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Penguin Cheerleaders Added To Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 4:00am

Animal Planet will air its 10th Puppy Bowl this Sunday. The show and its "Kitten Halftime Show" has attracted millions of viewers in recent years.

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Obama: We've Got To Move Away From 'Train And Pray'

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 4:00am

President Obama hosts a gathering of corporate executives at the White House Friday. He'll be encouraging CEOs to offer a second chance to job applicants, especially if they've been out of work for six months or more. Opening doors for the long-term unemployed is one of the ideas the president talked about in his State of the Union speech this week.

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Super Bowl Ads Go Healthy: Selling Yogurt With A Steamy Kiss

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 2:01am

Advertising during the big game is traditionally the realm of beer, chips and soda. But better-for-you foods will also make a play for viewers' wallets this year. Expect clever ads pitching nuts, yogurt and whole grain cereals.

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Commuting To Distant Oil Fields: Good Money, At A Price

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 2:00am

With thousands of oil-related jobs in western North Dakota, some of the region's new workers are putting down roots. But many more commute from states where jobs are hard to come by — and that can mean being separated from spouses and children for weeks at a time.

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Yahoo Email Account Passwords Stolen

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 1:09am

Usernames and passwords of some of Yahoo's email customers have been stolen and used to gather personal information about people those Yahoo mail users have recently corresponded with, the company said Thursday. Yahoo didn't say how many accounts have been affected.

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Beer Drone Can Buzz The Skies No More, FAA Says

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 7:15pm

Lakemaid calls itself the fishermen's lager. It had been testing using drones to deliver beer to anglers in thousands of ice shacks, from the frozen northern lakes' combination bait and beer shops.

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Small Cinemas Struggle As Film Fades Out Of The Picture

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 3:25pm

Paramount became the first big studio to distribute a major film in the U.S. only in digital, and others will probably follow. Small cinemas are struggling to raise money for the transition. Despite resistance from some major directors, the end of film is almost upon us.

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Scarlett Johansson's Middle East Flap ... Over Soda

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 3:22pm

The American actress has stepped down as a goodwill representative for Oxfam International. She came in for criticism after agreeing to serve as a spokeswoman, and appear in a Super Bowl ad, for an Israeli company that produces at-home soda makers in the occupied West Bank.

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One Montana Town Finds Itself Buckling Beneath The Oil Boom

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 3:00pm

Oil development is significantly straining communities across the Great Plains. In small Sidney, Mont., a steady stream of big rigs pounds the streets as a rapidly increasing population stretches the town's sewer system to its limit. As Dan Boyce reports, the mayor says the town has nowhere near enough money to pay for all of its infrastructure needs.

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SpaceX Could Give Struggling Texas City A Boost

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 3:00pm

The FAA is poised to decide whether to grant the space company a launch license. If it does, SpaceX could build its first commercial orbital launch facility near the border city of Brownsville. The prospect of living in the world's newest aerospace hub has stirred a buzz among locals.

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New Animation Details What Went Wrong In 2010 Plant Explosion

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 1:42pm

The video, released by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, outlines the chain of events leading up to the explosion at Tesoro's Anacortes Refinery that killed 7 people.

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Defining Success Beyond The Dollar Sign

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:50am

Earning power, leadership in corporate America and fame are primary measures of American success, according to an op-ed just published by Amy Chua and Jeb Rubenfeld. Contesting this definition, commentator Barbara J. King suggests some other criteria we should consider.

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Grade Inflation In The Maple Syrup Aisle: Now Everything Is An 'A'

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:33am

If you like richer, darker, more intense maple syrup, you should pick Grade B. But the idea that B beats A seems counter-intuitive to lots of consumers who are just looking for something sweet to pour on their morning pancakes. So the syrup industry has revamped its grading system.

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Sick Ship Sets Dubious Record For Royal Caribbean

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 9:06am

MS Explorer of the Seas had more passengers and crew ill than any other cruise ship monitored by the CDC in the past two decades.

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Economy Ended 2013 With Growth Still Strong, Data Suggest

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 7:45am

The nation's gross domestic product grew at a 3.2 percent annual rate, according to a preliminary estimate. That's solid growth and follows an even stronger third quarter. But claims for unemployment insurance rose last week.

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New York Looks To Bring Bitcoin Out Of The Shadows

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 4:00am

Bitcoin has been tied to the dark side of the Internet, where it's been linked to drug trafficking. But New York's financial regulators say they want to foster innovation and are looking to legitimize the virtual currency by licensing it.

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New York Regulators Hold Bitcoin Hearing

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 4:00am

Bitcoin and other alternative currencies were the subject of a hearing in New York run by the state's top financial regulators. The hearing was held in the same week that two Bitcoin entrepreneurs were arrested on money laundering charges.

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Obama Calls For The Creation Of MyRA Accounts

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 4:00am

In his State of the Union address, President Obama pitched an idea for making it easier for Americans to save for their retirement. He took the message on road to Pittsburgh Wednesday.

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Lawmakers To Address Delaware's Troubled Casino Industry

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 4:00am

In Delaware, a task force is expected to issue recommendations this week to lawmakers on how to overhaul the state's troubled casino industry. Competition from nearby states cost Delaware's three casinos $13 million — a 5.5 percent drop in tax revenue between 2011 and 2012. Some analysts say the industry may be facing layoffs or worse without help.

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Gunmakers Protest Micros-Stamping Law In Calif.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 4:00am

In California, a flap over a new "microstamping" law on handguns has prompted two large gun manufacturers to start pulling some of their products out of the nation's largest state.

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