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How Fear Drove World Rice Markets Insane

No one can guarantee that the rice crisis of 2008 won't happen again. A lot of damage remains from the disaster that sent rice prices soaring even while there was plenty of rice. And there's still some of the fear that produced the crisis in the first place.
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Effort To Repeal Ohio Bargaining Law Gains Ground

In Ohio, there's a bitter battle over a new collective bargaining law that Republicans pushed through, slashing the negotiating power of public employee unions. But the battlefield is totally different than Wisconsin's. While Wisconsin voters can recall only the politicians who passed the law, Ohio voters can repeal the law itself in a referendum. In fact, the repeal forces, led by unions and minority Democrats, are way ahead in the polls.
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Regional Drought Blamed For Moose Decline In Wyo.

Wildlife outfitters in Wyoming are hurting because of the declining moose population. They depend on big game hunters for their livelihood. These businesses typically blame the reintroduction of wolves to the area as well as the states exploding grizzly bear population for the moose decline. But a decade-long drought in the region may be to blame.
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Pet Insurance Costs Up 50 Percent In Past 10 Years

According to the American Pet Products Association, the average dog and cat owner now spends about $650 a year on pet medical care, up nearly 50 percent over the past decade. The CEO of one pet insurance company told the Wall Street Journal that innovations in human medicine have come to the vet side, from MRIs and CAT scans to chemotherapy and radiation.
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FBI Probes Scandal Uncovered By Olympus CEO

Steve Inskeep talks with Jonathan Soble of the Financial Times about a scandal that has engulfed the Japanese camera and medical device maker Olympus. Ex-CEO Michael Woodford, a rare non-Japanese CEO, was ousted after he brought into the open massive and possibly improper payments that Olympus paid to two little-known "advisory firms" as part of an acquisition several years ago. The FBI is now investigating.
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Business News: G-20 Protests, Sony Losses

Thousands of police deployed along the French Riviera on Wednesday to stop protesters from disrupting the G-20 summit, where leaders will likely focus on the debt crisis in Europe. Sony says it's heading for an annual LOSS of more than a billion dollars — its fourth straight year of losses.

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