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Ford's New F-150 May Pave The Way For More Aluminum Cars

The reinvention of the Ford F-150 is the most anticipated car launch at Detroit's North American International Auto Show. The truck is lighter and expected to have a higher fuel economy — and experts say Ford's future may lie with the success of the vehicle.
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Japan's Suntory To Buy Maker Of Jim Beam, Maker's Mark

The companies said the transaction is worth $16 billion and has been unanimously approved by both boards. It deal will create the world's third-largest maker of premium distilled spirits.
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Soft Launching In Nine Months? You'll Need A Social Strategy

Everyone's announcing their pregnancy on Facebook these days. That means it's important to consider your social media strategy, and NPR's Melody Kramer mines the tech startup culture for some humorous ideas.
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California's Pot Farms Could Leave Salmon Runs Truly Smoked

Marijuana cultivation is booming along the state's North Coast. But these plantations, critics say, guzzle enormous amounts of water while also spilling pesticides and fertilizers into waterways that are important sources of the West Coast's salmon species.
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Volkswagen To Invest $7 Billion In North American Operations

The cash infusion is part of an effort to boost sales in the U.S., which slid 7 percent last year. A new 7-seat SUV designed specifically for the American market is a central part of the new investment plan.
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Surveillance Controversy: NSA Versus Tech Companies

National Security Agency officials say their relations with tech companies have been strained by the news of the agency's surveillance programs. Tech fortunes rest on the ability to keep their users' data secure, but the NSA wants access to that data.
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What Does Living In Poverty Really Mean?

Defining poverty is not straightforward, says Tim Harford, author of the new book The Undercover Economist Strikes Back. It's also about how people view themselves and how they're viewed by others.
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Internet In America: An On Again, Off Again Relationship

For some Americans, getting high-speed Internet can be a challenge. According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, consumers rate Internet service providers worse than airlines, the postal service and health insurance in terms of satisfaction.
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Why Live Award Shows Have High Value, Even When We Hate Them

Award shows are a booming business these days. Major networks are bringing in new televised awards and revitalizing old ones. The Hollywood Reporter's Matt Belloni explains why there's a sudden surge in producing these largely "DVR-proof" programs.
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Insane Clown Posse Sues FBI For Targeting Fans

Fans of the band Insane Clown Posse, known as Juggalos, were classified as a gang by the FBI in 2011. Now the band and four fans have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice and the FBI. NPR's Rachel Martin talks about the suit with journalist Patrick Flanary, who covered the suit for Rolling Stone magazine.

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