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In Spain, You Have To Pay To Play

Bunol, Spain, held its annual La Tomatina food fight on Wednesday. About 20,000 people pelted each other with tomatoes. Money is tight in Spain these days, with the country deep in recession. So for the first time, participants had to pay for the right to smear each other with some 130 tons of overripe, dripping produce.
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For Restaurant Workers, A Struggle To Put Food On The Table

Fast food and restaurant work used to be seen as an entry point for the young. Today, the average such employee is 29, and nearly a quarter are parents. For these workers, current wages are hardly enough to support them, let alone their families.
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To Attract Millennials, Automakers Look To Smartphones

Automakers have set up shop in Silicon Valley and are looking to the digital world as a way to lure younger drivers. Car companies are looking outside their industry to learn how make cars an extension of all the services millennials already love.
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Area Man Realizes He's Been Reading Fake News For 25 Years

The Onion, which turns 25 on Thursday, was founded by two Madison, Wis., college students as a local satirical newspaper "intended mainly to ... sell pizza coupons," says its editor-in-chief. But the self-proclaimed "America's Finest News Source" became much more than that.
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The Latest Frontier In Gourmet Salt, From The Lowest Point On Earth

Spas and beauty products have long touted the health benefits of floating in the buoyant Dead Sea waters and slathering its thick black mud on your skin. Now an Israeli company is promoting Dead Sea salt as a healthful gourmet product, in part because of its high mineral content.
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How To Disappear When Someone's Spying On You; 'Privacy Wear' Comes To Market

A New York design team has just produced an invisibility cloak for your cell phone. Pop it in and no government, no merchants, no friends, no one knows where your phone is. Another design team in Canada says they could do stuff like this — but they won't. Who's right?
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Microsoft Vs. Medium: A Tale Of Two Office Cultures

The corporate culture at Microsoft seems to go against the tech industry's trend toward more empowered employees. The focus on the software giant's inner workings comes as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer prepares to depart.
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To Grow Sweeter Produce, California Farmers Turn Off The Water

California's small producers of tomatoes, grapes and other crops are increasingly taking up dry farming, which involves growing crops without watering them for months. The technique, which obviously saves water, can produce more flavorful crops.
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Click Here For 'The New York Times' While It's Being Hacked

The Times appears to be the target of another hacking by the Syrian Electronic Army, a pro-Assad group. But the news organization has created an alternate site where its stories can be seen.
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JPMorgan Chase In Negotiations With Federal Government

U.S. authorities are pressing JPMorgan Chase to settle lawsuits over bonds backed by subprime mortgages, according to a report. The Federal Housing Finance Agency is looking in the range of $6 billion to settle those suits.

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