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Tobacco Company Told To Pay $23.6B In Lawsuit

The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has been hit with a $23.6 billion ruling from a lawsuit brought by a chain smoker's widow.
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Justice Dept. Charges FedEx For Online Drug Shipments

The Justice Department has indicted FedEx for shipping prescription drugs from illegal online pharmacies. FedEx had been warned, and now faces up to $1.6 billion in fines if found guilty.
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R.J. Reynolds Vows Appeal Of $23 Billion Cancer-Death Verdict

The nation's No. 2 tobacco manufacturer was slapped with the whopping punitive damages award in the death of a 36-year-old man of lung cancer in 1996.
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See Faster Job Growth, Report Says

The 13 states that lifted their minimum wage levels on Jan. 1 experienced added jobs at a faster pace than the 37 states that kept wage levels steady.
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Deploying Drones To Get An Overview Of Factory Farms

Writer Will Potter raised money through Kickstarter to buy drones and other equipment to investigate animal agriculture in the U.S. He says drones will help him circumvent so-called "ag-gag" laws.
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Tech Week: Microsoft Layoffs, Comcast Call Hell And Call Of Duty

Also in this week's tech headlines: Visa looks to boost online shopping, a Wall Street cyber scare, and fears that driverless cars could be used as "lethal weapons."
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Soylent DIYers Sell Their Own Versions Of The Powdered Food

Soylent, the offbeat meal replacement company, has built an online community of more than 18,000 users. But some are impatient to get their orders, so they're making and selling it themselves.
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Amazon Launches Subscription Service For E-Books

Kindle Unlimited will give readers access to over 600,000 titles for $9.99 a month. The service was short on newer releases when it launched Friday.
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Sony Forgets To Renew Games Domain Name

The lapse temporarily knocked out online games like Everquest and Landmark. Sony says it's possible the expiration notices were sent to the wrong email.
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Microsoft Announces Biggest Layoffs In Company's History

Microsoft will eliminate 18,000 jobs in the next year. That's 14 percent of the company's global workforce, and the largest reduction in its history. The changes reflect Microsoft's shift to mobile.

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