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The Raisin Outlaw Of Kerman, Calif.

In most industries, competitors getting together and conspiring to control supply of a product is illegal. But in the raisin world, the law actually says competitors have to work together. It's going against your competitors that can get you in trouble.
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Wine Waste Finds Sweet Afterlife In Baked Goods

The mushy pile of seeds, skins and stems left over after grapes are pressed used to be one of winemaking's biggest sustainability problems. But instead of heading to the dump, these days, some grape pomace is being reborn in a host of ways, including a nutrient-packed flour substitute.
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Uncomfortable In America, Young Immigrant Says Goodbye

Tiffanie Drayton's mother moved her family to the U-S for a better life. But it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Now back in her native Trinidad, Drayton tells host Michel Martin what inspired her to share her story in the Salon piece 'Goodbye to my American Dream.' Byline: Michel Martin
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Texans Call For Boycott Of Retailers That Fought Wage Bill

A group is calling on back-to-school shoppers to boycott Macy's and Kroger stores in Texas this weekend, in retaliation for the national retailers' efforts to quash a bill that would have strengthened the state's wage discrimination law.
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Why Picking Your Berries For $8,000 A Year Hurts A Lot

Picking berries is hard, sometimes backbreaking work. But consumers rarely consider the physical labor required to deliver them fresh fruits and vegetables. In a new book, a medical anthropologist argues that farmworkers deserve better health care.
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UBS To Pay $120 Million In Lehman Brothers Dispute

Swiss banking giant UBS has agreed to pay $120 million to settle a lawsuit by investors. The case goes back to 2007. Investors said they were misled about the health of the financial firm Lehman Brothers when UBS was selling them investments linked to Lehman's debt. Lehman collapsed into bankruptcy in 2008.
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'Aetna, I'm Glad I Met Ya!' — On Twitter

Stodgy old insurance companies are working on their social media skills to deal with new kinds of customer complaints. The company accounts on Twitter and elsewhere also help the insurers manage their brands and do quick damage control.
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The Sheryl Sandberg Effect: Rise Of Female COOs

The chief operating officer is a position increasingly filled by women. Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook, but Sheryl Sandberg monetized it.
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New Digital Amber Alerts Could Create A Backlash

Recent Amber Alerts startled millions of mobile phone owners and left them confused. The wireless emergency alert system just rolled out for mobile phones earlier this year. Some child advocates worry that the alerts' lack of context may cause people to turn them off.
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Britain's Trade Deficit Narrowed In June

New data show the trade deficit in Britain was helped by a healthy rise in exports, which hit $67 billion in June. That's a new high. The strong performance indicates Britain may finally be emerging from years of stagnation.

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