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Renegade Cider Makers Get Funky To Cope With Apple Shortage

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 4:00pm

Few U.S. farmers grow the tannic apples traditionally used to make hard cider. So craft cider makers are using eating apples and adding chili, chocolate and tropical juices to boost their flavor.

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Twitter CEO Hopes To Attract Users By Clearing The Clutter

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 3:50pm

Dick Costolo calls the @ sign "scaffolding" that gets in the way of clear communication. And he says Twitter has to bridge the gap between the brand's global awareness and user engagement.

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Widening Sanctions On Russia Rattle Some In Western Oil Industry

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 3:00pm

The latest round of sanctions against Russia has created a lot of uncertainty for U.S. and European oil and gas companies. They're growing concerned that another round of sanctions could target Russia's energy sector, jeopardizing Western oil companies' activities there.

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China Could (By One Measure) Pass U.S. As No. 1 Economy This Year

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 11:20am

A World Bank forecast was based on purchasing power parity, an estimate of the cost of living in a particular country. But that isn't the only way to measure the size of an economy.

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Who Really Pays For Health Care Might Surprise You

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 8:58am

Government has been part of the business of medicine at least since the 1940s, when Washington began appropriating billions of dollars to build private and government hospitals.

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Harsh Winter Puts The Brakes On Economic Growth

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 7:56am

First quarter GDP fell to just 0.1 percent, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, which blamed much of the slowing on weather-related factors.

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Ranchers Conflict With Grazing Fees Began Decades Ago

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 4:05am

The controversy over Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's fight with the federal government seems to have come out of nowhere. It, however, is just the latest skirmish in a fight that's goes back 150 years.

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White House Warns Highway Trust Fund Is Low On Funds

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 4:05am

The Obama administration has sent to Congress a four-year $302 billion infrastructure bill. It proposes closing corporate loopholes to make up for lost revenues from the gas tax.

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Varying Auto Safety Standards Interfere With Trade Negotiations

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 4:05am

The U.S. and Europe have different car safety standards. Some of them are small while others are more dramatic. All car makers agree that the different standards are a pain. So why the difference?

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Mark Zuckerberg Is Immortalized In Wax

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 4:05am

Madame Tussauds unveiled the life-size statue of the Facebook CEO at their museum in San Francisco. The museum says Zuckerberg did not make himself available for a sitting, so artists used photos.

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Why Is A French Economist's 700-Page Book So Popular?

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 4:05am

French economist Thomas Piketty's book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, has become a sensation. He's been all over the media, and he's lecturing to packed houses on his current U.S. tour.

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High Court Ruling Likely To Control Patent Trolls

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 4:05am

The Supreme Court on Tuesday made it easier for companies to get their legal fees paid when they are unreasonably sued for patent infringement. Patent trolls own patents but don't make any products.

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Obamacare Enrollees Emboldened To Leave Jobs, Start Businesses

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 5:50pm

Some people who felt stuck in certain jobs, just because they needed the employment-based health insurance, say they are finding the Affordable Care Act liberating.

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If You Want Flextime But Are Afraid To Ask, Consider Moving

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 4:15pm

In Vermont and San Francisco, the right of employees to ask for flexible work schedules is now enshrined in law. That doesn't mean, however, that employers are compelled to grant them.

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From Waltz To '90s Icon: The Unforgettable Life Of The Nokia Ringtone

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 4:01pm

With the announcement that Nokia will move away from the smartphone market, it's worth taking a moment to remember a sound once ubiquitous, which we might never hear again: the Nokia ringtone.

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Supreme Court Considers Limits On Warrantless Cellphone Searches

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 3:03pm

In a case that reaches into almost every American's pocket or purse, justices struggled over whether police can search cellphones without obtaining a warrant at the time of an arrest.

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Texas' Biggest Power Company Files For Bankruptcy

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 2:43pm

Back in 2007, equity firms took Energy Future Holdings private in a huge $45 billion deal. The natural gas boom, however, drove the price of electricity down, leading to huge losses for the company.

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A Cookbook Map Reveals What's Hot In American Regional Cuisine

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 2:19pm

Amazon curates an interactive map of cookbooks that shows who's invigorating regional cooking. And there are some surprises: Texas is moving beyond barbecue, while charcuterie is cool in California.

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Check Out The Barefoot Wax Sculpture Of Mark Zuckerberg

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 12:24pm

Visitors to the Madame Tussauds wax museum in San Francisco will soon be able to see the zombiefied essence of the Facebook founder and CEO. Is the life-size copy too real-looking?

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The Force Is With Them: Star Wars Episode VII Cast Revealed

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 12:24pm

Newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver will join old favorites Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill. The movie is due to be released Dec. 18, 2015.

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