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As Workers Age, Oil Industry Braces For Skills Gap

Two years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, one issue has received little attention: the oil industry faces a shortage of experienced workers. Some analysts are concerned more inexperienced workers could compromise safety, but the industry says training is more rigorous than ever.
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U.S. Wallet Closed As IMF Seeks To Build Crisis Fund

At a news conference kicking off the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said she wants to secure at least $400 billion for a special crisis fund for Europe. Thus far, the U.S. has chosen not to contribute.
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TV Goes To The Dogs At Home Alone

An entity called "DOGTV" launched online in California two months ago and has plans for national distribution. The advertising-free programming is aimed at stay-at-home dogs whose out-to-work masters fret about the separation anxiety their pets suffer, and the trouble they get into, when left unattended for long stretches of time.
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Starbucks Ditches Bug-Based Red Dye In Strawberry Drink

Under pressure from vegetarians and vegans, Starbucks plans to stop using a red dye made from crushed bugs called cochineal in some strawberry drinks and rosy-hued baked goods by the end of June.
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Craft Beer Biz

Beer sales are down overall, but craft brews continue their meteoric rise. Some wonder whether the market can sustain the growth, while others say "the more the merrier."

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Geithner: China's Yuan Changes Are Very Promising

U.S. companies and the U.S. government have long complained that China purposely undervalues its currency to maximize its exports. But on Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner offered some praise to China for making its currency more responsive to market forces.
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Amazon Gets Rights To Publish James Bond Novels

Amazon has acquired the rights to publish all 14 of the classic James Bond novels. More than 100 million Bond books have been sold worldwide. But this deal is just for North American publishing, and only for the next decade.

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