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Ex-Microsoft CEO Ballmer Steps Down From Company's Board

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:54am

Steve Ballmer, 58, on Tuesday resigned from the software giant's board because of other time consuming commitments including his new ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Against Oil Industry's Rising Tide, N.D. Farmers Strike Back

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:18pm

As North Dakota's oil boom takes hold, the state's agricultural producers are feeling neglected. Grain competes with oil for space on trains and roads, and spills can damage cropland. Emily Guerin of Prairie Public Broadcasting reports that the Democratic candidate for agricultural commissioner is proposing a "landowners bill of rights" to protect farmers and ranchers.

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Brita Recalls Kids' Water Bottles Over Risk Of Cutting

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 1:35pm

Some Brita water bottles made for children pose a possible danger due to lids that can break into pieces with sharp edges, says Brita, which has announced a recall.

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To Fight Inflation, Forget The Barbecue And Just Go For A Drive

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:17pm

Food prices are higher at the grocery store this summer, thanks to drought in Texas and California. But at least the drive to the store won't cost as much: gasoline prices have been falling lately.

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Ice Bucket Challenge Raises Millions To Fight ALS

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:00am

Kelly McEvers talks to Beth Kanter, author of Measuring the Networked Nonprofit, about the ALS Association's Ice Bucket Challenge and fundraising on social media.

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In Case You Didn't Know, Feds Say Raising A Child Is Expensive

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:00am

How much does it cost to raise a child these days? The government says it costs $245,340. That's for a child born in 2013 and covers the period from birth to age 18. College not included.

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Technology Helps To Keep Rate Of Car Thefts Down

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:00am

David Greene talks with Roger Morris, vice president of the National Insurance Crime Bureau, about the reasons for the dramatic decline in car thefts over the past 20 years.

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Facebook To Mark Fake News As Satire

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:00am

The headline, Obama To Cut Costs By Packing Lunch Every Day For U.S. Populace, is a fake. To make sure you know that, Facebook is going to put the word satire in front of some links in your newsfeed.

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Pittsburgh Health Care Giants Take Fight To Each Other's Turf

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:38am

Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center worked together for decades. But tensions have prompted a split and uncertainty in Pittsburgh's health care market.

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Teens And Mall Culture: The Fading Love Affair?

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:36am

Teens used to be all over malls, working the registers and wandering the walkways. But now fewer of them have retail jobs and it appears they prefer tech goodies at home to going to the mall.

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Mom's App Gets Revenge On Kids Who Ignore Messages

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 4:25am

A Texas mom developed an app called Ignore No More, which locks a kid's phone until someone calls mom to unlock it.

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Smarthphone Users Might Be Reaching App Saturation

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 4:25am

A new survey indicates the number of smartphone users who do not download any apps has jumped more than 10 percent in the past year to about a third of all users.

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Have Sanctions Against Russia For Its Incursion Into Ukraine Worked?

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 4:25am

David Greene talks to Izabella Kaminska of the Financial Times about the sanctions the West has imposed against Russia for its moves into Ukraine. In retaliation, Russia has imposed sanctions too.

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More Military Families Are Relying On Food Banks And Pantries

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 2:53am

A survey by Feeding America, a network of U.S. food banks, found that one quarter of all U.S. military households used a food pantry in 2013. But service members are often reluctant to seek such help.

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Casinos Worry As More Navajo Communities Go Smoke-Free

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 2:49am

Dozens of Navajo communities have passed resolutions banning smoking in government buildings and work places this year. But some casino operators worry the measures will drive customers away.

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For Food Start-Ups, Incubators Help Dish Up Success

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 2:47am

Demand for specialty and artisanal foods is booming, and new entrepreneurs want to get in on the action. Incubators can provide shared commercial kitchen space and tips on sales and distribution.

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Massive, Pricey Casino Fails After Two Years Of Operation

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 4:01pm

In September, the $2.4 billion Revel Casino will shut down for good in Atlantic City. The casino has gone bankrupt twice, but what will become of its 3,200 employees when its doors finally close?

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Tech Week: 'Good' IT People, Women Quit Engineering, Tom Hanks App

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 4:32am

This week in tech, we read IT people need to be half technologist, half psychologist; more and more women are leaving the engineering field; and Tom Hanks created an app for the hipster in all of us.

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Tech Week: 'Good' IT People, Women Quit Engineering, Tom Hanks App

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 4:32am

This week in tech, we read IT people need to be half technologist, half psychologist; more and more women are leaving the engineering field; and Tom Hanks created an app for the hipster in all of us.

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In The Obituary For A Boxy Van, A Word On What's To Come

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 3:09pm

Quietly and without fanfare, Ford has stopped producing the Econoline cargo van. The death of the versatile van offers a hint for the future of the car business.

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