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Halloween-Thanksgiving-Hanukkah-Christmas-New-Year Buying Begins

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 4:53am

Most retailers are feeling optimistic as analysts forecast rising sales over this long shopping season. They are hoping Halloween will give them a good bounce into the peak spending time of the year.

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Problem With The Product: Mom Protests 'Breaking Bad' Merchandise

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 4:07am

Toys R Us has given up selling figures based on the show Breaking Bad. A Florida mom protested the making of toys based on the story of a dying teacher who becomes a meth dealer.

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Airbag Recall Affects Millions Of Americans

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 3:33am

Owners of vehicles with Japanese Takata airbags have been told to replace them immediately. David Greene speaks with David Shepardson of the Detroit News about the airbag recall.

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Ben Bradlee, Who Led 'Washington Post' To New Heights, Dies At 93

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 7:09pm

As editor, Bradlee led the newspaper to national eminence with charm, drive, instinct and, most notably, an epic confrontation with the Nixon White House.

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In More Cities, That Doggie In The Window Is Not For Sale

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 4:30pm

Almost 50 U.S. cities and towns have banned pet stores from selling puppies. The laws are aimed at cracking down on substandard, large-scale breeders, but many store owners say the bans are unfair.

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In Silicon Valley, Paying For Access To Peace Of Mind

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:27pm

The San Francisco area is the home to the high-tech sector and has a history of embracing Eastern spirituality. Now the two meet in the yoga and meditation classes popular with the local tech workers.

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Amazon Deal With Simon & Schuster Raises Questions For Other Publishers

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:27pm

Amazon has received a fair amount of bad press lately over its long-running dispute with the Hachette publishing house. So Monday's announcement of a deal with Simon & Schuster took some industry watchers by surprise.

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Duke Energy CEO: 'I Don't Think Of Myself As A Powerful Woman'

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:27pm

Female executives are a rarity in the energy industry. But Lynn Good, CEO of Duke Energy, took the helm of the utility giant just as it was grappling with some very public challenges.

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You Definitely Need This Condo Pony, And Other Products From 'SkyMaul'

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:27pm

"The Hot Dog Clock" and "The Forever Diaper" are also must-haves. A San Francisco comedy group is once again poking fun at the in-flight catalog SkyMall.

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From NFL To 'Scandal,' Whole Foods Buys TV Ads To Boost Its Brand

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:09pm

A pioneer in selling organic, sustainable groceries, Whole Foods now finds itself beset by competitors. So it's launching its first national ad blitz to sell socially conscious consumers on its story.

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Toys R Us Under Fire For 'Breaking Bad' Action Figures

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 2:19pm

One Florida mom is calling on the retailer to stop selling action figures based on drug dealers in its stores. Toys R Us says the Breaking Bad toys are only meant for adults.

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When The Economy Goes Down, Vasectomies Go Up

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:04pm

It's well known that people are less eager to have children when the economy sours. And it looks like men got really serious about that during the Great Recession.

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Can Hand-Cut, Artisanal Ice Make Your Cocktail That Much Better?

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:51am

If you're sipping craft cocktails, your fancy $15 drink might now come with fancy ice. It's bigger, clearer and allegedly better tasting than the regular stuff made with tap water.

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More Insurers Put Spending Limits On Medical Treatments

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:14am

To contain costs, some plans are capping how much they will pay for certain routine procedures, such as knee replacements. Patients can be on the hook for anything over the limit.

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When Women Stopped Coding

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 7:54am

For decades, the share of women majoring in computer science was rising. Then, in the 1980s, something changed.

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Apps Make Googly Eyes At Riders Tired Of Being Snubbed By Cabbies

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 7:03am

Ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft have put a serious dent in the traditional taxi market and are pitching themselves as alternatives to traditional taxis that often pass by passengers of color.

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CEO Of French Oil Giant Total Dies In Plane Accident

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 6:53am

Christopher de Margerie, 63, and three other people died when his private plane collided with a snowplow at an airport in Moscow.

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Chinese Telecom Company Offers To Make Pockets iPhone-Sized

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 4:15am

China Unicom's tailor has set up a sewing machine, ready to alter concerned customers' pants so that the larger version of the phone will fit in their pockets.

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Winners And Losers of The Fall TV Season Begin to Emerge

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

One month into the TV season, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says diversity is winning and rom coms are losing as new shows battle for viewers.

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Unrest In Ferguson May Speed Up Decline Of Real Estate

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:48pm

Many in the city are worried about its future, and there's speculation there will be a "mass migration" should violence erupt again. But some residents remain committed to the city.

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