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Shanghai Restaurant Makes American Versions Of Chinese Food

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 5:32am

Last summer two Americans opened Fortune Cookie, a restaurant that serves Chinese-American food in Shanghai.

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Mass. Suit Aims To Clarify Religious Groups' Latitude In Hiring

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 4:00am

When it comes to hiring pastors and teachers, religious organizations like churches or schools are exempt from most employment discrimination laws. But a lawsuit in Massachusetts wants to clarify how much leeway they have. For example, can they discriminate against people in same-sex marriages for non-religious jobs like gym teacher or cafeteria worker?

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Tennessee Volkswagen Workers Vote On UAW Membership

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 4:00am

In Chattanooga on Wednesday, workers at Volkswagen's auto plant will vote on whether to unionize. This is billed as the most closely watched unionization vote in the South in decades.

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Al Capone's Florida Villa Is Up For Sale

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 4:00am

Al Capone made his fortune running booze during Prohibition. He bought the Palm Island estate from a member of the Anheuser-Busch brewing family in 1928.

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Virgin America To Go Public

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 4:00am

Virgin America aims to go public this year after recording its first profits since it was founded 10 years ago. Barclays and Deutsche Bank will co-lead the IPO, which is slated for the second half of the year.

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Can Underfunded Community Colleges Provide More Job Training?

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 4:00am

Community College leaders are in Washington lobbying for more money and a bigger role in training Americans for the workforce. In most states though, community college funding has been slashed. It's unclear if the schools can open their doors to more people or create new job-training programs.

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U.S. To Ban Commercial Trade Of Elephant Ivory

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 4:00am

The U.S. government has announced new restrictions in the trade of African elephant ivory. Imports and exports are banned and sales are limited to antiques at least 100 years old. It's part of a broader effort to protect elephants and other animals from escalating illegal wildlife trade.

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CVS Stock Rises Ahead Of Lost Tobacco Sales

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 4:00am

Less than a week after CVS announced it would no longer sell tobacco products, its stock is on the rise.

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At Last, New York Fashion Week Brings 'Good News For Real People'

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 2:39am

Wearing oversized sweaters, sensible shoes and loose-fitting suits, the models on the runway this year look downright comfortable. New York Times Style Magazine editor in chief Deborah Needleman says these styles are "much more about comfort" than they have been in the past.

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NBC's Tom Brokaw Announces He Has Cancer, Says He's 'Optimistic'

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 8:15pm

Tom Brokaw, the NBC News correspondent who for years was one of America's favorite news anchors, has been diagnosed with Tmultiple myeloma, a cancer that affects blood cells in bone marrow, the network says.

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European Union Moves To Approve U.S. Genetically Modified Corn

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 6:38pm

Despite efforts by two-thirds of its 28 member states to block the move, the European Union took a large step toward approving a new genetically modified corn Tuesday. Opponents say the corn, a DuPont Pioneer product called TC1507, has harmful qualities.

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Going To College May Cost You, But So Will Skipping It

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 4:41pm

The gap in earnings between young people who have a college degree and those who don't has continued to widen over the past several decades. And while total student loan debt in the U.S. continues to rise, millennials say a college degree is still worth it.

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House Votes To Extend Debt Limit To March 2015

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 4:30pm

Congressional reporters quickly note that Rep. Paul Ryan was one of many Republicans who voted "no." The vote came after the Republican majority abandoned its hopes to tie other legislation to the debt measure.

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Nonprofits Pull In Investors To Tackle Housing Affordability

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 3:00pm

One of the biggest problems facing low-income families is a lack of affordable housing. A coalition of nonprofits hopes to attack the problem using a well-known tool in the private sector — a real estate investment trust that allows investors to pool their funds to buy property.

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After 23 Years, Your Waiter Is Ready For A Raise

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 2:22pm

The tipped minimum wage has been stuck at $2.13 an hour since 1991, but legislation before Congress could finally change that. The restaurant industry says that will cost jobs and drive away diners. But in states where servers, bartenders and other tipped workers already make more than the federal minimum wage, restaurants haven't been hurting.

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N.Y. Immigrants Find They Can Earn Bread And Butter From Baking

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 9:54am

In the heart of Spanish Harlem, women from Morocco to Mexico are finding a path to entrepreneurship at the incubator Hot Bread Kitchen. The non-profit has been hailed by President Clinton as scalable model for a training programs worldwide.

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The Internet Flexes Political Muscle With Anti-NSA Protest

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 9:40am

It won't be as powerful as the strike against SOPA and PIPA in 2012, when Wikipedia blocked its site, Google blacked out its logo and millions of people joined in. But "The Day We Fight Back" on Tuesday is intended to show lawmakers that there's ongoing public pressure to reform mass surveillance laws.

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No Change In Fed Policy, Yellen Signals

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 8:06am

The central bank's new chair makes her first appearance before Congress since being confirmed. She'll also say that the economy picked up speed last year and will likely continue to grow at a "moderate pace" this year and next.

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Exclusive First Read: 'Young Money' By Kevin Roose

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 6:00am

Kevin Roose's Young Money follows a group of new college graduates trying to make it on Wall Street in the era after the 2008 financial crash. What motivated them to give up their lives, to work 100-hour weeks and endure sneers when the reputation of big finance was at its lowest? And, most importantly, how did the experience change them?

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Bad Weather Hurts McDonald's U.S. Sales

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 4:00am

McDonald's says U.S. sales fell for the third straight month. The world's largest burger chain reports bad weather hurt its U.S. sales in January, falling 3.3 percent. The chain fared better overseas: Global sales rose 1.2 percent, as the fast food chain continues to expand abroad.

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