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Pain From The Grain: Corn Belt Towns Languish As Prices Drop

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:25pm

Some farmers won't break even this planting season, and may have to tap into their savings. Many Corn Belt towns depend largely on these farmers and businesses linked to farming.

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This Spanish Pig-Slaughtering Tradition Is Rooted In Sustainability

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:00pm

In Spanish villages, townspeople gather at dawn to collectively slaughter a pig, then prepare every last bit as food, even the ears. The ancient ritual, called matanza, is now drawing foodie tourists.

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Fed Sends Clear Sign On Raising Rates, But Says Hike Unlikely In April

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 1:06pm

In a statement, the Federal Reserve dropped a pledge to be "patient" before raising rates.

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The Fed's Next Move Is A Delicate One

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 4:09am

One of the Federal Reserve's main jobs is creating money. And the central bank has created a lot of it since the financial crisis — more than $3 trillion. One of the next jobs for the Fed is to make that money disappear.

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A Nuclear Deal With Iran Could Increase Global Oil Glut

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 4:09am

The price of oil has plummeted as a glut of crude sits idle in tankers and in storage. And more oil could be on the way if a nuclear deal removes the caps on Iranian oil exports.

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Kentucky Right-To-Work Battle Shifts To Counties

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:24am

While 25 states have passed right-to-work laws, Democrats in the Kentucky Legislature have long blocked attempts to pass legislation. Now there's a county-by-county effort to pass these laws locally.

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After Toxic Ash Spill, Energy Company And Locals Struggle Over Solution

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:22am

A storage failure at a coal-fired Duke Energy plant sent tens of thousands of tons of ash into a North Carolina river last year. They want to move the waste to two abandoned clay mines.

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Kraft Recalls 6.5 Million Boxes Of Macaroni And Cheese

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:45pm

Kraft Foods is recalling about 6.5 million boxes of original flavor Kraft Macaroni & Cheese because some of the boxes contain small pieces of metal. The company said it knows of no related injuries.

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European Allies Defy U.S. In Joining China-Led Development Bank

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 4:22pm

Germany, Italy, and France have become members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, one week after the U.K. joined. The U.S. says there's no need for another international lending institution.

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Sex Discrimination Trial Puts Silicon Valley Under The Microscope

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 3:52pm

Ellen Pao was vying to be one of the few women at the top of the venture capital world. Then she was fired. Now she's suing, in an industry where women often say they are sidelined and passed over.

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Workplace Suicide Rates Rise Sharply

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 2:51pm

Overall, men were more likely to take their lives than women on the job. And workers between the ages of 65 and 74 were more likely to commit suicide at work than their younger counterparts.

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Here's What People Are Saying About Starbucks' 'Race Together' Campaign

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 1:17pm

The company's attempt to talk about race relations has met some blunt opposition — and snark.

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To Eat Authentically Irish This St. Patrick's Day, Go For The Butter

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 12:47pm

From 3,000-year-old peat bogs to 19th-century Brazil to modern foodies, the love of Irish butter has spread far. The secret to Ireland's deliciously rich, creamy butter is in its rolling green hills.

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Are Humans Really Headed To Mars Anytime Soon?

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 2:17am

Public passion is all well and good, but it will take more than big talk to get to Mars by 2025, space specialists say. Even several rockets-worth of cash won't easily solve the technical challenges.

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FEMA Plans To Reopen All Sandy Claims, Regain Trust In Overhaul

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 4:17pm

It's the latest step in a growing controversy after thousands of homeowners said insurance companies lowballed damage estimates and insurance insiders called the appeals process "rigged."

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What Cockroaches With Backpacks Can Do. Ah-mazing.

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 3:37pm

Researchers are developing technology to control the movement of cockroaches. Strapped with electrodes and sensors, these insects we often loathe could be used for disaster relief or surveillance.

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Excitement Over Mexico's Shale Play Fizzles As Reality Sets In

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 2:23pm

Mexico has opened up its oil and gas fields to foreign investors. But they're slow to enter, as low oil prices, drug violence and other challenges trump the lure of a vast and undeveloped shale bed.

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Elton John Leads Boycott Against Dolce & Gabbana Over 'Synthetic Children' Remarks

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 12:27pm

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are locked in a public argument with Elton John over their recent remarks condemning in vitro fertilization and saying same-sex couples shouldn't raise children.

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Looks Matter: A Century Of Iconic Food Packaging

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 11:23am

Many of the boxes, bags and bottles that contain our edibles were once groundbreaking —both in their design and in how they changed our perception of what's inside. Designers tell us their favorites.

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Pew: Nearly One-Third Of Americans Hiding Information Online

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 10:12am

While Americans are deeply divided over whether government surveillance is serving the public interest, one-third of those surveyed are taking steps to hide their personal information online.

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