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The Fate Of The World's Chocolate Depends On This Spot In Rural England

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 4:24am

Cocoa is unusually susceptible to disease. Every year, a third of the crop is destroyed, even as the appetite for chocolate grows. That's why the world needs the International Cocoa Quarantine Centre.

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How The Luxury Fashion Industry Became All Business

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 6:35am

Once family-owned, luxury fashion houses have been gobbled by conglomerates. Industry watchers say designers have suffered from a pressure-cooker environment that focuses intensely on the bottom line.

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The Family Peach Farm That Became A Symbol Of The Food Revolution

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 6:35am

Heirloom peach trees, and an essay about them, turned one California farm into a landmark of local food. It's now the scene of another unconventional choice: a daughter's return to take the helm.

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Lumber Liquidators Defends Its Products After '60 Minutes' Report

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 4:55pm

The flooring retailer says the tests used by its critics give a misleading impression of product safety. But Lumber Liquidators says it will pay for safety testing for customers who want it.

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Investigation Open On 'Black Tax' At Charlotte's Ritz-Carlton

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 2:03pm

North Carolina's Attorney General asks why an event with predominantly African-American attendees was tagged with a surcharge at a luxury hotel.

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Credit Agencies Agree To Wait Before Adding Medical Debt To Ratings

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 11:22am

Insurers sometimes wrangle with patients and for months before paying a bill. A new six-month waiting period will give consumers time to resolve disputes and avoid having their credit ratings dinged.

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France Wins Battle Against Belgium's Plan For A Waterloo Coin

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 10:18am

A two-euro coin commemorating the bicentennial of Napoleon Bonaparte's defeat will not be widely released, after French objections over what it called a "negative symbol."

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Does NCAA Ban On Paying Student Athletes Violate Federal Law?

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 4:12am

The top college basketball teams face off next week in the NCAA tournament. And, a panel of judges will hear arguments over whether colleges should be allowed to pay basketball and football players.

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Kenneth Branagh Directs Live-Action Version Of 'Cinderella' For Disney

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 4:12am

Disney's dream is that Cinderella will sweep up at the box office just like the live-action Alice and Maleficent did before her. Disney aims to make $100 million at the global box office this weekend.

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Mayweather, Pacquiao Will Brawl For Boxing's Richest Purse Ever

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 3:22am

The upcoming bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao may or may not be the greatest of all time, but the two fighters are expected to take home at least $200 million combined.

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