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Don't Necessarily Judge Your Next E-Book By Its Online Review

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 5:09pm

Online scams known as catfishing and astroturfing produce fake reviews for e-books published under fake names or generate false praise for restaurants. In either case, it pays to be skeptical.

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Congress' Two Big Looming Fiscal Deadlines, Explained

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 5:05pm

The debt ceiling and budget deadlines are approaching at the same time. Here are the differences between the two.

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What Would It Take To Cut U.S. Data Cables And Halt Internet Access?

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 4:06pm

What would happen if Russia cut U.S. undersea telecom cables, as a New York Times report suggests? It may require a massive, hyper-organized operation to hurt Americans' access to the Internet.

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What Happens If Congress Doesn't Raise The Debt Ceiling?

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:25pm

Congress is running up against a deadline to raise the debt ceiling, and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says that risks "manufacturing a crisis for our country." What is the debt ceiling anyway? And what happens if the U.S. hits it?

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Fans Offer Legos To Ai Weiwei After Company Refuses To Donate Its Toy Bricks

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:25pm

The Internet has exploded in support of Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei after Lego refused to donate its toy bricks for an upcoming exhibition in Melbourne, Australia.

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Bad Day For Bacon: Processed Red Meats Cause Cancer, WHO Says

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 9:31am

The World Health Organization's decision puts bacon, hot dogs and sausages in the same category of cancer risk as tobacco smoking. And beef, pork, veal and lamb are "probably carcinogenic," WHO says.

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Like It Or Not, Political Campaigns Are Using Facebook To Target You

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 4:03am

If you're seeing a political ad in your Facebook feed, there's probably a very specific reason that candidate is interested in you.

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'East Los High' Serves Up Sex Ed With Its Teen Drama

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:47am

For three seasons, fans have flocked to Hulu for East Los High. The teen soap follows its characters through the tumult of adolescence and uses a secret weapon to deliver life lessons along the way.

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Emissions Scandal Is Hurting VW Owners Trying To Resell

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:47am

As resale prices drop, the emissions cheating scandal is costing customers who want to sell their Volkswagen diesels. "I think it's a tainted product now," says analyst Dave Galvin.

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Supporters In Congress Make New Attempt To Revive The Export-Import Bank

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 7:29pm

Its critics see it as crony capitalism run amok; its supporters, as a vital part of America's economy. On Monday, a bipartisan group of House members will try to bring the Ex-Im Bank back to life.

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Drug Giant Valeant Tries To Rebut Allegations Of Fraud

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 4:20pm

With its stock price falling, Valeant Pharmaceuticals will hold a conference call Monday to try to reassure investors it's not doing anything wrong.

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Chinese Firm Plans $1.3 Billion Purchase Of Texas Oil Lands

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 11:12am

The Shanghai-listed investment firm Yantai Xinchao Industry Co., said in a securities filing over the weekend, it was a purchasing oil lands in the Texas counties of Howard and Borden.

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Why You Shouldn't Stare Up At The Debt Ceiling And Yawn

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 10:52am

Congress always finds a way to swerve away from the brink just as the country nears default on its bonds. But this time, political turmoil may be increasing the danger that Congress won't act in time.

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A Light Bulb Moment: How The Dimmer Switch Set Lusts Ablaze

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 5:31am

From a dining room to a den of romance: That's the transformation the dimming switch first promised. Since 1959, Joel Spira's invention has promised heightened passion — if only you dial it down.

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As RushCard Problems Linger, Federal Consumer Protection Group Steps In

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 4:41pm

After hundreds of thousands of RushCard customers were unable to access their money, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Friday that it's taking "direct action" to "make consumers whole."

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'Consumer Reports' Pulls Tesla Model S Recommendation

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 3:30pm

Tesla — the electric car company beloved by environmentalists and the auto press — has hit a rough patch. A rave review from Consumer Reports has been reversed, and now Tesla's Model S is no longer recommended by the magazine. A self-driving feature introduced recently has also led to some hair raising moments behind the wheel documented online.

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It's Not Just VW: A Robust Market For Reprogramming Vehicles

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 3:30pm

An entire marketplace exists on the Internet for tuners, devices that help drivers crank up the power on vehicles and then hide the evidence. We visit a local diesel shop to see how it works.

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How Do You Make $3 Trillion Disappear? The Fed Will Soon Find Out

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 3:30pm

The Planet Money team explains how to make $3 trillion disappear, which is what the Federal Reserve will be trying to do. It created the money after the financial crisis to try to help the economy and lower interest rates. But now that the economy is improving the money could eventually create inflation or cause bubbles.

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New Orleans Urges Sales Tax Hike Support To Fund French Quarter Police

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 3:30pm

New Orleans has had its fair share of high-profile crime problems. Now residents are set to vote on a sales tax hike to fund more state police officers in the French Quarter.

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Twitter CEO Gives Employees $200 Million Of His Own Stock

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 10:05am

A week after announcing layoffs, Jack Dorsey says he's giving a third of the stock he owns in Twitter to be distributed among its employees.

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