comcast Call

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 2:37am

A Comcast service call making the rounds this week sounded really familiar to millions of Americans. But some companies have figured out how to make the universally unpleasant experience a lot better.

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FedEx Charged With Shipping Drugs For Illegal Online Pharmacies

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 7:03pm

Prosecutors say the company knowingly distributed controlled substances to customers who had never met with doctors. FedEx says it is innocent and that it will plead not guilty.

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Latest Wrinkle In The Jobs Debate: Blame The Boomers

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:36pm

Half the drop in the labor force can be explained by retirements, a White House economic report concludes. And the other half of missing workers may yet be lured back, but only with better policies.

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White House Urges Lawmakers To Address Popular Tax Dodge

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:24pm

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has signaled his intention to push for legislation shutting down "corporate inversions," techniques used commonly by companies to dodge the corporate income tax.

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Lawmakers Call For GM's Top Lawyer To Step Down

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 3:27pm

Delphi, the company that made the defective ignition switch in General Motors vehicles, has stayed out of the harsh glare in the recall scandal. But that changed Thursday, as Delphi's CEO joined GM CEO Mary Barra and GM's top lawyer for a grilling on Capitol Hill.

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Microsoft Announces Largest Job Cut In Its History

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 3:27pm

Microsoft plans to eliminate as many as 18,000 jobs over the next year — about 14 percent of its global workforce. The cuts would be the largest in the company's history. Microsoft recently acquired Nokia's mobile phone business, which boosted its head count by 25,000 and most of the cuts will be in that area.

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CEO Of Ignition Switch Maker Says No Responsibility For GM Deaths

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:31am

Rodney O'Neal, CEO of Delphi Automotive, says the ignition switch was redesigned according to GM specifications. GM CEO Mary Barra acknowledged "It's our responsibility."

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Kooky Kickstarters — Why They Succeed

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:13am

A weird crowdfunded campaign — like Zack Brown's potato salad gambit — might be the new Pet Rock.

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Microsoft Announces Biggest Layoffs Yet: Up To 18,000 Workers

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:05am

In the largest layoff in the company's history, it's stripping 14 percent of its workforce. CEO Satya Nadella says it's part of a plan to make the 39-year-old company more agile and productive.

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Australia Repeals An Unpopular Tax On Carbon Emissions

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 9:07am

The tax was imposed on about 350 of the nation's top polluters under the country's previous center-left government.

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