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Plan Would Force Public Companies To Reveal Political Giving

The 2012 election was the most expensive in history, but there remain some gaping holes in our knowledge about who paid for what. The Securities and Exchange Commission is considering a proposal to add more transparency in future elections, but it won't happen without a fight.
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$600K For A Cup Of Coffee: Apple's Cook Is A Hit At Auction

The bidding hasn't closed yet, but a charity auction of having a cup of coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook has attracted offers of more than $600,000. The coffee klatch will take place at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California. There is no word on whether refills are free.
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787 Dreamliner Could Mean Big Things For Africa's 'Air Wars'

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner was supposed to be a game changing new aircraft, but battery problems grounded the fleet, costing Boeing an estimated $600 million. Now the Federal Aviation Administration has approved a fix to the battery issue, and the first Dreamliner will return to the skies this weekend in Africa. Ethiopian Airlines is relaunching the "continent's first" Dreamliner in its effort to distinguish itself in the increasingly competitive, increasingly crowded African aerospace market.
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Damage To Boston Businesses May Not Be Covered By Insurance

Businesses around Copley Square are hoping the Boston Marathon bombings won't be officially declared an act of terrorism. That's because they stand to lose insurance money. Many have business interruption insurance to pay for lost income — but that doesn't apply to terrorism and few businesses pay extra to cover it.
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Drought To Heavy Rains Complicate Planting In Midwest

Audie Cornish talks with Jeff Miller a corn and soybean farmer in Lewiston, Ill., near Peoria, about the flooding in the Midwest that's come on the heels of a historic drought. Miller's farm, located right along the Illinois and Spooner Rivers, is already partially flooded, preventing him from planting corn so far this spring.
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Offshore Wind

After years of legal hurdles and local opposition, the first offshore wind farm in the U.S. is moving forward off the coast of Cape Cod. Maryland is getting into the act, recently passing legislation to help develop an offshore wind project planned for Ocean City.

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Flight Delays Push Congress To End Controller Furloughs

Delays at the nation's airports surged this week because the Federal Aviation Administration furloughed air traffic controllers to stay within a reduced budget. Now Congress has voted quickly to give the FAA more spending flexibility to reduce staff cutbacks.
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On-The-Job Deaths Continue At Steady, Grim Pace

While the most recent data show a slight dip in the rate of fatal injuries, the actual number of people who lost their lives while at work edged up. Groups that push to make work safer say not enough is being done to prevent such deaths.
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U.S. Economic Growth Regained Speed In First Quarter

Gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 2.5 percent. Consumer spending is up, and home construction rose. But government spending fell, and tax increases and federal budget cuts are expected to slow later this year.
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Koch Brothers' Newspaper Takeover Could Spark 'Culture Clash'

David and Charles Koch, billionaires known these days for their politics, are interested in acquiring a collection of daily newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and The Baltimore Sun. If they bought those papers, what would they do with them?

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