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Nest Halts Sales Of Smoke Detector, Disables 'Wave' Feature

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 1:00pm

The Google owned company discovered users could unintentionally disable the device by waving their hands in front of the detector.

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Tasting French Fries For A Living Can Be A Pain In The Mouth

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:04am

Food industry "sensory panelists" spend hours chewing, swishing and analyzing food, sometimes to the point of pain. These tests ensure the mass-produced products like frozen french fries hit the spot.

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Jobless Rate Holds Steady As Employers Add 192,000 Jobs

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 7:05am

While job growth appears to have been slightly less than expected last month, the growth in February was revised upward. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate is unchanged at 6.7 percent.

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New Web Addresses Provide Alternatives To Crowded Domains

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:59am

We all know .com and .edu, but now hundreds of new domain names like .fish and .xyz are available. If all these new domains take off, what will become of .com?

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Economists Predict Monthly Unemployment Rate Will Fall

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:59am

The monthly unemployment report is out Friday morning. Analysts think the economy added about 200,000 jobs in March.

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Did A Federal Safety Agency Help General Motors Avoid A Recall?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:59am

As details emerge about GM's handling of an ignition switch recall, a question is raised again: What is the relationship between regulators and the regulated, and the revolving door between the two?

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Twitch Boosts A New Pro Category: Video Game Player

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 2:14am

Watching a great gamer is like watching a tennis or baseball pro: "If they're really good then you can watch and learn," says Megu Kobayashi, who watches gamers on a site called Twitch.

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One More Speed Bump For Your Retirement Fund: Basic Human Impulse

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 5:02pm

Basic human impulses often conflict with saving for retirement. For one thing, people hate losing something — even more than we love winning. Behavioral economists call this "loss aversion."

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A Week Into His New Job, Controversy Forces Mozilla CEO To Resign

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:09pm

Brendan Eich is a co-founder of Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox browser. But his personal donation to an anti-gay-marriage campaign means he's no longer CEO.

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Transatlantic Duo Looks Into The Future Of Flight

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:02pm

Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta Airlines, and Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, discuss the future of the aviation business. Delta and Virgin recently announced a transatlantic joint venture. As more mergers and partnerships develop, what's in it for the consumer?

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In One Word, What's Your Biggest Source Of Work-Related Stress?

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 1:48pm

We asked: What's your biggest source of work-related stress? Tell us in one word and a photo. Here's what people had to say.

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Jobless Claims Rose Last Week

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 7:44am

The uptick to 326,000 applications still kept claims near the lower end of a range they've been in for the past year or so. On Friday, the government will report on the March unemployment rate.

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Women Defy Hollywood's Conventional Wisdom

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 6:02am

A new study shows that films featuring prominent female characters profit more than those that don't.

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In Ann Arbor, Obama Gathers Support For Minimum Wage Hike

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:42am

The Senate could vote on a minimum wage bill as soon as next week. But it is hard to imagine the Republican-controlled House will take it up.

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Breakfast Waffle Wars Heat Up

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:42am

Taco Bell last week announced its Waffle Taco. Not to be outdone, White Castle is adding Waffle Sandwiches to its breakfast line. Fast food breakfast is a $50 billion market.

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China Produces Plan To Boost Disappointing Economic Growth

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:42am

China's new package is designed to keep the country on track to reach target growth rates of 7.5 percent for this year.

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Odds Aren't Improving For Long-Term Unemployed Workers

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:42am

There is still be a huge number of people who have been out of work for six months or more. Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution.

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Amazon Unveils Fire TV, Its Video Streaming Device

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:42am

Amazon is making an aggressive move toward your living room TV with a new video-streaming device. Amazon Fire TV joins a crowded field of devices vying for the same spot.

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W.Va. Political Shift Changes Fundamentals Of Government

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:42am

Linda Wertheimer talks to Evan Osnos about his New Yorker piece in which he explores how the coal industry has become a political player in the state, and what that could mean for future regulation.

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First Test For College Hopefuls? Decoding Financial Aid Letters

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 2:38am

You got in! But just how much money is that school offering you? Financial aid award letters can be confusing, so we've put together a sample letter — and translated it into plain English.

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