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    First 79 Of The 100+ Sears And Kmart Stores Being Closed Are Identified

    There are 79 stores in 25 states on the first list of Sears and Kmart locations being closed in the coming year, Sears Holdings has announced.

    The 79 locations are posted here. Some details:

    -- 11 of the stores are in Florida, the most of any state.

    -- The second-most stores (6) are in Georgia, Michigan and Ohio.

    -- 38 Kmarts are included.

    -- 25 Sears "full-line" locations are listed.

    -- 14 "Grand/Essential" stores (competitors to Walmart) are identified.

    -- Two "Sears Hardlines Only" are included (they focus on appliances and other "hard" goods).

    As we reported Tuesday, the company says it will close between 100 and 120 stores as it seeks to trim costs.

    According to Sears Holdings, the stores on the list so far typically employ "between 40 and 80 associates."

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    La. Family Celebrates Son's 2nd Birthday With Personal Injury Lawyer-Themed Party

    When she was planning a birthday party for her 2-year-old son earlier this year, L'erin Dobra of Prairieville, La., had to choose a theme. But luckily her son had already begun giving her hints. He was fixated with a particular commercial for a personal injury law firm, featuring Morris Bart, who has been the pitchman since the 1980s. The party even included a cake with Bart's picture on it.
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    Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms

    Conventional farmers use millions of pounds of pesticides each year to protect crops from weeds and insects. When those chemicals drift to neighboring property, they can ruin crops on organic farms.
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    Planned Parenthood Controversy Raises Questions About Fetal Tissue Research

    A series of sting videos targeting Planned Parenthood is raising questions about the field of fetal tissue research. Companies who buy and sell such tissue defend their work.
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    Letting Go Of The Wheel: How Google Is Easing People Into Self-Driving Cars

    Google has begun testing a new self-driving car this summer that is designed to work without a steering wheel. But as the Planet Money team reports, the company's biggest challenge may be convincing Americans to hop inside.

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