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Driven By Climate Change, Cotton Buyers Look For Alternatives

One clothing company whose bottom line was hurt in the wake of bad weather events decided to look to polyester fibers made from recycled plastic bottles.
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Hello, May I Help You Plan Your Final Months?

The company Vital Decisions hires social workers to help people make end-of-life plans in advance, over the phone. But the counselors are paid by insurers. Critics see a conflict of interest.
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Build A Toothbrush, Change The World. Or Not

You think bringing a new toothbrush to market is easy? The seven-year saga of two dental entrepreneurs struggling to bring their patented brush to consumers suggests otherwise.
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Colorado's Pot Brownies Now Come With Instructions

Colorado is rolling out regulations for the edible-marijuana sector, including "emergency rules," which spell out serving sizes. But for now, most of the dosage education is falling to pot shops.
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High Prices Aren't Scaring Consumers Away From The Meat Counter

Several factors — from a virus sweeping through hog barns to a drought in the Plains states — have driven up the price of pork and beef. But consumers keep buying it.
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BK's Big Deal Could Bring The King To Canada, Controversy Close Behind

Burger King is buying Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee-and-donut chain, in a deal valued at $11 billion.
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ISIS Condo Project, Others Rethink Their Names

The ISIS Downtown condo project in Florida has changed its name, as did a mobile-payment company. Others are distancing themselves from the ideology of the group now called the Islamic State.
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Burger King Announces Merger With Tim Hortons, Move To Canada

As part of the $11 billion deal, Burger King will transfer its headquarters to Ontario and cut its tax bill considerably.
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Health Organizations Call For A Ban On E-Cigarettes Indoors

Both the World Health Organization and the American Heart Association say vapors from electronic cigarettes pose a health threat to bystanders, and that the devices should be regulated like tobacco.
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BBQ and Smoked Foods

Whether you turn out basic backyard burgers or get serious with 12-hour brisket and pork shoulder, our local grillmasters have tips for your next barbecue.

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