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From Scratch Or Not? French Restaurant Law Stirs Controversy

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:51pm

A French law requires restaurants that sell homemade food to display a label on their menu to distinguish them from places that use frozen or vacuum-packed food. But critics say the law is too vague.

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Book News: 'Big 5' Publishers Absent From Amazon's New E-Book Service

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:42am

Also: North Carolina Poet Laureate Valerie Macon resigns; David Orr on James Franco's poetry.

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Arkansas Razorbacks Trademark Famous Hog Call

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 5:06am

The famous hog call chanted by fans of the sports teams of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks is now a registered trademark owned by the school.

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Report Of Expired Meat Sparks Food Safety Scare In China

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 4:57am

Some American fast-food restaurants in China have stopped using meat from a supplier in Shanghai after reports that it was selling expired beef and chicken.

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Tobacco Company Told To Pay $23.6B In Lawsuit

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 4:15am

The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has been hit with a $23.6 billion ruling from a lawsuit brought by a chain smoker's widow.

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Rubio: Small Government Can Help Fix Economic Inequality

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 4:15am

The Florida Republican, with one eye on the White House, tells NPR's Morning Edition that there's a role for government to play in opening access to higher education and job training.

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Next To Silicon Valley, Nonprofits Draw Youth Of Color Into Tech

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 4:15am

Programs like Hack the Hood try to help young people in Oakland, Calif., find a gateway into the high-tech industry — and out of "dead-end" jobs.

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The Youth Unemployment Crisis Hits African-Americans Hardest

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 4:15am

Hidden economic forces like job-specific segregation are keeping young minorities out of the job market.

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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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