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Kelp For Farmers: Seaweed Becomes A New Crop In America

Seaweed farms off the coast of Connecticut may provide financial relief for farmers and environmental benefits for the ocean, not to mention tasty inspiration for chefs. The plant is used in many products from biofuels to cosmetics. But the big question is: Will Americans eat the stuff?

Pentagon Revising Cyber Rules Of Engagement

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told business leaders the Pentagon is developing capabilities to ward off attacks on the nation's infrastructure. He says foreign actors have already probed key systems that could cause damage and even death — and the Pentagon has a key role to play in stopping such efforts.

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne have the Last Word in business.

Meningitis Outbreak Puts Doctors, Regulators In New Territory

Little is known about how to diagnose and treat this kind of meningitis, which was caused by a tainted drug. And the investigation into how the drug contamination occurred is revealing a spectacular failure of consumer protection.

How A Sleepy Pennsylvania Town Grew Into America's Mushroom Capital

Because of a unique collaboration between Quakers, Italians and Mexicans, half the nation's mushrooms are grown on farms near Kennett Square in southeastern Pennsylvania.

In Digital War, Patents Are The Weapon Of Choice

New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg says that consumers and innovation are the big losers in the patent wars. "Patents have become a toll gate on the road of innovation," he says.

Beep If You Understand Veep Buzzwords

The vice presidential debate is bound to feature lots of budget buzzwords. They may be shorthand for policies that could have huge impacts on taxpayers and the annual $1 trillion budget deficit.