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'Imagine' That: Fostering Creativity In The Workplace

Companies like 3M allow their employees to have an hour a day to do whatever they want: work on a side project or tinker with a hobby. In doing so, they're helping their employees become more creative — and increasing their productivity, says science writer Jonah Lehrer in his new book, Imagine.
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Fraud A Concern As Lawmakers Weigh 'Crowdfunding'

Congress is considering loosening restrictions on who can invest in companies before they go public. The change would allow people who don't have $1 million in the bank to invest in startups. Sounds great — shareholder democracy. But the rules could also create 21st-century boiler-rooms where dodgy deals are peddled in social media to unsophisticated investors.
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Oil Tanker From Exxon Valdez Spill Goes To Scrap

Twenty-three years ago this week, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker spilled millions of gallons of oil into waters off the coast of Alaska. Now the ship — which after the spill was renamed the Oriental Nicety — is headed to the scrap heap. The more than 200,000-ton vessel will fetch $16 million for its scrap parts.
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Disney's 'John Carter' Poised For Big Flop

Disney is going to lose a whopping $200 million on the flop adventure film John Carter.
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Business Startups Bill Hits Snags In Senate

The Senate votes on changes to the House JOBS bill requested by consumer advocates and the chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission. As written, the bill would ease disclosure requirements on companies that have as much as $1 billion in annual sales when they go public.
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Russian Activists Call For Procter & Gamble Boycott

The U.S.-based company Procter & Gamble is the largest advertiser in Russia. But now some Russians are calling for a boycott because P&G is a sponsor of the state-controlled NTV television network. NTV is seen as very pro-Kremlin, and a recent program accused opposition activists of paying people to show up at an anti-voter fraud rally.
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Italian 'Nonnas' Bring Taste Of Home To Staten Island

Enoteca Maria, an Italian restaurant on Staten Island, has no head chef. Instead, the owner brings in Italian grandmas to cook up the regional dishes they learned from their parents and grandparents.
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There's More To Fixing Food Deserts Than Building Grocery Stores

A study finds that low-income shoppers care about more than just cost and proximity to fresh produce — they also want choice and quality if they're going to buy it.

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