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The Viagra Of The Himalayas Brings In Big Bucks And Big Problems

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:31am

A fungus consumes a worm and sprouts out of its head. The resulting ... thing ... is deemed an aphrodisiac and sells for more than gold. How do you keep people from killing each other to harvest it?

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Why Do We Undervalue Introverts?

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 8:21am

In a culture where being social and outgoing are celebrated, it can be difficult to be an introvert. Susan Cain argues introverts bring extraordinary talents to the world, and should be celebrated.

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Still Reeling From SCOTUS Decision, Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 6:37am

The streaming company's founder said fallout from a Supreme Court ruling in favor of TV networks proved "too difficult to overcome."

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Skiers Rejoice! Upstate New York Has Snow

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 4:01am

Snow is a big part of the culture and the joy of life in Upstate New York. Because of this week's storm, some of the region's ski resorts are already open for business.

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Senate Panel Probes Fed's Oversight Of Commodity Trading

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 4:01am

A Senate committee has accused major banks including Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase of manipulating commodity prices. Executives from several leading banks rejected the allegations on Thursday.

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Obama Goes It Alone, Shielding Up To 5 Million Immigrants From Deportation

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 5:00pm

Defying congressional Republicans, President Obama will defer the deportation of the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and will also prioritize the deportation of criminals.

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The Whole World Is Fat! And That Ends Up Costing Two Trillion A Year

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 4:30pm

Nearly a third of us are overweight, and some of the worst rates of obesity are in the developing world. All this corpulence takes a huge economic toll — two trillion dollars a year.

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Takata Executive Apologizes To Consumers In Capitol Hill Testimony

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 3:24pm

An executive from the Takata Corporation was on Capitol Hill today, answering tough questions about the company's defective airbags, which have been linked to at least three deaths in the U.S. The airbags explode with too much force and send jagged metal fragments flying into passengers.

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How To Catch A Cattle Thief

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 3:24pm

Cattle theft has been making a major comeback. A drought in the West has meant higher beef prices, making cattle an attractive target for thieves.

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Indian Shopkeepers Greet Wal-Mart's Expansion Plans With Protests

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 1:53pm

"Wal-Mart, come to your senses"! the protesters shouted. These vendors and hawkers are not happy that the retail giant plans to open 50 more stores.

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Takata Quality Official Apologizes Over Air Bag Defect Linked To Deaths

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:46am

Hiroshi Shimizu's remarks came in testimony to a Senate panel. U.S. regulators want the company to issue a nationwide recall. So far, the recall has been restricted to high-humidity areas.

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Soda Companies Step Up Their Marketing To Black And Latino Kids

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:36am

Black youth saw more than twice as many ads for sugary drinks on TV compared with white children and teens in 2013. Advertising for the drinks on Spanish-language TV also increased by 44 percent.

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Low Consumer Spending Hinders Japan's Economic Recovery

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 4:02am

The ultimate aim of Japan's effort to revive the economy is to give consumers the confidence to start buying again. Weak consumer confidence has hit big-ticket purchases hardest.

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What The U.S. Could Learn From Japan's Latest Recession

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 4:02am

Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel about what's gone wrong with Japan's economy. Wessel is director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution and a contributor to The Wall Street Journal.

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Nielsen To Rate Streaming Services, Assault Allegations Haunt Cosby

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 4:02am

Nielsen, the company that measures broadcast and cable ratings, will begin using its technology to calculate the viewership of streaming services like Netflix. Also, Bill Cosby projects are canceled.

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Despite Low Employment, Millennials Hold Key To Reviving South Texas

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:55am

The McAllen metro area in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas has one of the country's lowest employment rates for millennials. Economists say they will be critical to bringing the area out of poverty.

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Delinquent Mine Fines: 'Clearly Troubling ... More Can Be Done'

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 5:21pm

"We have tools in place to crack down on these scofflaws, but what's missing is a stronger commitment," says John Kline, a key House Republican.

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For Millions Of Millennials: Some College, No Degree, Lots Of Debt

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:27pm

Noelle Johnson has about $20,000 in student loans and is still working on her degree. Without the higher earnings a B.A. can bring, even a modest student debt load can pose a big challenge.

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Huge Dazzling Billboard Fights For Attention In Times Square

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:24pm

In a city of superlatives, New York City now has another notch in its belt — the largest billboard. It's hard to get anyone's attention in Times Square, but one billboard a city block long might just be able to do it.

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1 Million American Pension Plans Could Be Insolvent In 10 Years

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 3:24pm

The agency in charge of insuring private-sector pension plans is warning about big problems on the horizon. The Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation projects that several large multi-employer plans will become insolvent within the next decade.

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