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Business
5:01 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

No Quick Fixes For Drivers Affected By Air Bag Recall

The 2002 Honda CR-V is one of dozens of car models subject to a recall for faulty air bags. The air bag manufacturer, Takata, supplies bags for more than 30 percent of all cars and is one of only three large air bag suppliers.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety AP

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 6:09 pm

Most auto recalls usually involve one carmaker at a time, but a massive recall this week affects not just one, but 10, ranging from BMWs to Toyotas.

At the center of it is Takata, a little-known but extremely important auto parts maker. The company makes more than one-third of the air bags in all cars.

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Race
4:48 am
Fri October 24, 2014

A Black Cosmetic Company Sells, Or Sells Out?

Real Housewives of Atlanta star Lisa Wu Hartwell gets a hair treatment at a "Curl Party" hosted by Carol's Daughter and theYBF.com in 2010.
Paras Griffin Landov

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 12:50 pm

Cosmetics giant L'OrΓ©al purchased Carol's Daughter, a beauty company that sells natural hair and skin products for black women, earlier this week. It may seem like an unlikely chapter in the story of a business that began in a Brooklyn kitchen.

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Business
3:02 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Facebook's Zuckerberg Shares His Mandarin Skills

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 5:03 am

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Business
2:53 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Tobacco Farmers Lose Longtime Safety Net

Marvin Eaton owns a farm in Belew's Creek, N.C., where he grows 200 acres of tobacco. He bought the farm from his grandfather and plans to pass it down to his son.
Emily McCord WFDD

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 12:31 pm

Tobacco growers are about to face a completely free market. This month, they'll receive their last checks from a government program meant to ease them out of a Depression-era tobacco-price-fixing system.

That has left Stanley Smith, who grows about 60 acres of tobacco on his farm not far from Winston-Salem, N.C., feeling a little unsettled.

"I've farmed all my life," Smith says. "I think the best way to sum it up is our safety net now is gone."

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All Tech Considered
4:24 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Calling 911 On Your Cell? It's Harder To Find You Than You Think

The Fairfax County 911 Center in Virginia takes calls during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It was relatively easy to locate callers when most people used landlines. But most 911 calls now come from cellphones, which can pinpoint a callers' location only within 100 to 300 meters.
Greg E. Mathieson Sr. Mai/Landov

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 4:57 pm

Today's mobile phones can do almost everything a computer can. But we still need them for their most basic purpose: making phone calls β€” especially in emergencies.

Yet existing technology can't always pinpoint a caller's location, particularly when a 911 caller is indoors.

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed new regulations for wireless carriers to help address the problem, but so far, wireless providers are resisting the changes.

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The Salt
4:13 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

How 'Foodies' Were Duped Into Thinking McDonald's Was High-End Food

McDonald's Organic/youtube

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 1:24 pm

We all know that how a food is packaged and marketed can influence our choices, no matter how hard we try to shake the effect. Haven't you ever found yourself contemplating a row of wines, trying to decide which bottle to buy, and then opting for the one with the higher price tag, the prettier label or the more tempting descriptors?

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Animals
2:27 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

For U.S. Queen Of Alligator-Skin Goods, Business Is Booming

Christy Redd is the co-owner of America's largest alligator leather tannery.
Zach Wolfe Ozy.com

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 7:00 pm

Christy Redd remembers seeing a video by PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and frankly being pretty grossed out. It showed an alligator being skinned alive, presumably for a tannery, and Redd watched the beast twist and writhe in agony. "I was so upset," she says.

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Business
2:22 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Cigarette-Maker Reynolds American To Ban Smoking At Work

The headquarters of Reynolds American in downtown Winston-Salem, N.C.. Starting in January, workers there will no longer be allowed to smoke at their desks.
Chris Keane Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 4:35 pm

Reynolds American, the country's second-largest cigarette-maker, is changing its policy on smoking in the office. Until now, Reynolds employees have been able to light up at their desks, but come January, workers will have to either go outside or use specially equipped smoking rooms.

"We allowed smoking of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, traditional tobacco products throughout our facilities," says David Howard, a spokesman for Reynolds American. He says it's not as though his co-workers chain-smoke at work.

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All Tech Considered
2:22 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Please Do Not Leave A Message: Why Millennials Hate Voice Mail

The phone company Vonage reported a drop in voice mail retrievals over the past year. Many of those ignoring voice mails are millennials.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 3:28 pm

This story is part of the New Boom series on millennials in America.

We've all heard that automated voice mail lady, telling us what to do after the beep. But fewer people than ever are leaving messages. And the millennials, they won't even listen to them β€” they'd much rather receive a text or Facebook message.

"I did have at one point in time like 103 unheard messages," says 31-year-old Antonia Kidd.

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All Tech Considered
10:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Mark Zuckerberg Shows Off His Mandarin Chinese Skills

In a photo released by Tsinghua University in Beijing, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks with students there on Wednesday.
AP

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 12:18 pm

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Economy
8:52 am
Thu October 23, 2014

You're Enjoying Low Gas Prices, But Is It Really A Good Sign?

Macy Gould shared this photo from Lexington, Ky., where the gas prices are under $3.
Macy Gould Instagram

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 12:40 pm

All around the country, gasoline prices have been falling for weeks, down to an average of about $3 a gallon. Those lower prices are helping restrain inflation across the board.

On Wednesday, the Labor Department said its consumer price index barely inched up 0.1 percent last month. Over the past 12 months, the CPI has risen by 1.7 percent, roughly half of its historical average rate of increase.

That sounds great for consumers.

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Business
3:01 am
Thu October 23, 2014

What The New Factory Worker Should Know

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 6:15 am

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Business
2:47 am
Thu October 23, 2014

To Get Women To Work In Computer Science, Schools Get Them To Class

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 5:14 am

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American Made: The New Manufacturing Landscape
2:47 am
Thu October 23, 2014

No Mere Merry-Go-Round: Ohio Carousel Maker Carves From Scratch

The National Zoo's carousel is among dozens that Carousel Works has installed around the U.S., each made to fit in with its surroundings.
James Clark NPR

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 2:33 pm

Wooden carousels with carved and painted animals seem like a relic of the past. But Carousel Works in Mansfield, Ohio, is still making them to order.

"Our biggest trade secret is we've got this big barrel of elbow grease. You've gotta come in here and work every day," says co-owner Art Ritchie.

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The Two-Way
3:07 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

NHTSA Adds More Than 3 Million Vehicles To Air Bag Recall

Takata Ignition Systems in Schoenebeck, Germany, which makes air bags. Millions of automobiles have been recalled because of a defect in the air bags' inflators.
Jens Meyer AP

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has once again changed the number of cars included in a massive and urgent recall over an inflator defect in air bags made by the Japanese company Takata.

Initially, 4.7 million vehicles were recalled, but in a list released on Wednesday, NHTSA added 3.1 million additional vehicles.

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All Tech Considered
2:44 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Cloud Data Security Concerns Raised After Reported Attack In China

A customer sets up her new iPhone 6 at an Apple store in Beijing on Friday. A group says the Chinese government backed an attack against users of Apple's iCloud service, but the government denies the claim.
Feng Li Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 4:28 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday spoke with officials in China about data security and privacy. This meeting comes on the heels of a reported attack against users of Apple's iCloud service in China. Hackers allegedly were able to get hold of users' data by intercepting traffic on the Internet. They did not break into Apple servers.

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All Tech Considered
10:19 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Weekly Innovation: An Umbrella For The Modern Age

Justin Nagelberg uses the Sa umbrella in New York City. By replacing the metal skeleton with two canopies, the design is lighter and has more headroom.
Courtesy of Justin Nagelberg

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 11:42 am

Everyone hates the sheer agony of an umbrella flipping inside out in a windy rainstorm. Even with the best umbrellas, this happens all too often.

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The Two-Way
7:53 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Book News: Just Months In, A Publisher That Promised Innovation Ends Its Run

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 12:11 pm

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

Despite high hopes and executives with a record of success, Atavist Books didn't last long. Less than a year after its launch, the multiplatform publisher has announced that it's planning to close.

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Shots - Health News
6:56 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Banned Drugs Still Turning Up In Weight-Loss Supplements

Even versions of Zi Xiu Tang Bee Pollen labeled "genuine" and "anti-counterfeit" have been found to contain the drug sibutramine, which was supposed to come off the U.S. market in 2010 for safety reasons.
Food and Drug Administration

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 7:04 am

Americans spend about $4 billion a year on weight-loss supplements. And the Food and Drug Administration spends a lot of effort policing distributors who market fraudulent products that are tainted with unsafe, banned drugs.

But a study published Tuesday finds that buyers should beware: Just because the FDA recalls a product for containing dangerous substances doesn't mean the product disappears from the market.

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Remembrances
5:05 am
Wed October 22, 2014

'Post' Editor Bradlee Helped Define Modern American Journalism

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 8:09 am

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Business
3:53 am
Wed October 22, 2014

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

Candice Nelson fits her daughter Arya Kubesh with a Halloween hat at a store at Galleria Mall in Edina, Minn. Retailers are hoping Halloween will give them a good bounce into the peak spending time of the year.
Elizabeth Flores MCT/Landov

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 6:58 am

At any big-box store, you can find the annual holiday mash-up now on garish display: Halloween costumes are stacked next to the decorative turkey napkins and pre-lit Christmas trees.

It's time to celebrate the Halloween-Thanksgiving-Hanukkah-Christmas-New-Year season!

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Business
3:07 am
Wed October 22, 2014

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

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 5:32 am

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Business
2:33 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Air Bag Recall Affects Millions Of Americans

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 10:48 pm

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Remembrances
6:20 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

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

Ben Bradlee, then-executive editor of The Washington Post, looks at the front page of the newspaper, headlined "Nixon Resigns," in the composing room on Aug. 8, 1974.
David R. Legge Washington Post/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 1:39 pm

Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee, who led The Washington Post to national eminence through charm, drive, instinct and, most notably, an epic confrontation with the Nixon White House, died Tuesday. He was 93.

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Around the Nation
4:19 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

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

A puppy waits at an adoption event in Miami last year. The city is now considering a ban on the sale of puppies in retail pet stores. Cities and towns in several states have passed similar bans, aimed at cracking down on substandard, large-scale puppy breeders.
Wilfredo Lee AP

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 9:47 am

Just about everyone loves puppies. But around the country, there's heated disagreement about where, and from whom, people can get one.

While the large national pet store chains don't sell dogs, other chains and shops do. But in several states, including Florida, cities are passing laws that ban puppy sales in pet stores.

At the Petland store in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Ft. Lauderdale, customers come in all day long to look at and play with the puppies. At this store, in fact, doggie accessories and puppies are all that owner Vicki Siegel sells.

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Digital Life
3:27 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

In Silicon Valley, Paying For Access To Peace Of Mind

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 5:01 am

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Book News & Features
3:27 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Amazon Deal With Simon & Schuster Raises Questions For Other Publishers

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 5:01 am

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The Changing Lives Of Women
3:27 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

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

Lynn Good has had many mentors throughout her career β€” but few of them were women. "So I'm generationally on the early part of the ascent of women into leadership roles," the Duke Energy president and CEO says.
Pat Sullivan AP

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 5:01 am

The first time I meet Lynn Good, she's tucked behind a set of doors with her bags, calmly waiting for the hotel's fire alarms to stop bleating.

She's at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit in California to speak, even though, she says, "I don't think of myself as a powerful woman."

It occurs to me later that the unexpected run-in is a fitting introduction to a woman whose corporate ascent has been marked by some emergency detours.

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Games & Humor
3:27 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

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

St. Martin's Press

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 5:01 am

If you're midflight and the movie is terrible and the airline magazine crossword puzzle has already been done by someone else, the SkyMall catalog is the time-killer of last resort for the bored, boxed-in passenger.

SkyMall sells items that, under normal circumstances, you might never consider β€” like say, adult-size, unisex, one-piece Superman pajamas. But somehow, midflight, you find yourself wondering: Do I need a dog bed designed to look like an NCAA stadium?

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The Salt
2:09 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

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

Whole Foods' new ad campaign is part of its effort to brand itself as America's Healthiest Grocery Store.
Whole Foods youtube

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 2:34 pm

If you tune into Game 1 of the World Series tonight, you may catch this ad for Whole Foods Market.

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