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Google Settles E-Book Deal

David Greene reports on a recent settlement between Google and French publishers and authors.
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Ambulance Service A Struggle In Rural Colo. Counties

Some rural counties are having trouble affording ambulance services. Urban ambulances have frequent calls and less territory to cover, which helps keep them afloat. But in more sparsely populated areas, calls can be few and far between. Funding for these emergency services are low-hanging fruit for counties facing tough budgets. From member station KUNC, Grace Hood reports.
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U.S. Oil Production Jumps

Hydraulic fracturing has been turning the U.S. into a big producer of natural gas. Now it's brightening prospects for an oil boom in the U.S. as well. The Energy Information Agency reports that 2011 was the best year the county has had for oil production since the late 1990s. The biggest reason for that turnaround is a surge in drilling in Texas and North Dakota shale oil fields.
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Starbucks Order Gives Ohio Mug Maker A Jolt

Last time you slid into a booth at a diner or a local coffee shop, the waitress probably arrived with a standard-issue, thick, off-white mug. More than likely that mug came from East Liverpool, Ohio. The city's ceramics industry has faded, but an order from Starbucks has brought relief to workers at one factory there.

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